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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 66 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 11300 miles39
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 72 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 27400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
50
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   10 MX-5 Miatas, 10.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 21200 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 45400 miles55
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 71100 miles

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 28 MX-5 Miatas, 10.6 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 44100 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
16
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 49 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 62900 miles67
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   19 MX-5 Miatas, 8.3 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 41800 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 41 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 88000 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
106
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 41 MX-5 Miatas, 8.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 48400 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 80900 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 110600 miles100
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   18 MX-5 Miatas, 11.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 62100 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   18 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 114200 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 133500 miles133
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   11 MX-5 Miatas, 7.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 58100 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 110900 miles116
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   14 MX-5 Miatas, 8.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 59500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 126200 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 8.0 months of data per Passat, average 134300 miles

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1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata 26 MX-5 Miatas, 8.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 94600 miles40
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 11.3 months of data per Passat, average 157700 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
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.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In two years i never had any real problems with it.
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
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
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
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
VW have spotty reliability
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.

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