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Volkswagen Jetta MOT Results

68.2% pass rate
from 280 tests in 2020
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 Volkswagen Jetta is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Brakes (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 5.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (97% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 3.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.36% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.71% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.71% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.36% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 1.8% fail on Pedal (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.1% fail on Load sensing valves (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.71% fail on Lever
    • 0.71% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.71% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.36% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.36% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.36% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.36% fail on Cable
    • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.36% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.36% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 3.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.1% fail on Horn
      • 1.8% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.71% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.71% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.36% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 3.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.5% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.1% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.8% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Springs
      • 0.71% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.71% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.71% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.71% fail on Pins and bushes (18 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.36% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.36% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 8.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.5% fail on Transmission
      • 2.5% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.5% fail on Joints
    • 1.8% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Other passenger's door (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Door condition (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.36% fail on Door condition
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Floor (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Chassis
      • 0.71% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.36% fail on Seats
      • 0.36% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.36% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.36% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 7.1% fail on Visibility
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.36% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.36% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 4.6% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.71% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.71% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.36% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.36% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
  • 4.6% fail on Steering
    • 2.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 2.1% fail on Steering rack
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.36% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.4% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Operation (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Other components
    • 0.71% fail on Steering play
      • 0.71% fail on Steering rack (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.36% fail on Steering column
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Size/type
  • 3.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.71% fail on Condition
  • 0.36% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.36% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.36% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.36% fail on Condition
Read the Honest John Review

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