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Lotus Elan MOT Results

81.1% pass rate
from 1,571 tests in 2017
(35% better 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 Lotus Elan is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.19% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.064% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.70% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.57% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.19% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.5% fail on Horn
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Front lamps (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Rear lamps (53% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp (46% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.32% fail on Switch
      • 0.13% fail on Lamp
      • 0.13% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.32% fail on Battery (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Rear fog lamp (92% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Fog lamp (91% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 8.4% fail on Brakes (28% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.0% fail on Parking brake performance (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Front wheels (35% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Rear wheels (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.25% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.064% fail on Brake operation
    • 1.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Components (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Hoses
        • 0.38% fail on Pipes (72% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Servos
      • 0.38% fail on Leaks
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
    • 0.95% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.95% fail on Condition
    • 0.64% fail on Hub components
      • 0.32% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.25% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.064% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.45% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.45% fail on Pedal
        • 0.38% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.064% fail on Condition
    • 0.19% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.064% fail on Lever
      • 0.064% fail on Cable
      • 0.064% fail on Clevis joint
  • 5.5% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.1% fail on Washers
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.3% fail on Suspension (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Wheel bearings (48% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Rear
      • 0.38% fail on Front (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Suspension arms (55% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.32% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.32% fail on Constant velocity joints
      • 0.25% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.19% fail on Universal joint (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.51% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.25% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.25% fail on Shock absorbers (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Condition (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.064% fail on Location
    • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas (97% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.064% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.064% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.064% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.064% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.064% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.064% fail on Axles
      • 0.064% fail on King pins
    • 0.064% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 2.5% fail on Steering (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering system (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.64% fail on Track rod end (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.51% fail on Steering control
      • 0.32% fail on Steering column
      • 0.19% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.13% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.064% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.064% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.064% fail on Other components
    • 0.19% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.064% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Emissions (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Exhaust system (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (90% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Pipe
      • 0.064% fail on System
    • 0.064% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 1.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (71% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Doors
      • 0.38% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.19% fail on Drivers
    • 0.25% fail on Seats
      • 0.19% fail on Passengers
      • 0.19% fail on Drivers
    • 0.19% fail on Body condition (86% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.064% fail on Chassis
  • 0.70% fail on Tyres (68% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Condition (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Tread depth (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.57% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.57% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.32% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.064% fail on Condition
  • 0.32% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (85% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Seat belts (85% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas (92% better than other pre-1990 cars)