Mercedes-Benz SL MOT Results

Registered in 1997
77.4% pass rate
from 691 tests in 2017
(50% better than other 1997 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz SL is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (47% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.58% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (53% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Stop lamp (52% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Position lamps (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front lamps (56% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Rear lamps
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.14% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.43% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.87% fail on Registration plate lamp (83% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Horn
  • 5.2% fail on Brakes (67% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Components (58% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Pipes
        • 0.43% fail on Hoses (77% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Leaks
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
    • 2.0% fail on Brake performance (77% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.29% fail on Front wheels (91% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Rear wheels (92% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 1.0% fail on Hub components
      • 0.87% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.43% fail on ABS
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.29% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.14% fail on Warning
    • 0.14% fail on Restricted movement
  • 4.6% fail on Driver's view of the road (47% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 1.0% fail on Washers (70% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.29% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.29% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.5% fail on Suspension (77% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.0% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.72% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.72% fail on Condition
    • 0.58% fail on Wheel bearings (70% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Front
    • 0.43% fail on Anti-roll bars (86% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.14% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
  • 3.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (65% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Emissions (56% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.29% fail on Cap
      • 0.14% fail on Pipe
  • 3.0% fail on Tyres (55% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth (69% better than other 1997 cars)
  • 2.2% fail on Steering (51% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Steering system
      • 0.58% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.58% fail on Steering damper (14 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Steering box
      • 0.14% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.14% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 1.7% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (69% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 1.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
    • 0.58% fail on Seat belts (88% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Condition
      • 0.29% fail on Prescribed areas (93% better than other 1997 cars)
  • 0.72% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.72% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.43% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (91% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Body condition (89% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Load security
      • 0.14% fail on Access panel
  • 0.29% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment

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