Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1990
59.0% pass rate
from 2,030 tests in 2017
(10% worse than other 1990 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 1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (16% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Headlamp aim (28% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Direction indicators (55% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Flashing type (55% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Side repeaters (92% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.59% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.15% fail on Switch
        • 0.099% fail on Tell tales
    • 5.2% fail on Registration plate lamp (39% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.69% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (190% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.25% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.099% fail on Switch
      • 0.049% fail on Matched pair
    • 4.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.049% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.049% fail on Switch
    • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (28% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.59% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Horn (45% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Battery
    • 1.6% fail on Hazard warning (76% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Switch (160% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Lamp
      • 0.049% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.34% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.30% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 17% fail on Brakes (24% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (20% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Rear wheels (42% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Parking brake performance (36% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Front wheels (34% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.64% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.15% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.049% fail on Gradient hand brake
    • 8.4% fail on Hydraulic systems (65% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Components (79% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Pipes (56% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Hoses (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Valves (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.15% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.049% fail on Servos
      • 0.54% fail on Operation
      • 0.49% fail on Leaks
      • 0.25% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.5% fail on Hub components
      • 0.79% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.25% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.15% fail on Brake back plates (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.049% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.94% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.94% fail on Condition
    • 0.39% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.30% fail on Pedal
        • 0.30% fail on Condition
    • 0.25% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.20% fail on Cable
      • 0.049% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.15% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.15% fail on Components
        • 0.099% fail on Servos
        • 0.049% fail on Pipes
        • 0.049% fail on Hoses
    • 0.15% fail on ABS
  • 17% fail on Suspension (19% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Drive shafts (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Front drive shafts (140% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 5.0% fail on Constant velocity joints (140% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Wheel bearings (160% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Rear (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Front
    • 4.2% fail on Prescribed areas (25% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.2% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.099% fail on Spring mounting (86% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
    • 1.4% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
      • 0.30% fail on Location
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.54% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.099% fail on Condition
      • 0.049% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.99% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.49% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.099% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.099% fail on Condition
    • 0.049% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.049% fail on Axles
      • 0.049% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.049% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (47% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Exhaust system (49% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Emissions (61% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.49% fail on Cap
      • 0.44% fail on System
      • 0.34% fail on Tank
      • 0.25% fail on Pipe
    • 0.79% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 8.6% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers
    • 4.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.39% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.25% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.099% fail on Mirrors
  • 6.5% fail on Steering
    • 5.4% fail on Steering system (30% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Steering rack (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.049% fail on Free play
        • 0.049% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.049% fail on Other components
        • 0.049% fail on Steering component
    • 0.59% fail on Power steering
      • 0.30% fail on Other components
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
      • 0.099% fail on Drive system
      • 0.049% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.49% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.34% fail on Steering control
      • 0.20% fail on Steering column
      • 0.099% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.049% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.099% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.049% fail on Locking devices
  • 5.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Passengers other (190% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.34% fail on Drivers
    • 1.5% fail on Seats (88% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drivers (87% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Passengers
    • 1.3% fail on Body condition (39% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.94% fail on Chassis
    • 0.39% fail on Speedometer (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.099% fail on Body security
    • 0.049% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.049% fail on Load security
      • 0.049% fail on Access panel
  • 4.8% fail on Tyres (32% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition (51% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.30% fail on Size/type
    • 0.099% fail on Valve stem
  • 1.8% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (49% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Seat belts (49% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Requirements
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment
  • 1.7% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.49% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.44% fail on Attachment
    • 0.049% fail on Condition

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