SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
56.5% pass rate
from 407 tests in 2017
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.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 5.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.25% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.25% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 4.7% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.9% fail on Front lamps
    • 3.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters
        • 1.5% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.49% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.25% fail on Switch
    • 3.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.2% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.98% fail on Battery
    • 0.49% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.49% fail on Switch
    • 0.25% fail on Horn
  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 6.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (86% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 3.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.98% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Trailing arms
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.25% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.25% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.98% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.74% fail on Location (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
    • 0.98% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.98% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.98% fail on Condition
    • 0.74% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.74% fail on Front
    • 0.74% fail on Drive shafts (82% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Front drive shafts (82% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Constant velocity joints (82% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.49% fail on Condition
    • 0.25% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 6.9% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.6% fail on Components
        • 4.9% fail on Pipes
        • 2.0% fail on Hoses
      • 0.74% fail on Leaks
    • 6.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.7% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 4.4% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.98% fail on Front wheels (71% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.49% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Hub components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.98% fail on Brake discs
    • 2.2% fail on Parking brake
      • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.25% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.25% fail on Linkage
    • 0.25% fail on ABS
    • 0.25% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.25% fail on Restricted movement
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres
    • 4.4% fail on Condition
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
  • 6.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers
    • 2.9% fail on Washers
    • 0.49% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.25% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (41% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.2% fail on Emissions (66% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.25% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on System
  • 2.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (61% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.98% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 2.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.98% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.98% fail on Chassis
    • 0.98% fail on Body condition
    • 0.25% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.25% fail on Doors
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers
  • 1.2% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.98% fail on Steering (78% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Steering system (73% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.74% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.49% fail on Attachment
    • 0.25% fail on Condition
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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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