Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 1989
59.9% pass rate
from 1,815 tests in 2020
(25% worse than other 1989 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 1989 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (50% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (100% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (100% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 6.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (99% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Switch
    • 6.4% fail on Direction indicators (88% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Flashing type (88% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.99% fail on All direction indicators (150% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 6.0% fail on Headlamp aim (40% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Headlamp aim (43% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 5.2% fail on Stop lamp (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamps (35% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.28% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.055% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.4% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.5% fail on Horn (55% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.33% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.055% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps (67% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Position lamp (59% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.17% fail on Switch (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (56% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.99% fail on Switch
    • 0.77% fail on Rear reflectors (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.61% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.11% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 15% fail on Body, chassis, structure (67% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Chassis condition (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust system (42% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.055% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.055% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 1.9% fail on Doors (190% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Hinge (7 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Pillar
        • 0.055% fail on Catch
      • 0.72% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Hinge
        • 0.055% fail on Catch
      • 0.28% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.28% fail on Door condition
    • 1.8% fail on Fuel system (84% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on System (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Tank (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Pipe
      • 0.22% fail on Hose
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.7% fail on Transmission
      • 1.5% fail on Prop shafts (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Prop shaft (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts (94% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.055% fail on Joints
    • 1.6% fail on Towbar (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Vehicle structure (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.99% fail on Seats
      • 0.55% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.50% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.55% fail on Body
      • 0.28% fail on Other body component
      • 0.17% fail on Panel
      • 0.055% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.055% fail on Pillar
    • 0.44% fail on Floor
    • 0.44% fail on Cabs (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.11% fail on Carrier
  • 13% fail on Suspension (22% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.3% fail on Wheel bearings (71% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Axles (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Swivel joints/housing (11 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Axle
      • 0.055% fail on King pins
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.4% fail on Pins and bushes (85% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.17% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Other suspension component (100% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.22% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.77% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.72% fail on Springs
      • 0.50% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.22% fail on Mounting
    • 0.50% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.055% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.44% fail on Suspension rods (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 6.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.33% fail on Decelerometer (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake performance (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.055% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (43% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.94% fail on Service brake imbalance (55% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.88% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.50% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.055% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (39% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Rbt (sp) (75% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
        • 0.055% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.99% fail on Brake performance not tested (150% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (68% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt (72% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking brake performance (83% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.055% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.055% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.055% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 2.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes (50% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake discs and drums (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Brake drums (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (150% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Brake pads (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Brake linings (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.055% fail on Lever
    • 1.8% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pedal (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Hand lever (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Other braking system component (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
    • 0.61% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.61% fail on Lever
    • 0.50% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.39% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.055% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.055% fail on Valves
    • 0.44% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.33% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.22% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.17% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.11% fail on Servos
      • 0.055% fail on Leaks
  • 11% fail on Steering (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Track rod end (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Ball joint (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Drag link end (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Intermediate drop arm (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Steering linkage (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Steering component (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.17% fail on Steering arm (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Lock stop (7 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Power steering (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Pump (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.1% fail on Steering box (7 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Steering play (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Steering box (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.55% fail on Steering coupling (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Universal joint (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Steering wheel (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Steering column
  • 8.8% fail on Visibility (30% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Washers
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers
    • 0.77% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.28% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.28% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.6% fail on Compression ignition (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Emissions not tested (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 0.88% fail on Spark ignition (79% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Non catalyst emissions (78% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.055% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 2.3% fail on Fluid leaks (170% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Engine oil leaks (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Transmission oil leaks (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Other leaks (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 2.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.0% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.0% fail on Condition (92% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Prescribed areas (61% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements
    • 0.055% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.7% fail on Tyres
    • 0.88% fail on Condition
    • 0.77% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
  • 1.7% fail on Identification of the vehicle (69% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plates (72% worse than other 1989 cars)
  • 0.55% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.50% fail on Attachment
    • 0.055% fail on Hubs
  • 0.28% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.28% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.055% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.055% fail on Steps and stairs
      • 0.055% fail on Steps
  • 0.055% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.055% fail on Anchorages

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