Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2002
47.1% pass rate
from 4,278 tests in 2020
(11% worse than other 2002 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 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (19% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 9.3% fail on Stop lamp (58% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Headlamps (65% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Headlamp (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.047% fail on Matched pair (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 5.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.61% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Direction indicators (66% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Flashing type (66% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.094% fail on Side repeaters (87% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Position lamps (21% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (22% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (30% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (58% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Rear fog lamp (58% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Switch
    • 0.49% fail on Electrical equipment (52% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.19% fail on Horn (66% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.070% fail on Switch
    • 0.070% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.047% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.023% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.047% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.047% fail on Reversing lamps (6 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.023% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.023% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.023% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 8.0% fail on Suspension arms (30% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Pins and bushes (89% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover (70% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Suspension arm (69% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (89% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Springs (25% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Coil springs (26% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Coil spring (26% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Mounting
      • 0.070% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage (64% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Linkage ball joints (96% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint (90% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.023% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.54% fail on Shock absorbers (62% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.30% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.094% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.070% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.49% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.070% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.023% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.40% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.26% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.094% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.070% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.14% fail on Axles
      • 0.12% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.023% fail on Axle
    • 0.023% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint
  • 17% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 17% fail on Exhaust emissions (130% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 16% fail on Spark ignition (150% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 8.8% fail on Catalyst emissions (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 7.9% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Emissions not tested (180% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Non catalyst emissions (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 0.84% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.26% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.19% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (70% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.047% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.023% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.37% fail on Fluid leaks (50% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Engine oil leaks (62% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.047% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.023% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 13% fail on Brakes (12% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance (29% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt
          • 2.5% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.54% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.094% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.047% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.047% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.047% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.047% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (30% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (27% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.023% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 0.84% fail on Parking brake performance (52% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Rbt (52% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.68% fail on Parking brake performance (55% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.023% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.47% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (sp) (78% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance (79% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.9% fail on Brake discs and drums (54% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake discs (54% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.12% fail on Cable
        • 0.047% fail on Lever
    • 3.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (150% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Electronic stability control (6 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 1.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes (50% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.26% fail on Pedal
      • 0.094% fail on Hand lever (70% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Parking brake control (56% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Lever (55% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.023% fail on Servos
      • 0.023% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.023% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.19% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Servos
      • 0.023% fail on Operation
    • 0.047% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.023% fail on Other components
      • 0.023% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.023% fail on Other braking system component
  • 10% fail on Visibility (21% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Wipers (22% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Washers (22% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.28% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.28% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.19% fail on View to rear
      • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.7% fail on Steering (87% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Steering linkage components (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Track rod end (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.047% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.023% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.023% fail on Rear wheel steering
        • 0.023% fail on Components
    • 0.89% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.86% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.023% fail on Operation
    • 0.42% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Other components
      • 0.094% fail on Operation
      • 0.094% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.023% fail on Rams
    • 0.19% fail on Steering play
      • 0.19% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.023% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.023% fail on Steering shaft
  • 8.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (22% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission (59% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts (58% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Joints (59% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.047% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.047% fail on Joints
    • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure (62% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (67% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Doors
      • 0.28% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.19% fail on Hinge (22 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.094% fail on Door condition
      • 0.28% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.28% fail on Door condition
      • 0.047% fail on Other passenger's door (86% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Door condition (86% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Chassis
      • 0.58% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.37% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.26% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.070% fail on Pipe
      • 0.023% fail on Tank
      • 0.023% fail on System
    • 0.33% fail on Seats
      • 0.23% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.094% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.23% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Panel
      • 0.094% fail on Other body component
    • 0.21% fail on Boot lid (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Boot lid condition (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Undertray
    • 0.094% fail on Cabs
      • 0.094% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.070% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.047% fail on Floor
    • 0.023% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.023% fail on Carrier
    • 0.023% fail on Towbar
      • 0.023% fail on Towbar condition
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type
  • 4.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts (26% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (76% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.094% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.023% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.35% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment
    • 0.023% fail on Condition
  • 0.023% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.023% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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