Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1997
55.7% pass rate
from 2,270 tests in 2020
(8.2% worse than other 1997 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension (27% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 5.3% fail on Wheel bearings (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.2% fail on Pins and bushes (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.044% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage ball joints (75% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage
      • 0.088% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.9% fail on Macpherson strut (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (12 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Springs
      • 1.2% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.2% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.044% fail on Mounting
      • 0.044% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.79% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.66% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.26% fail on Axles
      • 0.26% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.26% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.044% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim (64% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Headlamp aim (65% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.044% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp (32% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.4% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.35% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.044% fail on Switch
      • 0.044% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.044% fail on Arm
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.2% fail on Battery(ies) (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Horn
    • 0.97% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (52% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Rear fog lamp (52% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Rear fog lamp (49% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.26% fail on Switch
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 6.0% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.79% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.044% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (54% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (53% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.88% fail on Service brake imbalance (51% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake performance (58% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.088% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.044% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.40% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes (52% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.1% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.0% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.088% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.13% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.044% fail on Cable
        • 0.044% fail on Lever
        • 0.044% fail on Pivot
    • 0.62% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.48% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.31% fail on Pedal
      • 0.18% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.48% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.13% fail on Valves
      • 0.044% fail on Servos
    • 0.26% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.22% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.22% fail on Lever
    • 0.18% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.088% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.088% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.088% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.044% fail on Operation
      • 0.044% fail on Leaks
    • 0.088% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.088% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.088% fail on Other braking system component
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.3% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.6% fail on Transmission
      • 2.6% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.5% fail on Joints
        • 0.088% fail on Drive shaft (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.044% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.044% fail on Joints
    • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.5% fail on Chassis
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.1% fail on Body (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Panel (180% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Other body component (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Body condition
    • 0.70% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.35% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.31% fail on Tank
      • 0.044% fail on Hose
    • 0.70% fail on Floor (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Seats
      • 0.66% fail on Driver's seat (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.44% fail on Doors
      • 0.18% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.18% fail on Door condition
      • 0.18% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.18% fail on Door condition
      • 0.088% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.088% fail on Door condition
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.088% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.088% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.088% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.088% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.044% fail on Towbar
      • 0.044% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.044% fail on Cabs
      • 0.044% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (23% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 9.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (27% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 9.1% fail on Spark ignition (31% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 7.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (28% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.31% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.088% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.088% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.044% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.66% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.35% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.22% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.044% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.044% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.044% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.044% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.97% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.84% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.9% fail on Visibility
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 2.7% fail on Washers
    • 0.62% fail on Condition of glass (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Windscreen (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.044% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (40% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Seat belts (44% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Prescribed areas (68% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Condition
    • 1.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.18% fail on Airbags
      • 0.18% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.8% fail on Tyres (33% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.9% fail on Condition (57% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Size/type
  • 5.1% fail on Steering
    • 2.5% fail on Steering gear (96% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Steering rack (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Operation
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.044% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.88% fail on Power steering
      • 0.40% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.18% fail on Other components
      • 0.088% fail on Pump
    • 0.26% fail on Steering column (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.044% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.044% fail on Steering play
      • 0.044% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.93% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.93% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.75% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Condition

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