FIAT 500 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
56.1% pass rate
from 13,341 tests in 2020
(6.6% worse than other 2008 cars)
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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the FIAT 500 is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Suspension (39% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 11% fail on Suspension arms (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 7.5% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Ball joint (60% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.4% fail on Shock absorbers (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Linkage ball joints (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint dust cover (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.022% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Linkage
      • 0.0075% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Wheel bearings (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint dust cover (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Springs (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Coil springs (88% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Coil spring (90% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (16 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.097% fail on Other suspension component (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.067% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.23% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.19% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.15% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0075% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0075% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.045% fail on Axles
      • 0.045% fail on Axle (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.015% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0075% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0075% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 13% fail on Brakes (41% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 8.4% fail on Brake performance (86% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 2.7% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.022% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.015% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0075% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.015% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.015% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (17% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake imbalance (58% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.037% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake imbalance (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0075% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0075% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.13% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (16% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Brake pads (16% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.5% fail on Brake discs and drums (25% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Brake drums (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Cable (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Lever
        • 0.0075% fail on Rod
        • 0.0075% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0075% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.64% fail on Parking brake control (51% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Lever (73% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.39% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.32% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.067% fail on Pedal
    • 0.37% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Rigid brake pipes (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Flexible brake hoses (86% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Anti-lock braking system (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Electronic stability control (55% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.045% fail on Valves (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.13% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Other components (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Other braking system component (12 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.022% fail on Leaks
  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (16% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp (13% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.015% fail on Headlamp levelling device (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Side repeaters (78% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.64% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.64% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.64% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical equipment (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Horn (83% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Battery(ies) (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.075% fail on Daytime running lamps (61 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.015% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.015% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.0075% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0075% fail on Switch
    • 0.0075% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0075% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 6.7% fail on Visibility (12% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Washers (48% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.14% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.082% fail on View to rear (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Mirrors (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.067% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.067% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres
    • 3.5% fail on Tread depth (17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Size/type (57% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 6.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (14% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust system (88% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Doors (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Front passenger's door (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Door condition (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Catch (20 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Driver's door (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Door condition (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Catch (16 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Other passenger's door (78% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Door condition (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Transmission (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Drive shafts (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Joints (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.015% fail on Prop shafts (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Joints (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Belts
    • 0.35% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on System
      • 0.015% fail on Hose
    • 0.13% fail on Seats
      • 0.067% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.060% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.060% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.045% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.015% fail on Bracket
    • 0.052% fail on Bumpers (65% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Body (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Other body component (69% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Body condition
      • 0.0075% fail on Panel
    • 0.037% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.030% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0075% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.022% fail on Integral vehicle structure (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0075% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.015% fail on Chassis
      • 0.015% fail on Chassis condition
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (24% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (26% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Emissions not tested (73% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (64% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.0075% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0075% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 0.78% fail on Compression ignition (56% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Emissions not tested (91% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (72% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (76% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.097% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.030% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.015% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0075% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0075% fail on Particulate filter
    • 0.36% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.25% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.075% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.022% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.015% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.015% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.015% fail on Undertray
  • 1.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.82% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.17% fail on Seat belts (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.037% fail on Prescribed areas (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment
    • 0.060% fail on Airbags
      • 0.052% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0075% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.67% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.67% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0075% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.55% fail on Steering (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Steering linkage components (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.015% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0075% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.13% fail on Steering gear (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Operation
    • 0.052% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.037% fail on Steering play
      • 0.037% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.030% fail on Power steering (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Operation
      • 0.0075% fail on Rams
      • 0.0075% fail on Other components
    • 0.015% fail on Steering column
    • 0.015% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.015% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.22% fail on Road Wheels (58% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Condition
    • 0.037% fail on Attachment (90% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.015% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.015% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.0075% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0075% fail on Passenger grab handles
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