Ford Fiesta MOT Results

Registered in 2003
52.7% pass rate
from 45,914 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Ford Fiesta is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (7.7% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 10% fail on Stop lamp (87% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Headlamp aim (19% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Headlamp aim (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (58% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps (11% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Position lamp (12% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (46% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Headlamp levelling device (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.0044% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.8% fail on Direction indicators (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Individual direction indicators (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Side repeaters (70% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Switch
    • 0.45% fail on Electrical equipment (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Horn (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Battery(ies) (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Electrical wiring (86% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.022% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.0022% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.0022% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0022% fail on Switch
  • 17% fail on Brakes (9.5% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.7% fail on Brake performance (9.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 3.7% fail on Service brake imbalance (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.0044% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Service brake performance (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance (59% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.015% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.068% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0087% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0044% fail on Service brake performance (83% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.0044% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (39% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (35% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (94% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0065% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance (26% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (26% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance (27% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.017% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.015% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0022% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0044% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0044% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 8.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (45% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake linings and pads (55% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Brake pads (55% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0065% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.86% fail on Brake discs and drums (31% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.85% fail on Brake discs (30% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.15% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (44% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Cable (35% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Lever (70% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0022% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0022% fail on Relay lever
    • 0.36% fail on Parking brake control (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Lever (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.068% fail on Pedal (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.26% fail on Brake fluid (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.015% fail on Valves
      • 0.0022% fail on Servos
    • 0.31% fail on Flexible brake hoses (27% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Anti-lock braking system (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (84% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (48% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Other components
      • 0.0022% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.0022% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.017% fail on Air and vacuum systems (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0044% fail on Servos (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Operation
    • 0.0022% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.0022% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0022% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 13% fail on Suspension (30% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Suspension arms (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Suspension arm (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (83% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (30% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Linkage ball joints (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Ball joint dust cover (26% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint (48% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Anti-roll bar (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins and bushes (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (87% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.8% fail on Wheel bearings (73% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Shock absorbers (75% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Springs (63% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Coil springs (62% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Coil spring (62% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Mounting
      • 0.0044% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (91% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.0022% fail on Spring saddle
    • 0.67% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Sub-frames (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.091% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.059% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0065% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0022% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.30% fail on Other suspension component (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.070% fail on Ball joint (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.052% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.26% fail on Axles (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Axle (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.14% fail on Macpherson strut (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.028% fail on Macpherson strut (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Pins and bushes (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.037% fail on Suspension rods (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0087% fail on Pins and bushes (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0022% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0044% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0044% fail on Suspension unit
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Spark ignition (41% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (49% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Catalyst emissions (62% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.094% fail on Non catalyst emissions (71% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.017% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0087% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0044% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 0.69% fail on Compression ignition (47% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (67% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (44% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.085% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.020% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.015% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0044% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0044% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.0022% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0022% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0022% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.013% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0022% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
    • 0.82% fail on Fluid leaks (23% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.16% fail on Other leaks (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.022% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.0065% fail on Undertray (74% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 10% fail on Visibility (21% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Wipers (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Washers (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on View to rear
      • 0.37% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.013% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.21% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.17% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0044% fail on Window
  • 7.0% fail on Tyres
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth (6.8% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition (11% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Size/type (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 6.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (35% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Exhaust system (17% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Transmission (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Drive shafts (60% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Joints (63% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Drive shaft (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Bearing housing (8 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0044% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.048% fail on Prop shafts (75% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Joints (72% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0022% fail on Prop shaft
      • 0.0044% fail on Belts
    • 0.55% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.27% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.12% fail on Tank
      • 0.098% fail on Pipe
      • 0.037% fail on Hose
      • 0.033% fail on System (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Seats (79% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Driver's seat (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.30% fail on Bumpers (29% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Doors (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other passenger's door (22% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Door condition (24% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Catch
      • 0.033% fail on Driver's door (73% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Door condition (76% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0044% fail on Hinge
        • 0.0022% fail on Catch
      • 0.022% fail on Front passenger's door (86% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Door condition (90% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0044% fail on Catch
        • 0.0022% fail on Hinge
    • 0.21% fail on Engine mounting (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Engine mounting condition (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Bracket
    • 0.16% fail on Integral vehicle structure (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.020% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.13% fail on Body (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Other body component (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Panel (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0044% fail on Body condition
    • 0.068% fail on Chassis (86% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Chassis condition (86% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Undertray (86% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0087% fail on Floor (80% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0087% fail on Boot lid (80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0065% fail on Boot lid condition (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0065% fail on Load security
      • 0.0065% fail on Access panel (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0044% fail on Towbar (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Coupling
      • 0.0022% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0044% fail on Cabs (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0044% fail on Prescribed areas (79% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0022% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.0022% fail on Spare wheel condition
    • 0.0022% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 5.0% fail on Steering
    • 3.8% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 3.7% fail on Track rod end (7.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Drag link end (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.015% fail on Other components
        • 0.0087% fail on Steering linkage
        • 0.0065% fail on Steering component
      • 0.011% fail on Locking devices (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.68% fail on Power steering (88% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pipes and hoses (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Other components (81% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
      • 0.048% fail on Pump (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Rams (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Steering gear (28% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Steering rack (27% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
      • 0.0065% fail on Steering box
    • 0.087% fail on Steering play (39% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Steering rack (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.0087% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0044% fail on Steering column
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (30% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Condition (63% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Prescribed areas (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Requirements
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
    • 0.41% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Airbags (52% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.97% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.97% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.49% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Attachment (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0022% fail on Hubs
  • 0.017% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.013% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.0044% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.013% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.013% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.0022% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0022% fail on Doors
      • 0.0022% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
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  • Ford Fiesta (2002 - 2008)
    Good handling and comfortable ride. Tidy design. Reasonably spacious. Plenty of choice second-hand. Good reputation for reliability.

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