Ford S-MAX MOT Results

Registered in 2008
57.6% pass rate
from 7,928 tests in 2020
(5.9% 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 Ford S-MAX is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Stop lamp (92% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Position lamps (30% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Position lamp (30% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (34% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (16% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (19% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (17% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Individual direction indicators (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.013% fail on Arm
    • 0.81% fail on Electrical equipment (40% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Horn (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Trailer electrical socket (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Battery(ies) (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.18% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.013% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 13% fail on Suspension (12% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Suspension arms (57% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Pins and bushes (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.25% fail on Suspension arm (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (26% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.78% fail on Linkage ball joints (39% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.038% fail on Linkage (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.6% fail on Springs (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Coil springs (67% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Coil spring (68% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Mounting
      • 0.013% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.43% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.35% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.013% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.42% fail on Wheel bearings (46% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Axles
      • 0.19% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.013% fail on Axle
    • 0.15% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.025% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.050% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.038% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.025% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.050% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.050% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.038% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (89% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 8.9% fail on Brakes
    • 5.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (54% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (80% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Brake pads (81% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.16% fail on Cable
        • 0.038% fail on Lever
        • 0.013% fail on Pivot
    • 3.1% fail on Brake performance (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt
          • 0.97% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.10% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.013% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.013% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.92% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.92% fail on Rbt (58% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.79% fail on Service brake performance (57% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake imbalance (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (62% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Rbt (sp) (64% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance (68% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.013% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.088% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.67% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.52% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.37% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.52% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.038% fail on Pedal (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.076% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.038% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.013% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.038% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.025% fail on Other components
  • 8.9% fail on Tyres (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Tread depth (24% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Size/type (69% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 5.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.2% fail on Exhaust system (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Transmission (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Drive shafts (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Joints (88% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.013% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.013% fail on Belts
    • 0.32% fail on Body (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other body component (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Panel
      • 0.013% fail on Body condition
      • 0.013% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.26% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.15% fail on Pipe (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.038% fail on System
      • 0.025% fail on Tank
    • 0.25% fail on Doors
      • 0.16% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition
        • 0.013% fail on Catch
      • 0.050% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.050% fail on Door condition
      • 0.038% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.038% fail on Door condition
    • 0.15% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.038% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.050% fail on Undertray
    • 0.038% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.038% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.013% fail on Chassis
      • 0.013% fail on Chassis condition
  • 5.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.8% fail on Compression ignition (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (53% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Emissions not tested (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.025% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.013% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.013% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.013% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.0% fail on Spark ignition (66% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (50% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Catalyst emissions (82% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Emissions not tested (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.26% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.038% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.013% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.038% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.025% fail on Undertray
      • 0.013% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 4.7% fail on Visibility (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Washers (18% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Wipers (48% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on View to rear
      • 0.33% fail on Mirrors (70% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.19% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.088% fail on Driver's view
  • 2.7% fail on Steering (21% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Operation
    • 1.1% fail on Steering linkage components (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.050% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.013% fail on Other components
        • 0.013% fail on Steering component
    • 0.28% fail on Power steering (96% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Other components
      • 0.038% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.063% fail on Steering play
      • 0.063% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.038% fail on Steering column (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.025% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.013% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (97% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Requirements
      • 0.013% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
      • 0.013% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.63% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.025% fail on Airbags
      • 0.025% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.73% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.73% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.73% fail on Road Wheels (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Condition
  • 0.025% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.025% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.013% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.013% fail on Anchorages
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