SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2002
56.6% pass rate
from 1,812 tests in 2017
(12% better than other 2002 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 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 28% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 10% fail on Headlamps (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 9.2% fail on Headlamp (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (9 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (18 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (6 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (13 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Headlamp levelling device (18 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (10 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.055% fail on Switch
    • 9.4% fail on Headlamp aim (24% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.8% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.0% fail on Rear lamps (47% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 5.2% fail on Direction indicators (93% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Flashing type (93% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Individual lamps (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (78% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.28% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.22% fail on Battery (76% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.055% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.055% fail on Horn
  • 16% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.7% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment
      • 0.055% fail on Condition
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage condition
    • 4.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 4.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 2.2% fail on Drive shafts (49% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front drive shafts (51% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Constant velocity joints (50% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts
    • 2.1% fail on Sub-frames (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (14 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Attachment (7 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.0% fail on Prescribed areas (67% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Component mounting (69% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Subframe mounting (83% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Coil springs (78% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Condition (78% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.88% fail on Condition
    • 0.66% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.66% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Wheel bearings (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Front
      • 0.055% fail on Rear
    • 0.22% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.22% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.22% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 14% fail on Brakes (18% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Brake performance (25% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.83% fail on Front wheels (70% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.17% fail on Service brake performance (81% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 5.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 5.1% fail on Components
        • 5.0% fail on Pipes
        • 0.28% fail on Hoses (80% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Servos
      • 0.39% fail on Leaks
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.055% fail on Operation
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.83% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.6% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
      • 0.055% fail on Fitment
    • 0.72% fail on ABS
    • 0.33% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.22% fail on Cable
      • 0.11% fail on Lever
    • 0.28% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.17% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
        • 0.055% fail on Condition
        • 0.055% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.055% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.055% fail on Components
        • 0.055% fail on Servos
  • 9.9% fail on Tyres
    • 5.7% fail on Condition (48% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
  • 5.7% fail on Driver's view of the road (40% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers (37% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (49% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.28% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (41% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Emissions (60% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.55% fail on Tank (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pipe
      • 0.17% fail on System
      • 0.055% fail on Hose
      • 0.055% fail on Cap
    • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested (68% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 3.5% fail on Steering (29% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Steering system
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.39% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.055% fail on Rams
  • 1.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (55% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.61% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (87% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (86% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (62% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.33% fail on Chassis
    • 0.33% fail on Body condition (72% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.11% fail on Doors (85% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.055% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.055% fail on Seats
      • 0.055% fail on Passengers
    • 0.055% fail on Load security
      • 0.055% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.77% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.72% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Condition
  • 0.055% fail on Towbars
    • 0.055% fail on Towbar
    • 0.055% fail on Vehicle structure
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