SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2000
59.5% pass rate
from 795 tests in 2020
(13% better than other 2000 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 2000 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.38% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.3% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.75% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.25% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.63% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.25% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.25% fail on Horn
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.50% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.13% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
  • 14% fail on Suspension
    • 7.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (59% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Linkage ball joints (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.63% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 5.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.5% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 2.0% fail on Suspension arm (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.3% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.88% fail on Pins and bushes (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (72% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.38% fail on Springs (86% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Coil springs (85% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Coil spring (90% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting
    • 0.38% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.25% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.50% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.13% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (49% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (52% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.25% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (90% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Rbt (sp) (90% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake imbalance (85% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
    • 3.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.75% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Lever (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Cable
        • 0.13% fail on Pivot
    • 3.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.75% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.75% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.50% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.50% fail on Lever
    • 0.38% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.38% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.38% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.38% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.25% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Servos
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.13% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.13% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 8.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.0% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.9% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 2.8% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.13% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.25% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.13% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.13% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.13% fail on Undertray
  • 8.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (28% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission (56% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts (54% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Joints (53% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.88% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.75% fail on Chassis
      • 0.75% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.50% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Tank
      • 0.13% fail on Hose
      • 0.13% fail on Pipe
    • 0.50% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.50% fail on Floor (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Body
      • 0.25% fail on Panel
    • 0.25% fail on Cabs
      • 0.25% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.13% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 6.5% fail on Visibility
    • 4.4% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.25% fail on View to rear
      • 0.25% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.9% fail on Tyres
    • 3.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 3.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.63% fail on Condition
    • 0.38% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (77% better than other 2000 cars)
  • 1.0% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.75% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.38% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.38% fail on Steering linkage components (86% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Track rod end (84% better than other 2000 cars)
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on Attachment
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