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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 gas   17 Passat gass, 8.3 months of data per Passat gas, average 11100 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 26 Passat TDIs, 10.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 15700 miles54
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 26 Passat gass, 8.6 months of data per Passat gas, average 23100 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 55 Passat TDIs, 9.7 months of data per Passat TDI, average 32500 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
65
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 34 Passat gass, 7.8 months of data per Passat gas, average 40800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
32
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 32 Passat TDIs, 10.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 45800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 57000 miles52
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   15 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 92300 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 46 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 75100 miles60
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 35 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 98200 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006, but this has been the case for over a year.
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90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat   24 Passats, 10.5 months of data per Passat, average 99600 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat   20 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 126300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   23 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 129400 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 33 Passats, 7.6 months of data per Passat, average 137900 miles86
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Passat 28 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 126500 miles72
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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 10.8 months of data per Passat, average 131100 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 140100 miles

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Volkswagen Passat Reliability

You won't find Volkswagen Passat reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Volkswagen Passat truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volkswagen Passat reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volkswagen Passat was 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 Volkswagen Passat has been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volkswagen Passat

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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 The Passat is a very solid and well-built car; our previous Passat was very reliable (if maintained properly).
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L 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 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L 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.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
History of reliability on all product models.
2005 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
Very solidly built car.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-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 150hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
many breakdowns
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L 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 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L 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 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-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 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-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
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW have spotty reliability
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-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.