Volkswagen Transporter MOT Results

Registered in 1998
52.5% pass rate
from 4,545 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 1998 vans and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Transporter is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (9.8% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 8.1% fail on Headlamp aim (60% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 7.8% fail on Headlamp aim (63% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.35% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 6.3% fail on Electrical equipment (38% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 5.3% fail on Horn (70% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.79% fail on Battery(ies) (38% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.24% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.11% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.088% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.066% fail on Headlamp levelling device (84% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.044% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.9% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.4% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.48% fail on Side repeaters (41% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.29% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.088% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.044% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.022% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.46% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.26% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.24% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.022% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.088% fail on Hazard warning (69% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.088% fail on Switch (69% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.022% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.022% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 18% fail on Brakes
    • 11% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 5.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.044% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.1% fail on Service brake performance (21% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 4.1% fail on Rbt (21% better than other 1998 vans)
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (20% better than other 1998 vans)
          • 0.95% fail on Service brake imbalance (33% better than other 1998 vans)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (17% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (51% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (53% worse than other 1998 vans)
          • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (62% worse than other 1998 vans)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.022% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.022% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.33% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (62% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (58% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads (60% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.022% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.7% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (120% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 1.5% fail on Cable (150% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.20% fail on Lever (180% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.022% fail on Rod
        • 0.022% fail on Pivot
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.2% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.022% fail on Brake drums
    • 3.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.0% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 1.1% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.88% fail on Hydraulic systems (58% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.68% fail on Brake fluid (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.066% fail on Servos
      • 0.066% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.066% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.022% fail on Valves
    • 0.31% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (54% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.29% fail on Pedal
      • 0.022% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.24% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.22% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Servos
      • 0.044% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.022% fail on Operation
      • 0.022% fail on Leaks
    • 0.15% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.15% fail on Lever
    • 0.11% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (72% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.066% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.044% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
        • 0.022% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.044% fail on Other components
  • 16% fail on Suspension (12% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 7.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (24% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 5.3% fail on Suspension arms (25% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 2.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (86% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes (67% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.066% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 1.3% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Linkage
      • 0.044% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.9% fail on Springs
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (79% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 1.5% fail on Coil spring (81% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.066% fail on Mounting
      • 0.29% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (65% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.022% fail on Torsion bars
        • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 1.2% fail on Other suspension component (57% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.64% fail on Ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.62% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.022% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.79% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.62% fail on Sub-frames (43% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.53% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (44% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.088% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.46% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.088% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.066% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.066% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.022% fail on Axles
      • 0.022% fail on Axle
  • 16% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.5% fail on Transmission (32% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 5.3% fail on Drive shafts (74% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 5.2% fail on Joints (75% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.066% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.18% fail on Prop shafts (84% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.18% fail on Joints
    • 4.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 2.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 2.1% fail on Chassis (39% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.1% fail on Chassis condition (38% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 2.0% fail on Doors (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.2% fail on Driver's door (150% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 1.1% fail on Door condition (150% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.044% fail on Catch
      • 0.79% fail on Front passenger's door (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.75% fail on Door condition (120% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.044% fail on Catch
        • 0.022% fail on Hinge
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.066% fail on Door condition
        • 0.044% fail on Catch
        • 0.022% fail on Hinge
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.55% fail on System (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.53% fail on Pipe
      • 0.33% fail on Hose
      • 0.044% fail on Tank
      • 0.044% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (88% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.55% fail on Seats
      • 0.31% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.29% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.44% fail on Towbar
      • 0.37% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.044% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.022% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.37% fail on Body (69% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.22% fail on Panel (63% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.15% fail on Other body component (71% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.24% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.13% fail on Floor
    • 0.11% fail on Undertray
    • 0.088% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.088% fail on Carrier
    • 0.066% fail on Load security
      • 0.044% fail on Loading door
      • 0.022% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.022% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.066% fail on Cabs (81% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.044% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.022% fail on Steps
    • 0.044% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.044% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 8.6% fail on Visibility
    • 4.3% fail on Wipers
    • 3.8% fail on Washers (18% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.88% fail on View to rear
      • 0.88% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.33% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.24% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.24% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.066% fail on Bonnet
  • 7.9% fail on Steering (42% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 4.0% fail on Steering linkage components (37% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 3.4% fail on Track rod end (45% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.088% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.066% fail on Other components
        • 0.044% fail on Steering component
        • 0.044% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.022% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
    • 3.1% fail on Steering gear (67% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 3.1% fail on Steering rack (73% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.81% fail on Power steering
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
      • 0.22% fail on Other components
      • 0.18% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.044% fail on Pump
      • 0.022% fail on Rams
    • 0.31% fail on Steering wheel (200% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.18% fail on Steering play
      • 0.18% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.066% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.066% fail on Steering column
    • 0.022% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.022% fail on Universal joint
  • 5.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.9% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.3% fail on Compression ignition (42% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 2.6% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (80% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 1.2% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.40% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.15% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
          • 0.066% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.066% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.022% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.022% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
      • 0.70% fail on Spark ignition (43% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.55% fail on Catalyst emissions (42% better than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.044% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.022% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.022% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.92% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.088% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 4.8% fail on Tyres
    • 2.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
  • 3.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (24% better than other 1998 vans)
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts (24% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas (31% better than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.79% fail on Condition
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.088% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.022% fail on Airbags
      • 0.022% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.86% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.81% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.044% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.42% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 0.26% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (140% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.26% fail on Speedometer (140% worse than other 1998 vans)
  • 0.066% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.044% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.022% fail on Belt(s)/padding