SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2002
52.5% pass rate
from 1,298 tests in 2020
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.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 10% fail on Headlamps (97% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 9.7% fail on Headlamp (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 4.9% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Individual direction indicators (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters (190% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on All direction indicators (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.54% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.6% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (65% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.31% fail on Electrical equipment (70% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Horn
      • 0.077% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.077% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.077% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.077% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 6.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.9% fail on Ball joint (45% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.77% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.077% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.5% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.69% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.62% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.077% fail on Linkage
    • 3.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.8% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Pins and bushes (19 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.077% fail on Sub-frame
    • 1.1% fail on Springs (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (67% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring (67% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.46% fail on Wheel bearings (71% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.077% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.077% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 6.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Brake performance (31% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.077% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt
          • 2.3% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.15% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.077% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.077% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (57% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (56% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake performance (67% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.62% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.46% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (39% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.54% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.54% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.15% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.077% fail on Rod
        • 0.077% fail on Lever
    • 0.92% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.69% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.23% fail on Pedal
    • 0.62% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.62% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.077% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.46% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.39% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.077% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.31% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.31% fail on Lever
    • 0.23% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.077% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.077% fail on Leaks
  • 9.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.0% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.5% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (60% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.54% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.39% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.077% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.077% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 2.4% fail on Fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.077% fail on Other leaks
  • 7.0% fail on Tyres
    • 4.7% fail on Condition (62% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth (40% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Size/type
  • 6.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (40% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.9% fail on Transmission (52% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Drive shafts (51% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Joints (50% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.077% fail on Joints
    • 0.92% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.46% fail on Tank (200% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pipe
      • 0.077% fail on Hose
      • 0.077% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.077% fail on System
    • 0.31% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.31% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.31% fail on Chassis
      • 0.31% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.15% fail on Floor
    • 0.15% fail on Undertray
    • 0.077% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.077% fail on Towbar
      • 0.077% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.077% fail on Body
      • 0.077% fail on Other body component
    • 0.077% fail on Doors
      • 0.077% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.077% fail on Hinge
    • 0.077% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.077% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 5.8% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (44% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on View to rear
      • 0.39% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.15% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.9% fail on Steering
    • 3.2% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 3.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.077% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.54% fail on Power steering
      • 0.39% fail on Other components
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.23% fail on Steering gear (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Steering rack
  • 3.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.9% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.92% fail on Condition
      • 0.077% fail on Requirements
    • 0.39% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (77% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.54% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.54% fail on Attachment
    • 0.077% fail on Condition
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  • Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Decent mix of performance and economy. Superb long-distance comfort aided by good ride and fantastic seats. An exceptionally safe car.

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