Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 1988
58.9% pass rate
from 1,281 tests in 2020
(30% worse than other 1988 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 1988 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 26% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (66% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 8.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (120% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 8.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (120% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 7.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Switch
    • 6.4% fail on Direction indicators (84% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Flashing type (84% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (120% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.62% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim (47% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Headlamp aim (46% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamps (43% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp (44% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.4% fail on Stop lamp (72% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Position lamps (95% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Position lamp (98% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 3.7% fail on Electrical equipment (47% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Horn (89% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.23% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 3.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (88% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Hazard warning (180% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Switch (180% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.94% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (130% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.78% fail on Rear reflectors (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
  • 16% fail on Body, chassis, structure (71% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Chassis condition (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.6% fail on Towbar (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Vehicle structure (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Other towbar components
    • 2.5% fail on Fuel system (140% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Pipe (140% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on System (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Hose
      • 0.31% fail on Tank
      • 0.078% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure (64% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.078% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.078% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 2.0% fail on Doors (190% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Door condition (150% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Catch (10 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Hinge
        • 0.078% fail on Pillar
      • 0.62% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Catch
        • 0.078% fail on Hinge
      • 0.31% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.31% fail on Door condition
    • 1.5% fail on Transmission
      • 1.3% fail on Prop shafts (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Prop shaft (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.078% fail on Joints
      • 0.078% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.86% fail on Seats
      • 0.78% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.23% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.78% fail on Body
      • 0.31% fail on Panel
      • 0.23% fail on Mounting fixings (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Other body component
    • 0.47% fail on Floor
    • 0.078% fail on Cabs
      • 0.078% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 14% fail on Suspension (46% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Wheel bearings (150% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.5% fail on Axles (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Swivel joints/housing (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Axle (8 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on King pins
      • 0.078% fail on Stub axle
    • 2.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.94% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.62% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.078% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.5% fail on Other suspension component (170% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.16% fail on Other suspension component
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.86% fail on Springs
      • 0.70% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.47% fail on Mounting (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.16% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.78% fail on Suspension rods (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.31% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.16% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.078% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.078% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.078% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 13% fail on Brakes (26% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.3% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (64% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 2.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (40% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.70% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.55% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (48% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (64% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.55% fail on Decelerometer (7 times worse than other 1988 cars)
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake performance (7 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake performance not tested (170% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (67% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Rbt (73% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Parking brake performance (76% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 0.078% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.078% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.078% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 4.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Brake discs and drums (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Brake discs (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Brake drums (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads (200% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Brake linings (7 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.16% fail on Lever
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (86% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (190% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pedal (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Hand lever
    • 1.1% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Other braking system component (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
    • 0.86% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.86% fail on Lever
    • 0.47% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.31% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 12% fail on Steering (180% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 9.0% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Track rod end (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Drag link end (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Ball joint (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Steering linkage (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Intermediate drop arm (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering arm (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.078% fail on Lock stop
    • 1.6% fail on Power steering (190% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Operation
      • 0.31% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.23% fail on Pump
    • 1.2% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.2% fail on Steering box (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Operation
    • 1.1% fail on Steering play (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Steering box (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Steering wheel (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Steering coupling (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Universal joint (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
  • 8.9% fail on Visibility
    • 5.4% fail on Washers
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers
    • 0.86% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.078% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.078% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.2% fail on Compression ignition (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (7 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Emissions not tested (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.078% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.078% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.078% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
      • 1.6% fail on Spark ignition (64% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Non catalyst emissions (65% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.16% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 1.6% fail on Fluid leaks (110% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Engine oil leaks (110% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.23% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 2.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (170% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment
      • 0.23% fail on Requirements
  • 1.9% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.78% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.078% fail on Size/type
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.078% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Attachment
    • 0.078% fail on Hubs
  • 0.23% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.23% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.078% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.078% fail on Anchorages

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