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Volkswagen Jetta MOT Results

59.6% pass rate
from 285 tests in 2017
(38% worse 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 Volkswagen Jetta is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 5.6% fail on Registration plate lamp (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.70% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.35% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.35% fail on Tell tales
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.5% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Horn
    • 2.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.1% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.35% fail on Tell tale
    • 1.8% fail on Battery
    • 0.35% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.35% fail on Switch
    • 0.35% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 20% fail on Suspension (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.9% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.8% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.35% fail on Spring mounting
    • 5.6% fail on Drive shafts (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Front drive shafts (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Constant velocity joints (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Drive shafts
    • 5.3% fail on Wheel bearings (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Rear (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Front
    • 2.8% fail on Macpherson strut (24 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (24 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.70% fail on Condition (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.70% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage condition
    • 1.1% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on General condition
    • 0.35% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.35% fail on Condition
  • 18% fail on Brakes (51% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Hydraulic systems (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 9.1% fail on Components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Hoses (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Pipes (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Valves (15 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
      • 0.35% fail on Leaks
    • 9.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.6% fail on Rear wheels
      • 3.9% fail on Front wheels
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.35% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Hub components
      • 2.1% fail on Brake pads (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.70% fail on Cable (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.35% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
  • 13% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Exhaust system (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Emissions (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.70% fail on Hose (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on System
      • 0.35% fail on Tank
      • 0.35% fail on Pipe
    • 0.35% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 7.7% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 3.5% fail on Washers
    • 0.70% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.35% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.35% fail on Mirrors
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Condition (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Tread depth (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Size/type
  • 4.6% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.8% fail on Doors (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Passengers other (15 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Drivers
    • 0.70% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.70% fail on Chassis
    • 0.70% fail on Body security (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Body condition
  • 3.5% fail on Steering
    • 3.2% fail on Steering system
      • 2.1% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.70% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.35% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.2% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment
  • 1.8% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Attachment (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.35% fail on Towbars
    • 0.35% fail on Vehicle structure
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