SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2004
56.5% pass rate
from 2,632 tests in 2017
(8.2% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 27% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 11% fail on Headlamps (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 10% fail on Headlamp (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (12 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (42 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp levelling device (13 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (13 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Headlamp levelling device (14 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (34 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Switch
    • 8.7% fail on Headlamp aim (20% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.0% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.46% fail on Rear lamps (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators (34% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type (34% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.61% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.15% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.038% fail on Tell tale
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (73% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.15% fail on Battery (81% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.038% fail on Horn
  • 15% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 5.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.076% fail on Condition
    • 2.8% fail on Suspension arms (37% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (37% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 2.4% fail on Sub-frames (8 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (39 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Attachment (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (67% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Trailing arms (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 0.95% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.95% fail on Condition
    • 0.57% fail on Wheel bearings (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Rear (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Front (62% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Front suspension joints (60% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Drive shafts (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Front drive shafts (85% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Constant velocity joints (85% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Prescribed areas (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Component mounting (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.30% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.30% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.11% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.11% fail on Torque/reaction arms (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.4% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.84% fail on Front wheels (57% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.30% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.038% fail on Brake operation
    • 5.1% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.8% fail on Components
        • 4.4% fail on Pipes
        • 0.53% fail on Hoses (50% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.076% fail on Servos (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.23% fail on Leaks
      • 0.19% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.076% fail on Operation
    • 3.0% fail on Hub components
      • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.80% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.076% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.038% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.3% fail on ABS
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.49% fail on Mechanical components (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Cable
      • 0.038% fail on Linkage
      • 0.038% fail on Lever
      • 0.038% fail on Pivot
    • 0.38% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.27% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.076% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.076% fail on Components
        • 0.076% fail on Pipes (11 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.038% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 9.7% fail on Tyres
    • 5.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
    • 0.11% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (33% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 1.5% fail on Washers (57% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (44% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (47% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Emissions (56% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.38% fail on System
      • 0.23% fail on Cap
      • 0.11% fail on Pipe
      • 0.038% fail on Tank
    • 0.27% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 1.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (36% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Condition (200% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas (87% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 0.27% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (83% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (82% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (63% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering system (66% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Steering rack (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.23% fail on Power steering
      • 0.15% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.076% fail on Other components
      • 0.038% fail on Operation
    • 0.038% fail on Steering control
      • 0.038% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.038% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.6% fail on Registration plates and VIN (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plate (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 0.76% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.65% fail on Attachment (96% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 0.65% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (63% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Engine mountings (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Body condition (77% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Body security
    • 0.076% fail on Doors (84% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Drivers
      • 0.038% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.076% fail on Seats
      • 0.076% fail on Passengers
    • 0.038% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.038% fail on Load security
      • 0.038% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.076% fail on Towbars
    • 0.076% fail on Towbar (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
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