How the Vel Satis Fared in Honest John’s MoT Files Survey

The Conservative government pledged to make public data more accessible and for all us petrolheads, that mean VOSA MoT data could be properly analysed for the first time – exciting stuff! The team at good ol’ Honest John duly set about crunching the results of over 200 million MoT tests. It was a mammoth task, not helped by lots of human errors in the data, but the majority agree that Honest John have done a brilliant job at presenting the data in a useful way.

So here at the UK Renault Vel Satis Owners Club, we wanted to summarise the main points from Honest John’s MoT Files survey, for all us Vel Satis fanatics out there. They looked at 1,005 MoT test results for Vel Satis cars, carried out between October 2010 and September 2011, covering 2002 to 2005 model year Vel Sati.

Honest John MoT Files Good Garages Pass Fail Survey VOSA Renault Vel Satis

Our Vel Sati achieved an overall MoT pass rate of only 53.3%. The graphs provided by Honest John indicate that, whilst general MoT pass rates across all makes and models of cars is slowly increased as a trend when it came to all 2002-2004 registration vehicles tested, the Vel Satis pass rate for cars of this age slightly declined over those three years, from the mid-to-high 50s down to the low 50s (percentage).

Another graph provided by HJ shows that when you look at mileage figures in relation to MoT pass rates, it drops from about 72% for vehicles with 25k miles on the clock at the time of the test, down to about 47% for vehicles with over 100k miles on them. But Vel Satis cars slightly defy that general trend, as Vel Sati with over 100k miles on the clock achieved a higher pass rate than those with between 80k-90k on them.

The Vel Satis MoT failures board was topped by steering problems, which accounted for 22.7% of fails. Lighting and signalling were close behind with 20.4%, suspension with 13.7%, brakes with 11.7% and tyres with 10.4%. Accounting for 2.3% of Vel Satis MoT fails was fuel and exhaust, with body and structure at the bottom of the list, accounting for 0.4% of MoT test fails.

For the three-year period assessed, about 440 of the Vel Sati tested were 2002 models, 610 were 2003 models and only 120 or so were 2004 models.

Looking at 2003 model year Renault Vel Satis cars, they achieved a 52.3% MoT pass rate and all those vehicles had between 60k and 100k miles on their clocks. Hazard light switches and lights, registration number plate lights and headlights accounted for the majority of failures for 2003 cars, as did track rod ends, ball joints and steering arms. Many of our members have experienced MoT failures due to the latter. Overall, 2003 year Vel Sati were rated as being 15% worse than other makes and models of cars from 2003.

So there you have it – hope you found some of these figures interesting!

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3 Responses to How the Vel Satis Fared in Honest John’s MoT Files Survey

  1. Bytesize says:

    Interesting stuff. I heard on the radio recently about MOT tests and common failure points. A large number of failures were due to headlight issues. Having talk to fiends and colleagues this seems to be a wide spread occurrence. Can it be that cars headlights go out of adjustment so easily or has the MOT become more stringent?
    Or could it be the one item you are unlikely to try and get sorted out somewhere else. The time and effort to take the car somewhere else, have the headlights adjusted (if they need it) and then take back again possibly having to pay a partial re-test fee, just does make make it worth while. The MOT testing stations know that this is not going to happen. So is this just a way to make more money knowing that only they have the specialist equipment and in truth we are just going to pay up to get the car through it’s MOT. Surely they wouldn’t do that ?!?

  2. richardm says:

    and there you have it, that is why my VS, 53 plate ( a 3.5 V6 petrol) has been stood on my drive for the last 6 months- too good to throw away but not worth throwing any more money at.
    So what to do? any suggestions seriously considered.
    at the moment is being used as an extension to my shed ie. storage, you’ve got to laugh !

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