Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1989
58.2% pass rate
from 1,517 tests in 2017
(19% worse than other 1989 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 1989 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (26% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamp aim (29% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Direction indicators (52% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Flashing type (52% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.79% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Tell tales
    • 4.9% fail on Registration plate lamp (47% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 4.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.79% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.066% fail on Switch
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Dipswitch (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.20% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 4.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.6% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.066% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.8% fail on Horn (69% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Battery
    • 0.92% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.46% fail on Switch
      • 0.40% fail on Lamp
      • 0.066% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.26% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.13% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.066% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 17% fail on Suspension (26% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.8% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.3% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.66% fail on Spring mounting
    • 5.1% fail on Drive shafts (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Front drive shafts (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Constant velocity joints (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.066% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.066% fail on Drive shafts
    • 4.2% fail on Wheel bearings (95% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Rear (190% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Front
    • 1.9% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.4% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.1% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.99% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Location
    • 0.59% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.066% fail on Condition
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment
    • 0.40% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.26% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.066% fail on Pins and bushes
        • 0.066% fail on Shackle
      • 0.066% fail on Securing bolts
    • 0.13% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 16% fail on Brakes (25% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.4% fail on Parking brake performance (51% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Front wheels (53% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.26% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 7.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (62% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Components (66% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Pipes
        • 3.0% fail on Hoses (100% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Valves (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.73% fail on Leaks
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.20% fail on Operation
    • 1.3% fail on Hub components
      • 0.86% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.33% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.13% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.066% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.33% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.20% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.20% fail on Pedal
        • 0.13% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.066% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.20% fail on Components (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Servos (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Pipes
    • 0.066% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.066% fail on Cable
  • 11% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (35% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust system (41% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Emissions (41% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.46% fail on System
      • 0.26% fail on Tank
      • 0.20% fail on Cap
      • 0.066% fail on Hose
      • 0.066% fail on Pipe
    • 0.66% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 9.2% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.6% fail on Washers (35% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.66% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.066% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (32% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Seats (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Drivers (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Passengers
    • 2.2% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Passengers other (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drivers (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Passengers front
    • 1.5% fail on Body condition
    • 0.86% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.86% fail on Chassis
    • 0.26% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.13% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.13% fail on Load security
      • 0.066% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.066% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.066% fail on Body security
  • 5.3% fail on Steering
    • 4.4% fail on Steering system
      • 3.4% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Free play
        • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.46% fail on Steering control
      • 0.33% fail on Steering column
      • 0.066% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.066% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.066% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.33% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.13% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.066% fail on Power steering
      • 0.066% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 5.2% fail on Tyres (51% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Condition (53% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.26% fail on Size/type
    • 0.13% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.59% fail on Requirements (150% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Condition
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.066% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.79% fail on Road Wheels (170% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment

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