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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 31 Passats, 6.3 months of data per Passat, average 6900 miles31
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 74 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 17600 miles48
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Passat 66 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 34500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
57
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   12 MX-5 Miatas, 8.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 19700 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 50800 miles73
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.0 months of data per Passat, average 79100 miles

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 31 MX-5 Miatas, 9.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 45800 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Passat 51 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 67100 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   19 MX-5 Miatas, 7.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 47400 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 35 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 94200 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
108
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 37 MX-5 Miatas, 9.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 54700 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 85600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 117100 miles

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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   20 MX-5 Miatas, 9.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 65300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 120700 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 136800 miles90
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   10 MX-5 Miatas, 8.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 42000 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 114700 miles144
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   13 MX-5 Miatas, 9.6 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 62500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 124300 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 134500 miles

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1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata   21 MX-5 Miatas, 6.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 98800 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   10 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 163300 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
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.
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 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 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The W8 is a unique beast in that it was a limited run Passat/Engine combo and it needs to be serviced by the dealer. Quality has never been job one with Volkswagen and having to have it serviced at the dealership raises your total cost of ownership.
 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I haven ot had ANY problems with it. The car only goes to the mechanic for scheduled maintenance - what mroe can one say.