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Lotus Esprit MOT Results

78.9% pass rate
from 464 tests in 2020
(22% 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 Esprit is unusually good or bad.

  • 10% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (19% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Headlamp aim (47% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamps (11% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp (7.2% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators (11% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type (11% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Side repeaters (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (50% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Electrical equipment (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Horn (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Battery(ies) (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.22% fail on Switch
    • 0.22% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 8.6% fail on Brakes (6.4% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Brake performance (4.0% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake performance (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.8% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.22% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.22% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (44% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (3.8% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake performance not tested (26% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Rigid brake pipes (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Flexible brake hoses (67% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Mechanical brake components (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake linings and pads (0.23% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Brake pads (5.5% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.22% fail on Cable
    • 0.43% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (21% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Pedal (6.4% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Air and vacuum systems (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Servos (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Parking brake control (27% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Lever (27% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.22% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.22% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 5.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (54% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Spark ignition (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Non catalyst emissions (74% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Emissions not tested (79% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.22% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.22% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 5.0% fail on Suspension (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Suspension arms (29% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.3% fail on Wheel bearings (7.7% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Other suspension component (62% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.43% fail on Springs (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Coil springs (18% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Coil spring (34% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.22% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.22% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 4.3% fail on Visibility (31% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Washers (18% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 3.2% fail on Steering (13% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear (14% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Operation
    • 0.65% fail on Steering linkage components (67% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Steering linkage (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.65% fail on Steering column (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Steering play (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.22% fail on Universal joint
  • 2.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (68% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Transmission (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Drive shafts (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Joints (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Drive shaft
    • 0.43% fail on Fuel system (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Hose (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.22% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition
    • 0.22% fail on Seats
      • 0.22% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.22% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.22% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.22% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 0.86% fail on Tyres (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Condition (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Tread depth (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.65% fail on Identification of the vehicle (2.2% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Registration plates (6.5% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.43% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Seat belts (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Condition (1.4% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.22% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% fail on Attachment