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Lotus Elan MOT Results

80.1% pass rate
from 883 tests in 2020
(28% 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.

  • 10% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (25% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.11% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.45% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.9% fail on Horn
      • 0.23% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 1.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.91% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.11% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.91% fail on Direction indicators (67% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Flashing type (67% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.23% fail on Individual direction indicators (86% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.57% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.57% fail on Switch
    • 0.45% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.34% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (86% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (85% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 8.4% fail on Brakes
    • 7.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (79% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.57% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 0.91% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.45% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.45% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.45% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.23% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.23% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.11% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.11% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.11% fail on Cable
    • 0.34% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.34% fail on Pedal
    • 0.34% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.34% fail on Lever
    • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Servos
      • 0.11% fail on Valves
    • 0.23% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.11% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.11% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen
  • 4.0% fail on Suspension (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.79% fail on Suspension arm (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.4% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.68% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage ball joints (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.23% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.23% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.23% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (93% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 3.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.7% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.9% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.79% fail on Catalyst emissions (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.34% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.11% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Transmission
      • 0.79% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.57% fail on Joints
        • 0.23% fail on Flexible couplings (31 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.11% fail on Joints
    • 0.79% fail on Exhaust system (60% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Chassis (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.23% fail on Seats
      • 0.23% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.11% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.11% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.11% fail on Tank
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Bracket
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.11% fail on Doors
      • 0.11% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.11% fail on Door condition
  • 2.2% fail on Steering (44% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.91% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
        • 0.11% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.57% fail on Power steering
      • 0.34% fail on Operation
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.11% fail on Pump
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
    • 0.34% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.23% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
    • 0.11% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.11% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.11% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.11% fail on Steering play
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.79% fail on Tyres
    • 0.57% fail on Condition
    • 0.23% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.45% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Seat belts (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Condition
  • 0.34% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.34% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.11% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.11% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.11% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.11% fail on Condition