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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
38% Best 104% Worst
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2012 - 2016 Volkswagen Passat
47.1428571429% Best 120% Worst
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2006 - 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
0% Best 33% Worst
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2006 - 2010 Volkswagen Passat
79.1428571429% Best 176% Worst
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2002 - 2005 Volkswagen Passat
67.1428571429% Best 155% Worst
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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). full 2010 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2007 Volkswagen Passat review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
History of reliability on all product models. full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In two years i never had any real problems with it. full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very solidly built car. full 2005 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2003 Volkswagen Passat review
Volkswagen Passat Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
many breakdowns full 2009 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2008 Volkswagen Passat review
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages. full 2008 Volkswagen Passat review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors. full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2005 Volkswagen Passat review
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record. full 2005 Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW have spotty reliability full 2004 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2004 Volkswagen Passat review
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. full 2003 Volkswagen Passat review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Mazda Miata MX-5

Mazda Miata MX-5 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2012 A major reason Miatas hold their value is that they've proven to be among the most reliable cars you can buy. If something does happen to break, it will usually be cheap and easy to fix. Not much complexity here. full 2012 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
2016 The new Mazda MX-5 Miata is, well, new, so TrueDelta has no reliability data on it. But past Miatas have all been reliable, and other current Mazdas have been reliable, so there's little reason to think that the new Miata won't be. MINIs, though not on average as bad as their reputation suggests, have been considerably less reliable than Miatas. And, if you do get a bad one, too often it's horror-story bad. Scion FR-Ss initially suffered from a few common issues, but the average for the 2013s has been improving and the 2014s have been good. full 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
 

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

Mazda Miata MX-5 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. full 2009 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2008 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2007 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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 full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review
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. full 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 review