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Volkswagen Passat vs. Toyota Tacoma 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    
2000 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Tacomas, 5.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 134000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Tacomas, 10.2 months of data per Tacoma, average 159900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Passats, 10.5 months of data per Passat, average 128400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Tacomas, 10.1 months of data per Tacoma, average 174900 miles

* 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.

 

2003 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Tacomas, 7.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 150100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 97
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Passats, 8.2 months of data per Passat, average 139600 miles

 

2004 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Tacomas, 10.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 119900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 99
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Passats, 9.0 months of data per Passat, average 136400 miles

 

2005 Toyota Tacoma 36
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Tacomas, 9.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 108000 miles

Redesigned.
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.

 

2006 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Tacomas, 10.5 months of data per Tacoma, average 103900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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.

 

2007 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Tacomas, 8.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 93700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 105
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 104500 miles

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

 

2008 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Tacomas, 8.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 98500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 77
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 77200 miles

 

2009 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Tacomas, 10.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 77400 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.

 

2010 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Tacomas, 7.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 65900 miles

* 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.

 

2011 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Tacomas, 10.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 33900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2012 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Tacomas, 11.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 52600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2012 Volkswagen Passat gas 29
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Passat gass, 9.0 months of data per Passat gas, average 49700 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI 40
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 52200 miles

Redesigned. Has improved over the past year.

 

2013 Toyota Tacoma 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Tacomas, 9.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 28900 miles
2013 Volkswagen Passat gas 22
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Passat gass, 9.8 months of data per Passat gas, average 31800 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI, but only one since 2014.
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI 54
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Passat TDIs, 9.8 months of data per Passat TDI, average 43000 miles

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

 

2014 Toyota Tacoma   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Tacomas, 10.5 months of data per Tacoma, average 12000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat gas   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Passat gass, 9.9 months of data per Passat gas, average 17200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 47
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Passat TDIs, 10.5 months of data per Passat TDI, average 25500 miles

 

2015 Toyota Tacoma 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Tacomas, 8.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 6900 miles
2015 Volkswagen Passat   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Passats, 7.1 months of data per Passat, average 7500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Volkswagen Passat vs. Toyota Tacoma 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
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.
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.
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 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 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Crew Cab 6ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Good reputation for reliability - most known issues are minor and the 2011 is far enough into the 2nd Gen to have most resolved.
2008 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Toyota has a great reputation for building quality vehicles with low repair rates.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It always started
2007 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
They are top notch according to Consumer reports. I compared all trucks before buying, the Tacoma came in #1.
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
4-speed automatic RWD
Hopefully very few repairs over the next 200K miles vs. a ford ranger.
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Takes a beating. Uses regular gas. Easy maintainance. 4cyl runs forever.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
To date I have 31K miles on the taco with NO PROBLEMS! It gets excellent fuel economy for a 6,000lb pickup truck.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
I have over 31K miles and never been into the dealership
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
After 10,000 miles, no problems to report so far.
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Toyota makes some of the best I4 engines out there. I wanted an engine and drive train that would be trouble free for years.
Toyota Tacoma Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
My Tacoma front axe had to be replaced at 15k. Rear differential started to go at 29k, and eventually went out at 34k. Rear leafspring snapped in half at 38k. Toyota told me to kick rocks. transmission actec funky when shifting. and more to the list.