SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2006
63.7% pass rate
from 2,650 tests in 2017
(14% better than other 2006 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (14% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Position lamps (28% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 6.8% fail on Front lamps (45% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.038% fail on All position lamps
    • 5.4% fail on Headlamps (45% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (15 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (8 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (39 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device (58 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (15 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Headlamp levelling device (21 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (18 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Switch
      • 0.038% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.038% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp (32% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (67% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp (58% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.42% fail on Direction indicators (84% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Flashing type (84% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Individual lamps (87% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Side repeaters (65% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Battery
    • 0.26% fail on Horn
    • 0.19% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.075% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.038% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.038% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.038% fail on Lamp
      • 0.038% fail on Switch
      • 0.038% fail on Tell tale
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 5.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.64% fail on Front wheels (51% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.038% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.5% fail on Components (31% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Pipes (38% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Hoses
      • 0.23% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Leaks
    • 2.5% fail on Hub components
      • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.75% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.038% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.9% fail on Parking brake (150% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Condition (170% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on ABS
    • 0.19% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.11% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.075% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.075% fail on Components
        • 0.038% fail on Servos
        • 0.038% fail on Valves
    • 0.038% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.038% fail on Lever
  • 9.4% fail on Suspension (43% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (26% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.45% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 2.2% fail on Suspension arms (41% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Condition
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 1.4% fail on Drive shafts (50% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front drive shafts (51% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Constant velocity joints (52% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Couplings
      • 0.038% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.038% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.87% fail on Coil springs (82% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Condition (82% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment (6 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Condition
    • 0.72% fail on Trailing arms (190% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 0.42% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.34% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.075% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.038% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.38% fail on Tie bars/rods (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (160% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Wheel bearings (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Rear (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Front
    • 0.30% fail on Shock absorbers (80% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Condition (80% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Radius arms (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Front suspension joints (84% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 9.3% fail on Tyres
    • 5.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.9% fail on Condition (27% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
    • 0.15% fail on Valve stem
  • 4.9% fail on Driver's view of the road (28% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (48% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.23% fail on Windscreen
  • 4.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on System (8 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Cap
      • 0.075% fail on Pipe
      • 0.038% fail on Hose
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system (50% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Emissions (42% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 1.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (66% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (170% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.038% fail on Requirements
      • 0.038% fail on Installation check
        • 0.038% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.42% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (61% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (62% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.75% fail on Steering (75% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Power steering
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes and hoses (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Operation
    • 0.19% fail on Steering system (93% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.038% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.038% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.075% fail on Steering control
      • 0.075% fail on Steering lock
  • 0.60% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.45% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.038% fail on Halfshafts
  • 0.42% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (60% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Body condition
    • 0.11% fail on Body security
    • 0.075% fail on Seats
      • 0.075% fail on Passengers
    • 0.038% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.038% fail on Load security
      • 0.038% fail on Tailgate
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