Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1997
52.4% pass rate
from 3,204 tests in 2017
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.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (12% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Headlamp aim (62% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Position lamps (21% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Front lamps
      • 3.0% fail on Rear lamps (74% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on All position lamps
    • 5.7% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp (23% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.031% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.031% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 1.8% fail on Battery (43% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators (34% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type (35% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Individual lamps (41% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.031% fail on Switch
      • 0.031% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.031% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp (43% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.56% fail on Horn
    • 0.19% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Lamp
      • 0.062% fail on Switch
      • 0.031% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.031% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 21% fail on Suspension (10% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Wheel bearings (190% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Rear (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Front
    • 5.4% fail on Prescribed areas (18% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.2% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Spring mounting (73% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment
      • 0.094% fail on Condition
    • 3.3% fail on Drive shafts
      • 3.3% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 3.3% fail on Constant velocity joints
        • 0.031% fail on Couplings
      • 0.031% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.031% fail on Drive shafts
    • 3.1% fail on Shock absorbers (61% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Condition (61% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (31% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (69% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment
    • 1.8% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Location
    • 1.2% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.22% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.16% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
    • 0.094% fail on Trailing arms (75% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
    • 0.094% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.094% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.062% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.062% fail on Condition
    • 0.031% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
    • 0.031% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.031% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.031% fail on Axles
      • 0.031% fail on Axle beam
    • 0.031% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 8.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (43% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Components (44% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Pipes (48% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Hoses (51% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Valves
        • 0.062% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.031% fail on Servos
      • 0.44% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Leaks
      • 0.16% fail on Operation
    • 6.2% fail on Brake performance (29% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance (28% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Rear wheels (24% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.84% fail on Service brake performance (52% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.031% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.0% fail on ABS (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.87% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.12% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.062% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.031% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.031% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.62% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.62% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Air and vacuum systems (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Components (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Servos (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Leaks (16 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
        • 0.16% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.094% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.062% fail on Cable
      • 0.031% fail on Lever
    • 0.031% fail on Locking devices
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.7% fail on Emissions
    • 5.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.91% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Cap
      • 0.28% fail on System
      • 0.25% fail on Tank
      • 0.094% fail on Hose
  • 8.9% fail on Tyres (33% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.5% fail on Condition (45% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Size/type (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Valve stem
  • 8.8% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.8% fail on Wipers
    • 2.9% fail on Washers
    • 1.2% fail on Windscreen (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.062% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (45% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Seat belts (45% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Prescribed areas (59% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Condition
      • 0.062% fail on Requirements
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment
    • 1.6% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 1.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 6.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (24% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Body condition (43% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis
    • 0.53% fail on Doors
      • 0.41% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.062% fail on Drivers
      • 0.062% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.44% fail on Seats
      • 0.34% fail on Drivers
      • 0.094% fail on Passengers
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mountings (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Body security
    • 0.031% fail on Load security
      • 0.031% fail on Tailgate
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 3.7% fail on Steering system
      • 2.4% fail on Steering rack (88% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.062% fail on Free play
        • 0.062% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
        • 0.031% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.47% fail on Power steering
      • 0.28% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.094% fail on Operation
      • 0.062% fail on Pump
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
    • 0.22% fail on Steering control
      • 0.16% fail on Steering column (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.19% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.062% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.031% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.1% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.41% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Condition
  • 0.031% fail on Towbars
    • 0.031% fail on Vehicle structure

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