Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2003
53.2% pass rate
from 40,064 tests in 2020
(2.0% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (6.7% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Stop lamp (10% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps (24% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Headlamp (22% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp levelling device (49% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0100% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0100% fail on Dipswitch (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Position lamps (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Position lamp (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0025% fail on Switch
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (35% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (37% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Side repeaters (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Individual direction indicators (68% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on All direction indicators (65% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 1.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.015% fail on Switch
    • 0.55% fail on Electrical equipment (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Battery(ies) (35% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Horn (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0075% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.050% fail on Hazard warning (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Switch (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.025% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.015% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.035% fail on Rear reflectors (50% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0050% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.0025% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0025% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 14% fail on Brakes (7.5% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Brake performance (4.4% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.080% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (64% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt
          • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance (13% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.41% fail on Service brake imbalance (43% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.0025% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0100% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.015% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.015% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (23% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.9% fail on Parking brake performance (29% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.027% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.015% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.0100% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0050% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0025% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0025% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.70% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (59% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Rbt (sp) (59% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0025% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0050% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested (43% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.9% fail on Brake discs and drums (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake discs (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.13% fail on Cable (34% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Lever (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Linkage (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Pivot (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0050% fail on Rod
        • 0.0025% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 2.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Anti-lock braking system (13% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Electronic stability control (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Electronic braking system (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (25% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Hand lever (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pedal
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake control (35% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Lever (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.31% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (37% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses (39% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Air and vacuum systems (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Leaks (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Servos (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Valves
    • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic systems (24% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.017% fail on Servos
      • 0.0100% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0100% fail on Reservoirs (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0100% fail on Valves (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
      • 0.0025% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.0025% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.0050% fail on Pressure storage reservoirs
      • 0.0050% fail on Air and vacuum systems (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0025% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.0025% fail on Leaks
    • 0.0025% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 14% fail on Suspension (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Suspension arms (16% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Pins and bushes (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.077% fail on Suspension arm (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.0% fail on Springs (13% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Coil springs (14% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Coil spring (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Mounting
      • 0.0075% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (85% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (40% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage (28% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (94% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Linkage ball joints (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.045% fail on Ball joint dust cover (94% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Anti-roll bar (49% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers (27% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Wheel bearings (47% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (79% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.050% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.047% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.36% fail on Sub-frames (26% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.062% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0100% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0025% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.31% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.090% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.037% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0075% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0050% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.13% fail on Axles
      • 0.092% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.037% fail on Axle
      • 0.0025% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.037% fail on Suspension rods (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint dust cover (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0075% fail on Pins and bushes (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.0025% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0025% fail on Suspension unit
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Exhaust system (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Transmission (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Drive shafts (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Joints (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0100% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.24% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.24% fail on Joints (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0025% fail on Prop shaft
      • 0.0025% fail on Belts
    • 2.3% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Other passenger's door (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Door condition (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0050% fail on Catch
      • 0.57% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0050% fail on Catch
      • 0.16% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition (49% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0025% fail on Catch
    • 0.46% fail on Body (64% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Panel (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Other body component
      • 0.017% fail on Body condition
    • 0.38% fail on Fuel system (38% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (59% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pipe
      • 0.10% fail on System
      • 0.040% fail on Hose
      • 0.022% fail on Tank (80% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.017% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.19% fail on Seats (27% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.050% fail on Passenger's seat (56% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Undertray (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers (39% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Chassis (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Chassis condition (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Engine mounting (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Engine mounting condition (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Bracket
    • 0.052% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.045% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0075% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0075% fail on Floor (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Cabs
      • 0.0050% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.0025% fail on Load security
      • 0.0025% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0025% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0025% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Spark ignition (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.095% fail on Emission control equipment (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.062% fail on Catalytic converter (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.015% fail on Other emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0025% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0025% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.042% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 2.3% fail on Compression ignition (80% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (93% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Emissions not tested (78% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Emission control equipment (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.095% fail on Catalytic converter (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.020% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.0100% fail on Other emission control equipment
          • 0.0075% fail on Particulate filter (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.0050% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0025% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.027% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.025% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0050% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
    • 0.38% fail on Fluid leaks (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Engine oil leaks (46% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0075% fail on Transmission oil leaks (79% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Noise suppression (86% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Undertray (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0100% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 8.3% fail on Steering (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Steering linkage components (87% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Track rod end (96% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.055% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
        • 0.020% fail on Steering linkage
        • 0.015% fail on Steering component
      • 0.030% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0025% fail on Lock stop
    • 1.2% fail on Steering gear (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Steering rack (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
      • 0.0025% fail on Steering box
    • 0.34% fail on Power steering
      • 0.15% fail on Operation (43% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Other components
      • 0.082% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.017% fail on Rams
      • 0.0025% fail on Pump
    • 0.20% fail on Steering play (38% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Steering rack (43% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Electronic power steering (63% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0100% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0075% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0075% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0050% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.0025% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.0025% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 6.8% fail on Tyres (6.1% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth (6.7% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Condition (26% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Size/type
  • 5.9% fail on Visibility (29% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Washers (20% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers (50% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on View to rear (82% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Mirrors (85% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0100% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.26% fail on Condition of glass (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.015% fail on Window
    • 0.22% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.100% fail on Bonnet (39% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 1.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (47% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Seat belts (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Prescribed areas (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Condition (48% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Requirements (83% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
    • 0.057% fail on Airbags
      • 0.052% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0075% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.48% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.44% fail on Attachment (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Condition (61% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0025% fail on Hubs
  • 0.022% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.015% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.0075% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.017% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.015% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.0025% fail on Speed limiter
      • 0.0025% fail on Speed limiter
  • 0.015% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Doors (7 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors (7 times worse than other 2003 cars)

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