SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2001
59.3% pass rate
from 1,276 tests in 2017
(18% 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.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (13% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 6.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.9% fail on Headlamp (36% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.16% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (11 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.078% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 4.9% fail on Position lamps (29% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.94% fail on Rear lamps (53% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp (49% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.9% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.71% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.55% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.94% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 0.39% fail on Horn
    • 0.31% fail on Battery (69% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.078% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.078% fail on Switch
  • 14% fail on Suspension (38% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (31% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (44% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.47% fail on Attachment
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage condition
    • 3.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (40% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Sub-frames (190% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (7 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Condition
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment
    • 1.0% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.78% fail on Front
      • 0.31% fail on Rear
    • 0.86% fail on Trailing arms (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (180% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Component mounting (88% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.16% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.78% fail on Drive shafts (82% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Front drive shafts (82% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Constant velocity joints (82% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Coil springs (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Shock absorbers (57% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Condition (57% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Front suspension joints (71% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.24% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.078% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.078% fail on Condition
    • 0.078% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.078% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.078% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.078% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 13% fail on Brakes (29% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.9% fail on Components
        • 4.8% fail on Pipes
        • 0.55% fail on Hoses (62% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.078% fail on Leaks
    • 4.5% fail on Brake performance (52% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Rear wheels (40% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (53% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Front wheels (77% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.078% fail on Service brake performance
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components
      • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.24% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.86% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.86% fail on Condition
    • 0.78% fail on ABS
    • 0.47% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.47% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.24% fail on Cable
      • 0.16% fail on Lever (7 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.24% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.078% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.078% fail on Pedal
        • 0.078% fail on Condition
    • 0.078% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.078% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 8.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.9% fail on Condition
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.16% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.078% fail on Size/type
  • 6.3% fail on Driver's view of the road (36% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (46% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (45% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Emissions (61% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.39% fail on Tank
      • 0.24% fail on System
      • 0.078% fail on Pipe
      • 0.078% fail on Cap
    • 0.63% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.71% fail on Condition
    • 0.24% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (85% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (84% better than other 2001 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering system (67% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (58% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (84% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.078% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.47% fail on Power steering
      • 0.24% fail on Operation
      • 0.24% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.078% fail on Other components
    • 0.078% fail on Steering control
      • 0.078% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.078% fail on Universal joint
  • 1.6% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (61% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Body condition (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.39% fail on Chassis
    • 0.16% fail on Seats
      • 0.078% fail on Passengers
      • 0.078% fail on Drivers
    • 0.078% fail on Doors
      • 0.078% fail on Drivers
    • 0.078% fail on Load security
      • 0.078% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.78% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.78% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
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