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Volkswagen Passat vs. Toyota Tacoma Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volkswagen Passat or Toyota Tacoma reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volkswagen Passat and the Toyota Tacoma 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  
1999 Toyota Tacoma   15 Tacomas, 9.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 168700 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 10.7 months of data per Passat, average 161200 miles

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2000 Toyota Tacoma   16 Tacomas, 7.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 153500 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   13 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 133000 miles

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2001 Toyota Tacoma   12 Tacomas, 8.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 171200 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   12 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 126700 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma   17 Tacomas, 8.2 months of data per Tacoma, average 141600 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 114400 miles129
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota Tacoma   11 Tacomas, 8.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 137200 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 133300 miles104
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 8.5 months of data per Tacoma, average 107200 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 8.1 months of data per Passat, average 116700 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma 25 Tacomas, 9.2 months of data per Tacoma, average 103000 miles

Redesigned.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 8.7 months of data per Passat, average 116200 miles110
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota Tacoma   24 Tacomas, 9.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 88100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 30 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 84100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Tacoma 25 Tacomas, 7.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 78800 miles19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 36 Passats, 9.9 months of data per Passat, average 92700 miles

Unclear why this repair frequency is so much higher than that for the 2006.
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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 7.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 67000 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 49 Passats, 9.7 months of data per Passat, average 65600 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 10.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 55700 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat   16 Passats, 8.8 months of data per Passat, average 74300 miles

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2010 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 7.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 46500 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 27 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 48300 miles62
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Tacoma   18 Tacomas, 9.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 28600 miles

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2012 Toyota Tacoma   21 Tacomas, 9.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 28000 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 69 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 31300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Some turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Tacoma 34 Tacomas, 10.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 11400 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 70 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 13900 miles39
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 4.6 months of data per Passat, average 4800 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
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.
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 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
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 turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Issues with coil packs, MAF. All parts and fluids are expensive.

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