Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 1998
52.4% pass rate
from 4,146 tests in 2020
(12% 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.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (9.7% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Stop lamp (23% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim (29% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim (30% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.39% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.4% fail on Position lamps (40% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Position lamp (39% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators (44% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type (44% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Individual direction indicators (55% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.17% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.75% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.58% fail on Horn
    • 0.99% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (37% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Rear fog lamp (38% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Rear fog lamp (36% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.024% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.19% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 0.096% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.048% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.048% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.072% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 6.3% fail on Suspension arms (45% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint dust cover (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes (76% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Anti-roll bar (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage
      • 0.096% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.072% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Linkage ball joints (95% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.1% fail on Springs (80% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Coil springs (96% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Coil spring (99% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Mounting
    • 2.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (55% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Shock absorbers (55% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.84% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.55% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.072% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.51% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.22% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.19% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.072% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.31% fail on Axles
      • 0.29% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.024% fail on Axle
  • 16% fail on Brakes (20% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 8.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (32% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (38% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.58% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.096% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.024% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake performance (36% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (37% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (48% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.048% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.024% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.048% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.024% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.024% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (54% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (54% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake imbalance (46% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.48% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.0% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (180% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (67% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Brake linings and pads (58% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads (58% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.9% fail on Brake discs and drums (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake discs (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.14% fail on Cable
        • 0.048% fail on Lever
        • 0.024% fail on Linkage
        • 0.024% fail on Relay lever
        • 0.024% fail on Pivot
    • 2.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (29% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Flexible brake hoses (97% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.43% fail on Pedal (89% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.53% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.096% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.072% fail on Valves
      • 0.048% fail on Servos
    • 0.41% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (160% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.36% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.36% fail on Lever
    • 0.27% fail on Air and vacuum systems (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Leaks (13 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.024% fail on Servos
    • 0.096% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.024% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.024% fail on Other components
  • 11% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.7% fail on Transmission (23% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.4% fail on Joints (25% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Drive shaft (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.12% fail on Joints
      • 0.024% fail on Belts
    • 2.1% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Other passenger's door (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Door condition (6 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Catch
      • 0.29% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition
      • 0.27% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.24% fail on Door condition
        • 0.024% fail on Catch
    • 0.94% fail on Body (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Panel (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Other body component (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.82% fail on Integral vehicle structure (49% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (50% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.048% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.60% fail on Chassis (55% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Chassis condition (55% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.22% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.14% fail on Tank
      • 0.096% fail on Pipe
      • 0.048% fail on Hose
      • 0.024% fail on System
    • 0.27% fail on Seats
      • 0.19% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.096% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.24% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.096% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.048% fail on Bracket
    • 0.14% fail on Floor
    • 0.14% fail on Undertray (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.096% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.048% fail on Load security
      • 0.048% fail on Tailgate (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Tailgate condition (8 times worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 11% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (31% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 10% fail on Exhaust emissions (32% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 9.0% fail on Spark ignition (25% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 7.5% fail on Catalyst emissions (27% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Emissions not tested (60% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.12% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.096% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.096% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 1.4% fail on Compression ignition (89% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.87% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.096% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.072% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.024% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.048% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.048% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.024% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.82% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.68% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.072% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.048% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.024% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.096% fail on Noise suppression (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Undertray (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 7.4% fail on Visibility
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 0.43% fail on View to rear
      • 0.43% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.41% fail on Condition of glass (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Windscreen (160% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.4% fail on Tyres (47% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth (50% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Size/type (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 5.2% fail on Steering (37% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Steering linkage components (41% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Track rod end (77% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.048% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.024% fail on Drag link end
    • 1.7% fail on Steering gear (62% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Steering rack (71% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Operation
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.12% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.096% fail on Other components
      • 0.024% fail on Pump
      • 0.024% fail on Rams
    • 0.22% fail on Steering play
      • 0.22% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.024% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 4.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.3% fail on Seat belts (33% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas (41% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Condition
      • 0.096% fail on Requirements
    • 2.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (77% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Airbags
      • 0.096% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.39% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment
    • 0.096% fail on Condition
  • 0.072% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.072% fail on Speedometer

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