Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1998
48.9% pass rate
from 6,498 tests in 2017
(9.0% worse than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 27% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (22% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Position lamps (45% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Front lamps (26% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Rear lamps (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on All position lamps
    • 7.4% fail on Headlamp aim (32% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Registration plate lamp (36% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Stop lamp (29% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.046% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.046% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.046% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.031% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.015% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.015% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.015% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators (24% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type (24% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Individual lamps (30% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Side repeaters (36% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.5% fail on Battery
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.062% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 0.74% fail on Horn
    • 0.46% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.29% fail on Switch (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Lamp
      • 0.015% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.062% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.031% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.031% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 20% fail on Suspension
    • 6.4% fail on Suspension arms (80% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (84% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 4.2% fail on Coil springs (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Location (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (26% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.28% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
      • 0.015% fail on Presence
    • 2.7% fail on Drive shafts (36% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Front drive shafts (35% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Constant velocity joints (35% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Couplings
      • 0.031% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.031% fail on Drive shafts
    • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas (67% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Component mounting (70% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Subframe mounting (54% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Spring mounting (89% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 1.7% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.2% fail on Rear
      • 0.63% fail on Front
    • 1.6% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.5% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.23% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.18% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Trailing arms (50% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
    • 0.092% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.092% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.077% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.062% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.015% fail on Condition
    • 0.062% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.062% fail on Suspension unit (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.046% fail on Axles
      • 0.031% fail on Axle beam
      • 0.015% fail on Swivel joints/housing
    • 0.031% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
    • 0.031% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.015% fail on General condition
  • 19% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.3% fail on Rear wheels (39% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Parking brake performance (24% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Front wheels (50% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Service brake performance (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.015% fail on Gradient hand brake
    • 5.4% fail on Hydraulic systems (13% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Components (19% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Hoses (32% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Pipes (37% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.062% fail on Valves (84% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.031% fail on Servos
      • 0.62% fail on Leaks
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 4.2% fail on Hub components (70% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Brake pads (61% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake discs (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Brake calipers (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.015% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.015% fail on Brake drums
    • 4.1% fail on ABS (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.80% fail on Condition
    • 0.46% fail on Restricted movement (84% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
        • 0.26% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.18% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.17% fail on Cable
      • 0.015% fail on Lever
    • 0.14% fail on Air and vacuum systems (200% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Components (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.077% fail on Servos (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Pipes
      • 0.031% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.015% fail on Leaks
    • 0.015% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.015% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.015% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.015% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 13% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (16% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 8.4% fail on Emissions (29% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.83% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.45% fail on Cap
      • 0.25% fail on System
      • 0.077% fail on Tank
      • 0.062% fail on Pipe
      • 0.015% fail on Hose
  • 9.6% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.7% fail on Wipers
    • 3.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.98% fail on Windscreen (95% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Mirrors (75% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Bonnet (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 9.5% fail on Tyres (29% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Tread depth (43% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition (19% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Size/type
    • 0.077% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.0% fail on Seat belts (30% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas (43% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Requirements (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment
    • 2.7% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (86% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (85% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Drivers airbag (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 5.2% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.6% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Passengers other (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.26% fail on Drivers
    • 1.9% fail on Body condition
    • 0.62% fail on Vehicle structure (53% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Chassis (53% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers
      • 0.092% fail on Passengers
    • 0.062% fail on Load security
      • 0.031% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.015% fail on Access panel
      • 0.015% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.046% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.015% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.015% fail on Body security
    • 0.015% fail on Spare wheel
  • 4.9% fail on Steering
    • 4.5% fail on Steering system (22% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Track rod end (44% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.26% fail on Free play (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.077% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.015% fail on Other components
        • 0.015% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.34% fail on Power steering (45% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.092% fail on Operation
      • 0.092% fail on Other components
      • 0.046% fail on Pump
      • 0.031% fail on Drive system
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.031% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.015% fail on Steering control
      • 0.015% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.8% fail on Registration plates and VIN (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 0.015% fail on Towbars
    • 0.015% fail on Towbar

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