Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
48.3% pass rate
from 509 tests in 2020
(18% worse than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo S40 is unusually good or bad.

  • 28% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (74% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 7.9% fail on Headlamp aim (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 7.5% fail on Headlamp aim (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 7.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Position lamps (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Position lamp (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 5.3% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 5.1% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Individual direction indicators (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.39% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.7% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.8% fail on Battery(ies) (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.20% fail on Horn
    • 0.98% fail on Hazard warning (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Outline marker lamps (95 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Outline marker lamp (106 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.59% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 8.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.20% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.79% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.98% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.98% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.20% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.20% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.2% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.2% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.59% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.20% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.59% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.39% fail on Master cylinder (24 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.39% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.39% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.20% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.20% fail on Servos
    • 0.20% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.20% fail on Lever
  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 5.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 2.2% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.39% fail on Suspension arm
    • 5.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.39% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Linkage
    • 3.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Springs
      • 1.2% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.2% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.79% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.39% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.39% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.20% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.39% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.20% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 5.1% fail on Transmission
      • 4.9% fail on Drive shafts
        • 4.9% fail on Joints
      • 0.20% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.20% fail on Joints
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.79% fail on Chassis
      • 0.79% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.59% fail on Body
      • 0.39% fail on Panel
      • 0.20% fail on Other body component
    • 0.20% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.20% fail on Doors
      • 0.20% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.20% fail on Door condition
    • 0.20% fail on Undertray
  • 9.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 9.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 9.4% fail on Spark ignition
        • 7.7% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 2.0% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.20% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.20% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.20% fail on Undertray
    • 0.20% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.20% fail on Other leaks
  • 8.3% fail on Visibility
    • 5.1% fail on Wipers
    • 2.8% fail on Washers
    • 0.39% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.20% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
  • 6.7% fail on Steering (77% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Steering gear (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 3.1% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering
      • 0.39% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.20% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres
    • 3.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.79% fail on Size/type (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 2.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Prescribed areas (73% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.4% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.39% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Condition

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