Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2004
49.5% pass rate
from 2,163 tests in 2020
(6.6% worse than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Suspension (27% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Suspension arms (26% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Pins and bushes (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.55% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.42% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.2% fail on Springs (83% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Coil springs (85% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 7.2% fail on Coil spring (86% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.79% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.69% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.28% fail on Linkage
      • 0.092% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 4.9% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wheel bearings (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.092% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.092% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.092% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.046% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.046% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 18% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (12% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamp aim (47% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim (50% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 5.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.55% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.046% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators (36% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type (37% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (48% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.14% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.42% fail on Stop lamp (92% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Electrical equipment (60% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Horn
      • 0.092% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.046% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.046% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.28% fail on Outline marker lamps (32 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Outline marker lamp (36 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (46% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 8.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 8.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance (83% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (86% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (90% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.046% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.046% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.7% fail on Rbt
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.51% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (52% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.46% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.092% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.28% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.4% fail on Brake linings and pads (39% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Brake pads (38% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.4% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.092% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.14% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.14% fail on Cable
    • 0.74% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.51% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.23% fail on Pedal
    • 0.74% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.60% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.14% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.46% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.46% fail on Lever
    • 0.28% fail on Rigid brake pipes (92% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.23% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.092% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.046% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.046% fail on Reservoirs
  • 12% fail on Body, chassis, structure (34% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Transmission (150% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 9.1% fail on Drive shafts (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 9.1% fail on Joints (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.28% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.28% fail on Joints
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.60% fail on Doors
      • 0.37% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.37% fail on Door condition
      • 0.18% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.18% fail on Door condition
      • 0.046% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.046% fail on Door condition
    • 0.23% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
      • 0.092% fail on Panel
    • 0.23% fail on Undertray
    • 0.14% fail on Fuel system (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on System
      • 0.046% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.046% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.046% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.046% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.046% fail on Seats
      • 0.046% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.046% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 12% fail on Tyres (57% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.092% fail on Size/type
  • 6.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (22% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 4.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Catalyst emissions (59% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.046% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 1.1% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.55% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.23% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.23% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.046% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.2% fail on Visibility (23% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 2.5% fail on Washers (32% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.23% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.046% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.5% fail on Steering (29% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Steering linkage components (52% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Track rod end (51% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.092% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.5% fail on Steering gear (98% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Steering rack (92% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Operation
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
      • 0.092% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.046% fail on Operation
      • 0.046% fail on Rams
  • 0.97% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (69% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (68% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Seat belts (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Condition
      • 0.046% fail on Requirements
  • 0.92% fail on Road Wheels (96% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Condition
  • 0.88% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.88% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.046% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.046% fail on Doors
      • 0.046% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
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  • Volvo V50 (2004 - 2012)
    Classy-looking compact estate with very good ride comfort and tidy handling. A fine long-distance cruiser. The UK's most popular Volvo.

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