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Triumph Spitfire MOT Results

71.1% pass rate
from 1,587 tests in 2020
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.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (57% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.5% fail on Horn (57% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.063% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.38% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.6% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.1% fail on All direction indicators (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.19% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.50% fail on All position lamps (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 12% fail on Brakes (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (93% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 4.9% fail on Service brake imbalance (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake performance
      • 4.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (64% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 4.7% fail on Service brake performance (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (47% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance (53% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt
          • 0.95% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.69% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.063% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.76% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.50% fail on Hand lever (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Pedal
    • 0.57% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.57% fail on Lever
    • 0.50% fail on Rigid brake pipes (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.25% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.19% fail on Other components (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.063% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.13% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.063% fail on Valves
    • 0.19% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.063% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.19% fail on Mechanical brake components (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.13% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.063% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.063% fail on Cable
  • 8.4% fail on Suspension
    • 3.2% fail on Suspension arms (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.44% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.0% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.44% fail on Linkage (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 0.63% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.19% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.063% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.50% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.19% fail on Axles
      • 0.13% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.063% fail on King pins
    • 0.19% fail on Springs (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.13% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.063% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.063% fail on Leaf spring
    • 0.063% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.063% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.063% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 7.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Spark ignition (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 7.1% fail on Non catalyst emissions (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.063% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.063% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.063% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.13% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.063% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.063% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.19% fail on Fluid leaks (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.063% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.063% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 6.8% fail on Visibility
    • 4.5% fail on Washers
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 0.063% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.063% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.063% fail on View to rear
      • 0.063% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 1.5% fail on Doors (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Driver's door (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Door condition (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Front passenger's door (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Door condition (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Catch
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.76% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.32% fail on Hose
      • 0.25% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.063% fail on System
    • 0.76% fail on Seats
      • 0.69% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.25% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.57% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.57% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.44% fail on Chassis
      • 0.44% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.38% fail on Transmission (72% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Drive shafts (76% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Drive shaft (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Joints
      • 0.063% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.063% fail on Joints
      • 0.063% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.063% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.063% fail on Panel
    • 0.13% fail on Floor
    • 0.063% fail on Towbar
      • 0.063% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.063% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.063% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.063% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.063% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.063% fail on Cabs
      • 0.063% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 5.0% fail on Steering
    • 3.3% fail on Steering linkage components (72% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Track rod end (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
        • 0.063% fail on Steering component
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.063% fail on Operation
    • 0.32% fail on Steering column
    • 0.25% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.25% fail on Steering play
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.19% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.13% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.063% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 1.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.0% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.76% fail on Condition
      • 0.063% fail on Attachment
      • 0.063% fail on Requirements
  • 0.82% fail on Tyres
    • 0.57% fail on Condition
    • 0.25% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.44% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.32% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Hubs (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.32% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.25% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.063% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.13% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.13% fail on Anchorages (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 0.063% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.063% fail on Speedometer
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