Mercedes-Benz E-Class MOT Results

Registered in 1998
63.0% pass rate
from 1,174 tests in 2020
(13% better than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 7.5% fail on Stop lamp (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Side repeaters (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.17% fail on All direction indicators
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.9% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.085% fail on Switch
    • 0.68% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (64% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Electrical equipment (65% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Horn
      • 0.085% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.17% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.17% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 12% fail on Suspension (22% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.77% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.43% fail on Suspension arm
    • 3.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (43% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Springs (64% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Coil springs (63% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.43% fail on Mounting (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.8% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.9% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joints (82% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.60% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.60% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.34% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.085% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.60% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.51% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.34% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Operation (7 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes (16 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.085% fail on Axles
      • 0.085% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 8.9% fail on Visibility
    • 4.6% fail on Washers (46% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.60% fail on View to rear
      • 0.60% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.26% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.085% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.085% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.085% fail on Window
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes (38% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 3.1% fail on Brake performance (60% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (52% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (51% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.43% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (69% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (67% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.77% fail on Rbt
          • 0.60% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.17% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.085% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.085% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.77% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (74% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Rbt (sp) (73% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.43% fail on Service brake performance (67% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.43% fail on Service brake imbalance (77% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.51% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.51% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.085% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.085% fail on Lever
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.94% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.60% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.085% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.17% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.17% fail on Lever
    • 0.085% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.085% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.085% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.085% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.085% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.085% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.085% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.085% fail on Other braking system component
  • 6.6% fail on Tyres
    • 3.5% fail on Condition (68% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.17% fail on Size/type
  • 6.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (41% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.68% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.26% fail on Pipe
      • 0.085% fail on Hose
      • 0.085% fail on System
    • 1.0% fail on Chassis
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.94% fail on Body
      • 0.60% fail on Panel (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Other body component
    • 0.43% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.26% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.085% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.26% fail on Undertray (7 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drive shafts (95% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Joints (95% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Floor
    • 0.085% fail on Load security
      • 0.085% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.085% fail on Tailgate condition
        • 0.085% fail on Other tailgate component
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (55% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (58% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Spark ignition (59% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Catalyst emissions (57% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Emissions not tested (76% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.085% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.085% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.43% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.085% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.085% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.085% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.68% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.68% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.085% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (40% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (51% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Prescribed areas (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
      • 0.085% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 1.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.085% fail on Airbags
      • 0.085% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.7% fail on Steering (55% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.085% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.43% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
      • 0.085% fail on Operation
      • 0.085% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.085% fail on Rams
    • 0.17% fail on Steering play
      • 0.085% fail on Steering box
      • 0.085% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.085% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.085% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.085% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.94% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.94% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.43% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment
    • 0.085% fail on Condition

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