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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  
2013 Volkswagen Passat 68 Passats, 6.9 months of data per Passat, average 9800 miles26
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 72 Passats, 10.1 months of data per Passat, average 22800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
46
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   10 MX-5 Miatas, 10.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 20100 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 43300 miles48
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   15 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 67200 miles

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 31 MX-5 Miatas, 10.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 42400 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
11
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 47 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 59100 miles54
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   20 MX-5 Miatas, 8.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 40200 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 41 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 86900 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
100
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 40 MX-5 Miatas, 9.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 45700 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 79200 miles

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62
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 110000 miles102
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   17 MX-5 Miatas, 11.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 59400 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   18 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 110800 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 33 Passats, 10.0 months of data per Passat, average 132200 miles131
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   10 MX-5 Miatas, 9.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 65400 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 109100 miles110
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   13 MX-5 Miatas, 8.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 64400 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 7.5 months of data per Passat, average 116100 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 7.6 months of data per Passat, average 138200 miles

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1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25 MX-5 Miatas, 8.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 91700 miles59
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 153500 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 Volkswagen Passat Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Passat: 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
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
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
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Passat: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
many breakdowns
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
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.
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.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Buggy with a bad reliability record.
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.
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 turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Issues with coil packs, MAF. All parts and fluids are expensive.

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