Volkswagen Passat MOT Results

Registered in 2003
53.2% pass rate
from 10,268 tests in 2020
(3.3% 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 Passat is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 8.0% fail on Headlamps (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Headlamp (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp levelling device (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.019% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim (25% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (58% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters (49% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.019% fail on Switch
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps (16% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.76% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (46% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Rear fog lamp (46% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Rear fog lamp (48% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Switch
    • 0.38% fail on Electrical equipment (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Horn (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.078% fail on Battery(ies) (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.097% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.097% fail on Switch
    • 0.049% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.039% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.0097% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.039% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 16% fail on Suspension (12% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Suspension arms (58% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Ball joint (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Pins and bushes (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.088% fail on Suspension arm (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage ball joints (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.019% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0097% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Springs (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Coil springs (49% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Coil spring (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.50% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.42% fail on Sub-frame (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.32% fail on Other suspension component (38% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.029% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.019% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.28% fail on Wheel bearings (83% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (95% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.049% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0097% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0097% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.039% fail on Axles (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.0097% fail on Axle
    • 0.029% fail on Macpherson strut (91% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 15% fail on Body, chassis, structure (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Transmission (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 8.7% fail on Drive shafts (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 8.7% fail on Joints (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Flexible couplings (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Prop shafts (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Joints (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Belts
    • 2.6% fail on Doors (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Other passenger's door (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Door condition (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Front passenger's door (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Door condition (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.17% fail on Door condition
        • 0.029% fail on Catch (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Body (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Panel (9 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Other body component (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Body condition
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system (66% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.34% fail on Undertray (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Seats
      • 0.19% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.078% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.24% fail on Fuel system (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on System
      • 0.029% fail on Tank (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pipe (80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Hose
    • 0.21% fail on Boot lid (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Boot lid condition (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.097% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.049% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.049% fail on Bracket
    • 0.068% fail on Integral vehicle structure (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.049% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.019% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (97% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Chassis (94% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Chassis condition (94% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Towbar
      • 0.019% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.0097% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.0097% fail on Load security
      • 0.0097% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0097% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0097% fail on Floor
  • 13% fail on Brakes (11% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (14% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.039% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (82% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0097% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.70% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.049% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.049% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.019% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.058% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.039% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.019% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (36% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (35% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.75% fail on Service brake imbalance (38% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.28% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads (19% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake discs and drums (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Brake discs (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.17% fail on Cable
        • 0.11% fail on Lever
        • 0.039% fail on Linkage
        • 0.019% fail on Rod (9 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Pivot
    • 1.5% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.64% fail on Electronic stability control (91% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 1.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes (69% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.52% fail on Lever
    • 0.48% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.34% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.14% fail on Pedal (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.23% fail on Air and vacuum systems (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Servos (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Operation (10 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (8 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Leaks
    • 0.18% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.068% fail on Brake fluid (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Servos (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Valves
      • 0.0097% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0097% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.0097% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.0097% fail on Condition
    • 0.0097% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0097% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.0097% fail on Other braking system component
  • 7.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.3% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.6% fail on Compression ignition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Emissions not tested (86% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.068% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (9 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.058% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.0097% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.078% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.039% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.019% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.8% fail on Spark ignition (73% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (63% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Catalyst emissions (85% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Emissions not tested (84% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 0.56% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.47% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.049% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.029% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0097% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.097% fail on Noise suppression (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.097% fail on Undertray (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.32% fail on Size/type
  • 4.6% fail on Visibility (45% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers (50% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Washers (58% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Condition of glass (95% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Windscreen (96% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Window
    • 0.28% fail on View to rear
      • 0.27% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0097% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.17% fail on Driver's view
  • 2.6% fail on Steering (47% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Steering linkage components (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Track rod end (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.049% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.039% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.029% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.32% fail on Steering gear (59% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Steering rack (59% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Operation
    • 0.097% fail on Power steering (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Operation
      • 0.029% fail on Other components (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pipes and hoses (83% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Steering play
      • 0.058% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.019% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0097% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 2.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Seat belts (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Condition (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Requirements
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment
      • 0.029% fail on Prescribed areas (97% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Airbags
      • 0.049% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.019% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Attachment (86% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Condition
  • 0.0097% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0097% fail on Speedometer
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