Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2003
50.7% pass rate
from 6,265 tests in 2017
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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 27% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.5% fail on Stop lamp (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Headlamps (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Headlamp (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.032% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.016% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.016% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.016% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (20% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Position lamps (25% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Front lamps (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Rear lamps (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.5% fail on Direction indicators (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Flashing type (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Individual lamps (92% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.46% fail on All direction indicators (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Switch
    • 0.56% fail on Battery (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Fog lamp (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.21% fail on Horn (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.048% fail on Lamp
      • 0.048% fail on Switch
    • 0.064% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 17% fail on Suspension (18% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Drive shafts (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Front drive shafts (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Constant velocity joints (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Couplings
      • 0.16% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.016% fail on Universal joint
    • 5.6% fail on Coil springs (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Condition (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Location
    • 3.0% fail on Suspension arms (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Attachment
    • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 2.1% fail on Component mounting (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.70% fail on Wheel bearings (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Front (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Rear (71% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Anti-roll bars (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage condition (53% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (98% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Attachment
    • 0.61% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.61% fail on Condition
    • 0.57% fail on Front suspension joints (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Shock absorbers (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Condition (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Trailing arms (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.048% fail on Sub-frames (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.032% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.032% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.032% fail on Tie bars/rods (87% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.016% fail on General condition
    • 0.016% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.016% fail on Pipes
    • 0.016% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Emissions (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Exhaust system (24% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.30% fail on Fuel system (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Cap
      • 0.13% fail on System
  • 10% fail on Driver's view of the road (14% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Wipers (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Washers (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.22% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.032% fail on Bonnet (80% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 10% fail on Brakes (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Brake performance (40% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Rear wheels (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Front wheels (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Brake imbalance (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.016% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.6% fail on Hub components
      • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.53% fail on Brake discs (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.032% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.8% fail on Hydraulic systems (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Components (76% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Pipes (78% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Hoses (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Servos
      • 0.24% fail on Operation (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Leaks (58% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.4% fail on Electronic stability system (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on ABS (45% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.24% fail on Parking brake (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Condition (76% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.048% fail on Lever
      • 0.048% fail on Cable (77% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.064% fail on Components
        • 0.064% fail on Servos
    • 0.048% fail on Service brake control components (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Pedal (81% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Condition
  • 8.0% fail on Tyres (11% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth (19% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.24% fail on Size/type
    • 0.096% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.3% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Passengers airbag (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Seat belts (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Prescribed areas (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Requirements
      • 0.016% fail on Installation check
        • 0.016% fail on Anchorage's
  • 6.5% fail on Steering (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Steering system (38% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Track rod end (71% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Steering rack (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Free play
        • 0.14% fail on Steering rack
        • 0.016% fail on Steering box
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.096% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.080% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.032% fail on Other components
        • 0.016% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.016% fail on Steering component
    • 0.18% fail on Power steering (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Other components
      • 0.048% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.016% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.016% fail on Pump
      • 0.016% fail on Rams
    • 0.096% fail on Steering operation
  • 2.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.75% fail on Doors
      • 0.61% fail on Passengers front (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Drivers
      • 0.064% fail on Passengers other (81% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Seats (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Drivers (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Passengers
    • 0.56% fail on Body condition
    • 0.26% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.26% fail on Chassis
    • 0.032% fail on Load security
      • 0.016% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.016% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.016% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.016% fail on Body security
  • 1.1% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.56% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.35% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Condition

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