6th Generation (2012—2017) Passat Problems

This generations ranks 40th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (18%), engine (11%), and the electrical (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Heater Doesn\'t Work 2 complaints at an average of 17,325 miles in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
  2. Water Leaking Into Interior 1 complaints at an average of 30,000 miles in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat.
  3. Unintended Braking 3 complaints at an average of 10,733 miles in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

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 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2017 3 2 132 1.85
2016 14 2 255 7.11
2015 22 4 427 9.3
2014 28 7 556 18.87
2013 74 6 507 29.03
2012 52 8 522 25.43

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