Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2005
53.2% pass rate
from 4,968 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Suspension (17% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Suspension arms (23% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Pins and bushes (93% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint dust cover (54% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.7% fail on Springs (34% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Coil springs (35% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Coil spring (36% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (21% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (44% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint dust cover (42% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.060% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.040% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.040% fail on Pins and bushes (85% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Shock absorbers (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Wheel bearings (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.081% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.020% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.020% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.020% fail on Suspension unit
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Headlamp aim (21% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim (22% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.020% fail on Dipswitch
    • 4.3% fail on Direction indicators (57% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Flashing type (57% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (72% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.4% fail on Position lamps (25% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Position lamp (24% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Switch
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.64% fail on Stop lamp (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Outline marker lamps (43 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Outline marker lamp (40 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on All outline marker lamps (88 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Electrical equipment (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Horn (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.081% fail on Battery(ies) (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.22% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.060% fail on Switch
    • 0.060% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.020% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.020% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.020% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 12% fail on Brakes (10% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (45% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.7% fail on Parking brake performance (58% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (58% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (62% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.040% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.060% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.060% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.040% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.48% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.52% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.52% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.40% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.14% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (27% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Brake pads (26% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.0% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.0% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.18% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.12% fail on Cable
        • 0.081% fail on Lever
    • 0.66% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Anti-lock braking system (38% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.30% fail on Pedal
      • 0.30% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.48% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.48% fail on Lever
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.26% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.24% fail on Rigid brake pipes (92% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.10% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.020% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.020% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.020% fail on Other components
  • 11% fail on Tyres (49% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Condition (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.34% fail on Size/type
  • 9.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (13% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Transmission (63% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Drive shafts (69% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Joints (67% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Drive shaft (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.14% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.14% fail on Joints
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.34% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.18% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.10% fail on Pipe
      • 0.040% fail on Tank
      • 0.020% fail on Hose
    • 0.26% fail on Engine mounting (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Engine mounting condition (200% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Bracket (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Doors (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.14% fail on Door condition
      • 0.040% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.040% fail on Door condition
      • 0.020% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.10% fail on Other body component
      • 0.020% fail on Body condition
      • 0.020% fail on Panel
    • 0.10% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.10% fail on Undertray
    • 0.081% fail on Towbar
      • 0.060% fail on Other towbar components (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.020% fail on Load security
      • 0.020% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.020% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.020% fail on Seats
      • 0.020% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.020% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.020% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 6.0% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers
    • 2.5% fail on Washers (28% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Condition of glass (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Windscreen (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.14% fail on Driver's view
  • 5.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (20% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Spark ignition (20% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 1.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (40% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.020% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 1.4% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.93% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (71% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.020% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.020% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.020% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.16% fail on Fluid leaks (68% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Engine oil leaks (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.040% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.040% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 3.0% fail on Steering (27% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end (45% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.040% fail on Other components
        • 0.020% fail on Steering component
        • 0.020% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.020% fail on Drag link end
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear (83% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack (89% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Power steering
      • 0.060% fail on Operation
      • 0.060% fail on Other components
    • 0.060% fail on Steering play
      • 0.060% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.040% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.040% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (55% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Seat belts (49% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
      • 0.040% fail on Requirements
    • 0.020% fail on Airbags
      • 0.020% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.87% fail on Road Wheels (72% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Condition
  • 0.44% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.44% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.020% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.020% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.020% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.020% fail on Anchorages
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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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