6th Gen (2012 – 2017) Volkswagen Passat Problems

The 6th generation of the Passat has a cumulative PainRank™ of 15.26. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2012–2017 Passat model years have sent in 187 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the interior (18%) followed by the engine (11%) and the electrical (10%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2017 2
1.03
2016 13
6.9
2015 20
9.62
2014 27
19.56
2013 73
28.9
2012 52
25.57

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