Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2011
61.0% pass rate
from 4,845 tests in 2020
(31% worse than other 2011 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 2011 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (39% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Flashing type (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.25% fail on All direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim (54% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim (54% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps (89% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (87% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (61% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.10% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.50% fail on Stop lamp (78% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Outline marker lamps (44 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Outline marker lamp (49 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.21% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.12% fail on Horn
      • 0.041% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.083% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (78% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Rear fog lamp (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.083% fail on Rear fog lamp (78% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.062% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 11% fail on Suspension (28% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Springs (97% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Coil springs (97% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 6.4% fail on Coil spring (98% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Suspension arms (33% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Ball joint (54% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.062% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.5% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.56% fail on Linkage (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (10 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.062% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (87% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (9 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.29% fail on Shock absorbers (74% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.083% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.021% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.021% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 9.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Transmission (8 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Drive shafts (8 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 8.2% fail on Joints (8 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Flexible couplings (33 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.29% fail on Prop shafts (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Joints (7 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Exhaust system (68% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Body (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Other body component (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.041% fail on Pipe
      • 0.021% fail on Hose
      • 0.021% fail on System
    • 0.083% fail on Undertray
    • 0.041% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.041% fail on Doors
      • 0.021% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
      • 0.021% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
    • 0.021% fail on Towbar
      • 0.021% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.021% fail on Seats
      • 0.021% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 8.9% fail on Tyres (47% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type
  • 6.1% fail on Brakes
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.041% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.54% fail on Brake discs and drums (40% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Brake discs (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.10% fail on Cable
        • 0.021% fail on Linkage
        • 0.021% fail on Pivot
    • 2.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.021% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.89% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.89% fail on Rbt
          • 0.78% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.58% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.58% fail on Rbt
          • 0.54% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.041% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.25% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.25% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.95% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (12 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (14 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Hand lever (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pedal (160% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.35% fail on Lever
    • 0.27% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.21% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.062% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.14% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.062% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.041% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.021% fail on Valves
    • 0.021% fail on Pressure storage reservoirs
      • 0.021% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
    • 0.021% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 4.4% fail on Visibility
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.14% fail on View to rear
      • 0.14% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.041% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.041% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.041% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.021% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.2% fail on Compression ignition (71% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.56% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (120% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.021% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 0.41% fail on Spark ignition (61% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.021% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.17% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.062% fail on Transmission oil leaks (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.041% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (8 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.041% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.041% fail on Undertray
  • 1.1% fail on Steering
    • 0.64% fail on Steering gear (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Steering rack (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Steering linkage components (71% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Track rod end (75% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.021% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.021% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.19% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Other components (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Operation
      • 0.021% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.021% fail on Rams
    • 0.021% fail on Steering shaft
  • 0.83% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.47% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.41% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.41% fail on Condition
  • 0.33% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.062% fail on Condition
    • 0.021% fail on Hubs
  • 0.23% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.23% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.021% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.021% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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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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