Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2008
68.7% pass rate
from 49,308 tests in 2017
(16% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (28% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Registration plate lamp (24% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (35% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Position lamps (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front lamps (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Rear lamps (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0020% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Direction indicators (41% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Flashing type (41% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Side repeaters (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Individual lamps (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on All direction indicators (83% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Switch
        • 0.0020% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (45% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.028% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.012% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.020% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (70% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0041% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0041% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.0041% fail on Switch
      • 0.0020% fail on Matched pair
    • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Fog lamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Switch
      • 0.0081% fail on Tell tale (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Battery (56% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Horn (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.032% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (75% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.010% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.0081% fail on Hazard warning (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0041% fail on Switch
  • 10.0% fail on Suspension (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Coil springs (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Condition (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Location
    • 3.3% fail on Drive shafts (64% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Front drive shafts (64% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Constant velocity joints (65% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Couplings
        • 0.0020% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.047% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.045% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.0020% fail on Universal joint
    • 1.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (38% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Linkage condition (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Condition
      • 0.0081% fail on Attachment (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers (23% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (23% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Suspension arms (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0081% fail on Condition
    • 0.44% fail on Wheel bearings (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear (31% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Front (35% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Front suspension joints (75% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Macpherson strut (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Condition (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.037% fail on Tie bars/rods (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.037% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (59% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Component mounting (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.016% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.0081% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0061% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0020% fail on Other components
    • 0.0061% fail on Trailing arms (98% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Condition
      • 0.0020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0061% fail on Radius arms (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (83% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0041% fail on Bonded suspension (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Condition (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0041% fail on Sub-frames (96% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Attachment (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0020% fail on General condition
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (6.7% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type (28% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (49% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Valve stem (54% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 6.7% fail on Brakes (16% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Hub components
      • 2.8% fail on Brake pads (14% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.014% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.010% fail on Brake back plates
    • 3.1% fail on Brake performance (13% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Rear wheels (11% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Parking brake performance (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Front wheels (25% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake imbalance (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Service brake performance (50% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.018% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.0020% fail on Parking brake operation
    • 0.52% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on ABS
    • 0.23% fail on Restricted movement (46% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic systems (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Components (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.059% fail on Hoses (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Pipes (98% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Reservoirs (84% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0041% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.0020% fail on Servos
      • 0.081% fail on Leaks
      • 0.022% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Operation (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Parking brake (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0020% fail on Electronic parking brake
      • 0.0020% fail on Fitment
    • 0.043% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.024% fail on Cable (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Lever
      • 0.0041% fail on Pivot
    • 0.0081% fail on Service brake control components (93% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Pedal (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0081% fail on Condition (68% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0061% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0041% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0020% fail on Components
        • 0.0020% fail on Servos
    • 0.0020% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 4.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (25% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (33% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Bonnet (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0020% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 1.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (44% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Exhaust system (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Emissions (40% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested (36% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on System (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Cap (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Pipe
      • 0.010% fail on Tank
      • 0.010% fail on Hose
  • 0.90% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Doors (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Passengers other (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Passengers front (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Drivers (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Body condition
    • 0.083% fail on Load security (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Access panel (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Bootlid (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.0020% fail on Dropside
    • 0.026% fail on Body security
    • 0.016% fail on Seats (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Passengers (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Drivers (90% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0081% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.0081% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.0081% fail on Chassis
    • 0.0020% fail on Spare wheel
  • 0.69% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (25% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.44% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.024% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0020% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.24% fail on Seat belts (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition (31% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Prescribed areas (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Requirements (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Attachment
  • 0.56% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.56% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels (30% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment
    • 0.063% fail on Condition (52% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.25% fail on Steering (85% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Steering system (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.037% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Free play (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Steering rack (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Steering arm (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Drag link end (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0020% fail on Other components
        • 0.0020% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.059% fail on Power steering (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Electronic power steering (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0041% fail on Other components (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0020% fail on Operation
    • 0.016% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0020% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0020% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0020% fail on Locking devices

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