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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda Miata MX-5 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    
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 MX-5 Miatas, 4.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 2600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Volkswagen Passat 11
5.90062111801% 5.90062111801% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 9500 miles

 

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 Volkswagen Passat gas 26
29.802955665% 29.802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat gass, 9.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 34600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 64
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.3 months of data per Passat TDI, average 47100 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.

 

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 8.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 28000 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 MX-5 Miatas, 9.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 50500 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 MX-5 Miatas, 9.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 62500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 109100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 14
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 MX-5 Miatas, 8.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 60300 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 95600 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 MX-5 Miatas, 9.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 82200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 102
65.5650319829% 65.5650319829% 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 10.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 64500 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 MX-5 Miatas, 7.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 80000 miles

* 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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