Mercedes-Benz C-Class MOT Results

Registered in 1996
68.8% pass rate
from 764 tests in 2020
(23% better than other 1996 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (22% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.0% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.92% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.92% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.39% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (85% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Rear fog lamp (85% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Rear fog lamp (85% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Electrical equipment (75% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Horn
      • 0.13% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.26% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.26% fail on Switch
  • 8.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.5% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.92% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.65% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.26% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.52% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.39% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Other leaks
  • 7.7% fail on Brakes (39% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Brake performance (60% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (58% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (57% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.92% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.26% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.92% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (71% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.79% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (75% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.52% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.52% fail on Rbt
          • 0.52% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.39% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.26% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.6% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.79% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.52% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.26% fail on Brake drums (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.39% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.39% fail on Lever
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 6.4% fail on Suspension (53% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.92% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.0% fail on Springs
      • 0.92% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.92% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.92% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (82% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.79% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.52% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.52% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.26% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.13% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.13% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 4.2% fail on Visibility (43% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.92% fail on View to rear (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Mirrors (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Washers (77% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (65% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Exhaust system (58% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.39% fail on System
      • 0.26% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.65% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.26% fail on Transmission (91% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.26% fail on Flexible couplings (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Doors
      • 0.26% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.26% fail on Door condition
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.13% fail on Seats
      • 0.13% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.13% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.13% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 3.4% fail on Tyres
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.92% fail on Condition
    • 0.39% fail on Size/type
  • 2.4% fail on Steering (45% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.7% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.39% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Intermediate drop arm
  • 1.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (60% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.65% fail on Seat belts (82% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Prescribed areas (78% better than other 1996 cars)
  • 0.79% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.79% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.65% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.13% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.13% fail on Speedometer

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