SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1999
58.3% pass rate
from 549 tests in 2020
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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 8.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (87% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.55% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 5.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.9% fail on Suspension arm (12 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.73% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (51% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.1% fail on Springs
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.55% fail on Coil spring (73% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Mounting (9 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.18% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.18% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.55% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.55% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.55% fail on Macpherson strut (7 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.18% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.0% fail on Direction indicators (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Flashing type (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Individual direction indicators (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on All direction indicators
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.9% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp (50% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.18% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.73% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Main beam tell-tale (12 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.36% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.36% fail on Switch
    • 0.36% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.18% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.18% fail on Horn
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.18% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.18% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.1% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 3.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.73% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.36% fail on Cable
        • 0.18% fail on Rod
        • 0.18% fail on Lever
      • 0.55% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.55% fail on Brake discs
    • 3.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.91% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.91% fail on Lever
    • 0.55% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.55% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.36% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.36% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.18% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 10% fail on Visibility
    • 5.3% fail on Wipers
    • 4.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.55% fail on View to rear
      • 0.55% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.18% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.18% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.6% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts
        • 1.6% fail on Joints
    • 0.91% fail on Chassis
      • 0.91% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.55% fail on Floor
    • 0.36% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.36% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.36% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.18% fail on Pipe
      • 0.18% fail on System
    • 0.36% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.18% fail on Body
      • 0.18% fail on Body condition
    • 0.18% fail on Seats
      • 0.18% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres
    • 4.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.18% fail on Size/type
  • 5.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (35% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (52% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Spark ignition (51% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Catalyst emissions (74% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.18% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.18% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Engine oil leaks (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (59% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.91% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.36% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.36% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.36% fail on Power steering
      • 0.36% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (65% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.18% fail on Attachment
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.91% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.91% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
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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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