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Vauxhall Cavalier MOT Results

75.6% pass rate
from 442 tests in 2020
(8.2% 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 Vauxhall Cavalier is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (13% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (6.2% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (8.4% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (8.4% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (14% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Switch (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Electrical equipment (17% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Horn (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Battery(ies) (15% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Stop lamp (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (53% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp (51% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Side repeaters (1.3% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on All direction indicators (11% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Hazard warning (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Switch (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.23% fail on Position lamp
  • 9.0% fail on Suspension (16% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (47% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Springs (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Coil spring (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Wheel bearings (29% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Pins and bushes (20% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Ball joint dust cover (20% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.90% fail on Anti-roll bars (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Linkage (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.45% fail on Shock absorbers (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Sub-frames (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Axles
      • 0.23% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.23% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Other suspension component
  • 8.4% fail on Brakes (9.1% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Brake performance (19% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (17% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (82% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake imbalance (2.3% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (23% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance (17% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake performance not tested (32% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance (60% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Rbt (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance (44% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (0.47% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Flexible brake hoses (75% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Mechanical brake components (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake linings and pads (5.2% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Brake pads (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.23% fail on Cable
    • 0.45% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (17% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pedal
      • 0.23% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.45% fail on Parking brake control (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Lever (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Hydraulic systems (73% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.23% fail on Valves
    • 0.23% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.23% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.23% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 7.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (16% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Transmission (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Drive shafts (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Joints (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.23% fail on Joints
    • 1.8% fail on Fuel system (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Tank (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Hose (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Pipe (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Integral vehicle structure (33% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Seats (16% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Driver's seat (58% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Body (60% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Panel (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Chassis
      • 0.23% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.23% fail on Towbar
      • 0.23% fail on Vehicle structure
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (7.1% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (0.36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Spark ignition (7.5% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Non catalyst emissions (25% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.90% fail on Emissions not tested (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Catalyst emissions (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.23% fail on Other leaks
  • 3.6% fail on Visibility (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Washers (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Wipers (72% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 2.7% fail on Steering (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering gear (20% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Steering rack (40% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Steering linkage components (43% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (7.8% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Operation
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (3.2% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts (3.0% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Prescribed areas (29% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Condition
  • 1.6% fail on Tyres (14% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Condition (24% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Tread depth (7.7% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.90% fail on Identification of the vehicle (43% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Registration plates (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)