What Passat Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 33 4 95 19.88
2004 55 4 104 19.91
2003 190 7 104 40.39
2002 112 4 110 33.07
2001 38 4 99 12.51
2000 38 5 92 17.43
1999 12 6 70 3.47
1998 5 5 74 5.08

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