Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2008
60.0% pass rate
from 2,857 tests in 2020
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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Headlamps (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on Headlamp (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.035% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.6% fail on Stop lamp (34% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.98% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.11% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (58% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Direction indicators (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Flashing type (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Individual direction indicators (65% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.81% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.81% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.81% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.21% fail on Electrical equipment (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.070% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.035% fail on Horn
    • 0.070% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.035% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.035% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 11% fail on Suspension (21% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Springs (37% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Coil springs (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 6.5% fail on Coil spring (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Mounting
    • 2.9% fail on Suspension arms (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Macpherson strut (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.070% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.32% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.035% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.035% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.18% fail on Wheel bearings (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Shock absorbers (94% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Anti-roll bars (98% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Linkage
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.070% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.070% fail on Sub-frame
  • 9.2% fail on Visibility (53% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Wipers (84% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Washers
    • 0.67% fail on View to rear (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Mirrors (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.28% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.035% fail on Bonnet
  • 7.9% fail on Brakes (15% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.42% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.035% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.74% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.74% fail on Rbt
          • 0.67% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.070% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.56% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.56% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.53% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.070% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.035% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.4% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.28% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.18% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Cable
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (66% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.18% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
      • 0.070% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.14% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.11% fail on Rigid brake pipes (92% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.035% fail on Leaks
    • 0.035% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.035% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
  • 5.2% fail on Tyres (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.2% fail on Condition (27% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Size/type
  • 4.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.5% fail on Spark ignition (49% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (76% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.56% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.035% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.035% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.035% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.32% fail on Compression ignition (82% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (68% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.035% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.035% fail on Undertray
    • 0.070% fail on Fluid leaks (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 3.8% fail on Steering (68% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Steering linkage components (99% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Track rod end (93% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Steering arm (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
        • 0.035% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.035% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.21% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.070% fail on Other components
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
      • 0.035% fail on Pump
    • 0.11% fail on Steering play
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.035% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.035% fail on Steering rack
  • 3.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (41% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Transmission (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Drive shafts (47% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Joints (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.035% fail on Joints
    • 0.70% fail on Exhaust system (67% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Doors
      • 0.42% fail on Front passenger's door (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.035% fail on Door condition
        • 0.035% fail on Hinge
      • 0.070% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.070% fail on Door condition
    • 0.28% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.035% fail on Hose
    • 0.21% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.21% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.14% fail on Undertray
    • 0.11% fail on Chassis
      • 0.11% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.11% fail on Seats
      • 0.070% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.035% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.070% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.035% fail on Body
      • 0.035% fail on Other body component
  • 1.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.88% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.60% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.35% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.21% fail on Condition
      • 0.035% fail on Requirements
    • 0.070% fail on Airbags
      • 0.070% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.035% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.60% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.60% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.39% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 0.035% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.035% fail on Speedometer

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