Lexus IS MOT Results

Registered in 1999
61.7% pass rate
from 789 tests in 2020
(18% better than other 1999 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the Lexus IS is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.76% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp (57% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.25% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.0% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.63% fail on Horn
      • 0.25% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.13% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.13% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 14% fail on Suspension
    • 5.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.7% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.9% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.51% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 4.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.2% fail on Shock absorbers (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Springs
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.6% fail on Coil spring
    • 1.1% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.76% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.38% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (11 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.38% fail on Anti-roll bars (91% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 5.2% fail on Brake performance (36% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.51% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.25% fail on Plate brake tester (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (61% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (59% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.51% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (81% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Rbt (sp) (81% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.9% fail on Brake discs and drums (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake discs (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.63% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 1.0% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.63% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.38% fail on Pedal
    • 0.89% fail on Rigid brake pipes (74% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.51% fail on Lever
    • 0.51% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.38% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.38% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.25% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.25% fail on Brake fluid
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres (41% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (67% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Size/type
  • 7.0% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.38% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.38% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on View to rear
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
  • 6.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (29% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 2.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.13% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.25% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.25% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 3.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (69% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (46% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.76% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.76% fail on Chassis
      • 0.76% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.13% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.13% fail on Carrier
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
  • 2.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (41% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.0% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.38% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (76% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Airbags
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (59% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
        • 0.13% fail on Steering component
    • 0.13% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.13% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Attachment (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 0.38% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.38% fail on Registration plates
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  • Lexus IS (1999 - 2005)
    Well equipped, reliable and rated highly by owners. Controlled rear-drive handling, rewarding manual gearshift and decent ride.

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