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Volkswagen Transporter MOT Results

Registered in 1997
52.8% pass rate
from 3,826 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 1997 vans and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Transporter is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 8.4% fail on Headlamp aim (78% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 8.1% fail on Headlamp aim (82% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 6.5% fail on Electrical equipment (40% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 5.6% fail on Horn (78% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.84% fail on Battery(ies) (39% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.34% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.026% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.18% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.10% fail on Headlamp levelling device (74% better than other 1997 vans)
    • 4.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (23% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 3.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (23% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 3.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (23% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.68% fail on Side repeaters (47% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.26% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.052% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.31% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.29% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.052% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.29% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.16% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
    • 0.052% fail on Outline marker lamps (87% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.052% fail on Outline marker lamp (86% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.026% fail on All outline marker lamps
  • 20% fail on Suspension
    • 12% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 5.3% fail on Suspension arms (30% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 2.3% fail on Ball joint
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (58% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.26% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (170% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.026% fail on Suspension arm
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (27% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.84% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.24% fail on Linkage
      • 0.052% fail on Linkage ball joints (91% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.026% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.1% fail on Springs
      • 1.8% fail on Coil springs (79% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 1.7% fail on Coil spring (86% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.052% fail on Mounting
      • 0.26% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (63% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.026% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.026% fail on Spring saddle
    • 1.4% fail on Other suspension component (91% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.78% fail on Ball joint (130% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.52% fail on Ball joint dust cover (140% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.10% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.026% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.97% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.68% fail on Sub-frames (39% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.65% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.63% fail on Wheel bearings (61% better than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.052% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 19% fail on Brakes (9.8% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 5.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 2.7% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.052% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.052% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 5.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.8% fail on Rbt
          • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.21% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.078% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 4.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (39% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (38% worse than other 1997 vans)
          • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance (40% worse than other 1997 vans)
          • 0.18% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.052% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.078% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.078% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.052% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.31% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (48% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.5% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (150% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 1.3% fail on Cable (170% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.10% fail on Lever
        • 0.052% fail on Linkage
        • 0.052% fail on Pivot
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.026% fail on Brake drums
    • 4.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.9% fail on Load sensing valves (50% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.94% fail on Hydraulic systems (72% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.73% fail on Brake fluid (130% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.078% fail on Valves
      • 0.052% fail on Servos
      • 0.052% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.026% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.76% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.37% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (52% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.34% fail on Pedal
      • 0.026% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.26% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.26% fail on Lever
    • 0.24% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Servos
      • 0.078% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.026% fail on Operation
      • 0.026% fail on Leaks
      • 0.026% fail on Valves
    • 0.078% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.078% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.078% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (84% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.078% fail on Anti-lock braking system (84% better than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.026% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.026% fail on Other components
  • 18% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.7% fail on Transmission (47% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 5.5% fail on Drive shafts (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 5.4% fail on Joints (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.078% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.052% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.24% fail on Prop shafts (81% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.24% fail on Joints
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 3.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.026% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 3.1% fail on Chassis
      • 3.1% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.078% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.6% fail on Doors (89% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.76% fail on Front passenger's door (93% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.76% fail on Door condition (100% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.60% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.58% fail on Door condition (79% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.026% fail on Catch
      • 0.37% fail on Other passenger's door (160% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.31% fail on Door condition (160% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.026% fail on Catch
        • 0.026% fail on Hinge
    • 1.3% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.44% fail on System
      • 0.37% fail on Pipe
      • 0.34% fail on Hose (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.16% fail on Tank
      • 0.026% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.0% fail on Towbar
      • 0.94% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.13% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.58% fail on Seats
      • 0.31% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.29% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.37% fail on Body (67% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.29% fail on Panel
      • 0.052% fail on Other body component (87% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.026% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.26% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.16% fail on Floor
    • 0.13% fail on Cabs
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.078% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.052% fail on Carrier
      • 0.026% fail on Spare wheel condition
    • 0.052% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.052% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.026% fail on Load security
      • 0.026% fail on Loading door
    • 0.026% fail on Undertray
  • 8.5% fail on Visibility
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers
    • 3.5% fail on Washers
    • 0.99% fail on View to rear (91% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.99% fail on Mirrors (93% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.42% fail on Driver's view (100% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.18% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.18% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.18% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.0% fail on Steering (35% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 3.7% fail on Steering linkage components (36% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 3.3% fail on Track rod end (53% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.078% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.052% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.026% fail on Steering arm
    • 2.2% fail on Steering gear (49% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 2.2% fail on Steering rack (51% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.078% fail on Operation
    • 0.76% fail on Power steering
      • 0.42% fail on Operation
      • 0.18% fail on Other components
      • 0.078% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.078% fail on Pump
      • 0.052% fail on Rams
    • 0.26% fail on Steering wheel (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.26% fail on Steering column (170% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.16% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.16% fail on Steering play
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.026% fail on Steering box
  • 5.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.6% fail on Compression ignition (31% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 1.9% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (71% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.89% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.60% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.10% fail on Emission control equipment (3 times worse than other 1997 vans)
          • 0.10% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (3 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.078% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.052% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.026% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.84% fail on Spark ignition (37% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.65% fail on Catalyst emissions (40% better than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.026% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 1.5% fail on Fluid leaks (46% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.2% fail on Engine oil leaks (57% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.26% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.052% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.026% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.026% fail on Undertray
  • 5.5% fail on Tyres (22% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 3.0% fail on Condition (39% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.24% fail on Size/type
  • 5.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 5.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.97% fail on Condition
      • 0.26% fail on Requirements
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment
    • 0.026% fail on Airbags
      • 0.026% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.026% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.91% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.84% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.078% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.52% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.42% fail on Attachment
    • 0.10% fail on Condition
  • 0.052% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.052% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.052% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.052% fail on Anchorages