Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
47.6% pass rate
from 2,109 tests in 2020
(8.0% 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.

  • 26% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Position lamps (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Position lamp (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on All position lamps
    • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim (30% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.81% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Direction indicators (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Flashing type (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters (82% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.047% fail on Switch
    • 5.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.24% fail on Dipswitch (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.3% fail on Stop lamp (40% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.76% fail on Battery(ies) (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Horn (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.90% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.90% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.90% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.43% fail on Outline marker lamps (62 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Outline marker lamp (64 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.28% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.28% fail on Switch
    • 0.047% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.047% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 19% fail on Brakes (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (36% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (62% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 6.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance (33% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Rbt
          • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.14% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance (91% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (92% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.095% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.047% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.047% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.85% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (50% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.85% fail on Rbt (sp) (49% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake imbalance (57% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.52% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes (57% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.8% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.8% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.047% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.66% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Cable
        • 0.33% fail on Lever (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Pivot
    • 1.3% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Parking brake control (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Lever (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.62% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
    • 0.52% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.52% fail on Brake fluid (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.38% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Anti-lock braking system (66% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.047% fail on Operation
    • 0.047% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.047% fail on Other components
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 8.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Linkage (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.095% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.6% fail on Springs (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Coil springs (58% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Coil spring (58% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Mounting
    • 3.8% fail on Suspension arms (39% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Pins and bushes (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.76% fail on Macpherson strut (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.047% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.47% fail on Wheel bearings (71% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (85% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.24% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint
  • 7.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Transmission
      • 4.4% fail on Drive shafts
        • 4.4% fail on Joints
      • 0.047% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.047% fail on Joints
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.19% fail on Hose (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on System
      • 0.095% fail on Tank
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
    • 0.14% fail on Doors (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.095% fail on Door condition
      • 0.047% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.047% fail on Door condition
    • 0.095% fail on Chassis (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Chassis condition (81% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Seats
      • 0.047% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.047% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.095% fail on Undertray
    • 0.047% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.047% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.047% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.047% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.047% fail on Carrier
    • 0.047% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.047% fail on Bracket
    • 0.047% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.047% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 7.3% fail on Steering (49% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 3.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.047% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.047% fail on Locking devices
    • 3.6% fail on Steering gear (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Operation
    • 0.095% fail on Power steering
      • 0.047% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.047% fail on Rams
      • 0.047% fail on Other components
  • 7.2% fail on Visibility
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers
    • 1.7% fail on Washers (55% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on View to rear
      • 0.38% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.047% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.047% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.047% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres
    • 3.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.38% fail on Size/type
  • 5.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (31% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Spark ignition (23% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 2.4% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.76% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.095% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.52% fail on Compression ignition (60% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (74% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.047% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.14% fail on Fluid leaks (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Engine oil leaks (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.047% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.047% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 5.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.3% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Prescribed areas (91% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment
      • 0.047% fail on Requirements
    • 0.14% fail on Airbags
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.8% fail on Identification of the vehicle (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plates (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.33% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.047% fail on Condition
  • 0.047% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.047% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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