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Lotus Excel MOT Results

71.5% pass rate
from 137 tests in 2017
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 Excel is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Rear lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps
    • 3.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 3.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.73% fail on Tell tale
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.2% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.5% fail on Side repeaters
    • 2.9% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.9% fail on Horn
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp
    • 0.73% fail on Battery
  • 8.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.6% fail on Emissions
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.73% fail on Tank
      • 0.73% fail on Pipe
    • 1.5% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 8.0% fail on Steering
    • 6.6% fail on Steering system
      • 4.4% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.73% fail on Other components
        • 0.73% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 1.5% fail on Power steering
      • 0.73% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.73% fail on Pump
    • 0.73% fail on Steering control
      • 0.73% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.73% fail on Universal joint
  • 7.3% fail on Brakes
    • 5.8% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.9% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.2% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.73% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.73% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 2.2% fail on Components
        • 1.5% fail on Pipes
        • 0.73% fail on Hoses
    • 0.73% fail on Hub components
      • 0.73% fail on Brake pads
  • 5.8% fail on Suspension
    • 2.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.73% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.73% fail on Front
  • 5.8% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers
    • 2.9% fail on Washers
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.73% fail on Tread depth
  • 1.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.73% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.73% fail on Doors
      • 0.73% fail on Passengers other
  • 0.73% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.73% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.73% fail on Condition
  • 0.73% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.73% fail on Registration plate
Read the Honest John Review

  • Lotus Excel 1982
    Great handling and ride, excellent performance/economy, much improved quality over earlier cars thanks to some Toyota parts sharing