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Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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    
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 26
46.1038961039% 46.1038961039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  30 MX-5 Miatas, 7.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 3700 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Very good so far. Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.

 

2015 Volkswagen Passat 11
4.7619047619% 4.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 14400 miles

 

2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 31600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 30
44.5054945055% 44.5054945055% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  30 Passat TDIs, 10.6 months of data per Passat TDI, average 39200 miles

 

2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 24
25.8620689655% 25.8620689655% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  30 Passat gass, 8.2 months of data per Passat gas, average 39400 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but few since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 61
98.7684729064% 98.7684729064% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  50 Passat TDIs, 9.4 months of data per Passat TDI, average 56400 miles

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

 

2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 37
51.4778325123% 51.4778325123% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 Passat gass, 10.1 months of data per Passat gas, average 59100 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 45
67.2413793103% 67.2413793103% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  32 Passat TDIs, 10.0 months of data per Passat TDI, average 63300 miles

Redesigned. TDI less reliable than gas.

 

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 MX-5 Miatas, 7.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 32700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 74500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Passats, 9.1 months of data per Passat, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 16
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  26 MX-5 Miatas, 8.8 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 48000 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 107
96.1538461538% 96.1538461538% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  32 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 85400 miles

 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 MX-5 Miatas, 10.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 64500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 101
78.078817734% 78.078817734% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 119500 miles

 

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 27
7.68194070081% 7.68194070081% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  37 MX-5 Miatas, 9.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 63900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
2006 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 8.3 months of data per Passat, average 94900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Passats, 9.8 months of data per Passat, average 125100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 MX-5 Miatas, 10.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 82800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 140
99.7835497835% 99.7835497835% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 6.7 months of data per Passat, average 152200 miles

 

2003 Volkswagen Passat 125
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 145300 miles

 

2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 8.0 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 62400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passats, 7.1 months of data per Passat, average 148000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MX-5 Miatas, 7.1 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 85000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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