Mercedes-Benz CLS MOT Results

Registered in 2005
70.9% pass rate
from 1,290 tests in 2020
(34% 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.

  • 10% fail on Suspension (40% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Suspension arms (23% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Ball joint (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Pins and bushes (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Springs (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Coil springs (53% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Coil spring (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Other suspension component (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Wheel bearings (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Shock absorbers (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Anti-roll bars (96% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.078% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.078% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.078% fail on Suspension unit
  • 7.9% fail on Brakes (41% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (2.6% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (28% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads (16% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads (15% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Brake discs and drums (53% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Brake discs (64% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Brake drums (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Brake performance (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.78% fail on Parking brake performance (53% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Rbt (51% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.62% fail on Parking brake performance (55% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (2.8% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Service brake performance (84% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Rbt (83% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.078% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.31% fail on Brake performance not tested (8.7% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (21% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Electronic stability control (73% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Anti-lock braking system (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.16% fail on Flexible brake hoses (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.078% fail on Pedal
    • 0.078% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.078% fail on Lever
    • 0.078% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.078% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.078% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.078% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 7.5% fail on Tyres (5.5% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (40% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Tread depth (20% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type (18% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 6.5% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (61% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps (42% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (45% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp levelling device (11% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (54% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (69% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Direction indicators (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Flashing type (77% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Individual direction indicators (83% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Side repeaters (61% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Stop lamp (88% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Electrical equipment (30% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Horn (23% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Position lamps (20% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Position lamp (28% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (84% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.078% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.078% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.078% fail on Front fog lamps
  • 3.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Spark ignition (50% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (23% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Catalyst emissions (85% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.47% fail on Compression ignition (68% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (4.5% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.078% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 0.54% fail on Fluid leaks (27% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Engine oil leaks (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.078% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.078% fail on Undertray
  • 2.7% fail on Visibility (63% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (59% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Washers (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.078% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.2% fail on Steering (42% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering linkage components (48% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end (45% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering (39% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Operation (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Pipes and hoses (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Steering play (76% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (20% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Steering box
    • 0.16% fail on Steering gear (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (76% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 2.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (75% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Exhaust system (45% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Doors (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Front passenger's door (2.7% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition (5.6% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.078% fail on Pipe
    • 0.078% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.078% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.078% fail on Body
      • 0.078% fail on Other body component
    • 0.078% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.078% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.078% fail on Undertray
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (190% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Attachment (25% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.85% fail on Identification of the vehicle (31% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Registration plates (31% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.47% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (68% better than other 2005 cars)
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