Mercedes-Benz E-Class MOT Results

Registered in 2002
61.3% pass rate
from 2,783 tests in 2020
(20% better than other 2002 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 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (16% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.11% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (34% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Direction indicators (44% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Flashing type (44% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Side repeaters (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.14% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (39% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (40% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps (26% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp (26% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (51% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.036% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.18% fail on Electrical equipment (83% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Horn (81% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.036% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.036% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.036% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 15% fail on Suspension (17% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.97% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.90% fail on Pins and bushes (66% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.8% fail on Springs (42% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs (43% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring (44% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (67% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (89% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage ball joints (89% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Linkage (84% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.036% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (48% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Other suspension component (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.83% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.50% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.072% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.68% fail on Wheel bearings (57% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes (6 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
    • 0.072% fail on Axles
      • 0.072% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Swivel joints/housing
    • 0.036% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.036% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.036% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 8.7% fail on Brakes (44% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Brake performance (64% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (70% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance (69% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Rbt (69% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.90% fail on Service brake performance (65% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.072% fail on Service brake imbalance (90% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.036% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.97% fail on Parking brake performance (45% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Rbt (45% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.93% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.036% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.036% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.57% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (72% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake imbalance (68% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance (77% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (27% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (37% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.036% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs and drums (62% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Brake discs (61% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.65% fail on Electronic stability control (86% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Electronic braking system (9 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.18% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.036% fail on Servos
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (82% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.036% fail on Pedal
    • 0.11% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.11% fail on Servos
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake control (80% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Lever (79% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.072% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.036% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.036% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
    • 0.036% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 8.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.5% fail on Condition (54% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.32% fail on Size/type
  • 7.0% fail on Visibility (18% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers (35% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on View to rear (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Mirrors (150% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.036% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (59% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (62% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.90% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.036% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.036% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.68% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.36% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.11% fail on Pipe
      • 0.11% fail on System
      • 0.072% fail on Tank
      • 0.036% fail on Hose
    • 0.40% fail on Body
      • 0.29% fail on Panel
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.36% fail on Chassis
      • 0.36% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.22% fail on Seats
      • 0.18% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.036% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.14% fail on Doors (77% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Other passenger's door (79% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Door condition (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
      • 0.036% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
    • 0.11% fail on Transmission (97% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.036% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.11% fail on Floor
    • 0.11% fail on Undertray
    • 0.036% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.036% fail on Towbar
      • 0.036% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.036% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (52% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (54% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Compression ignition (87% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (160% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.11% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.072% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.036% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.3% fail on Spark ignition (80% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (72% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Catalyst emissions (84% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.40% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.22% fail on Engine oil leaks (65% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.036% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.036% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.036% fail on Undertray
  • 3.1% fail on Steering (33% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.036% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.036% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.40% fail on Steering gear (55% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Steering rack (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Operation
    • 0.18% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
      • 0.036% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.072% fail on Steering play
      • 0.072% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (27% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (46% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Condition
      • 0.43% fail on Prescribed areas (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Requirements
    • 0.036% fail on Airbags
      • 0.036% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.0% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Condition
  • 0.61% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.61% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.036% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.036% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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