Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2004
52.9% pass rate
from 44,038 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 9.0% fail on Headlamp aim (24% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Headlamps (35% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Headlamp (38% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (53% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.011% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.018% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.016% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (83% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0091% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (86% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0045% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.0023% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.011% fail on Switch
      • 0.0023% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.3% fail on Position lamps (22% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Front lamps (36% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Rear lamps (26% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0045% fail on Switch
    • 5.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 5.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (25% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.7% fail on Side repeaters (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Individual lamps (79% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.073% fail on All direction indicators (76% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0045% fail on Switch (91% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Rear fog lamp (34% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Fog lamp (35% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Switch
      • 0.027% fail on Tell tale (59% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Battery (59% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.23% fail on Horn (63% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.043% fail on Hazard warning (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Switch (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Lamp (82% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Rear reflectors (76% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0023% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 21% fail on Suspension (4.1% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Coil springs (42% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Condition (41% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Location (49% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (16% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (29% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage condition (73% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Condition
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Presence
    • 6.4% fail on Drive shafts (68% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Front drive shafts (68% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Constant velocity joints (69% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Couplings
        • 0.0091% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.086% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.086% fail on Drive shafts
    • 3.1% fail on Suspension arms (31% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (31% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment (57% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Condition (77% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Wheel bearings (12% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Front (20% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Rear (36% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers (17% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (18% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0023% fail on Fitment
    • 0.73% fail on Front suspension joints (49% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Prescribed areas (55% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Component mounting (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Subframe mounting (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0023% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.19% fail on Macpherson strut (32% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (32% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Tie bars/rods (60% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0068% fail on Condition
      • 0.0045% fail on Attachment
    • 0.066% fail on Sub-frames (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Condition (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0068% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (87% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0068% fail on Attachment (78% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Trailing arms (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Condition
      • 0.0045% fail on Attachment
    • 0.034% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.032% fail on Condition
      • 0.0023% fail on Attachment
    • 0.018% fail on Radius arms (77% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (75% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.0068% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0068% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0045% fail on General condition
    • 0.0045% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.0023% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0023% fail on Pipes
    • 0.0045% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.0045% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 13% fail on Brakes (15% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Brake performance (12% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Rear wheels (15% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance (39% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front wheels (27% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance (52% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Brake performance not tested (36% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.1% fail on Hub components (20% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Brake pads (27% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.29% fail on Brake calipers (55% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Brake back plates (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.0% fail on Hydraulic systems (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Components (65% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Hoses
        • 0.54% fail on Pipes (85% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Servos (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Reservoirs (77% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.0023% fail on Pump
      • 0.21% fail on Leaks (32% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.091% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.4% fail on ABS (47% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Electronic stability system (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Restricted movement (90% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Parking brake (57% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Condition (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Fitment
      • 0.0023% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.11% fail on Air and vacuum systems (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Components (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Servos (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0023% fail on Pipes
        • 0.0023% fail on Hoses
      • 0.014% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.011% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0023% fail on Operation
    • 0.10% fail on Service brake control components (48% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pedal (48% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.089% fail on Condition
        • 0.014% fail on Anti-slip (89% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Mechanical components (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Cable (77% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Lever
      • 0.0045% fail on Pivot
      • 0.0023% fail on Linkage
    • 0.011% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 9.9% fail on Tyres (11% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Tread depth (14% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (13% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type (30% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Valve stem (39% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0045% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (92% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 7.6% fail on Driver's view of the road (13% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Washers (7.5% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (37% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Bonnet (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.50% fail on Mirrors (50% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0045% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 6.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 4.0% fail on Emissions (50% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (40% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Emissions not tested (29% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Fuel system (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on System
      • 0.043% fail on Cap (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0091% fail on Tank (93% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Hose
  • 4.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (39% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Drivers airbag (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Passengers airbag (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0023% fail on Seat belt load limiter
    • 0.98% fail on Seat belts (33% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Prescribed areas (22% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Condition (54% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment
      • 0.034% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0023% fail on Installation check
        • 0.0023% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 2.0% fail on Steering (59% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Steering system (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Steering rack (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Ball joint (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Free play (57% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Steering rack (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Steering arm (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Drag link end (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0068% fail on Other components
        • 0.0045% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.0023% fail on Steering component
    • 0.37% fail on Power steering
      • 0.27% fail on Electronic power steering (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Operation (51% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Pipes and hoses (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Other components (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Rams
      • 0.0023% fail on Drive system
    • 0.034% fail on Steering operation (60% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Steering control (76% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0091% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.0045% fail on Steering column (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0023% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.0023% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.0023% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.0091% fail on Locking devices (75% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0023% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.9% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (11% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Doors (96% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Passengers other (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Passengers front (69% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Drivers
    • 0.71% fail on Body condition
    • 0.10% fail on Vehicle structure (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Chassis (61% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.066% fail on Seats (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Passengers (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Drivers (71% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Load security
      • 0.030% fail on Access panel (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0068% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.0023% fail on Dropside
    • 0.059% fail on Body security
    • 0.0068% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.0023% fail on Spare wheel
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN (19% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate (19% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0023% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.55% fail on Road Wheels (21% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Attachment (51% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Condition (57% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 0.0023% fail on Towbars
    • 0.0023% fail on Detachable tow ball
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