SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
62.2% pass rate
from 304 tests in 2020
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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.9% fail on Headlamps (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Headlamp (130% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.33% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.33% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.33% fail on Switch
    • 0.33% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.33% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.33% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.33% fail on Horn
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 7.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 3.6% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.99% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.99% fail on Rbt
          • 0.99% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 3.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.6% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.66% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.66% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.33% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.33% fail on Pivot
    • 0.66% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.66% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.66% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.66% fail on Lever
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 4.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.6% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.6% fail on Suspension arm (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage ball joints (180% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.99% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.99% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (82% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.33% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.33% fail on Springs
      • 0.33% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.33% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.33% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.33% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.33% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 6.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts
        • 1.6% fail on Joints
    • 0.99% fail on Chassis
      • 0.99% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.33% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on Tank
    • 0.33% fail on Towbar
      • 0.33% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.33% fail on Seats
      • 0.33% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 5.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.0% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.6% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 1.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.3% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth
  • 3.9% fail on Visibility
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.33% fail on Driver's view
  • 3.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.0% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.0% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 1.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.6% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plates
  • 1.3% fail on Steering
    • 0.66% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.66% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.66% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.66% fail on Track rod end
  • 0.33% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment
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  • Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Decent mix of performance and economy. Superb long-distance comfort aided by good ride and fantastic seats. An exceptionally safe car.

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