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MoT Files: Worst 25 Vans

  
  

It's no surprise that older vans have a poorer MoT pass rate, especially when you consider the tough life these vans will have invariably led. Many will be ex-fleet vans that have been sold off to smaller businesses or single operators.

Below is the bottom part of the overall table and propping up everything else is the LDV Cub, a van no longer in production. In fact, LDV is no more, after a trouble time which eventually saw the firm become defunct in 2008 with production stopping at the end of that year. Seven out of every ten LDV Cub vans registered in 1998 that were put through an MoT in 2010/2011 failed.

Also making an appearance is the SEAT Inca - a van version of the SEAT Ibiza hatchback which was in essence a rebadged version of the Volkswagen Caddy which is also in the botton 25. SEAT no longer makes vans as it doesn't really fit with the brand's 'sporty' image.

Other oddities include the Vauxhall Arena, the short-lived predecessor to the Vauxhall Vivaro that was basically a rebadged first generation Renault Trafic. In fact that Renault also makes several appearance in the bottom 25 with examples from 1985 and 1986. What's more impressive is that these vans - now almost 30 years old - are still being used.

To make the information more representative of the van market overall, it's best to set a cut off point of 1000 MoT tests. This means some of the more niche and small selling vans are excluded.

If we do this, as shown in the second table, it's the Nissan Vanette that is the bottom performer with a pass rate of just 36 per cent. It's no surprise that the LDV Cub was a rebadged version of this Vanette. The dated Nissan went off sale in 2002 and was eventually replaced, so to speak, by the NV200 but that's too new to feature in our data.

Larger vans like the Vauxhall Movano (the previous generation of course) and the frankly awful LDV Convoy - popular with local councils and schools -  also have poor pass rates.

Worst Van MoT Pass Rate: Overall Bottom 25

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Peugeot Partner 1996 248 40%
Vauxhall Vivaro 2002 4413 40%
Fiat Ducato 1985 76 40%
Volkswagen LT28 1997 143 39%
Volkswagen Caddy 1997 1091 39%
Renault Master 1988 59 39%
Vauxhall Arena 1999 275 39%
SEAT Inca 1998 455 39%
Ford Courier 2001 4382 39%
LDV Convoy 2000 4382 39%
Vauxhall Arena 1997 109 39%
Nissan Vanette 1999 1687 38%
Nissan Vanette 2001 2488 38%
Proton Jumbuck 1999 295 37%
Volkswagen LT35 1993 105 36%
LDV Cub 2000 1895 33%
SEAT Inca 1997 375 36%
Vauxhall Arena 2000 78 36%
Nissan Vanette 1998 1347 36%
Renault Trafic 1986 218 35%
Renault Trafic 1985 207 35%
Nissan Vanette 1995 270 35%
Volkswagen LT35 1992 70 34%
SEAT Inca 1996 240 33%
LDV Cub 1998 138 30%

 

Worst Van MoT Pass Rate: Bottom 25 (More than 1000 tests)

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Ford Transit 2000 30018 42%
Citroen Relay 2000 1905 41%
Ford Transit 1996 11601 41%
Peugeot Partner 1997 1397 41%
Peugeot Partner 1998 2416 41%
Ford Transit 1999 22975 41%
Renault Master 1998 1722 41%
Ford Transit 1997 16610 41%
Renault Trafic 2003 4486 41%
Vauxhall Movano 2000 2900 40%
Nissan Vanette 2000 2093 40%
Nissan Primastar 2003 1769 40%
LDV Convoy 1998 3161 40%
Volkswagen Caddy 1998 1679 40%
Vauxhall Vivaro 2003 8483 40%
LDV Cub 2001 1196 40%
LDV Convoy 1999 3840 40%
Vauxhall Vivaro 2002 4413 40%
Volkswagen Caddy 1997 1091 39%
LDV Convoy 2000 4382 39%
Nissan Vanette 1999 1687 38%
Nissan Vanette 2001 2488 38%
Vauxhall Movano 1999 1666 37%
LDV Cub 2000 1098 36%
Nissan Vanette 1998 1347 36%

  

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