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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 7.0 months of data per Passat, average 7500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passat gass, 9.7 months of data per Passat gas, average 17300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 45
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat TDIs, 10.1 months of data per Passat TDI, average 25400 miles

 

2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 24
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Passat gass, 9.6 months of data per Passat gas, average 31000 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 54
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Passat TDIs, 9.6 months of data per Passat TDI, average 42600 miles

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

 

2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passat gass, 8.9 months of data per Passat gas, average 50300 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 40
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 52100 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.

 

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 9.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 25200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 10.6 months of data per Passat, average 66700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 101600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 MX-5 Miatas, 10.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 51200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 80
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 77200 miles

 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 MX-5 Miatas, 9.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 66200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 103
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 104100 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 17
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 MX-5 Miatas, 9.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 61000 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 98800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 126900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 MX-5 Miatas, 9.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 78600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 95
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 136700 miles

 

2003 Volkswagen Passat 101
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 138700 miles

 

2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 8.2 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 67300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 133600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 MX-5 Miatas, 8.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 76200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 125500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability Comparisons

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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
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
Not as reliable and trouble-free as its Japanese competitors.
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.
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 turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I disliked that every time I had to bring the car in for maintainance (less than 5000 mi)there was always something else to repair. Brakes on the rear lasted 7500 miles and front 15000 mi, and rotors had to replaced each time as well.
 

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.