Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 1985
65.3% pass rate
from 829 tests in 2020
(14% worse than other 1985 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 1985 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (35% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (61% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (61% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 6.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (62% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Switch
    • 5.2% fail on Stop lamp (92% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.0% fail on Position lamps (81% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Position lamp (70% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Switch (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 3.1% fail on Horn (81% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.36% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.8% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.84% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.24% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.24% fail on Switch
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.1% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.72% fail on Rear reflectors (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.36% fail on Switch
  • 13% fail on Body, chassis, structure (51% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Chassis (150% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Chassis condition (160% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.48% fail on Door condition
    • 2.3% fail on Transmission
      • 2.3% fail on Prop shafts (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Prop shaft (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Towbar (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Vehicle structure (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Towbar condition (9 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Other towbar components
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 1.3% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.60% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
      • 0.24% fail on Hose
      • 0.24% fail on System
    • 0.97% fail on Seats
      • 0.60% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.60% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.60% fail on Body
      • 0.36% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
      • 0.12% fail on Other body component
    • 0.48% fail on Floor
    • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Bracket
    • 0.12% fail on Cabs
      • 0.12% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 6.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.97% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.84% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.60% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.12% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.97% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Rbt (sp) (69% better than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.12% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 0.72% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.36% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.24% fail on Rbt
          • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.12% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.12% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.12% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 3.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (140% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake discs and drums (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Brake discs (170% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Brake drums (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.1% fail on Brake pads
    • 2.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.4% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.97% fail on Pedal
      • 0.48% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.60% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.60% fail on Lever
    • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.12% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.36% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.36% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.36% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.24% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.24% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.12% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks
    • 0.12% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 11% fail on Steering (120% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Steering linkage components (170% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Track rod end (110% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Drag link end (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.24% fail on Other components
        • 0.12% fail on Steering component
        • 0.12% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.24% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.12% fail on Lock stop
    • 2.2% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.24% fail on Pump
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.97% fail on Steering box (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
    • 0.72% fail on Steering play
      • 0.72% fail on Steering box
    • 0.48% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.48% fail on Universal joint (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.36% fail on Steering column
    • 0.12% fail on Steering wheel
  • 10% fail on Suspension
    • 3.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.7% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.9% fail on Axles (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Swivel joints/housing (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Stub axle
      • 0.12% fail on King pins
    • 1.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.60% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.2% fail on Springs
      • 0.84% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.48% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.36% fail on Mounting
      • 0.36% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.72% fail on Suspension rods (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.24% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.60% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.48% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.48% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint dust cover (9 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.24% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.12% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.12% fail on Other components
  • 8.7% fail on Visibility
    • 5.2% fail on Washers
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.48% fail on View to rear
      • 0.48% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.24% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.6% fail on Spark ignition (55% better than other 1985 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions (52% better than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.97% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.36% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.36% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Fluid leaks (150% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.60% fail on Other leaks (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 1.9% fail on Identification of the vehicle (94% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plates (99% worse than other 1985 cars)
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.97% fail on Condition
      • 0.60% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
  • 1.4% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.48% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.48% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.48% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.24% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Hubs

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