Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1996
53.4% pass rate
from 3,099 tests in 2017
(5.3% worse than other 1996 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Suspension (14% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Prescribed areas (20% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Component mounting (28% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.065% fail on Spring mounting (89% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Wheel bearings (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Rear (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Front
    • 4.6% fail on Suspension arms (50% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (53% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment
      • 0.065% fail on Condition
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (51% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Condition (51% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Drive shafts
      • 2.8% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 2.8% fail on Constant velocity joints
        • 0.032% fail on Couplings
      • 0.032% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.032% fail on Drive shafts
    • 2.8% fail on Macpherson strut (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.32% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.097% fail on Attachment
    • 1.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
      • 0.19% fail on Location
    • 1.0% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.39% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.39% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.23% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.097% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.097% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.097% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.097% fail on Axles
      • 0.032% fail on Axle beam
      • 0.032% fail on Stub axle
      • 0.032% fail on Clearance
    • 0.065% fail on General condition
    • 0.065% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.065% fail on Condition
    • 0.032% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.032% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.032% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.2% fail on Headlamp aim (26% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 5.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.097% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.5% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.032% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.032% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.55% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.4% fail on Battery
    • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Fog lamp (62% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.097% fail on Tell tale (73% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Horn
    • 0.32% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
      • 0.13% fail on Lamp
    • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.097% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.065% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 9.2% fail on Hydraulic systems (50% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 8.5% fail on Components (52% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 5.6% fail on Pipes (55% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Hoses (66% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Valves
        • 0.097% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.065% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.42% fail on Leaks
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
      • 0.26% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 7.1% fail on Brake performance (18% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.9% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance (47% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.16% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.032% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.5% fail on ABS (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.58% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.19% fail on Brake back plates (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.097% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.032% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.65% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.65% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on Air and vacuum systems (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Components (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Servos (11 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Pipes
      • 0.065% fail on Leaks
    • 0.29% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.26% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.26% fail on Pedal
        • 0.16% fail on Condition
        • 0.097% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.065% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.032% fail on Lever
      • 0.032% fail on Cable
  • 13% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (15% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Emissions (27% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.52% fail on Tank (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Cap
      • 0.29% fail on System
      • 0.13% fail on Pipe
      • 0.097% fail on Hose
    • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 7.7% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.1% fail on Wipers
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (39% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.29% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
  • 7.5% fail on Tyres (26% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth (25% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.39% fail on Size/type
  • 6.7% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (20% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Seat belts (23% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Prescribed areas (34% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Condition (70% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.84% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.74% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.097% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.6% fail on Steering
    • 4.5% fail on Steering system
      • 3.1% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (71% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Free play
        • 0.032% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.032% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.032% fail on Other components
        • 0.032% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.68% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Other components
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.16% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.065% fail on Drive system
      • 0.065% fail on Rams
    • 0.48% fail on Steering control (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Steering column (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.032% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.032% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.032% fail on Flexible coupling
    • 0.19% fail on Steering operation
  • 5.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 3.8% fail on Body condition (33% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Vehicle structure (44% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Chassis (44% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Seats
      • 0.39% fail on Drivers
      • 0.097% fail on Passengers
    • 0.32% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.097% fail on Drivers
      • 0.097% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.13% fail on Body security
    • 0.065% fail on Load security
      • 0.065% fail on Tailgate (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.032% fail on Speedometer
  • 1.5% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.68% fail on Road Wheels (120% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Attachment
  • 0.032% fail on Towbars
    • 0.032% fail on Vehicle structure

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