Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1989
61.6% pass rate
from 1,569 tests in 2020
(21% 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.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Direction indicators (47% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Flashing type (47% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (54% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Side repeaters (71% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.2% fail on Electrical equipment (66% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Horn (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.25% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 3.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.32% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (92% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.64% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.64% fail on Main beam tell-tale (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.57% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.57% fail on Switch
    • 0.19% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 14% fail on Body, chassis, structure (47% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Transmission (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Drive shafts (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Joints (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.064% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.25% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.25% fail on Joints
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust system (60% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Doors (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Hinge
      • 0.70% fail on Other passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.45% fail on Door condition
    • 1.8% fail on Seats (120% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Driver's seat (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.51% fail on Pipe
      • 0.25% fail on Hose
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.19% fail on System
      • 0.13% fail on Tank
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.96% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.064% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.064% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.064% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.0% fail on Chassis
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.38% fail on Engine mounting (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Engine mounting condition (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Bracket
    • 0.32% fail on Floor
    • 0.25% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.25% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Panel
      • 0.064% fail on Body condition
      • 0.064% fail on Other body component
    • 0.064% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.064% fail on Carrier
    • 0.064% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.064% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 8.8% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (47% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (51% worse than other 1989 cars)
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% worse than other 1989 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.064% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.064% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.064% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.064% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.064% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.064% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.064% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.96% fail on Flexible brake hoses (120% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Load sensing valves (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.64% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Cable (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Lever (7 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.25% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.19% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.19% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.51% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.32% fail on Valves (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.064% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.38% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.25% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.25% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.19% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.19% fail on Lever
    • 0.064% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.064% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.064% fail on Other braking system component
  • 12% fail on Suspension
    • 4.1% fail on Wheel bearings (120% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.38% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.25% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.4% fail on Springs
      • 1.0% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.89% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting
      • 0.32% fail on Leaf springs (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Anchor bracket (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.064% fail on Anchor pins and bushes
        • 0.064% fail on Fixings and fixing bolts
      • 0.064% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Macpherson strut (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.0% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.64% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.38% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.064% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.45% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.32% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.064% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.064% fail on Axles
      • 0.064% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 8.2% fail on Visibility
    • 4.6% fail on Washers
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.38% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.064% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.19% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.19% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.19% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 8.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (53% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (59% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Spark ignition (68% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Non catalyst emissions (73% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested (120% worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Catalyst emissions
      • 0.32% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.25% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.064% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.96% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.70% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.064% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.064% fail on Other leaks
  • 5.4% fail on Steering
    • 3.6% fail on Steering gear (170% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Steering rack (200% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Operation
    • 1.2% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.064% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.25% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.064% fail on Other components
    • 0.25% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.25% fail on Steering play
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.13% fail on Steering column
    • 0.064% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres (59% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth (67% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Condition (66% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Size/type
  • 2.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.9% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.70% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Requirements
      • 0.064% fail on Attachment
  • 1.7% fail on Identification of the vehicle (70% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.13% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.19% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.19% fail on Speedometer

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