SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2006
61.0% pass rate
from 2,490 tests in 2020
(12% 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.

  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (20% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp levelling device (8 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.3% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.040% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (56% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (71% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (72% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (75% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (64% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Direction indicators (76% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Flashing type (76% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on Individual direction indicators (91% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.60% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.40% fail on Horn
      • 0.080% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.080% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.040% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.32% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Main beam tell-tale (26 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (94% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 11% fail on Exhaust emissions (87% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Spark ignition (39% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (120% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.92% fail on Catalyst emissions (50% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.080% fail on Emissions not tested (85% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Compression ignition (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.080% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.040% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.040% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.040% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 1.7% fail on Fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other leaks (4 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.040% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 6.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (30% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.080% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.24% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.040% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.080% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.040% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.040% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (40% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (42% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.32% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.080% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.080% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.40% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.40% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.32% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.16% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (35% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (35% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads (36% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.76% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.76% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.12% fail on Lever
        • 0.080% fail on Cable
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake control (150% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Lever (190% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.12% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.040% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.64% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.60% fail on Hand lever (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Pedal
    • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.36% fail on Brake fluid (150% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.040% fail on Leaks
    • 0.040% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 11% fail on Suspension (32% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (41% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.60% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint dust cover (62% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Linkage
      • 0.080% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.040% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.040% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 3.3% fail on Suspension arms (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint (53% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover (70% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.8% fail on Springs (58% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Coil springs (59% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Coil spring (59% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.4% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (12 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.080% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.52% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.080% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.40% fail on Shock absorbers (76% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Wheel bearings (72% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Axles
      • 0.040% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.040% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.040% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.040% fail on Suspension unit
  • 6.4% fail on Tyres
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility (26% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (64% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on View to rear
      • 0.48% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.20% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.080% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.080% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.040% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (48% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Transmission (55% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Drive shafts (55% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Joints (54% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.080% fail on Joints
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust system (55% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.24% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.24% fail on System (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Pipe (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.16% fail on Chassis
      • 0.16% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.040% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.040% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.040% fail on Doors
      • 0.040% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.040% fail on Door condition
    • 0.040% fail on Seats
      • 0.040% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.040% fail on Undertray
  • 1.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.96% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.92% fail on Condition (91% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.040% fail on Requirements
    • 0.68% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.040% fail on Airbags
      • 0.040% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.2% fail on Steering (64% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Pipes and hoses (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Other components
    • 0.20% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.040% fail on Steering box
    • 0.16% fail on Steering linkage components (94% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Track rod end (93% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Steering play
      • 0.040% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.0% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.84% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.64% fail on Attachment
    • 0.20% fail on Condition
  • 0.040% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.040% fail on Anchorages
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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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