Land Rover Defender MOT Results

Registered in 2008
65.9% pass rate
from 3,341 tests in 2020
(17% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 5.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim (32% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.030% fail on Switch
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp (44% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.15% fail on Dipswitch (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.39% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.18% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Rear reflectors (14 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.48% fail on Horn
      • 0.21% fail on Trailer electrical socket (14 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.15% fail on Hazard warning (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.060% fail on Main beam tell-tale (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.030% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.030% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 11% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.72% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.15% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (32 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (46% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (54% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.87% fail on Service brake performance (53% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake imbalance (69% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Decelerometer (17 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (18 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (53% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 0.39% fail on Brake performance not tested (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Rbt (93% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.030% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.060% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (30% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads (29% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads (31% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums (42% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.030% fail on Lever
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (85% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.45% fail on Hydraulic systems (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Brake fluid (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Servos (14 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.030% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.42% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.27% fail on Pedal
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.42% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.42% fail on Lever
    • 0.24% fail on Air and vacuum systems (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Servos (20 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Operation
      • 0.030% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.18% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.030% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.030% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.030% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.030% fail on Other components
  • 7.6% fail on Steering (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end (74% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Drag link end (62 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint (19 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Locking devices (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Intermediate drop arm (94 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Other components (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Steering linkage (12 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.45% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.42% fail on Steering box (105 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Operation
    • 0.36% fail on Power steering (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.030% fail on Pump
      • 0.030% fail on Rams
    • 0.21% fail on Steering play (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Steering box (249 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Prescribed areas (14 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Steering coupling (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Universal joint (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Steering wheel
  • 6.8% fail on Suspension (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Wheel bearings (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (50% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Linkage ball joints (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.4% fail on Axles (11 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Swivel joints/housing (209 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on King pins (56 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Stub axle (46 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Axle
    • 1.0% fail on Suspension arms (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Pins and bushes (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint (95% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.45% fail on Springs (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Coil springs (91% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Coil spring (91% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Mounting
    • 0.39% fail on Shock absorbers (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.24% fail on Pins and bushes (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.030% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.21% fail on Suspension rods (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.12% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.030% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.030% fail on Other components
  • 6.5% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.12% fail on View to rear
      • 0.12% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.030% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.030% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Transmission (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Prop shafts (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Prop shaft (42 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts (95% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Joints (96% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.030% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.72% fail on Fuel system (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hose (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Tank
      • 0.090% fail on Pipe
    • 0.45% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Towbar (51 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Vehicle structure (172 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Other towbar components (26 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Body
      • 0.21% fail on Other body component
      • 0.090% fail on Panel
    • 0.30% fail on Seats (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Driver's seat (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.24% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Chassis condition (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Doors
      • 0.090% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.060% fail on Door condition
        • 0.030% fail on Hinge
      • 0.030% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.030% fail on Hinge
    • 0.060% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.060% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.060% fail on Cabs (17 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Steps (142 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.030% fail on Load security
      • 0.030% fail on Access panel
  • 2.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (56% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.81% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.30% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (71% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.090% fail on Catalytic converter (13 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.030% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.45% fail on Spark ignition (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Catalyst emissions (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.27% fail on Transmission oil leaks (12 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.060% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment
      • 0.060% fail on Requirements
  • 1.6% fail on Tyres (78% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Tread depth (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Condition (77% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.060% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Speedometer (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.060% fail on Road Wheels (88% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Attachment (83% better than other 2008 cars)

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