Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1985
60.7% pass rate
from 341 tests in 2020
(30% worse than other 1985 cars)
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 1985 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 5.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.88% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 5.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.6% fail on Headlamp
    • 4.7% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 4.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 4.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.59% fail on Switch
    • 4.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 3.8% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.59% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.29% fail on Side repeaters
    • 3.8% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.9% fail on Horn
      • 0.59% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.29% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 2.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 15% fail on Brakes (51% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (73% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 7.6% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (150% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 7.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (170% worse than other 1985 cars)
          • 5.0% fail on Service brake imbalance (150% worse than other 1985 cars)
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance (180% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Service brake performance
        • 5.6% fail on Rbt
          • 5.0% fail on Service brake performance (92% worse than other 1985 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 4.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (100% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.29% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.2% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 1.2% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (7 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 1.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.88% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Cable (8 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.29% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.29% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.59% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.59% fail on Lever
    • 0.29% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.29% fail on Valves
  • 15% fail on Suspension (58% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Wheel bearings (120% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.29% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 2.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.59% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.1% fail on Macpherson strut (8 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (13 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Macpherson strut (7 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.88% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.59% fail on Sub-frame
    • 1.2% fail on Springs
      • 1.2% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.2% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.88% fail on Shock absorbers
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.4% fail on Transmission (170% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Drive shafts (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Joints (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Drive shaft (6 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.9% fail on Fuel system (150% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pipe
      • 0.88% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.88% fail on System (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Tank
      • 0.29% fail on Hose
    • 2.3% fail on Seats (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Driver's seat (3 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.59% fail on Chassis
      • 0.59% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.59% fail on Bumpers (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.29% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.29% fail on Body
      • 0.29% fail on Other body component
    • 0.29% fail on Doors
      • 0.29% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition
      • 0.29% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition
  • 9.7% fail on Visibility
    • 5.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.88% fail on Driver's view (6 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.88% fail on View to rear
      • 0.88% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.29% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.29% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (68% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.2% fail on Spark ignition (77% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions (90% worse than other 1985 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.29% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.8% fail on Engine oil leaks (200% worse than other 1985 cars)
  • 4.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (120% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Seat belts (120% worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.88% fail on Condition
      • 0.59% fail on Requirements
      • 0.29% fail on Pre-tensioners
  • 2.9% fail on Steering
    • 2.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.8% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.29% fail on Operation
    • 0.88% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.59% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.29% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.29% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.29% fail on Steering play
      • 0.29% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres
    • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.59% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.59% fail on Speedometer

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