Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2003
48.3% pass rate
from 6,296 tests in 2020
(9.4% worse than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.2% fail on Stop lamp (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.9% fail on Headlamps (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.4% fail on Headlamp (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.048% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim (23% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Headlamp aim (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (97% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Direction indicators (89% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Flashing type (90% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Individual direction indicators (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Side repeaters (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.016% fail on Switch
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Electrical equipment (39% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.095% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.079% fail on Horn (86% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp (75% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Switch
    • 0.079% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.064% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.016% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.048% fail on Reversing lamps (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.016% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.016% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.016% fail on Switch
    • 0.016% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 16% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (94% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 16% fail on Exhaust emissions (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 15% fail on Spark ignition (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 9.0% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 7.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Emissions not tested (90% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Non catalyst emissions (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.032% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.016% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
      • 0.94% fail on Compression ignition (28% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (71% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.032% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.016% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.016% fail on NOx sensor
        • 0.016% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.16% fail on Fluid leaks (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Engine oil leaks (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.016% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.048% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.048% fail on Undertray
  • 15% fail on Suspension (14% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Suspension arms (14% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Pins and bushes (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint (27% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint dust cover (40% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Suspension arm (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.2% fail on Springs (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Coil springs (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Coil spring (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Mounting
      • 0.048% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 4.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Anti-roll bars (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage (63% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Linkage ball joints (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.70% fail on Wheel bearings (57% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Macpherson strut (86% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.079% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.43% fail on Shock absorbers (69% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.079% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.016% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.14% fail on Sub-frames (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.079% fail on Axles
      • 0.079% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.016% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Transmission (65% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Drive shafts (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Joints (68% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.25% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.25% fail on Joints
    • 3.6% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.016% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.87% fail on Doors (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Front passenger's door (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.095% fail on Door condition
        • 0.048% fail on Hinge (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Other passenger's door (90% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Door condition (89% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Chassis
      • 0.54% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.54% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.40% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.079% fail on Pipe
      • 0.064% fail on System
      • 0.016% fail on Hose
    • 0.44% fail on Seats (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Driver's seat (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.17% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.095% fail on Other body component
      • 0.016% fail on Body condition
      • 0.016% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.016% fail on Panel
    • 0.11% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.11% fail on Boot lid condition (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Undertray
    • 0.032% fail on Cabs
      • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.016% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.016% fail on Bracket
    • 0.016% fail on Floor
  • 12% fail on Brakes (23% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance (26% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (19% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.016% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.43% fail on Service brake imbalance (40% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance (33% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (33% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.0% fail on Parking brake performance (32% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.032% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.016% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.016% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.64% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (63% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Rbt (sp) (64% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.41% fail on Service brake imbalance (66% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (67% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.032% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.079% fail on Brake performance not tested (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.016% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.5% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.5% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.032% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.32% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.22% fail on Cable
        • 0.064% fail on Lever
        • 0.016% fail on Linkage
        • 0.016% fail on Relay lever
        • 0.016% fail on Pivot
    • 2.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (65% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Electronic stability control (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Anti-lock braking system (44% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes (65% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (45% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pedal
      • 0.064% fail on Hand lever (80% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Parking brake control (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Lever (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.064% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.032% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.016% fail on Servos
      • 0.016% fail on Valves
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.016% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.079% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.064% fail on Leaks
      • 0.016% fail on Valves
  • 10% fail on Visibility (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Wipers (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Washers (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.27% fail on View to rear
      • 0.27% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.24% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.24% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.079% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.4% fail on Steering (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Steering linkage components (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Track rod end (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.048% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.032% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.016% fail on Other components
        • 0.016% fail on Steering component
      • 0.016% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.51% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.51% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.35% fail on Power steering
      • 0.16% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
      • 0.079% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.016% fail on Pump
    • 0.14% fail on Steering play
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.064% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.016% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.016% fail on Universal joint
  • 7.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.35% fail on Condition
      • 0.032% fail on Requirements
    • 0.19% fail on Airbags (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
  • 0.92% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.91% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.016% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.48% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment
    • 0.079% fail on Condition

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