Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
59.1% pass rate
from 4,794 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo S40 is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.3% fail on Direction indicators (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Flashing type (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Individual direction indicators (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Side repeaters (74% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on All direction indicators
    • 4.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (69% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.083% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 4.0% fail on Position lamps (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Position lamp (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.69% fail on Stop lamp (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.29% fail on Horn
      • 0.10% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.021% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.21% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 0.13% fail on Outline marker lamps (18 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Outline marker lamp (20 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 17% fail on Suspension (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Suspension arms (84% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Pins and bushes (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.042% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.9% fail on Springs (25% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Coil springs (25% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 5.9% fail on Coil spring (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.021% fail on Shackle bracket
    • 2.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Linkage ball joints (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Linkage (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint dust cover (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.021% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.8% fail on Wheel bearings (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.042% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.042% fail on Sub-frames (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.021% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint
  • 8.4% fail on Brakes
    • 3.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.10% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.042% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (37% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (35% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.79% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.77% fail on Rbt
          • 0.71% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.063% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.38% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.063% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.021% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.92% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.92% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.21% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.15% fail on Cable
        • 0.083% fail on Lever
    • 0.88% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.52% fail on Electronic stability control (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.021% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.58% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.40% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.19% fail on Pedal
    • 0.48% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.48% fail on Lever
    • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.083% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.042% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.021% fail on Valves
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.063% fail on Rigid brake pipes (95% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 7.5% fail on Tyres
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 5.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.8% fail on Transmission
      • 2.6% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.5% fail on Joints
        • 0.083% fail on Drive shaft (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.10% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.10% fail on Joints
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.19% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
      • 0.042% fail on Panel
      • 0.021% fail on Body condition
    • 0.19% fail on Boot lid (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Boot lid condition (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.063% fail on Pipe
      • 0.042% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.021% fail on Tank
      • 0.021% fail on Hose
    • 0.13% fail on Doors
      • 0.083% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.083% fail on Door condition
      • 0.042% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.042% fail on Door condition
    • 0.042% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.042% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.042% fail on Undertray
    • 0.021% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.021% fail on Towbar
      • 0.021% fail on Other towbar components
  • 4.7% fail on Visibility (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (33% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on View to rear (91% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Mirrors (94% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.021% fail on Window
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.063% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (35% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Exhaust emissions (35% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Spark ignition (40% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (38% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Catalyst emissions (45% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.021% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.021% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 1.3% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.69% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.38% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.042% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.021% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.021% fail on Particulate filter
    • 0.21% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.083% fail on Engine oil leaks (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.042% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.042% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.021% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.021% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.1% fail on Steering
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Steering linkage components (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Track rod end (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.021% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.33% fail on Power steering (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Other components
      • 0.042% fail on Operation
      • 0.021% fail on Pump
    • 0.042% fail on Steering play
      • 0.042% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (81% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.33% fail on Condition
      • 0.021% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.58% fail on Attachment
    • 0.10% fail on Condition
  • 0.52% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.52% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.021% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.021% fail on Anchorages
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