Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 1996
57.3% pass rate
from 3,252 tests in 2020
(7.6% worse than other 1996 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (51% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Stop lamp (65% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 5.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Switch
    • 5.2% fail on Headlamp aim (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim (46% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.8% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Side repeaters (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 3.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.092% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.6% fail on Electrical equipment (67% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Horn (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.15% fail on Trailer electrical socket (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.3% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.092% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 0.71% fail on Rear reflectors (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Hazard warning (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.18% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.062% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 16% fail on Body, chassis, structure (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Chassis (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Chassis condition (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.9% fail on Towbar (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Vehicle structure (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Other towbar components (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Safety device (17 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Towbar condition
    • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 2.1% fail on Transmission (33% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Prop shafts (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Joints (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Prop shaft (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 1.2% fail on Doors (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Catch (11 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Front passenger's door (190% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Door condition (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Catch
      • 0.28% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.28% fail on Door condition
    • 1.1% fail on Seats (170% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Passenger's seat (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Driver's seat (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.43% fail on Tank (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on System
      • 0.15% fail on Pipe
      • 0.12% fail on Hose
      • 0.031% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.52% fail on Body
      • 0.25% fail on Mounting fixings (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Other body component
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
      • 0.031% fail on Body condition
    • 0.37% fail on Cabs (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Prescribed areas (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Steps (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Floor
    • 0.31% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.062% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.031% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.031% fail on Bracket
  • 15% fail on Suspension (13% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (28% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wheel bearings (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Suspension arms (24% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint (88% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.062% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (40% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.37% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.28% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.092% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.062% fail on Linkage
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.4% fail on Other suspension component (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Other suspension component (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.98% fail on Springs
      • 0.68% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Coil springs (64% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Coil spring (79% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Mounting
    • 0.89% fail on Axles (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Swivel joints/housing (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Axle
    • 0.58% fail on Suspension rods (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Suspension rod (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.062% fail on Sub-frames (90% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.031% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.031% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
  • 13% fail on Steering (190% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 11% fail on Steering linkage components (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Track rod end (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Drag link end (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Ball joint (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Other components (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Steering linkage (9 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.092% fail on Steering component
      • 0.25% fail on Locking devices (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Intermediate drop arm (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Steering arm (9 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Lock stop (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Power steering (70% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Other components (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.092% fail on Operation
      • 0.062% fail on Pump
      • 0.031% fail on Rams
    • 0.80% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.77% fail on Steering box (9 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Operation
    • 0.80% fail on Prescribed areas (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Steering play (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Steering box (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Steering coupling (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Universal joint (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Flexible coupling
    • 0.15% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.092% fail on Steering column
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 4.7% fail on Brake performance (38% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance (38% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance (63% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (170% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (58% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.92% fail on Rbt (66% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.74% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake imbalance (73% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Decelerometer (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake performance (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (70% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Rbt (sp) (80% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.031% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 0.65% fail on Brake performance not tested (82% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (90% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.092% fail on Rbt (93% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.062% fail on Parking brake performance (94% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.031% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.031% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.031% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (52% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (43% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.5% fail on Brake discs and drums (86% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs (80% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.092% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.092% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.092% fail on Cable
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.98% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Other braking system component
        • 0.062% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
        • 0.031% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
      • 0.062% fail on Other components
    • 0.89% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.74% fail on Pedal (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.58% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.58% fail on Lever
    • 0.49% fail on Air and vacuum systems (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Servos (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Operation
    • 0.37% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.15% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.12% fail on Servos (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Valves
    • 0.15% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 9.0% fail on Visibility (23% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Washers (40% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.31% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.22% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.18% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.031% fail on Window
    • 0.22% fail on View to rear
      • 0.22% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (44% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (63% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Compression ignition (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Emissions not tested (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.092% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.062% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.031% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.031% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
      • 0.18% fail on Spark ignition (97% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Catalyst emissions (97% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.031% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.031% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Fluid leaks (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Engine oil leaks (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Other leaks (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Transmission oil leaks (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.062% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.062% fail on Sound deadening material (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
  • 2.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (49% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Seat belts (39% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Prescribed areas (74% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Requirements
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment
  • 2.2% fail on Tyres (46% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Condition (41% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Tread depth (56% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 1.5% fail on Identification of the vehicle (50% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plates (48% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.31% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.031% fail on Hubs
  • 0.062% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.062% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.031% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.031% fail on Speedometer

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