Volkswagen Passat - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported a total of 8,460 problems for their cars built in the 24 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volkswagen Passat. The 1999 Volkswagen Passat cars have the most problems reported (848 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volkswagen Passat

  Common problems of Volkswagen Passat

The following chart shows the 28 most common problems for Volkswagen Passat cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,284 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,282 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen Passat

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,284
  Air Bag
1,282
  Electrical System
983
  Service Brakes
821
  Steering
477
  Other Fuel System
454
  Power Train
387
  Suspension
373
  Gasoline Fuel System
364
  Equipment
312
   
  Visibility
299
  Exterior Lighting
249
  Structure
219
  Seats
205
  Vehicle Speed Control
200
  Air Brake
105
  Unknown Or Other
90
  Tire
81
  Latches/locks/linkage
77
  Electronic Stability Control
65
  Seat Belt
54
  Wheel
25
  Interior Lighting
16
  Parking Brake
16
  Diesel Fuel System
14
  Traction Control System
3
  Child Seat
3
  Back Over Prevention
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volkswagen Passat of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Passat model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volkswagen Passat model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Passat Model Years

Passat
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 1016,7631    
0.60
  2017 3876,5132    
0.25
  2016 5656,2163    
0.33
  2015 18074,4444    
0.60
  2014 49968,8605    
1.45
  2013 68788,8466    
1.29
  2012 52476,9257    
0.97
  2011 813,0068    
0.08
  2010 16842,3309    
0.44
  2009 17931,23710    
0.57
  2008 21535,31311    
0.55
  2007 32339,64612    
0.68
  2006 72862,99413    
0.89
  2005 16234,94114    
0.33
  2004 33770,70415    
0.32
  2003 793105,13716    
0.47
  2002 77393,73617    
0.49
  2001 55282,90718    
0.37
  2000 61568,04219    
0.48

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volkswagen Passat is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Passat
1
  2018 Passat
6
  2017 Passat
17
  2016 Passat
11
  2015 Passat
35
  2014 Passat
40
  2013 Passat
47
  2012 Passat
33
  2010 Passat
17
  2009 Passat
6
  2008 Passat
7
  2007 Passat
23
  2006 Passat
68
  2005 Passat
8
  2004 Passat
44
  2003 Passat
53
  2002 Passat
171
  2001 Passat
47
  2000 Passat
32
  1999 Passat
85
  1998 Passat
34
  1997 Passat
6
  1996 Passat
18


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