Mercedes-Benz CLS MOT Results

Registered in 2008
70.6% pass rate
from 1,895 tests in 2017
(20% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz CLS is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Tyres (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.74% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Size/type
    • 0.053% fail on Valve stem
  • 9.6% fail on Suspension (29% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Suspension arms (71% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (74% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Condition
    • 3.0% fail on Front suspension joints (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Coil springs (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Condition (48% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.32% fail on Front
    • 0.21% fail on Shock absorbers (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.053% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.053% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.053% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.053% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.053% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes
    • 4.6% fail on Hydraulic systems (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Components (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Pipes (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Leaks
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.053% fail on Operation
    • 2.4% fail on Hub components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.053% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.9% fail on Brake performance (46% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.84% fail on Rear wheels (51% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Front wheels (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.053% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.32% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.16% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.11% fail on Condition (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
        • 0.053% fail on Condition
        • 0.053% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.11% fail on ABS
    • 0.053% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.053% fail on Components
        • 0.053% fail on Pipes
    • 0.053% fail on Restricted movement
  • 7.9% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (57% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (42% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.21% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Front lamps (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Rear lamps (86% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Direction indicators (55% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Flashing type (55% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on Individual lamps (86% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Stop lamp (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.11% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.053% fail on Horn
  • 2.1% fail on Driver's view of the road (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (66% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Washers (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.11% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (41% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.26% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.16% fail on System
      • 0.11% fail on Pipe
    • 0.16% fail on Emissions (85% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 1.6% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering system
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Attachment
  • 0.84% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.053% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.37% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.32% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
    • 0.053% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.053% fail on Condition
  • 0.053% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.053% fail on Seats
      • 0.053% fail on Drivers
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