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Toyota Avalon vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 9300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Avalons, 8.4 months of data per Avalon, average 18800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 31
49.4285714286% 49.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat TDIs, 11.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 29900 miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Passat gass, 8.3 months of data per Passat gas, average 21600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Toyota Avalon 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Avalons, 9.9 months of data per Avalon, average 29900 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 27
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat gass, 9.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 35100 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 62
96.6666666667% 96.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 46800 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.

 

2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 36
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat gass, 9.2 months of data per Passat gas, average 53100 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 48
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Passat TDIs, 10.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 55700 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.

 

2011 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Avalons, 10.5 months of data per Avalon, average 62300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 70700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 103700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Volkswagen Passat 95
82.967032967% 82.967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 78400 miles

 

2007 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Avalons, 9.8 months of data per Avalon, average 100700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 107200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Avalons, 8.9 months of data per Avalon, average 118800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 95900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 124400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Volkswagen Passat 102
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 141200 miles

 

2003 Volkswagen Passat 107
56.9597069597% 56.9597069597% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 142700 miles

 

2002 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Avalons, 7.9 months of data per Avalon, average 159000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 136500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota Avalon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Avalons, 7.1 months of data per Avalon, average 152000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 128700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Toyota Avalon vs. Volkswagen Passat Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon Reliability and Durability: 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
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.
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.
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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
The Passat is a very solid and well-built car; our previous Passat was very reliable (if maintained properly).
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
my last Passat lasted 190,000 miles never garaged it and the paint was still glossy after 11 years.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
History of reliability on all product models.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have 98000 miles I have had to replace the turbo bypass valve 100bucks and thats it... just change the oil and air filter every 5 to 7k miles always use mobil 1.
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very solidly built car.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I bought two Passats at the same time. Both proved equally reliable without any major repairs.
Volkswagen Passat Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
many breakdowns
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Minor problems so far such as driver information computer information screen showing inaccurate readings, example reading for average miles per gallon bouncing around from 78 to 08.
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This was a used model, several years old, and had not held up well. Lots of rubber coated plastic bits were deteriorating, discoloration was common.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Though garaged when not in use and with less than 60k miles, exhaust hangers had rotted through such that the exhaust pipe literally fell off the car while driving down the road. Additionally, neither rear window motor remains in working order.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The 1992 VW we owned we could never be sure it would get us to our destination with out some thing happening to it. Things would fall off of it just sitting in the garage. The alarm system would go off as we drove down the street. It lost two hub caps.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW have spotty reliability
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I disliked that every time I had to bring the car in for maintainance (less than 5000 mi)there was always something else to repair. Brakes on the rear lasted 7500 miles and front 15000 mi, and rotors had to replaced each time as well.