Mercedes-Benz SL MOT Results

Registered in 1996
81.8% pass rate
from 582 tests in 2020
(53% 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.

  • 7.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (45% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Individual direction indicators (24% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Side repeaters (96% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamps (45% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp (54% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (54% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (50% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Stop lamp (66% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (87% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (87% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 0.17% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.17% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.17% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 4.8% fail on Brakes (58% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (15% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (35% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Brake linings and pads (28% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Brake pads (27% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs and drums (52% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Brake discs (50% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Brake performance (82% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Rbt (sp) (75% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.34% fail on Service brake performance (86% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rbt (86% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.17% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.17% fail on Rbt (sp)
    • 0.52% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (52% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Anti-lock braking system (51% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.34% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (23% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Hand lever (54% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic systems (14% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake fluid (94% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 4.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (40% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (42% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Spark ignition (36% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (34% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Emissions not tested (51% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 0.69% fail on Fluid leaks (5.6% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Transmission oil leaks (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Other leaks
  • 3.3% fail on Visibility (52% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Wipers (46% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Bonnet (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Washers (83% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.4% fail on Suspension (81% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Suspension arms (80% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Ball joint dust cover (51% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Anti-roll bars (72% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.34% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (93% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.17% fail on Springs
      • 0.17% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.17% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.17% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.17% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 2.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (79% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Body (3.0% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Other body component (64% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Panel
    • 0.34% fail on Fuel system (51% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (54% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.17% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.17% fail on Chassis
      • 0.17% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.17% fail on Undertray
  • 2.1% fail on Tyres (43% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Condition (1.0% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Tread depth (82% better than other 1996 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (67% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (16% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Seat belts (83% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Condition (35% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
  • 1.0% fail on Steering (76% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Steering linkage components (73% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Track rod end (69% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Drag link end (13% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Power steering (20% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
  • 0.52% fail on Identification of the vehicle (41% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Registration plates (40% better than other 1996 cars)

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