SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2004
53.2% pass rate
from 2,099 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 10% fail on Headlamps (91% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 10% fail on Headlamp (92% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.43% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.8% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.048% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.86% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.14% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (74% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.048% fail on Switch
    • 0.52% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (11 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Main beam tell-tale (36 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Electrical equipment (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.095% fail on Horn (82% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 7.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (24% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Linkage ball joints (90% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.81% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.76% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.62% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage
      • 0.095% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.095% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.048% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.5% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.71% fail on Suspension arm (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover (85% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Sub-frames (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Pins and bushes (42 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (10 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.048% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.5% fail on Springs (62% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Coil springs (62% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Coil spring (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Mounting
    • 1.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.81% fail on Shock absorbers (46% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.048% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.24% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.14% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.19% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 6.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt
          • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.14% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.048% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (64% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.86% fail on Service brake performance (64% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance (71% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.048% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.67% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.67% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.14% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 3.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.86% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.86% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.52% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.33% fail on Cable
        • 0.095% fail on Lever
        • 0.048% fail on Linkage
        • 0.048% fail on Clevis joint
        • 0.048% fail on Pivot
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.95% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.43% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.95% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.95% fail on Lever (86% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.52% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.48% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.43% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.048% fail on Servos
    • 0.095% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.048% fail on Other components
      • 0.048% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.048% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.048% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 9.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (21% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 9.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (22% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 7.5% fail on Spark ignition (25% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (45% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.048% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.048% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.048% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 1.9% fail on Compression ignition
        • 1.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.095% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.048% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.67% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.57% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.095% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.048% fail on Other leaks
  • 8.5% fail on Tyres
    • 5.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.24% fail on Size/type
  • 6.0% fail on Visibility (26% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 2.2% fail on Washers (40% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on View to rear
      • 0.43% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.095% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.095% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.095% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.048% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (46% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (34% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Transmission (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Drive shafts (65% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Joints (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.095% fail on Joints
    • 0.71% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.19% fail on Tank
      • 0.19% fail on Pipe
      • 0.19% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.095% fail on System
      • 0.048% fail on Hose
    • 0.29% fail on Engine mounting (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.14% fail on Bracket (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Chassis
      • 0.24% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.095% fail on Other body component
      • 0.048% fail on Panel
    • 0.095% fail on Undertray
    • 0.048% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.048% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.048% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.048% fail on Doors
      • 0.048% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.048% fail on Door condition
    • 0.048% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.048% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 3.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.4% fail on Seat belts (56% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.57% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (64% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 2.7% fail on Steering (46% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Steering linkage components (41% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Track rod end (39% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.048% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.24% fail on Steering gear (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Steering rack (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Steering box
    • 0.24% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.095% fail on Operation
      • 0.048% fail on Other components
    • 0.048% fail on Steering play
      • 0.048% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.0% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.91% fail on Road Wheels (92% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.14% 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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