SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
53.0% pass rate
from 1,819 tests in 2017
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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 31% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 11% fail on Headlamps (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 9.7% fail on Headlamp (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (17 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Headlamp levelling device (14 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (15 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (32 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (9 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (26 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp levelling device (8 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Matched pair (14 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
      • 0.11% fail on Dipswitch (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 11% fail on Headlamp aim (40% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 7.7% fail on Front lamps (40% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Rear lamps (45% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on All position lamps
    • 7.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.6% fail on Direction indicators (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Flashing type (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Individual lamps (65% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Side repeaters (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.3% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Lamp
      • 0.055% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.055% fail on Battery
    • 0.055% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 15% fail on Brakes
    • 6.4% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.0% fail on Components
        • 5.3% fail on Pipes
        • 0.93% fail on Hoses
        • 0.055% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.055% fail on Valves
      • 0.33% fail on Leaks
      • 0.055% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 6.3% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.7% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.71% fail on Front wheels (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.2% fail on Hub components
      • 2.6% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.66% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.16% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.055% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.5% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.77% fail on ABS
    • 0.33% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.33% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.16% fail on Lever (7 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Cable
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage
    • 0.11% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.055% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.055% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.055% fail on Pedal
        • 0.055% fail on Condition
  • 14% fail on Suspension (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 3.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage condition
    • 2.6% fail on Suspension arms (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
      • 0.055% fail on Attachment
    • 1.6% fail on Sub-frames (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (21 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts (59% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front drive shafts (59% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Constant velocity joints (58% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Trailing arms (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Coil springs (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.93% fail on Prescribed areas (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Component mounting (47% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.82% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.55% fail on Wheel bearings (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Rear (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Front (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.33% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.27% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.27% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.16% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.055% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.055% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 9.8% fail on Tyres
    • 6.5% fail on Condition (71% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth (29% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.055% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers (30% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (44% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.27% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system (43% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Tank (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on System
      • 0.38% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hose (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Emissions (60% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.6% fail on Steering (30% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Steering system (28% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
        • 0.11% fail on Steering component (22 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.055% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.16% fail on Steering control
      • 0.16% fail on Steering lock (8 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.055% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.055% fail on Steering operation
  • 2.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Prescribed areas (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Attachment
    • 0.44% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.93% fail on Road Wheels (97% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Condition
  • 0.82% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (63% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Body condition
    • 0.16% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.16% fail on Chassis
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.055% fail on Body security
    • 0.055% fail on Doors
      • 0.055% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.055% fail on Seats
      • 0.055% fail on Drivers
    • 0.055% fail on Load security
      • 0.055% fail on Tailgate
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