Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2000
43.5% pass rate
from 3,326 tests in 2020
(23% worse than other 2000 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 2000 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Headlamps (91% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Headlamp (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.030% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.030% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 8.2% fail on Stop lamp (67% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.87% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Individual direction indicators (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on All direction indicators (190% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Side repeaters (66% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Switch
    • 4.1% fail on Position lamps (43% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Position lamp (44% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.96% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.54% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.30% fail on Horn
      • 0.12% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.75% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (48% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Rear fog lamp (48% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Rear fog lamp (47% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.33% fail on Switch
    • 0.18% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.090% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.090% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.030% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 23% fail on Suspension (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 11% fail on Suspension arms (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint dust cover (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension arm
    • 6.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Springs (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Coil springs (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Coil spring (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Mounting
      • 0.060% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.030% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.030% fail on Leaf spring
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (59% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joints (88% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.060% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint (84% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.60% fail on Shock absorbers (57% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.030% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.57% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.27% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.090% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.39% fail on Axles
      • 0.36% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Axle
    • 0.060% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 21% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 20% fail on Exhaust emissions (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 19% fail on Spark ignition (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 11% fail on Catalyst emissions (82% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 10% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (4 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Emissions not tested (75% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Non catalyst emissions (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.12% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.030% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.54% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.27% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (150% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.060% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.060% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.030% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.030% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.030% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 1.7% fail on Fluid leaks (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Engine oil leaks (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.060% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.030% fail on Other leaks
  • 17% fail on Brakes (18% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.4% fail on Service brake performance (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt (38% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 3.8% fail on Service brake performance (49% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.57% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake performance
      • 4.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.060% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.060% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.030% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 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 brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (57% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (58% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.45% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 5.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Electronic stability control (9 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Electronic braking system (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (47% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 2.2% fail on Brake discs and drums (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Brake discs (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.30% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.18% fail on Cable
        • 0.060% fail on Lever
        • 0.060% fail on Linkage
    • 1.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (48% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.39% fail on Pedal
      • 0.060% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.45% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.45% fail on Lever
    • 0.18% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.18% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.18% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.090% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.090% fail on Leaks
    • 0.090% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.090% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.030% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.030% fail on Other components
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.2% fail on Transmission (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Drive shafts (44% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Joints (42% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.030% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.15% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.15% fail on Joints
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure (50% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (54% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Chassis
      • 0.78% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.66% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.48% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on System
      • 0.060% fail on Pipe
      • 0.030% fail on Hose
    • 0.51% fail on Doors
      • 0.30% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.27% fail on Door condition
        • 0.030% fail on Hinge
      • 0.21% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.12% fail on Hinge (8 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Door condition
        • 0.030% fail on Catch
    • 0.45% fail on Seats
      • 0.39% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.060% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.36% fail on Undertray (6 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Body
      • 0.12% fail on Other body component
      • 0.030% fail on Panel
    • 0.15% fail on Boot lid (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.030% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.12% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.060% fail on Cabs
      • 0.060% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.030% fail on Load security
      • 0.030% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.030% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.030% fail on Floor
  • 11% fail on Visibility (30% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Wipers (43% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 0.30% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.27% fail on View to rear
      • 0.27% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.21% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.030% fail on Bonnet
  • 9.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Seat belts (33% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Prescribed areas (52% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment
      • 0.030% fail on Requirements
    • 0.30% fail on Airbags (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 7.3% fail on Steering (74% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Steering linkage components (78% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Track rod end (75% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Ball joint (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.090% fail on Steering arm (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.060% fail on Other components
        • 0.030% fail on Steering component
        • 0.030% fail on Steering linkage
    • 1.5% fail on Steering gear (52% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Steering rack (60% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Steering play (4 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Steering rack (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Power steering
      • 0.24% fail on Other components
      • 0.21% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.030% fail on Pump
    • 0.030% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.030% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 6.9% fail on Tyres
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.27% fail on Size/type
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.36% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.30% fail on Attachment
    • 0.060% fail on Condition

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