Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1988
56.5% pass rate
from 858 tests in 2017
(24% worse than other 1988 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 1988 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (29% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Headlamp aim (40% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Direction indicators (49% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Flashing type (49% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Side repeaters (93% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.5% fail on All direction indicators (110% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Tell tales
    • 5.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.7% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
    • 5.4% fail on Headlamps (57% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Headlamp (60% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.23% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.12% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
      • 0.12% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.9% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 4.5% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.47% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
    • 3.6% fail on Horn (94% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Hazard warning
      • 1.2% fail on Lamp
      • 0.35% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.23% fail on Switch
    • 1.2% fail on Battery
    • 0.23% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.23% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 18% fail on Brakes (33% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (39% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Parking brake performance (85% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.4% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.2% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.82% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.35% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 8.0% fail on Hydraulic systems (82% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Components (93% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Pipes
        • 3.5% fail on Hoses (130% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Valves (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Leaks
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
    • 1.7% fail on Hub components
      • 1.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.47% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.12% fail on Brake back plates
    • 0.93% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.93% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.23% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.23% fail on Pedal
        • 0.23% fail on Condition
    • 0.23% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.23% fail on Components (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Servos (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
  • 17% fail on Suspension (31% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.7% fail on Subframe mounting (100% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Spring mounting
    • 4.8% fail on Wheel bearings (120% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Rear (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front
    • 4.8% fail on Drive shafts (130% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Front drive shafts (150% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Constant velocity joints (140% worse than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Couplings (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.47% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.23% fail on Presence (7 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage condition
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.70% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
    • 0.58% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.58% fail on Condition
    • 0.58% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.12% fail on General condition
    • 0.12% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
        • 0.12% fail on Anchor
    • 0.12% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Axles
      • 0.12% fail on Axle beam
  • 13% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (56% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Exhaust system (76% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Emissions
    • 2.6% fail on Fuel system
      • 1.5% fail on System (170% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Cap
      • 0.23% fail on Tank
      • 0.23% fail on Hose
      • 0.23% fail on Pipe
    • 0.35% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 10% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.8% fail on Washers (50% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.70% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.35% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.23% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.9% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Passengers other (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.58% fail on Drivers
    • 1.9% fail on Seats (130% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Drivers (130% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Passengers
    • 1.3% fail on Body condition
    • 0.58% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.58% fail on Chassis
    • 0.12% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.12% fail on Load security
      • 0.12% fail on Bootlid
  • 6.4% fail on Tyres (85% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Tread depth (120% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
    • 0.12% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.6% fail on Steering
    • 4.9% fail on Steering system
      • 2.8% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.35% fail on Free play
        • 0.35% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Steering damper
      • 0.12% fail on Other components
        • 0.12% fail on Steering component
    • 0.35% fail on Steering control
      • 0.23% fail on Steering column
      • 0.12% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.23% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.12% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.12% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.47% fail on Requirements
      • 0.47% fail on Condition
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.12% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 1.2% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.35% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Condition

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