Mercedes-Benz S-Class MOT Results

Registered in 2001
67.4% pass rate
from 601 tests in 2020
(31% better than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Suspension (23% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 9.3% fail on Suspension arms (71% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Ball joint (91% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Pins and bushes (47% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Suspension arm (7.5% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (34% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Other suspension component (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint (88% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.67% fail on Shock absorbers (49% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Anti-roll bars (86% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (54% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.50% fail on Sub-frames (24% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (0.90% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings (76% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (31% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Direction indicators (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Flashing type (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps (29% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (26% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (47% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.00% fail on Headlamp aim (73% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Headlamp aim (71% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.00% fail on Stop lamp (80% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (76% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Rear fog lamp (76% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Rear fog lamp (75% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Electrical equipment (67% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Horn (37% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.17% fail on Position lamp
  • 8.8% fail on Brakes (39% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Electronic stability control (170% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 2.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (23% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (21% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads (2.8% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads (1.8% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Brake discs and drums (11% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.00% fail on Brake discs (8.8% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Brake performance (73% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (69% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (68% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Service brake performance (74% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Rbt (73% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake imbalance (54% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Parking brake performance (68% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Rbt (66% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Parking brake performance (62% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.17% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.17% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 0.17% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
    • 0.17% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.17% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.17% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.17% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres (4.2% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth (5.0% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Condition (10% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Size/type (44% worse than other 2001 cars)
  • 5.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (43% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Seat belts (2.7% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas (1.5% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Requirements (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Condition (38% better than other 2001 cars)
  • 4.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (55% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure (1.5% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (3.9% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.00% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Chassis (21% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Chassis condition (20% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Transmission (86% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.17% fail on Joints
      • 0.17% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.17% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.17% fail on Belts
    • 0.33% fail on Fuel system (40% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pipe
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.17% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.17% fail on Bracket
    • 0.17% fail on Body
      • 0.17% fail on Panel
    • 0.17% fail on Floor
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.17% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.17% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.17% fail on Cabs
      • 0.17% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (53% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (52% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Spark ignition (68% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (55% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Catalyst emissions (75% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 1.5% fail on Compression ignition (94% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (10 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (180% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Fluid leaks (46% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.17% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 3.3% fail on Visibility (60% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (45% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Wipers (72% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.17% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (52% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components (34% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (46% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint (55% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.33% fail on Steering play (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Steering rack (190% worse than other 2001 cars)
  • 1.00% fail on Identification of the vehicle (9.4% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.00% fail on Registration plates (9.7% worse than other 2001 cars)
  • 0.67% fail on Road Wheels (82% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
  • 0.17% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.17% fail on Speedometer

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