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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  19 Passats, 5.5 months of data per Passat, average 7000 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   Join or sign in to vie  
  17 Passat gass, 8.4 months of data per Passat gas, average 14000 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 51
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  27 Passat TDIs, 9.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 19000 miles

 

2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  28 Passat gass, 8.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 27100 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 62
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  57 Passat TDIs, 9.2 months of data per Passat TDI, average 39000 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.

 

2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  33 Passat gass, 8.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 44700 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 37
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  31 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 49300 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.

 

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 10.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 23800 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  24 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 60100 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  19 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 95000 miles

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  24 MX-5 Miatas, 10.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 48500 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 72
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  47 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 78200 miles

 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  16 MX-5 Miatas, 9.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 61900 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 100
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  31 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 102600 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is higher than that for the 2006, but this has been the case for over a year.

 

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  38 MX-5 Miatas, 9.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 61100 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
2006 Volkswagen Passat 40
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  26 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 100100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2005 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  21 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 128700 miles

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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  17 MX-5 Miatas, 9.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 76900 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  22 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 135200 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2003 Volkswagen Passat 88
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  31 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 138700 miles

 

2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 MX-5 Miatas, 8.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 70200 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2002 Volkswagen Passat 60
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?]
  25 Passats, 8.0 months of data per Passat, average 130500 miles

 

2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 MX-5 Miatas, 9.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 71500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 Passats, 10.4 months of data per Passat, average 128100 miles

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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability Comparisons

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These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volkswagen Passat and Mazda MX-5 Miata reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volkswagen Passat and the Mazda MX-5 Miata were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Volkswagen Passat and the Mazda MX-5 Miata have been recently.

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
History of reliability on all product models.
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
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 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.
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
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
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 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.
 

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