Mercedes-Benz E-Class MOT Results

Registered in 1996
67.3% pass rate
from 773 tests in 2017
(26% better than other 1996 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.0% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.7% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.9% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.26% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.3% fail on Registration plate lamp (51% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.39% fail on Switch
      • 0.26% fail on Tell tale
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (52% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp (58% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.13% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 0.91% fail on Battery
    • 0.39% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.26% fail on Lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Switch
    • 0.39% fail on Horn
    • 0.26% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.5% fail on Emissions
    • 3.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.3% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.52% fail on System
      • 0.39% fail on Pipe
      • 0.26% fail on Cap
      • 0.13% fail on Hose
    • 0.91% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 9.1% fail on Suspension (52% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Component mounting (74% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.39% fail on Spring mounting
    • 2.1% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.9% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Location
    • 1.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.6% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (65% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Attachment
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (87% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.78% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.78% fail on Condition
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (72% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Front
      • 0.13% fail on Rear
    • 0.26% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes (47 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.13% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shafts
  • 9.1% fail on Brakes (42% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.4% fail on Components
        • 3.5% fail on Pipes
        • 1.4% fail on Hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.13% fail on Leaks
    • 3.6% fail on Brake performance (58% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Rear wheels (67% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.26% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.26% fail on Front wheels (93% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on ABS
    • 1.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.39% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.0% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.39% fail on Electronic stability system (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.13% fail on Cable
  • 6.5% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 2.5% fail on Washers
    • 0.26% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.26% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
  • 4.0% fail on Tyres
    • 2.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 3.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas (54% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Condition
      • 0.39% fail on Requirements
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.78% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.78% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 3.9% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.9% fail on Seats (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Drivers (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Passengers (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Body condition
    • 0.39% fail on Vehicle structure (77% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Chassis (77% better than other 1996 cars)
  • 2.6% fail on Steering (45% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Steering system
      • 2.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.13% fail on Steering operation
  • 0.52% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.52% fail on Attachment
  • 0.39% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plate
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