Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1991
61.9% pass rate
from 2,204 tests in 2020
(8.0% worse than other 1991 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 1991 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.6% fail on Direction indicators (65% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Flashing type (65% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.45% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.045% fail on Switch
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.091% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.2% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.3% fail on Horn (56% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.23% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 3.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.091% fail on Switch
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.77% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.50% fail on Main beam tell-tale (140% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.50% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.50% fail on Switch
    • 0.091% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 15% fail on Brakes (28% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Brake performance (21% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (38% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (39% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (33% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (38% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Service brake imbalance (47% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.64% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.045% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.045% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.091% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.045% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.045% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.41% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes (50% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.77% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.73% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.045% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.54% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.45% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.091% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.36% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.36% fail on Cable
        • 0.091% fail on Linkage (5 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Load sensing valves (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.68% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.59% fail on Pedal
      • 0.14% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.64% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.64% fail on Lever
    • 0.50% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.23% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.14% fail on Valves
      • 0.091% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.045% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.32% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.091% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.14% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.091% fail on Valves (11 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Leaks
    • 0.14% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.045% fail on Other components
      • 0.045% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.045% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
      • 0.045% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.14% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 4.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.8% fail on Wheel bearings (160% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.00% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.82% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover (84% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.2% fail on Macpherson strut (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Springs
      • 0.86% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.73% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.14% fail on Mounting
      • 0.045% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.77% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.41% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.091% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.045% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.68% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.41% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.045% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.045% fail on Linkage
      • 0.045% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.091% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.045% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.18% fail on Axles
      • 0.14% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.045% fail on Axle
    • 0.045% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.045% fail on Pipes
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure (18% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.8% fail on Transmission (47% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Drive shafts (59% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Joints (58% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.18% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.18% fail on Joints
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (190% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Other passenger's door (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.00% fail on Door condition (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Catch
      • 0.54% fail on Front passenger's door (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Door condition (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Catch
      • 0.36% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.36% fail on Door condition
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.045% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.045% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 1.00% fail on Seats
      • 0.73% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.50% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.95% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
      • 0.23% fail on System
      • 0.18% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.14% fail on Tank
      • 0.091% fail on Hose
    • 0.91% fail on Chassis
      • 0.82% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.14% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.23% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.23% fail on Body
      • 0.091% fail on Body condition
      • 0.091% fail on Other body component
      • 0.045% fail on Panel
    • 0.18% fail on Floor
    • 0.091% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.091% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.091% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.091% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 7.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (75% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (81% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Spark ignition (94% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Non catalyst emissions (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.91% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.73% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.045% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.045% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.32% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.045% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.045% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.045% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.045% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.0% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.82% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.045% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 6.6% fail on Visibility
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.41% fail on Bonnet (150% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.091% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.091% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.091% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.7% fail on Steering
    • 3.3% fail on Steering gear (62% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Steering rack (76% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.045% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.045% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.045% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.91% fail on Power steering
      • 0.50% fail on Operation (150% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.091% fail on Other components
      • 0.045% fail on Pump
    • 0.18% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.14% fail on Steering column
    • 0.14% fail on Steering play
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.045% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.0% fail on Tyres
    • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
  • 2.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (36% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Seat belts (37% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Condition
      • 0.27% fail on Requirements
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
    • 0.045% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.32% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.27% fail on Attachment
    • 0.045% fail on Condition
  • 0.045% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.045% fail on Speedometer

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