Mercedes-Benz CLS MOT Results

Registered in 2005
68.3% pass rate
from 1,594 tests in 2020
(31% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz CLS is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 8.4% fail on Suspension arms (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Ball joint (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (61% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Other suspension component (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.6% fail on Springs (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (61% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Coil spring (61% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Wheel bearings (63% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Shock absorbers (71% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (14 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Operation (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Suspension unit (20 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
    • 0.13% fail on Anti-roll bars (98% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.13% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (90% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 8.8% fail on Brakes (35% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (45% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Brake performance (59% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (65% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance (64% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Rbt (66% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.82% fail on Service brake performance (65% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.63% fail on Parking brake performance (64% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Rbt (62% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Parking brake performance (66% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.19% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
    • 1.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Brake linings and pads (54% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Brake pads (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake discs and drums (91% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Brake discs (91% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.63% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.31% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.38% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.25% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.19% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.19% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
    • 0.063% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.063% fail on Brake fluid
  • 8.7% fail on Tyres
    • 5.0% fail on Condition (61% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
  • 7.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (44% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (43% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamp aim (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (54% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (44% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Position lamps (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Position lamp (62% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Direction indicators (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Flashing type (72% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Individual direction indicators (80% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.25% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Electrical equipment (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Horn
    • 0.063% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.063% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.063% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.063% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (46% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (45% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Spark ignition (33% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.25% fail on Catalyst emissions (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Compression ignition (78% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (81% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.063% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.063% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.063% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.063% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.19% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.063% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 2.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (67% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.25% fail on Doors
      • 0.19% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
        • 0.063% fail on Catch
      • 0.063% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.063% fail on Door condition
    • 0.19% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.19% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.19% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
      • 0.063% fail on Panel
    • 0.063% fail on Transmission
      • 0.063% fail on Belts
    • 0.063% fail on Undertray
  • 2.7% fail on Steering (35% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.9% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.063% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.063% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
        • 0.063% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.25% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.25% fail on Power steering
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
    • 0.13% fail on Steering play
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.3% fail on Visibility (69% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Wipers (64% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Washers (75% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.063% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.063% fail on Windscreen
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Attachment
  • 0.75% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.75% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.75% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (50% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.063% fail on Condition
  • 0.063% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.063% fail on Doors
      • 0.063% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
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