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Toyota Avalon vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Toyota Avalon or Volkswagen Passat reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Toyota Avalon and the Volkswagen Passat truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Toyota Avalon and Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Toyota Avalon and the Volkswagen Passat were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Toyota Avalon and the Volkswagen Passat have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 3.1 months of data per Passat, average 3100 miles

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2013 Toyota Avalon   23 Avalons, 9.0 months of data per Avalon, average 8200 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 11600 miles36
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 74 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 27500 miles

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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 46100 miles53
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 70500 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 51 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 63100 miles67
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Avalon   20 Avalons, 9.2 months of data per Avalon, average 74600 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 41 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 89800 miles

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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota Avalon   15 Avalons, 10.5 months of data per Avalon, average 88700 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 81600 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 113500 miles97
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volkswagen Passat   18 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 114600 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 133600 miles132
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 34 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 112900 miles117
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 126200 miles

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2000 Toyota Avalon   17 Avalons, 8.9 months of data per Avalon, average 179200 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 8.0 months of data per Passat, average 134300 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 11.3 months of data per Passat, average 157700 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota Avalon

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What Our Members Are Saying about Toyota Avalon Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Avalon: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very reliable and appears to be well made. No problems or repair issues to speak of.
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far after 14k miles no problems. The dealership has been great for service.
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Only one cosmetic issue in eight months of ownership.
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I had the Avalon for a short period, but as with previous Avalons and Toyotas in general, they are reliable and they sustain years of heavy use.
2007 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No problems to date
2003 4dr Sedan 210-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Toyota, enough said
2000 4dr Sedan 210-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I have owned this car since the spring of 2000 and outside of normal maintenance it has never failed to start or allow me to arrive safely to my destination. Currently, I have some 120,000 miles on this car and plan to use it until my end of life.

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