Ford S-MAX MOT Results

Registered in 2009
57.3% pass rate
from 8,379 tests in 2020
(16% worse than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Ford S-MAX is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (37% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Stop lamp (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Direction indicators (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Flashing type (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on All direction indicators (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
      • 0.012% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.012% fail on Arm
    • 3.2% fail on Position lamps (42% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Position lamp (43% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (23% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.012% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.63% fail on Electrical equipment (47% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Horn (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Trailer electrical socket (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.012% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.50% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.18% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.18% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.17% fail on Rear reflectors (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 14% fail on Suspension (9.5% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Suspension arms (66% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.5% fail on Springs
      • 4.5% fail on Coil springs
        • 4.5% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.024% fail on Mounting
    • 2.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (41% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (28% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Linkage ball joints (51% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.084% fail on Linkage (61% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.98% fail on Shock absorbers (33% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Other suspension component (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.012% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.42% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.17% fail on Axles
      • 0.17% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.084% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.072% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.036% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.012% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 8.8% fail on Tyres (33% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth (24% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Condition (48% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
    • 0.012% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 8.7% fail on Brakes
    • 5.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (79% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Brake pads (99% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Brake linings (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.19% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.16% fail on Cable (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Lever
        • 0.012% fail on Linkage
    • 2.4% fail on Brake performance (38% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (39% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (38% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (33% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.94% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (40% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (43% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Rbt (41% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.37% fail on Parking brake performance (36% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.084% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (82% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Rbt (sp) (81% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.060% fail on Service brake imbalance (85% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.36% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.36% fail on Lever
    • 0.32% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.27% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.18% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Reservoirs (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.18% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (54% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Pedal
      • 0.060% fail on Hand lever (69% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.084% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.012% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.060% fail on Rigid brake pipes (92% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.012% fail on Servos
    • 0.012% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
  • 6.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (65% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (71% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Compression ignition (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Emissions not tested (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.024% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.012% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.012% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.024% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 0.76% fail on Spark ignition (64% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (47% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Catalyst emissions (80% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Emissions not tested (90% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.012% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.012% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 0.14% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.12% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.024% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.036% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.024% fail on Undertray
      • 0.012% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 1.7% fail on Wipers (36% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on View to rear
      • 0.24% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen
  • 4.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Seats (150% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Driver's seat (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.18% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.084% fail on Pipe
      • 0.072% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.012% fail on Tank
      • 0.012% fail on Hose
    • 0.18% fail on Transmission (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drive shafts (89% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Joints (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.012% fail on Joints
    • 0.17% fail on Doors
      • 0.11% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.11% fail on Door condition
      • 0.036% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
      • 0.024% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.024% fail on Door condition
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
      • 0.012% fail on Panel
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.095% fail on Engine mounting (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Engine mounting condition (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Bracket
    • 0.048% fail on Undertray
    • 0.036% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.036% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.024% fail on Load security (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.012% fail on Access panel
    • 0.012% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.012% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
  • 1.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (69% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.012% fail on Requirements
    • 0.32% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.024% fail on Airbags
      • 0.024% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.3% fail on Steering (33% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Steering linkage components (49% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Track rod end (48% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.012% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.44% fail on Steering gear (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Steering rack (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Operation
    • 0.072% fail on Power steering
      • 0.048% fail on Operation
      • 0.012% fail on Rams
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
    • 0.060% fail on Steering play
      • 0.060% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.012% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.012% fail on Steering column
  • 0.74% fail on Identification of the vehicle (59% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Registration plates (60% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.72% fail on Road Wheels (61% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Condition (74% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.024% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.024% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.012% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.012% fail on Doors
      • 0.012% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
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