Mercedes-Benz CLS MOT Results

Registered in 2007
66.9% pass rate
from 2,860 tests in 2020
(21% better than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz CLS is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Suspension (18% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Suspension arms (82% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Pins and bushes (73% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.9% fail on Springs (39% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Coil springs (39% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Coil spring (38% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Other suspension component (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint (7 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.45% fail on Wheel bearings (52% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Shock absorbers (92% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Anti-roll bars (98% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.035% fail on Axles
      • 0.035% fail on Axle
    • 0.035% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.035% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.035% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
  • 9.8% fail on Brakes
    • 5.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Brake performance (47% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (41% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (39% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.98% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.98% fail on Rbt (58% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.91% fail on Service brake performance (53% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance (61% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Rbt (62% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Parking brake performance (68% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.070% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.035% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.035% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.035% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.17% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (71% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.070% fail on Service brake imbalance (86% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (39% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (34% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads (35% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.56% fail on Brake discs and drums (57% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Brake discs (57% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.035% fail on Cable
    • 0.98% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.66% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.49% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.10% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.070% fail on Pedal
      • 0.035% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.10% fail on Parking brake control (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Lever
    • 0.070% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.035% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
  • 9.7% fail on Tyres (34% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Condition (87% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.28% fail on Size/type
  • 8.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (49% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.42% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.3% fail on Position lamps (59% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp (58% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators (47% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type (47% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.84% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.45% fail on Individual direction indicators (74% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (57% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Stop lamp (93% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.31% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.31% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.070% fail on Electrical equipment (89% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Horn (82% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.035% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 4.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (25% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Compression ignition (53% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.84% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (87% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.070% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.035% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.035% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.035% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
        • 0.035% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 1.3% fail on Spark ignition (64% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.070% fail on Catalyst emissions (96% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.45% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.35% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.070% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 3.4% fail on Steering
    • 3.3% fail on Steering linkage components (50% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Track rod end (55% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.035% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
        • 0.035% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.070% fail on Steering play
      • 0.070% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.035% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
    • 0.035% fail on Power steering
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
  • 3.0% fail on Visibility (52% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (39% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wipers (61% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.10% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.070% fail on View to rear
      • 0.070% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (76% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Exhaust system (67% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.17% fail on System (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Hose
    • 0.17% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
      • 0.035% fail on Panel
    • 0.14% fail on Doors
      • 0.10% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.10% fail on Door condition
      • 0.035% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.035% fail on Door condition
    • 0.070% fail on Transmission (98% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.035% fail on Joints
      • 0.035% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.070% fail on Undertray
    • 0.035% fail on Seats
      • 0.035% fail on Driver's seat
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Attachment
  • 0.66% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.66% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.63% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (60% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.10% fail on Seat belts (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.035% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.035% fail on Speedometer
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