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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   14 Tacomas, 7.2 months of data per Tacoma, average 168700 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat   10 Passats, 8.6 months of data per Passat, average 163300 miles

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2000 Toyota Tacoma   16 Tacomas, 7.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 155600 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Passat   14 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 134500 miles

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2001 Toyota Tacoma   12 Tacomas, 7.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 173600 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat   11 Passats, 9.4 months of data per Passat, average 124300 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma   16 Tacomas, 8.0 months of data per Tacoma, average 142800 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 31 Passats, 8.9 months of data per Passat, average 114500 miles143
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota Tacoma   10 Tacomas, 9.1 months of data per Tacoma, average 135000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 25 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 136800 miles90
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota Tacoma   12 Tacomas, 8.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 116600 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat   22 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 120700 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma 27 Tacomas, 8.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 107400 miles

Redesigned.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Passat   21 Passats, 9.2 months of data per Passat, average 117100 miles

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2006 Toyota Tacoma   23 Tacomas, 9.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 90800 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 29 Passats, 8.5 months of data per Passat, average 85600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Tacoma 25 Tacomas, 8.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 85600 miles17
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 35 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 94200 miles

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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota Tacoma   17 Tacomas, 8.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 78300 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 51 Passats, 9.6 months of data per Passat, average 67100 miles71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota Tacoma   14 Tacomas, 9.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 61300 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat   17 Passats, 8.4 months of data per Passat, average 80900 miles

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2010 Toyota Tacoma   11 Tacomas, 9.0 months of data per Tacoma, average 54900 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 26 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 50800 miles73
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Tacoma   20 Tacomas, 8.1 months of data per Tacoma, average 32500 miles

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2012 Toyota Tacoma   20 Tacomas, 9.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 33000 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 66 Passats, 9.3 months of data per Passat, average 34500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with headlights and rattles. Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Tacoma 36 Tacomas, 10.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 14000 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Passat 74 Passats, 9.5 months of data per Passat, average 17600 miles

Multiple turbo failures reported for the TDI.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Volkswagen Passat 32 Passats, 6.1 months of data per Passat, average 6900 miles31
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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
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.
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 Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High maintenence costs when the car ages.
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.
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
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.
 

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 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 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 4WD, part-time w/low range
After 10,000 miles, no problems to report so far.
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 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It always started
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
I have over 31K miles and never been into the dealership
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.