SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2005
58.5% pass rate
from 2,965 tests in 2017
(7.8% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 26% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (9.9% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Headlamps (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on Headlamp (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (12 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (47 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Headlamp levelling device (41 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (16 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Headlamp levelling device (17 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (43 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Switch
    • 8.1% fail on Position lamps (31% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Front lamps (53% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Rear lamps (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Headlamp aim (26% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.6% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.57% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Horn
    • 0.30% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.17% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Lamp
      • 0.034% fail on Switch
    • 0.10% fail on Battery (84% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.067% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 14% fail on Suspension (26% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.54% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.067% fail on Condition
    • 2.7% fail on Drive shafts (24% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Front drive shafts (25% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Constant velocity joints
      • 0.067% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.067% fail on Drive shafts
    • 2.7% fail on Suspension arms (38% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (37% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Condition
      • 0.034% fail on Attachment
    • 2.5% fail on Sub-frames (11 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (33 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (68% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Trailing arms (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Attachment
    • 0.47% fail on Shock absorbers (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Radius arms (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Wheel bearings (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Rear (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Front (83% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Front suspension joints (79% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.17% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Component mounting (86% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.034% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.034% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.034% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 6.0% fail on Hydraulic systems (56% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Components (61% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.2% fail on Pipes (88% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Hoses
        • 0.034% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.034% fail on Valves
      • 0.30% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Leaks
    • 5.2% fail on Brake performance (24% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.1% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.67% fail on Front wheels (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.034% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Hub components (38% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake pads (30% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.034% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.8% fail on Parking brake (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Condition (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on ABS
    • 0.61% fail on Mechanical components (180% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Cable (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Linkage (22 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.13% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.034% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.034% fail on Condition
    • 0.034% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.034% fail on Pedal
        • 0.034% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.034% fail on Locking devices
  • 8.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.10% fail on Size/type
  • 4.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (38% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (27% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (63% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.44% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.067% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (44% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (55% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Pipe (11 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on System
      • 0.13% fail on Cap
      • 0.034% fail on Tank
    • 0.67% fail on Emissions (67% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested (71% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 2.1% fail on Steering (48% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Steering system (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Track rod end (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Steering rack (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.98% fail on Power steering (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Pipes and hoses (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Operation
      • 0.20% fail on Other components
    • 0.067% fail on Steering control
      • 0.067% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.067% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.034% fail on Rear wheel steering
      • 0.034% fail on Components
    • 0.034% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.034% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (36% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Prescribed areas (82% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Requirements
    • 0.27% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (81% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (79% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.91% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.91% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.57% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.54% fail on Attachment
    • 0.034% fail on Condition
  • 0.57% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Body condition
    • 0.17% fail on Engine mountings (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Doors (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.034% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.034% fail on Body security
    • 0.034% fail on Load security
      • 0.034% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.034% fail on Towbars
    • 0.034% fail on Towbar
Read the Honest John Review

  • 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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