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Volkswagen Transporter MOT Results

59.0% pass rate
from 10,146 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 vans and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Transporter is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (8.9% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 3.5% fail on Horn
      • 0.47% fail on Battery(ies) (68% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.17% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.099% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamps (18% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp (17% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.099% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 2.8% fail on Stop lamp (20% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.069% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.039% fail on Switch
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators (42% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type (42% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 1.5% fail on Individual direction indicators (29% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 0.37% fail on All direction indicators (38% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 0.049% fail on Switch
    • 0.82% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.45% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.39% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.47% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.47% fail on Switch
    • 0.030% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.0099% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0099% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 7.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 5.2% fail on Suspension arms (40% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (27% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint (34% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (56% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.1% fail on Suspension arm (64% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.5% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (32% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.55% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (46% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.50% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage
      • 0.059% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.049% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.039% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0099% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 1.2% fail on Springs (26% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.95% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.83% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.14% fail on Mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (62% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.0099% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.0099% fail on Leaf spring
      • 0.0099% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.0099% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 0.67% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.059% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.049% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.53% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.30% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.26% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0099% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0099% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.29% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.22% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.069% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.020% fail on Axles (88% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.0099% fail on Axle
      • 0.0099% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 13% fail on Brakes (8.9% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 9.8% fail on Brake performance (13% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 4.7% fail on Service brake performance (13% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (12% better than other pre-1990 vans)
          • 3.7% fail on Service brake performance (14% better than other pre-1990 vans)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0099% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.049% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.030% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake performance
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0099% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (43% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (42% better than other pre-1990 vans)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake imbalance (43% better than other pre-1990 vans)
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake performance (49% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0099% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0099% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 0.92% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.33% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.039% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.020% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0099% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.61% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.99% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.39% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.34% fail on Cable
        • 0.039% fail on Rod
        • 0.020% fail on Lever
        • 0.0099% fail on Clevis joint
      • 0.35% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.069% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.30% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.27% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.030% fail on Brake linings
    • 0.63% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.57% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.57% fail on Lever
    • 0.53% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.29% fail on Pedal
      • 0.27% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.0099% fail on Air brake cylinder/actuator
    • 0.18% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.069% fail on Valves
      • 0.049% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.039% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.020% fail on Servos
      • 0.0099% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.15% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.099% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 0.039% fail on Other braking system component
        • 0.030% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
        • 0.030% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
      • 0.049% fail on Other components
    • 0.020% fail on Air and vacuum systems (82% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.0099% fail on Operation
      • 0.0099% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.0099% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0099% fail on Air and vacuum systems
    • 0.0099% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure (11% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system (27% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 2.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.020% fail on Strengthening plate
      • 0.0099% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0099% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 2.1% fail on Transmission (22% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 2.0% fail on Drive shafts
        • 1.8% fail on Joints
        • 0.22% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.020% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.059% fail on Prop shafts (83% better than other pre-1990 vans)
        • 0.059% fail on Joints
      • 0.0099% fail on Halfshafts
    • 2.0% fail on Chassis (19% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 2.0% fail on Chassis condition (19% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.049% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.4% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.51% fail on Pipe
      • 0.40% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.34% fail on Hose
      • 0.13% fail on System
      • 0.099% fail on Tank
    • 0.99% fail on Body
      • 0.67% fail on Panel
      • 0.36% fail on Other body component
      • 0.020% fail on Body condition
    • 0.96% fail on Seats
      • 0.60% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.42% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.62% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.54% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0099% fail on Catch
      • 0.21% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.18% fail on Door condition
        • 0.030% fail on Catch
      • 0.14% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.12% fail on Door condition
        • 0.020% fail on Hinge
    • 0.40% fail on Cabs
      • 0.25% fail on Steps
      • 0.15% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0099% fail on Cab condition
    • 0.34% fail on Floor
    • 0.32% fail on Towbar
      • 0.29% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.020% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.0099% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.049% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.039% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0099% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.039% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.030% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.0099% fail on Bracket
    • 0.020% fail on Load security
      • 0.0099% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0099% fail on Tailgate condition
      • 0.0099% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0099% fail on Passenger compartment
    • 0.0099% fail on Undertray
  • 11% fail on Visibility
    • 6.9% fail on Washers
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers
    • 0.31% fail on View to rear
      • 0.30% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0099% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.26% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.049% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.049% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.0099% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.7% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.68% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.30% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.0099% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0099% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.59% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.20% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.17% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.020% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0099% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 1.3% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.00% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.21% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.030% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.030% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 5.9% fail on Steering
    • 3.5% fail on Steering gear (32% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 3.4% fail on Steering rack (36% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.039% fail on Steering box
      • 0.030% fail on Operation
    • 2.1% fail on Steering linkage components (16% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.17% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.14% fail on Drag link end (48% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.059% fail on Other components
        • 0.030% fail on Steering component
        • 0.030% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.039% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.020% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.21% fail on Steering column
    • 0.18% fail on Steering play (48% better than other pre-1990 vans)
      • 0.099% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.079% fail on Steering box
    • 0.17% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.13% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.11% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.020% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.12% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 0.089% fail on Power steering
      • 0.039% fail on Other components
      • 0.030% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.020% fail on Operation
      • 0.0099% fail on Rams
    • 0.020% fail on Steering shaft
    • 0.0099% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 3.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.44% fail on Condition
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
      • 0.079% fail on Requirements
  • 2.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.95% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 0.88% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.84% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.039% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.60% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (42% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
    • 0.60% fail on Speedometer (42% worse than other pre-1990 vans)
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% fail on Attachment
    • 0.049% fail on Condition
    • 0.0099% fail on Hubs
  • 0.079% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.079% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.030% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.030% fail on Steps and stairs
      • 0.030% fail on Steps