Mercedes-Benz SL MOT Results

Registered in 1996
77.9% pass rate
from 579 tests in 2017
(50% 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 SL is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.5% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (55% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Direction indicators (72% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Flashing type (72% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.9% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.17% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.17% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamp aim (62% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.17% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.17% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 1.0% fail on Position lamps (79% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Front lamps (69% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Stop lamp (80% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Rear fog lamp (75% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Fog lamp (80% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.52% fail on Battery
    • 0.52% fail on Registration plate lamp (89% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.17% fail on Lamp
      • 0.17% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.17% fail on Horn
  • 5.0% fail on Brakes (68% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Hydraulic systems (61% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Components (60% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Pipes (57% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Hoses
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.4% fail on Brake performance (84% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.69% fail on Parking brake performance (81% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.17% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.17% fail on Rear wheels
    • 0.86% fail on Hub components
      • 0.52% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.52% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.69% fail on ABS
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.52% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on Electronic stability system (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
  • 4.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (44% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Wipers (45% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.69% fail on Washers (80% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.5% fail on Tyres
    • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.69% fail on Size/type
    • 0.17% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.3% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (70% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Emissions (64% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.17% fail on Pipe
    • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.1% fail on Suspension (83% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Suspension arms (72% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (69% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Anti-roll bars (77% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (82% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment
    • 0.69% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.35% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Front
    • 0.35% fail on Shock absorbers (82% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Condition (82% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 0.17% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.17% fail on Component mounting
  • 2.1% fail on Steering (56% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering system (56% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.52% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.17% fail on Steering damper
    • 0.35% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
  • 1.7% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (69% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 1.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.35% fail on Seat belts (93% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.69% fail on Attachment
  • 0.69% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (87% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Body condition (82% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Body security

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