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Land Rover Defender MOT Results

60.0% pass rate
from 9,029 tests in 2017
(37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Land Rover Defender is unusually good or bad.

  • 27% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (65% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.9% fail on Rear fog lamp (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Fog lamp (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Tell tale (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Switch (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Position lamps (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Front lamps (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Rear lamps (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on All position lamps (89% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Direction indicators (98% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Flashing type (98% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Individual lamps (94% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on All direction indicators (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Switch (86% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Tell tales
      • 0.011% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.011% fail on Tell tales
    • 5.8% fail on Stop lamp (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Headlamp aim (31% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Headlamps (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.23% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.089% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.078% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.011% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.011% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.078% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.011% fail on Matched pair
    • 4.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Horn (60% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Hazard warning (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Lamp (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Tell tale (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Switch (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Rear reflectors (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Battery (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.16% fail on Trailer electrical socket (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 15% fail on Suspension (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Prescribed areas (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Component mounting (65% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Spring mounting (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Subframe mounting (93% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wheel bearings (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Front (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Rear (51% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Axles (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Swivel joints/housing (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on King pins
      • 0.022% fail on Axle beam
      • 0.022% fail on Stub axle
      • 0.011% fail on Clearance
    • 0.97% fail on Suspension arms (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
      • 0.033% fail on Condition
    • 0.79% fail on Panhard rods (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (13 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.55% fail on Tie bars/rods (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment
      • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 0.54% fail on Trailing arms (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.50% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment
      • 0.044% fail on Presence (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.49% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.48% fail on Location (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.47% fail on Radius arms (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Attachment
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.38% fail on Torque/reaction arms (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Attachment
    • 0.32% fail on Front suspension joints (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
        • 0.066% fail on Shackle
        • 0.044% fail on Anchor
      • 0.078% fail on Securing bolts
      • 0.044% fail on Condition
      • 0.022% fail on Anchor bracket
      • 0.022% fail on Shackle bracket
      • 0.011% fail on Spring eye
    • 0.23% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.17% fail on Universal joint (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.055% fail on Front drive shafts (94% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Couplings
        • 0.022% fail on Constant velocity joints (97% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on General condition
    • 0.033% fail on Torsion bars
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.022% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.022% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.022% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 0.022% fail on Sub-frames (91% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
      • 0.011% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.011% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 14% fail on Brakes (24% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Brake performance (14% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Rear wheels (40% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front wheels (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.73% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.49% fail on Brake operation (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Brake performance not tested (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Gradient hand brake (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Parking brake operation (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Components (75% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Pipes (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Hoses
        • 0.30% fail on Reservoirs (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.022% fail on Servos
        • 0.022% fail on Valves
      • 0.64% fail on Operation (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Leaks
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Brake pads (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Brake drums (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Wheel cylinder (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.066% fail on Brake back plates (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Parking brake (86% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (85% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic parking brake
      • 0.011% fail on Fitment
    • 0.95% fail on Service brake control components (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Pedal (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Anti-slip (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Condition (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
      • 0.011% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
    • 0.27% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.100% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.044% fail on Components
        • 0.033% fail on Servos
        • 0.011% fail on Hoses
      • 0.033% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
      • 0.011% fail on Leaks
    • 0.033% fail on Mechanical components (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Linkage
      • 0.011% fail on Cable
      • 0.011% fail on Relay lever
    • 0.033% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.011% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.011% fail on ABS
  • 11% fail on Steering (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.9% fail on Steering system (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Track rod end (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Drag link end (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Steering box (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Free play (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Steering box (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.48% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Steering pivot point (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Steering component (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.44% fail on Steering arm (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Intermediate drop arm (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Steering damper (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Lock stop
    • 1.7% fail on Power steering (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Pump (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Drive system (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Steering control (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Steering coupling (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Universal joint (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.30% fail on Steering wheel (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering column
      • 0.033% fail on Steering shaft
      • 0.011% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.79% fail on Prescribed areas (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Steering operation (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Locking devices (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 10.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (27% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers (64% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Mirrors (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Windscreen
  • 8.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Vehicle structure (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Body condition (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Drivers (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Passengers front (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Passengers other
    • 1.1% fail on Seats (62% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Drivers (46% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Passengers (90% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Speedometer (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Body security
    • 0.066% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.066% fail on Load security
      • 0.055% fail on Access panel (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Hinged tailboard
    • 0.011% fail on Spare wheel
  • 8.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Exhaust system (82% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Fuel system (89% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on System (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Tank (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pipe
      • 0.25% fail on Cap
      • 0.033% fail on Hose
    • 2.2% fail on Emissions
    • 0.59% fail on Emissions not tested (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 3.0% fail on Towbars (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Vehicle structure (13 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Towbar (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Swivelling towbar
    • 0.011% fail on Adjustable towbar
  • 2.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Seat belts (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Prescribed areas (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Requirements (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Attachment (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Installation check
        • 0.022% fail on Belt(s)/padding (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Anchorage's
  • 2.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.80% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.18% fail on Size/type
    • 0.055% fail on Valve stem
  • 1.9% fail on Registration plates and VIN (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.27% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% fail on Attachment
    • 0.022% fail on Halfshafts (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Hubs
    • 0.011% fail on Condition