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Triumph Spitfire MOT Results

68.6% pass rate
from 3,094 tests in 2017
(7.8% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Triumph Spitfire is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Rear lamps (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front lamps (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on All position lamps (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Switch
    • 4.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.6% fail on All direction indicators (83% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.065% fail on Side repeaters (91% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.065% fail on Switch
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (34% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.3% fail on Horn (61% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.26% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.065% fail on Switch
      • 0.065% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.032% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.032% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 2.8% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.0% fail on Hazard warning (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Lamp (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Switch
      • 0.36% fail on Tell tale (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Battery
    • 0.78% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Fog lamp (67% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.23% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 16% fail on Brakes (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Front wheels (77% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Parking brake performance (83% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Rear wheels (56% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Service brake performance (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.097% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.065% fail on Brake operation
    • 3.1% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 2.2% fail on Components
        • 1.2% fail on Hoses
        • 1.0% fail on Pipes
        • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.065% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.65% fail on Leaks
      • 0.32% fail on Operation
    • 2.1% fail on Parking brake (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Condition (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Hub components
      • 0.48% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.26% fail on Wheel cylinder (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.032% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.52% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.52% fail on Pedal
        • 0.29% fail on Condition
        • 0.23% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.48% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.23% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.065% fail on Linkage (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Clevis joint
      • 0.032% fail on Lever
      • 0.032% fail on Stationary pin
      • 0.032% fail on Pivot
    • 0.065% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.032% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.032% fail on Warning
    • 0.032% fail on ABS
    • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.032% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 9.6% fail on Suspension
    • 2.7% fail on Prescribed areas (34% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.19% fail on Subframe mounting (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Spring mounting
    • 2.6% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 2.4% fail on Wheel bearings (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Front (98% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Rear
    • 2.1% fail on Front suspension joints (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.71% fail on Condition
    • 0.65% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.065% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.36% fail on Drive shafts (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.16% fail on Universal joint (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.032% fail on Couplings
    • 0.16% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.032% fail on Attachment
    • 0.16% fail on Axles
      • 0.13% fail on Swivel joints/housing
      • 0.032% fail on King pins
    • 0.13% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.097% fail on Condition
      • 0.032% fail on Spring eye
    • 0.065% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.032% fail on General condition
    • 0.032% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.032% fail on Condition
    • 0.032% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.032% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.032% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.032% fail on Attachment
    • 0.032% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.032% fail on Condition
  • 7.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Emissions (92% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.4% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.65% fail on System
      • 0.32% fail on Pipe
      • 0.32% fail on Cap
      • 0.097% fail on Hose
      • 0.032% fail on Tank
    • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 6.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 2.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.42% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.097% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.032% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.032% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.8% fail on Steering (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Steering system (26% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Track rod end (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Steering rack (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Free play
        • 0.42% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.097% fail on Other components
        • 0.065% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.032% fail on Steering component
      • 0.032% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.032% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.1% fail on Steering control (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Steering column (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Steering coupling (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Flexible coupling (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.16% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.065% fail on Steering shaft
      • 0.032% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.32% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.065% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.032% fail on Power steering
      • 0.032% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (31% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Doors (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Passengers front (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Drivers (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Passengers other
    • 1.3% fail on Body condition
    • 1.3% fail on Seats (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drivers (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Passengers (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.71% fail on Chassis
    • 0.16% fail on Load security (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Bootlid (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Body security
    • 0.097% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.065% fail on Engine mountings
  • 2.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.55% fail on Condition
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.032% fail on Requirements
  • 1.7% fail on Tyres
    • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.39% fail on Tread depth (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.097% fail on Size/type
    • 0.065% fail on Valve stem
  • 0.48% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.45% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.032% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.39% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Attachment
  • 0.032% fail on Towbars
    • 0.032% fail on Vehicle structure
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