Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
49.1% pass rate
from 1,596 tests in 2020
(8.4% worse than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo S40 is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (33% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Headlamps (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Headlamp (19% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Dipswitch (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Headlamp aim (49% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Headlamp aim (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (54% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Direction indicators (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Flashing type (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Individual direction indicators (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters (52% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on All direction indicators (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Switch
    • 4.0% fail on Stop lamp (20% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (9.8% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (9.7% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (8.1% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Electrical equipment (7.0% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Battery(ies) (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Horn (77% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Position lamps (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Position lamp (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Hazard warning (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.063% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 19% fail on Brakes (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 6.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Service brake performance (25% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance (84% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (57% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance (54% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (1.7% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (3.2% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance (4.0% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake performance (6.0% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.50% fail on Brake performance not tested (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes (64% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (76% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Brake linings and pads (95% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Brake pads (94% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.8% fail on Brake discs and drums (52% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Brake discs (54% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.38% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (42% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Cable (1.3% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Flexible brake hoses (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Hand lever (71% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Pedal (36% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Parking brake control (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Lever (36% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Hydraulic systems (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake fluid (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (86% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Anti-lock braking system (83% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 18% fail on Suspension (6.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage ball joints (13% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Ball joint (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Linkage (37% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes (35% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (52% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 6.4% fail on Springs (98% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Coil springs (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 6.4% fail on Coil spring (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Suspension arms (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint (45% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm (64% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers (4.4% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.44% fail on Wheel bearings (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (81% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component (22% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.063% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.063% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
  • 7.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Transmission (8.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Drive shafts (7.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Joints (6.5% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.25% fail on Prop shafts (36% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Joints (68% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (42% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Fuel system (78% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Hose (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Pipe (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Doors (57% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's door (2.4% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.063% fail on Door condition
      • 0.063% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.063% fail on Door condition
    • 0.25% fail on Seats (3.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Passenger's seat (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Integral vehicle structure (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Body (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component (10% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Panel
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers (41% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Chassis
      • 0.063% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.063% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.063% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.063% fail on Undertray
  • 6.8% fail on Steering (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Steering linkage components (5.8% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Track rod end (10% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Drag link end
    • 3.3% fail on Steering gear (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Power steering (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Other components (8.1% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Steering play
      • 0.063% fail on Steering rack
  • 6.4% fail on Tyres (5.1% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth (7.1% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition (8.5% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Size/type (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 6.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (21% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Spark ignition (13% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (6.2% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Catalyst emissions (8.7% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Emissions not tested (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Compression ignition (54% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (55% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Emissions not tested (0.088% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.13% fail on Fluid leaks (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Engine oil leaks (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.063% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 5.8% fail on Visibility (27% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers (9.9% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (54% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass (20% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen (18% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on View to rear
      • 0.063% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (59% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts (0.62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Requirements
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers airbag (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates (32% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.31% fail on Road Wheels (25% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment (1.2% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.063% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.063% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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