Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2004
51.3% pass rate
from 3,249 tests in 2020
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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo S40 is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.0% fail on Headlamp aim (31% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Headlamp aim (36% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 5.8% fail on Position lamps (75% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Position lamp (71% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on All position lamps (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.092% fail on Matched pair (12 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (59% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Direction indicators (48% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Flashing type (48% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (60% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.031% fail on Switch
    • 1.9% fail on Stop lamp (62% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.34% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.25% fail on Horn
      • 0.031% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.031% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.52% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (58% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Rear fog lamp (58% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Switch
    • 0.49% fail on Outline marker lamps (58 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Outline marker lamp (57 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on All outline marker lamps (68 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.031% fail on Switch
  • 18% fail on Brakes (21% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (34% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 7.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (71% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 7.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance (85% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (83% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (89% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.031% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.12% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.062% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.062% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.031% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.031% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.92% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.12% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.62% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.58% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (31% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (35% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Brake pads (35% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.4% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.031% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.37% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.15% fail on Cable
        • 0.15% fail on Lever
        • 0.031% fail on Linkage
        • 0.031% fail on Pivot
    • 4.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.92% fail on Parking brake control (71% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Lever (80% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Flexible brake hoses (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.52% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.25% fail on Pedal
    • 0.49% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Anti-lock braking system (60% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Electronic stability control (83% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.031% fail on Valves
    • 0.28% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.062% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.062% fail on Other components
  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 5.7% fail on Springs (44% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Coil springs (46% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Coil spring (47% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Mounting
    • 5.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage
      • 0.34% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.25% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.2% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint dust cover (61% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint (54% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.5% fail on Shock absorbers (69% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.25% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.092% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.092% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.18% fail on Other suspension component (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.15% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.031% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.031% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.062% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (97% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 8.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 6.5% fail on Transmission (76% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Drive shafts (80% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Joints (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.031% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.22% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.22% fail on Joints
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (58% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Doors
      • 0.15% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition
      • 0.12% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.092% fail on Door condition
        • 0.031% fail on Catch
      • 0.12% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.12% fail on Door condition
    • 0.34% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.22% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.12% fail on Pipe
    • 0.15% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.092% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.092% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.092% fail on Body
      • 0.062% fail on Other body component
      • 0.031% fail on Panel
    • 0.062% fail on Integral vehicle structure (88% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.031% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.062% fail on Chassis (84% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Chassis condition (84% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Towbar
      • 0.062% fail on Other towbar components (8 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Seats
      • 0.031% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.031% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.031% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 3.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.34% fail on Size/type
  • 6.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (26% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (24% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 1.5% fail on Catalyst emissions (42% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Emissions not tested (56% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.031% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.031% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.68% fail on Compression ignition (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (67% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (74% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.092% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.092% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.031% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.031% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.28% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.25% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.031% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.031% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.031% fail on Undertray
  • 5.3% fail on Visibility (34% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (27% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (49% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.15% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.062% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.6% fail on Steering
    • 2.6% fail on Steering linkage components (29% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Track rod end (24% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.031% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.6% fail on Steering gear (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Power steering
      • 0.092% fail on Operation
      • 0.062% fail on Other components
    • 0.15% fail on Steering play
      • 0.15% fail on Steering rack
  • 3.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (82% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Seat belts (45% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Condition
      • 0.092% fail on Prescribed areas (90% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.031% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.58% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.55% fail on Attachment
    • 0.031% fail on Condition
  • 0.55% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.52% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.031% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.031% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.031% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.031% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.031% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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