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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volkswagen Passat or Mazda MX-5 Miata reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volkswagen Passat and the Mazda MX-5 Miata truly differ in reliability.

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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 TDI   21 Passat TDIs, 8.9 months of data per Passat TDI, average 9700 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   16 Passat gass, 5.6 months of data per Passat gas, average 7200 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 26 Passat gass, 9.0 months of data per Passat gas, average 17300 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 58 Passat TDIs, 10.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 24500 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 35 Passat TDIs, 9.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 40200 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 34 Passat gass, 8.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 33300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   11 MX-5 Miatas, 9.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 20500 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 10.1 months of data per Passat, average 51100 miles48
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 84400 miles

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30 MX-5 Miatas, 9.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 46700 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 51 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 70200 miles69
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   17 MX-5 Miatas, 7.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 45900 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 40 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 95400 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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80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 36 MX-5 Miatas, 9.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 57100 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 10.1 months of data per Passat, average 92900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 119700 miles

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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   19 MX-5 Miatas, 10.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 67100 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 123900 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 137700 miles78
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   10 MX-5 Miatas, 8.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 49200 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 114800 miles120
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   13 MX-5 Miatas, 10.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 63000 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 10.6 months of data per Passat, average 126200 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 135200 miles

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1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata   17 MX-5 Miatas, 4.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 97900 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 5.7 months of data per Passat, average 149600 miles

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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 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
VW have spotty reliability
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.
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The Passat has a lot of weird little things that go wrong with it, not enough to not buy it but a minor annoyance.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 2dr Convertible 167-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Good reliability history according to all research.
2008 2dr Convertible 158-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I only have about 15,000 miles so far. This car does not get driven in the winter because of road salt. Nothing has broken or needed repair yet.
2007 2dr Convertible 166-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Knock on wood - the Miata has proven totally reliable so far. The maintenance bills are very low, and the Mazda dealer service is good.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Flawless/bullet-proof drivetrain. Few gizmos and needless luxuries = fewer things to break. No need for repairs in 32k miles.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Car had a major issue with its engine computer, fixed under warrantee. Other than that, no real issues.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I haven ot had ANY problems with it. The car only goes to the mechanic for scheduled maintenance - what mroe can one say.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Has been 100% reliable over 6 years, 30,000 miles and two 2 month cross country trips.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Mazda has closed the gap on Honda and Toyota. It hardly gets better than that. That plus the warranty and I have no worries.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I bought this car at about 40,000km and so far after 8,000km it has olny cost me gas, and 1 oil change that I will need to do this week.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
its a mazda, it may be said to be too reliable, is there such a thing, this is my second masda mx-5, i ran my first one for 6 years, not one trip to the mazda garage