Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 1987
62.5% pass rate
from 1,391 tests in 2020
(24% worse than other 1987 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 1987 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (52% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (76% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (76% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Switch (170% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Stop lamp (110% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Direction indicators (57% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Flashing type (57% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (54% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Side repeaters
        • 1.1% fail on All direction indicators (130% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Switch
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.22% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.5% fail on Horn
      • 0.29% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.22% fail on Trailer electrical socket (5 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Battery(ies) (80% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps (67% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (67% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.072% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (80% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Hazard warning (120% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Switch (120% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (160% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.93% fail on Rear reflectors (5 times worse than other 1987 cars)
  • 14% fail on Body, chassis, structure (60% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Chassis (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Chassis condition (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.5% fail on Towbar (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Vehicle structure (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Other towbar components
    • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure (130% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (130% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.72% fail on System (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Tank
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
      • 0.29% fail on Hose
      • 0.22% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.8% fail on Transmission
      • 1.7% fail on Prop shafts (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Prop shaft (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Joints (160% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.072% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.072% fail on Belts
    • 1.0% fail on Doors
      • 0.58% fail on Driver's door (160% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Door condition
        • 0.14% fail on Hinge
        • 0.072% fail on Catch
      • 0.29% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition
        • 0.072% fail on Catch
      • 0.14% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.072% fail on Door condition
        • 0.072% fail on Pillar
    • 1.0% fail on Seats
      • 0.65% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.58% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.58% fail on Body
      • 0.22% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.22% fail on Other body component
      • 0.14% fail on Panel
    • 0.43% fail on Floor
    • 0.36% fail on Cabs (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.072% fail on Cab condition
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
  • 13% fail on Brakes (27% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.58% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.72% fail on Decelerometer (5 times worse than other 1987 cars)
          • 0.72% fail on Service brake performance (5 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.58% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.65% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (53% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Rbt (sp) (80% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.22% fail on Parking brake performance (76% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Rbt (75% better than other 1987 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.072% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.072% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 3.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.7% fail on Brake discs and drums (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Brake drums (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (75% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pedal (170% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Hand lever
    • 1.1% fail on Parking brake control (100% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Lever (100% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.50% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.14% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.072% fail on Valves
    • 0.65% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
        • 0.072% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.072% fail on Other components
    • 0.36% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.22% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.072% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.072% fail on Servos
  • 12% fail on Suspension (28% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.1% fail on Wheel bearings (61% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.7% fail on Pins and bushes (110% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.072% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.2% fail on Axles (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on King pins
      • 0.14% fail on Swivel joints/housing
    • 1.0% fail on Springs
      • 0.58% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.36% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.072% fail on Mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.72% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.072% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.50% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.072% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.072% fail on Linkage
      • 0.072% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.36% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.22% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.072% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint
  • 11% fail on Steering (160% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 7.7% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Track rod end (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Drag link end (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.22% fail on Other components
        • 0.22% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.14% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.14% fail on Lock stop
      • 0.072% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.7% fail on Power steering (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.29% fail on Pump (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Rams
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.0% fail on Steering box (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
    • 0.86% fail on Steering play (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Steering box (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.65% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Steering wheel (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Steering coupling (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Universal joint (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Steering shaft
  • 9.8% fail on Visibility (39% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Washers (32% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.65% fail on Bonnet (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.072% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.072% fail on View to rear
      • 0.072% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.1% fail on Compression ignition (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (4 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Emissions not tested (5 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Emission control equipment (7 times worse than other 1987 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (7 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.072% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.93% fail on Spark ignition (78% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Non catalyst emissions (78% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.072% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.6% fail on Fluid leaks (76% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Engine oil leaks (110% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (200% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.29% fail on Requirements
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
  • 2.2% fail on Tyres
    • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.72% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.072% fail on Size/type
  • 1.5% fail on Identification of the vehicle (99% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plates (94% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.58% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Speedometer (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
  • 0.29% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment
  • 0.072% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.072% fail on Anchorages

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