SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
67.1% pass rate
from 1,574 tests in 2017
(12% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (20% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Position lamps (55% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Front lamps (85% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (18 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (15 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Headlamp levelling device (30 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (33 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Headlamp levelling device (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp (44% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Horn
    • 0.25% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.25% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.19% fail on Battery
    • 0.19% fail on Direction indicators (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Flashing type (89% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Individual lamps (88% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.064% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.064% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.064% fail on Lamp
  • 9.3% fail on Brakes
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance (54% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake performance (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Rear wheels (51% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.25% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.13% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.064% fail on Service brake performance
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.64% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.13% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.064% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.6% fail on Parking brake (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on ABS
    • 0.38% fail on Hydraulic systems (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Components (73% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Pipes (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Hoses
      • 0.064% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 0.25% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.13% fail on Cable
      • 0.064% fail on Brake slack adjuster
      • 0.064% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.13% fail on Locking devices (32 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.064% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 9.0% fail on Tyres
    • 5.7% fail on Tread depth (33% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.38% fail on Size/type
    • 0.13% fail on Valve stem
  • 9.0% fail on Suspension (33% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.0% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.064% fail on Condition
      • 0.064% fail on Attachment
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.0% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.064% fail on Attachment
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.76% fail on Coil springs (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Drive shafts (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Front drive shafts (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Constant velocity joints (61% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Sub-frames (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Attachment
    • 0.25% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.25% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.13% fail on Front
      • 0.13% fail on Rear
    • 0.19% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.13% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.064% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.064% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 3.6% fail on Driver's view of the road (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Washers (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Mirrors (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.064% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on System (13 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Cap
      • 0.064% fail on Hose
    • 0.70% fail on Exhaust system (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Emissions
    • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 0.76% fail on Steering (53% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Operation (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
    • 0.19% fail on Steering system (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Track rod end (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.064% fail on Steering control
      • 0.064% fail on Steering lock
  • 0.76% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.44% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.44% fail on Condition
    • 0.32% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.32% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 0.57% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.57% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.19% fail on Attachment
    • 0.064% fail on Condition
  • 0.19% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.13% fail on Doors
      • 0.064% fail on Drivers
      • 0.064% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.064% fail on Body 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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