Mercedes-Benz CLS MOT Results

Registered in 2005
70.9% pass rate
from 1,524 tests in 2017
(35% 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.

  • 11% fail on Suspension (41% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Suspension arms (52% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Front suspension joints (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Coil springs (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Air suspension (21 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Suspension unit (63 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Operation
    • 0.20% fail on Wheel bearings (87% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Front
    • 0.13% fail on Torque/reaction arms (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Shock absorbers (90% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.066% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 10% fail on Tyres
    • 6.0% fail on Condition (55% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.39% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Size/type
    • 0.066% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.9% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (66% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp (43% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.20% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp (66% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Position lamps (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Front lamps (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear lamps (81% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Direction indicators (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Flashing type (75% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.066% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.066% fail on Individual lamps
    • 0.26% fail on Stop lamp (94% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Horn
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.066% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.066% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.066% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.066% fail on Switch
  • 6.9% fail on Brakes (48% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.3% fail on Components
        • 3.0% fail on Pipes
        • 0.39% fail on Hoses
        • 0.066% fail on Servos
      • 0.066% fail on Operation
    • 2.1% fail on Brake performance (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Rear wheels (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Front wheels (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.066% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.066% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.066% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.2% fail on Hub components (64% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Brake pads (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake discs (65% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.33% fail on ABS
    • 0.20% fail on Parking brake (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.13% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.066% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.066% fail on Pedal
        • 0.066% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.066% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.066% fail on Operation
  • 2.5% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (52% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.26% fail on Emissions (87% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.066% fail on Cap
  • 2.4% fail on Driver's view of the road (69% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wipers (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Washers (71% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.066% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.7% fail on Steering (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering system (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.066% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.066% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Attachment
    • 0.46% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.59% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (76% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 0.46% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.46% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.13% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Body condition
    • 0.066% fail on Doors
      • 0.066% fail on Passengers other
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