SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2001
59.9% pass rate
from 927 tests in 2020
(17% better than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (22% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.2% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.97% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.43% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.54% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.22% fail on Electrical equipment (79% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.11% fail on Horn
    • 0.11% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.11% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 15% fail on Suspension (19% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.3% fail on Suspension arm (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 6.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.5% fail on Linkage ball joints (73% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.76% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 1.7% fail on Sub-frames (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins and bushes (13 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (70% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.86% fail on Springs (72% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Coil springs (78% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Coil spring (82% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.76% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.76% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.65% fail on Pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.32% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.32% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 12% fail on Brakes (23% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Brake performance (33% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt
          • 1.4% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.32% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.11% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (50% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.65% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (73% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Rbt (sp) (72% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 3.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.54% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.32% fail on Lever (5 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Cable
        • 0.11% fail on Linkage
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.97% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.32% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.65% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.65% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.43% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.43% fail on Lever
    • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Servos
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.22% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.11% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.11% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.11% fail on Leaks
    • 0.11% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 9.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 8.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Catalyst emissions (59% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.76% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.43% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.22% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Fluid leaks (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Engine oil leaks (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 3.8% fail on Condition
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
  • 6.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (41% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.43% fail on Tank
      • 0.43% fail on System (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hose
      • 0.11% fail on Pipe
      • 0.11% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.1% fail on Transmission (72% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drive shafts (71% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Joints (70% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Chassis
      • 0.86% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.22% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Towbar
      • 0.11% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Bracket
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.11% fail on Floor
    • 0.11% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.11% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.11% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 4.9% fail on Visibility (43% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (50% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.32% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.22% fail on View to rear
      • 0.22% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
  • 3.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.43% fail on Condition
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements
    • 0.54% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 2.2% fail on Steering (49% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.7% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.11% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.11% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.11% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.11% fail on Steering column
  • 0.97% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.97% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.97% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.86% fail on Attachment (180% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
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