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Land Rover Defender MOT Results

61.8% pass rate
from 9,084 tests in 2020
(39% 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.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Switch (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Direction indicators (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Flashing type (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on All direction indicators (92% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Switch
    • 5.0% fail on Stop lamp (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim (40% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamps (44% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp (44% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Dipswitch (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.2% fail on Electrical equipment (39% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Horn (58% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Battery(ies) (44% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Electrical wiring (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Trailer electrical socket (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps (85% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (84% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.13% fail on Switch (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Hazard warning (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.73% fail on Rear reflectors (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 14% fail on Body, chassis, structure (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Chassis condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 3.3% fail on Exhaust system (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Towbar (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Vehicle structure (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Other towbar components (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Towbar condition (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Coupling
    • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure (81% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (81% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.033% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 1.7% fail on Transmission (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Prop shafts (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Joints (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Prop shaft (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.066% fail on Drive shafts (94% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Joints (96% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.033% fail on Halfshafts (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Belts
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Driver's door (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Hinge (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Catch
        • 0.022% fail on Pillar (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Front passenger's door (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Door condition (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Hinge (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Catch (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Pillar (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Other passenger's door (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition (90% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Hinge (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Pillar
    • 1.6% fail on Fuel system (76% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on System (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pipe
      • 0.31% fail on Tank (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Hose
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.85% fail on Seats (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.40% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.56% fail on Body (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Other body component (88% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Mounting fixings (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Panel
      • 0.011% fail on Body condition
      • 0.011% fail on Pillar
    • 0.44% fail on Floor (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Cabs (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Steps
      • 0.011% fail on Cab condition
    • 0.18% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.066% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.055% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.022% fail on Bracket
    • 0.033% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.033% fail on Carrier (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Passenger compartment (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.011% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 13% fail on Brakes (32% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Brake performance (9.9% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance (19% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (33% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.45% fail on Decelerometer (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake performance (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake performance (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (35% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.077% fail on Gradient tester (sp) (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.77% fail on Brake performance not tested (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Parking brake performance (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Rbt (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Parking brake performance (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.066% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.033% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.022% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.033% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.011% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake discs and drums (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Brake discs (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Brake drums (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Brake linings (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Lever
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pedal (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Hand lever (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Prescribed areas (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Other braking system component (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
      • 0.077% fail on Other components
    • 0.79% fail on Parking brake control (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Lever (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Hydraulic systems (71% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.066% fail on Valves
      • 0.022% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.44% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (89% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.25% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.11% fail on Servos (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Leaks
  • 12% fail on Suspension (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (32% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wheel bearings (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Axles (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Swivel joints/housing (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Axle (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Stub axle (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on King pins
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Other suspension component (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers (55% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Springs (38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.24% fail on Mounting (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.44% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.033% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.033% fail on Shackle pins and bushes
        • 0.022% fail on Anchor pins and bushes
        • 0.022% fail on Shackle bracket
        • 0.011% fail on Anchor bracket
        • 0.011% fail on Fixings and fixing bolts
    • 0.53% fail on Suspension rods (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.44% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.099% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.055% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage
      • 0.044% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.033% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.11% fail on Sub-frames (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Ball joint dust cover (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.011% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.011% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.011% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.011% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Other components
  • 11% fail on Steering (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Steering linkage components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Track rod end (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Drag link end (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Intermediate drop arm (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Steering linkage (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.099% fail on Steering component (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Locking devices (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Lock stop (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Steering arm (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Power steering (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Operation (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pump (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pipes and hoses (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Rams
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.2% fail on Steering box (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
    • 0.84% fail on Steering play (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Steering box (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.57% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Steering coupling (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Universal joint (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Steering wheel (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering column
    • 0.011% fail on Steering shaft
  • 8.6% fail on Visibility (35% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Washers (25% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers (43% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on View to rear
      • 0.22% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (18% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.2% fail on Compression ignition (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Emissions not tested (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Emission control equipment (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.033% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.022% fail on Other emission control equipment (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.011% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.011% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Spark ignition (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Non catalyst emissions (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Emissions not tested (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Catalyst emissions (75% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Fluid leaks (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Engine oil leaks (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Other leaks (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Transmission oil leaks (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.033% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.033% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Prescribed areas (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Requirements (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 0.011% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.7% fail on Tyres
    • 1.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.70% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.066% fail on Size/type
  • 1.4% fail on Identification of the vehicle (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plates (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.37% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Speedometer (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.37% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.033% fail on Condition
    • 0.033% fail on Hubs
  • 0.044% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.044% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.022% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Doors
      • 0.011% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
    • 0.011% fail on Steps and stairs
      • 0.011% fail on Steps