Volkswagen Transporter MOT Results

Registered in 1996
52.3% pass rate
from 3,176 tests in 2020
Pass rate by mileage
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 1996 vans and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Transporter is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 7.9% fail on Headlamp aim (64% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 7.6% fail on Headlamp aim (67% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 6.3% fail on Electrical equipment (33% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 5.5% fail on Horn (78% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.79% fail on Battery(ies) (45% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.19% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.063% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 5.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 5.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 4.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.19% fail on Dipswitch (2 times worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.063% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.031% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.1% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.094% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 2.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.2% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.38% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.38% fail on Side repeaters (64% better than other 1996 vans)
    • 2.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.60% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.54% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.31% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.28% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.50% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.50% fail on Switch
    • 0.063% fail on Outline marker lamps (81% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.063% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 19% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 13% fail on Brake performance (13% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 6.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 6.4% fail on Rbt
          • 5.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.094% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.031% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 6.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (22% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 6.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (23% worse than other 1996 vans)
          • 3.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.031% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.031% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.031% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.094% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.031% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.094% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.031% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.031% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.031% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 3.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (41% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.7% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (160% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 1.6% fail on Cable (2 times worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.063% fail on Linkage
        • 0.031% fail on Lever
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs
    • 2.5% fail on Load sensing valves (120% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 1.2% fail on Hydraulic systems (87% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake fluid (160% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.094% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.094% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.063% fail on Servos
    • 0.72% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.69% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.60% fail on Pedal
      • 0.094% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.22% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.22% fail on Lever
    • 0.16% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Servos
      • 0.031% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.094% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.094% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.063% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.063% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.031% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.031% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.031% fail on Other braking system component
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 8.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (14% better than other 1996 vans)
    • 5.6% fail on Suspension arms (42% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 2.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (71% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 2.9% fail on Ball joint (50% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.16% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.063% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (39% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage (71% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.031% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.031% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 1.5% fail on Springs
      • 1.3% fail on Coil springs (100% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 1.3% fail on Coil spring (110% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.031% fail on Mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (80% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.063% fail on Torsion bars
        • 0.063% fail on Torsion bar
    • 1.4% fail on Other suspension component (93% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.72% fail on Ball joint (80% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.094% fail on Other suspension component
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.0% fail on Sub-frames
      • 1.0% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.031% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.66% fail on Wheel bearings (56% better than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.031% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.031% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.031% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.031% fail on Suspension unit
  • 17% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.4% fail on Transmission (34% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 4.3% fail on Drive shafts (100% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 4.3% fail on Joints (100% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.063% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.094% fail on Prop shafts (92% better than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.094% fail on Joints
      • 0.063% fail on Belts
      • 0.031% fail on Halfshafts
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 3.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.031% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.031% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 3.0% fail on Chassis
      • 3.0% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.031% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.7% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.63% fail on System
      • 0.54% fail on Pipe
      • 0.35% fail on Hose (130% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.16% fail on Tank
      • 0.031% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.3% fail on Doors (120% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.66% fail on Front passenger's door (150% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.66% fail on Door condition (150% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.60% fail on Driver's door (130% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.54% fail on Door condition (130% worse than other 1996 vans)
        • 0.031% fail on Catch
        • 0.031% fail on Hinge
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.094% fail on Door condition
        • 0.031% fail on Catch
    • 0.85% fail on Towbar
      • 0.85% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.72% fail on Seats
      • 0.50% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.35% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.60% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.60% fail on Body (46% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.31% fail on Panel
      • 0.22% fail on Other body component (59% better than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.094% fail on Body condition
    • 0.25% fail on Cabs
      • 0.25% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.22% fail on Floor
    • 0.13% fail on Load security
      • 0.13% fail on Loading door
    • 0.13% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.13% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.031% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.031% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.031% fail on Undertray
  • 8.8% fail on Visibility
    • 4.7% fail on Wipers
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.82% fail on View to rear (82% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.82% fail on Mirrors (89% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.54% fail on Driver's view (110% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.44% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.28% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.28% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.1% fail on Steering (31% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 3.7% fail on Steering linkage components (45% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 3.2% fail on Track rod end (58% worse than other 1996 vans)
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.094% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
        • 0.031% fail on Steering linkage
    • 2.6% fail on Steering gear
      • 2.5% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.031% fail on Operation
    • 0.72% fail on Power steering
      • 0.38% fail on Operation
      • 0.22% fail on Other components
      • 0.16% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.063% fail on Pump
    • 0.38% fail on Steering wheel (200% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.35% fail on Steering column (140% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.19% fail on Steering play
      • 0.19% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.031% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.031% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.031% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 5.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.4% fail on Compression ignition
        • 1.2% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.76% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.50% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.094% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.063% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.031% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.031% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.031% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 1.4% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.2% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.094% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.031% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.031% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.031% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.4% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.54% fail on Other leaks
  • 4.8% fail on Tyres
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 2.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.44% fail on Size/type
  • 4.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 4.3% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.72% fail on Condition
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment
      • 0.22% fail on Requirements
  • 0.85% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.031% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels (120% worse than other 1996 vans)
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.16% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1996 vans)
  • 0.063% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.063% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.031% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.031% fail on Steps and stairs
      • 0.031% fail on Steps
  • 0.031% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.031% fail on Anchorages