Mercedes-Benz A-Class MOT Results

Registered in 2003
51.2% pass rate
from 913 tests in 2020
(7.1% worse than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (22% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Stop lamp (59% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Headlamps (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Headlamp (22% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Dipswitch (14 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim (16% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Individual direction indicators (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Side repeaters (1.8% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on All direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Switch (21 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (6.9% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Electrical equipment (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Horn (42% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Position lamps (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Position lamp (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (84% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp (84% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.11% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 20% fail on Suspension (20% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.2% fail on Springs (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 8.2% fail on Coil springs (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 8.1% fail on Coil spring (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Mounting
    • 5.1% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Suspension arms (19% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Pins and bushes (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint dust cover (80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (22% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Ball joint (9.1% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint dust cover (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.8% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Sub-frame (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (9 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (30% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings (79% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Macpherson strut (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.33% fail on Other suspension component (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.11% fail on Axles
      • 0.11% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 14% fail on Brakes (2.3% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Brake performance (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Service brake performance (26% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (28% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.77% fail on Service brake imbalance (19% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (29% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (85% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake imbalance (16% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (75% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Parking brake performance (73% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (72% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Parking brake performance (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested (36% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (7.6% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Brake linings and pads (42% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Brake pads (43% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Brake discs and drums (54% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Brake discs (54% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (8.6% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (0.80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Electronic stability control (73% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake control (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Lever (33% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic systems (3.2% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake fluid (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
  • 11% fail on Visibility (41% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Wipers (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Washers (36% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on View to rear (42% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Mirrors (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet (33% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Condition of glass (41% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Windscreen (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres (7.3% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Tread depth (9.4% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Size/type (23% worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 6.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (14% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (8.6% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Spark ignition (10.0% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Catalyst emissions (75% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Emissions not tested (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Compression ignition (0.071% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (82% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.11% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 4.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (52% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Transmission (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Drive shafts (57% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Joints (59% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.22% fail on Prop shafts (18% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Joints (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Exhaust system (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Fuel system (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Tank
    • 0.55% fail on Doors (5.3% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Other passenger's door (6.6% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition (28% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Catch
      • 0.22% fail on Front passenger's door (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Integral vehicle structure (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Engine mounting condition (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Chassis
      • 0.11% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Driver's seat
  • 2.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (23% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Seat belts (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Condition (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.8% fail on Identification of the vehicle (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plates (92% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.99% fail on Road Wheels (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.88% fail on Steering (80% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Steering linkage components (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Track rod end (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.22% fail on Steering gear (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.22% fail on Power steering (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Operation (110% worse than other 2003 cars)

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