Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1981
65.4% pass rate
from 133 tests in 2020
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 1981 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (64% worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Stop lamp (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Headlamps (150% worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 6.8% fail on Headlamp (160% worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.5% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 3.8% fail on Horn
      • 0.75% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.5% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.8% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.8% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.5% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.75% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.75% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 9.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (140% worse than other 1981 cars)
        • 6.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (150% worse than other 1981 cars)
          • 5.3% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 3.8% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt
          • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.75% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.75% fail on Rbt
          • 0.75% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 2.3% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 1.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.75% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.75% fail on Pedal
    • 0.75% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.75% fail on Valves
  • 12% fail on Visibility
    • 11% fail on Washers
    • 4.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.75% fail on Bonnet
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 6.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.75% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.75% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.3% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.5% fail on Sub-frames
      • 1.5% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.75% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.75% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.75% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.75% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 9.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.3% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.75% fail on Hose
      • 0.75% fail on Pipe
      • 0.75% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 2.3% fail on Transmission
      • 2.3% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.3% fail on Joints
    • 1.5% fail on Seats
      • 1.5% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.75% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.75% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.75% fail on Doors
      • 0.75% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.75% fail on Door condition
  • 7.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.8% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.5% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.5% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.75% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.75% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Seat belts (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Requirements
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 2.3% fail on Steering gear
      • 2.3% fail on Steering rack
    • 1.5% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.75% fail on Steering play
      • 0.75% fail on Steering box
  • 1.5% fail on Tyres
    • 0.75% fail on Condition
    • 0.75% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.75% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.75% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.75% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.75% fail on Speedometer

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