Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1990
65.3% pass rate
from 2,152 tests in 2020
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.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.4% fail on Individual direction indicators (46% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.28% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.046% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.093% fail on Switch
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.093% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.9% fail on Horn
      • 0.98% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.19% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (60% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.5% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.093% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.3% fail on Hazard warning (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Switch (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.56% fail on Main beam tell-tale (180% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.14% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 13% fail on Brakes (17% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 8.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (39% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (45% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.6% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 3.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 2.8% fail on Service brake imbalance (44% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 0.98% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.046% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.42% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.046% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.046% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.046% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (48% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (50% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (60% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 0.093% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.046% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.046% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.046% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.2% fail on Flexible brake hoses (150% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.42% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.42% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.37% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.19% fail on Cable
        • 0.14% fail on Lever
        • 0.046% fail on Relay lever
      • 0.33% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.33% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.84% fail on Load sensing valves (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.37% fail on Pedal
      • 0.19% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.51% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.23% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.23% fail on Valves (5 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.37% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.37% fail on Lever
    • 0.37% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.046% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.046% fail on Operation
    • 0.046% fail on Pressure storage reservoirs
      • 0.046% fail on Air and vacuum systems
    • 0.046% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.046% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.046% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.046% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.046% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 12% fail on Suspension
    • 3.8% fail on Wheel bearings (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.84% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.1% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.46% fail on Sub-frame (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.046% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.88% fail on Springs
      • 0.74% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.70% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.046% fail on Mounting
      • 0.093% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.046% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 0.88% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.046% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.046% fail on Linkage
    • 0.19% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.093% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.046% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.093% fail on Axles
      • 0.093% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 11% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Transmission (75% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Drive shafts (93% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Joints (87% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.093% fail on Flexible couplings (11 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.19% fail on Joints
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (180% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Catch
      • 0.70% fail on Other passenger's door (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Driver's door (130% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Door condition (140% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Catch
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.19% fail on Sub-frame (7 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Sub-frame condition (6 times worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.3% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.60% fail on Pipe (120% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Hose
      • 0.23% fail on System
      • 0.19% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.3% fail on Seats (96% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.65% fail on Passenger's seat (120% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Chassis
      • 0.74% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.37% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.33% fail on Body
      • 0.19% fail on Panel
      • 0.093% fail on Other body component
      • 0.046% fail on Body condition
    • 0.14% fail on Floor
    • 0.093% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.046% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.046% fail on Bracket
    • 0.046% fail on Cabs
      • 0.046% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 7.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (47% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (54% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Spark ignition (66% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions (77% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.46% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.046% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.046% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.19% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.093% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.046% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.046% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 1.0% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.84% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.093% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.093% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.046% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 5.9% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.37% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.14% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.046% fail on View to rear
      • 0.046% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.3% fail on Steering
    • 2.8% fail on Steering gear (83% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Steering rack (110% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.23% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.093% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.37% fail on Power steering
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.19% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.046% fail on Pump
      • 0.046% fail on Other components
    • 0.28% fail on Steering column
    • 0.19% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.093% fail on Steering play
      • 0.093% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.28% fail on Size/type
  • 1.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (33% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.98% fail on Prescribed areas (52% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Condition
      • 0.23% fail on Requirements
      • 0.093% fail on Attachment
  • 0.98% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.98% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.046% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.42% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.14% fail on Condition
  • 0.19% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.19% fail on Speedometer

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