SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2007
63.9% pass rate
from 1,757 tests in 2020
(17% better than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (93% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 9.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (87% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Compression ignition (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (5 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emission control equipment (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.057% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.057% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.057% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.057% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 4.3% fail on Spark ignition (12% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (100% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Catalyst emissions (78% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested (48% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks (180% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Engine oil leaks (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Other leaks (6 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.057% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 10% fail on Brakes (4.2% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance (7.2% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (53% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (60% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.057% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (44% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (40% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance (41% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (10% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.057% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.057% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.057% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.057% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.057% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (46% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (44% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (48% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.46% fail on Service brake imbalance (11% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (38% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake performance (61% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance (67% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (27% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (38% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (37% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Brake discs and drums (33% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.91% fail on Brake discs (33% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (98% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Cable (48% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.057% fail on Rod
        • 0.057% fail on Lever
        • 0.057% fail on Linkage
    • 1.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (30% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (150% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Hand lever (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Pedal
    • 0.85% fail on Parking brake control (96% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Lever (130% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (16% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Anti-lock braking system (4.9% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Electronic stability control (2.4% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic systems (79% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Brake fluid (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.057% fail on Operation
    • 0.057% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.057% fail on Other components
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension (36% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (23% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (60% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint (14% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (72% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes (4.3% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint dust cover (77% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 3.0% fail on Suspension arms (38% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Pins and bushes (9.6% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Ball joint (66% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover (55% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm (49% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Springs (61% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Coil springs (62% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Coil spring (62% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Sub-frames (190% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (10 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.57% fail on Shock absorbers (67% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (16% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Wheel bearings (65% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Axles (42% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (37% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut (35% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.057% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component (63% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes (39% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.057% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 9.4% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (36% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Headlamps (24% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp (0.92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Headlamp levelling device (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Dipswitch (13 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (27% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim (24% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (53% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Stop lamp (63% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Electrical equipment (12% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Horn (14% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Battery(ies) (47% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (45% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (45% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (44% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Position lamps (35% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Position lamp (44% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Direction indicators (95% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Flashing type (95% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.057% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.057% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.057% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.057% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.057% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 7.9% fail on Tyres (11% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (29% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth (7.8% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Size/type (53% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 3.6% fail on Visibility (43% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers (27% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Washers (63% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on View to rear (89% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Mirrors (94% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.057% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.057% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (45% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Transmission (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Drive shafts (52% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Joints (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.057% fail on Joints
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system (47% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Fuel system (47% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Pipe (6 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (37% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers (29% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting (53% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting condition (98% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Body (26% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component (8.8% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Chassis
      • 0.057% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.057% fail on Towbar
      • 0.057% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.057% fail on Seats
      • 0.057% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.057% fail on Undertray
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (35% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Seat belts (19% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Condition (29% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.46% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (48% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.74% fail on Steering (74% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Power steering (110% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Operation (120% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other components (97% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Steering gear (46% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Steering rack (44% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Steering linkage components (95% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Track rod end (94% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.57% fail on Identification of the vehicle (7.4% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Registration plates (7.8% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.40% fail on Road Wheels (24% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment (12% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.057% 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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