Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2006
57.0% pass rate
from 5,037 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Suspension (11% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 7.9% fail on Suspension arms (46% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Pins and bushes (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.1% fail on Shock absorbers (150% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (25% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage ball joints (36% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (59% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint dust cover (57% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.079% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.060% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.060% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.8% fail on Springs
      • 3.8% fail on Coil springs
        • 3.8% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.040% fail on Mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.9% fail on Wheel bearings (65% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.079% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.040% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (20% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.060% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.020% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators (42% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type (42% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Individual direction indicators (28% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.099% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.020% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.040% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.44% fail on Stop lamp (91% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (64% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Rear fog lamp (64% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Switch
    • 0.28% fail on Outline marker lamps (46 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Outline marker lamp (48 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical equipment (83% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.040% fail on Horn (90% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.020% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.020% fail on Switch
    • 0.020% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.8% fail on Brakes (19% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance (24% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (23% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.4% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.12% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.040% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.040% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.36% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (50% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Rbt (sp) (54% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake imbalance (50% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.079% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.040% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.060% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 3.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums (48% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Brake discs (49% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.14% fail on Cable
        • 0.020% fail on Pivot
    • 0.93% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.52% fail on Anti-lock braking system (42% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.50% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (190% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.34% fail on Lever
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.18% fail on Pedal
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.079% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.060% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.020% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.079% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.040% fail on Rigid brake pipes (98% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 9.5% fail on Tyres (27% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Condition (84% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.24% fail on Size/type
  • 7.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.3% fail on Transmission (32% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Drive shafts (35% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Joints (34% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.020% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.12% fail on Joints
      • 0.020% fail on Belts
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.28% fail on Body
      • 0.22% fail on Other body component
      • 0.060% fail on Panel
    • 0.22% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.099% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.099% fail on System
      • 0.020% fail on Pipe
    • 0.20% fail on Engine mounting (180% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Engine mounting condition (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Bracket
    • 0.14% fail on Doors (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.079% fail on Door condition
      • 0.060% fail on Other passenger's door (73% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Door condition
      • 0.020% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.099% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.020% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.099% fail on Undertray
    • 0.040% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.020% fail on Chassis
      • 0.020% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.020% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.020% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 4.2% fail on Visibility (38% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (39% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Wipers (44% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.079% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.040% fail on Bonnet (79% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (39% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (37% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Spark ignition (40% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (35% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Catalyst emissions (48% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.040% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.040% fail on Other emission control equipment (18 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Compression ignition (31% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.81% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.060% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.060% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.060% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (87% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.099% fail on Fluid leaks (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Engine oil leaks (89% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.020% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.020% fail on Undertray
  • 2.7% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering linkage components (37% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end (37% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.020% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.97% fail on Steering gear (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Steering play
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering
      • 0.060% fail on Operation
      • 0.060% fail on Other components
      • 0.020% fail on Rams
    • 0.020% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.020% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 0.91% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (58% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Seat belts (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Condition
      • 0.020% fail on Requirements
    • 0.30% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (75% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Airbags
      • 0.020% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.62% fail on Attachment
    • 0.079% fail on Condition
  • 0.44% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.44% fail on Registration plates
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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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