Audi A3 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
52.7% pass rate
from 4,270 tests in 2020
(2.3% worse than other 2003 cars)
Pass rate by mileage
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Audi A3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Headlamps (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Headlamp (21% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp levelling device (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim (20% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim (20% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (30% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Stop lamp (3.1% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Direction indicators (74% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Flashing type (74% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (97% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Side repeaters (29% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on All direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (27% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (1.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (1.3% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (0.34% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Switch (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Electrical equipment (28% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Battery(ies) (4.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Horn (48% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Electrical wiring (3.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Position lamps (7.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Position lamp (14% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Hazard warning (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Switch (43% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Rear reflectors (28% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (7.2% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (30% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 18% fail on Suspension (7.0% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Springs (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Coil springs (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 6.6% fail on Coil spring (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Mounting
      • 0.070% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Suspension arms (2.8% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Pins and bushes (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Ball joint dust cover (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Suspension arm (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (1.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (6.4% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (71% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Linkage ball joints (49% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (10% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Pins and bushes (9.4% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bar (54% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.3% fail on Shock absorbers (73% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wheel bearings (7.6% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (63% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Macpherson strut (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Pins and bushes (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Macpherson strut (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (45% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Ball joint (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Other suspension component (89% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Ball joint dust cover (38% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Pins and bushes (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Sub-frames (52% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame (25% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Pins and bushes (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.094% fail on Axles (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Axle
    • 0.070% fail on Suspension rods (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Suspension rod
  • 14% fail on Brakes (4.3% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Brake performance (5.7% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (38% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 3.7% fail on Service brake performance (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance (9.4% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (14% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (10% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Parking brake performance (16% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (16% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance (14% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.094% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (34% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.023% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.047% fail on Plate brake tester (2.8% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.047% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (97% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (56% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.73% fail on Rbt (sp) (55% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance (50% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested (66% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake discs and drums (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Brake discs (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.19% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (29% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.094% fail on Cable (51% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.094% fail on Lever (80% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Electronic stability control (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Electronic braking system (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (54% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Hydraulic systems (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake fluid (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.023% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (46% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Pedal (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever (60% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Parking brake control (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Lever (42% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (1.5% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (44% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Air and vacuum systems (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Servos
    • 0.047% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (21% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Other components (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 9.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (4.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Transmission (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Drive shafts (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.6% fail on Joints (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Drive shaft (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Prop shafts (77% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Joints (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Prop shaft
    • 2.6% fail on Exhaust system (29% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Doors (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Driver's door (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Door condition (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Catch
      • 0.12% fail on Front passenger's door (28% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Door condition (26% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.023% fail on Door condition
    • 0.30% fail on Integral vehicle structure (58% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.30% fail on Fuel system (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Pipe (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Tank
    • 0.28% fail on Chassis (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Chassis condition (43% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Body (6.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Panel (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Other body component (33% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Bumpers (20% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Seats (6.8% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Driver's seat (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Passenger's seat (10% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Boot lid (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Boot lid condition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Undertray (98% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Engine mounting (23% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Engine mounting condition (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Bracket
    • 0.023% fail on Load security
      • 0.023% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.023% fail on Tailgate condition
  • 8.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (14% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Spark ignition (3.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (24% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Emissions not tested (38% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Non catalyst emissions (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Emission control equipment (2.8% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.047% fail on Catalytic converter (57% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Compression ignition (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Emissions not tested (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (16% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.094% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.094% fail on Catalytic converter (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.023% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.070% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.40% fail on Fluid leaks (27% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Engine oil leaks (20% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Other leaks (15% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres (20% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Tread depth (22% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Condition (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type (21% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 6.3% fail on Visibility (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers (26% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Washers (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on View to rear (6.4% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Mirrors (9.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Condition of glass (95% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Windscreen (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view (33% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet (29% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 4.9% fail on Steering (9.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Steering linkage components (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Track rod end (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.89% fail on Steering gear (13% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Steering rack (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Power steering (22% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Operation (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Other components (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.12% fail on Electronic power steering (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Steering wheel (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Steering play (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Steering rack (61% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 4.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (31% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Condition (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Prescribed areas (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Requirements
    • 0.14% fail on Airbags (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.98% fail on Identification of the vehicle (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Registration plates (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.87% fail on Road Wheels (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Condition (93% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.023% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.023% fail on Anchorages
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