SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1999
54.7% pass rate
from 777 tests in 2017
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.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.6% fail on Headlamps (55% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Headlamp (48% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (9 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (16 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.26% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (14 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 5.4% fail on Direction indicators (90% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Flashing type (90% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on All direction indicators (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 5.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.4% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.90% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.3% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.77% fail on Battery
    • 0.13% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.13% fail on Horn
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 8.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (75% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (81% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage condition
    • 6.4% fail on Suspension arms (56% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 2.7% fail on Condition (15 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 1.5% fail on Drive shafts (61% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Front drive shafts (60% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Constant velocity joints (60% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.90% fail on Prescribed areas (85% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Component mounting (87% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.77% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.77% fail on Front
    • 0.51% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.39% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.39% fail on Coil springs (86% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Condition (91% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Location
    • 0.26% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.26% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Front suspension joints
  • 18% fail on Brakes
    • 9.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.3% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 4.6% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.0% fail on Front wheels (68% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.39% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.13% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.4% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 5.9% fail on Components
        • 5.4% fail on Pipes
        • 0.64% fail on Hoses
      • 0.51% fail on Leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.7% fail on Condition
    • 1.7% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.39% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.2% fail on ABS
    • 0.77% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.39% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.26% fail on Cable
      • 0.13% fail on Lever
    • 0.26% fail on Electronic stability system
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.1% fail on Condition
    • 3.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 7.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.1% fail on Wipers
    • 3.3% fail on Washers
    • 0.51% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.26% fail on Mirrors
  • 6.0% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (47% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.3% fail on Emissions (81% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.51% fail on System
      • 0.26% fail on Tank
      • 0.13% fail on Cap
    • 0.64% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.3% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (38% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.77% fail on Condition
    • 0.26% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (85% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (84% better than other 1999 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (61% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.77% fail on Chassis
    • 0.77% fail on Body condition (62% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Engine mountings
  • 1.3% fail on Steering (72% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Steering system (80% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Track rod end (72% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
    • 0.13% fail on Steering operation
  • 0.51% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
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