SAAB 9-3 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
54.1% pass rate
from 2,897 tests in 2020
(5.2% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 7.7% fail on Headlamps (41% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.3% fail on Headlamp (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.17% fail on Dipswitch (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Position lamps (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Position lamp (54% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators (48% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type (48% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.28% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.035% fail on Switch
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (61% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (31% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.76% fail on Horn
      • 0.14% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.10% fail on Battery(ies) (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Rear fog lamp (65% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Main beam tell-tale (13 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 7.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (28% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage ball joints (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.38% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.10% fail on Linkage (78% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.2% fail on Pins and bushes (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint (29% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.10% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.069% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.5% fail on Springs (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Coil springs (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Coil spring (27% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Mounting
      • 0.035% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.3% fail on Shock absorbers (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.41% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.28% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.069% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.62% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (14 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Other suspension component (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.069% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.31% fail on Macpherson strut (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.069% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.069% fail on Axles
      • 0.069% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.069% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.069% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 13% fail on Brakes (13% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.2% fail on Service brake performance (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Rbt (40% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 3.6% fail on Service brake performance (48% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.90% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.069% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.035% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.035% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.035% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.28% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.035% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.72% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (58% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Rbt (sp) (57% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.62% fail on Service brake imbalance (48% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Brake pads (57% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.10% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.035% fail on Cable
        • 0.035% fail on Lever
        • 0.035% fail on Pivot
    • 1.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Parking brake control (86% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Lever (90% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.66% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.48% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.76% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.59% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.17% fail on Pedal
    • 0.48% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.41% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.035% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.035% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.41% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.24% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.069% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.035% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.035% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
      • 0.035% fail on Additional braking device
  • 9.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.9% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (55% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (45% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Emissions not tested (51% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.069% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.069% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.035% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.66% fail on Compression ignition (50% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.035% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.035% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 2.1% fail on Fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.069% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.069% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.035% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.035% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 7.0% fail on Tyres
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.41% fail on Size/type
  • 6.6% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers
    • 2.9% fail on Washers
    • 0.28% fail on View to rear
      • 0.28% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.069% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.069% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system (76% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pipe
      • 0.10% fail on System
      • 0.069% fail on Hose
      • 0.035% fail on Tank
    • 0.55% fail on Transmission (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Drive shafts (85% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Joints (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.035% fail on Joints
    • 0.48% fail on Seats
      • 0.45% fail on Driver's seat (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.41% fail on Doors
      • 0.24% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.24% fail on Door condition
      • 0.10% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.10% fail on Door condition
      • 0.069% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.035% fail on Door condition
        • 0.035% fail on Catch
    • 0.35% fail on Chassis
      • 0.35% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.21% fail on Integral vehicle structure (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.069% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.10% fail on Body
      • 0.069% fail on Other body component
      • 0.035% fail on Panel
    • 0.035% fail on Towbar
      • 0.035% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.035% fail on Undertray
  • 3.9% fail on Steering
    • 3.3% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 3.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.035% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.035% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.52% fail on Power steering
      • 0.24% fail on Other components
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
      • 0.069% fail on Pump
      • 0.035% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.035% fail on Rams
    • 0.14% fail on Steering gear (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.035% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.035% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 2.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Prescribed areas (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.035% fail on Airbags
      • 0.035% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.90% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.90% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.86% fail on Road Wheels (87% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Condition
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