Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2001
46.7% pass rate
from 4,217 tests in 2020
(13% worse than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (25% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Stop lamp (66% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Headlamps (61% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 7.4% fail on Headlamp (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.071% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.64% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (87% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Direction indicators (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Flashing type (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on All direction indicators (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Side repeaters (82% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.024% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.74% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (49% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Rear fog lamp (49% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Rear fog lamp (50% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 0.71% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.36% fail on Horn
      • 0.33% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.024% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
    • 0.071% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.071% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 20% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 20% fail on Exhaust emissions (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 19% fail on Spark ignition (170% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 11% fail on Catalyst emissions (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 9.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (190% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Emissions not tested (200% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Non catalyst emissions (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.024% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.024% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.024% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.62% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.24% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.095% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.047% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.024% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.024% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.047% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual (10 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.76% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.64% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.047% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.047% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.024% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.047% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.047% fail on Undertray
  • 20% fail on Suspension (9.4% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Suspension arms (60% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Pins and bushes (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint (28% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.0% fail on Springs (60% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Coil springs (66% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 5.0% fail on Coil spring (68% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (25% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (68% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Pins and bushes (85% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage (56% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Linkage ball joints (97% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.1% fail on Macpherson strut (200% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Shock absorbers (60% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.047% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.14% fail on Sub-frames (79% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (65% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.047% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.024% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.024% fail on Axles
      • 0.024% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 6.5% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (20% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance (36% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (34% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.047% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.024% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.83% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (65% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Rbt (sp) (65% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake imbalance (66% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Brake performance not tested (69% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Electronic stability control (7 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.024% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 4.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (36% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.047% fail on Brake linings
      • 2.0% fail on Brake discs and drums (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Brake discs (74% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.095% fail on Cable
        • 0.095% fail on Lever
        • 0.024% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 1.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (51% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.36% fail on Pedal
      • 0.31% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.36% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.31% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.31% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.12% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.047% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.024% fail on Servos
      • 0.024% fail on Valves
    • 0.17% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.12% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.071% fail on Servos
      • 0.047% fail on Leaks
    • 0.024% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.024% fail on Other braking system component
  • 10% fail on Visibility (23% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Wipers (32% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.40% fail on Driver's view (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.21% fail on View to rear
      • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.024% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.17% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
  • 9.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.9% fail on Transmission
      • 3.7% fail on Drive shafts
        • 3.7% fail on Joints
        • 0.047% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.21% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.21% fail on Joints
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.047% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.047% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.62% fail on Chassis
      • 0.62% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.62% fail on Doors
      • 0.40% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Hinge
      • 0.19% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.17% fail on Door condition
        • 0.024% fail on Pillar
      • 0.024% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.024% fail on Door condition
    • 0.50% fail on Seats
      • 0.50% fail on Driver's seat (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Undertray (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Fuel system (74% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.047% fail on System
      • 0.024% fail on Pipe
    • 0.17% fail on Boot lid (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Boot lid condition (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.095% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.071% fail on Body (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Other body component
    • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.024% fail on Load security
      • 0.024% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.024% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.024% fail on Floor
    • 0.024% fail on Cabs
      • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 6.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Size/type
  • 6.0% fail on Steering (42% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Steering linkage components (54% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Track rod end (40% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.12% fail on Steering arm (5 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Other components
        • 0.024% fail on Steering component
        • 0.024% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.024% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.69% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.66% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.024% fail on Operation
    • 0.64% fail on Power steering
      • 0.40% fail on Other components (190% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.047% fail on Operation
      • 0.047% fail on Pump
      • 0.047% fail on Rams
    • 0.45% fail on Steering play (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.024% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 4.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (56% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Seat belts (26% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.26% fail on Condition (55% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Requirements
    • 0.095% fail on Airbags
      • 0.071% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.024% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.024% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.26% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 0.071% fail on Condition
    • 0.024% fail on Hubs
  • 0.047% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.047% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.024% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.024% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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