Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 2005
62.2% pass rate
from 3,337 tests in 2020
(18% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (12% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.2% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.36% fail on Side repeaters (53% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps (34% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp (33% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp (64% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.0% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.93% fail on Horn (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.030% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.030% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.78% fail on Rear reflectors (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.090% fail on Main beam tell-tale (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.060% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Brakes (12% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes (91% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Brake performance (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.57% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.30% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (18 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Service brake performance (68% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Rbt (75% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake performance (73% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.060% fail on Service brake imbalance (90% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Decelerometer (8 times worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.24% fail on Service brake performance (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (79% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt (sp) (92% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Gradient tester (sp) (8 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Rbt (96% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.030% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.030% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.030% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 2.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (28% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.90% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.90% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.12% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.060% fail on Cable
        • 0.060% fail on Lever
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.15% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.72% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.72% fail on Lever
    • 0.51% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.42% fail on Pedal (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.33% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.060% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.030% fail on Servos
    • 0.15% fail on Air and vacuum systems (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Servos (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Flexible brake hoses (81% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.030% fail on Other components
      • 0.030% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.030% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.030% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.030% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 11% fail on Steering (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 9.6% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Track rod end (66% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Drag link end (48 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Ball joint (13 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Other components (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Steering component (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Steering linkage (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Intermediate drop arm (16 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.060% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.48% fail on Power steering
      • 0.18% fail on Pump (10 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
      • 0.15% fail on Other components
      • 0.090% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.33% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.24% fail on Steering box (47 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Operation (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Steering play (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Steering box (140 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Steering coupling (21 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Universal joint (26 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Prescribed areas (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Steering wheel (10 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Steering column (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 9.0% fail on Suspension (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Wheel bearings (82% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Axles (13 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Swivel joints/housing (92 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on King pins (78 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Stub axle (34 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Axle
    • 1.5% fail on Suspension arms (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Pins and bushes (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint dust cover (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint (94% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Linkage ball joints (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint dust cover (90% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.060% fail on Linkage (85% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Other suspension component (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.72% fail on Springs (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Coil springs (86% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Coil spring (86% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Shock absorbers (54% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Suspension rods (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes (13 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Suspension rod (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (24 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.15% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint dust cover (48 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.15% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (88% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.030% fail on Other components
  • 6.8% fail on Visibility
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 3.5% fail on Washers
    • 0.21% fail on View to rear
      • 0.21% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on System (10 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Pipe (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.21% fail on Hose (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Tank
    • 1.1% fail on Transmission (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prop shafts (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Prop shaft (12 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Joints (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.030% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.090% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Exhaust system (67% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Towbar (24 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Vehicle structure (28 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other towbar components (31 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Doors
      • 0.33% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.24% fail on Door condition
        • 0.060% fail on Catch (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Hinge
      • 0.15% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition
      • 0.15% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition
    • 0.54% fail on Body (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Other body component (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Mounting fixings (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Panel
    • 0.54% fail on Seats (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Driver's seat (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.33% fail on Chassis
      • 0.33% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.18% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.18% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.090% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.060% fail on Load security (8 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Tailgate (12 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Tailgate condition
        • 0.030% fail on Other tailgate component
    • 0.030% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.030% fail on Carrier
    • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Bracket
    • 0.030% fail on Floor
    • 0.030% fail on Cabs
      • 0.030% fail on Steps
  • 4.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (42% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (49% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Compression ignition (89% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (190% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.090% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.060% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.060% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (12 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (88% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
      • 0.060% fail on Spark ignition (99% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.030% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.90% fail on Fluid leaks (77% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.36% fail on Other leaks (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Transmission oil leaks (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.030% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 1.9% fail on Tyres (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Tread depth (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Condition (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle (89% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates (90% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (55% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.96% fail on Condition (96% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Prescribed areas (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Requirements
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment
    • 0.060% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (96% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels (64% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Attachment
    • 0.030% fail on Hubs
  • 0.030% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.030% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.030% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.030% fail on Steps and stairs
      • 0.030% fail on Steps
  • 0.030% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.030% fail on Anchorages

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