SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
63.0% pass rate
from 1,674 tests in 2020
(9.7% 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.

  • 12% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 11% fail on Exhaust emissions (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Compression ignition (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.18% fail on Emission control equipment (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Particulate filter (17 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 4.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Catalyst emissions (71% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.78% fail on Fluid leaks (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.30% fail on Other leaks (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 11% fail on Brakes (20% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Brake performance (47% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 5.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.060% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.060% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.060% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.060% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.30% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.30% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.060% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.78% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.78% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.18% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.060% fail on Cable
        • 0.060% fail on Lever
        • 0.060% fail on Linkage
    • 1.5% fail on Parking brake control (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.12% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.96% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Hand lever (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pedal
    • 0.66% fail on Hydraulic systems (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Brake fluid (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.060% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.060% fail on Leaks
    • 0.060% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.060% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.060% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (32% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.6% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.12% fail on Dipswitch (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp aim (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.66% fail on Horn
      • 0.060% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.060% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.48% fail on Direction indicators (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Flashing type (76% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.060% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.36% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (16 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Main beam tell-tale (44 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.30% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.30% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.18% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (93% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.060% fail on Switch
    • 0.060% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.9% fail on Suspension (30% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.7% fail on Linkage ball joints (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.48% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage
    • 2.6% fail on Suspension arms (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.60% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.060% fail on Suspension arm
    • 1.7% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.3% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (13 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.66% fail on Springs (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Coil springs (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Coil spring (86% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.42% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.30% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.060% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.060% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.060% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Size/type
  • 4.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Fuel system (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on System (22 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.12% fail on Pipe
      • 0.060% fail on Hose
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Transmission (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Drive shafts (68% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Joints (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.12% fail on Joints
    • 0.36% fail on Seats (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.12% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.18% fail on Undertray
    • 0.12% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.12% fail on Doors
      • 0.12% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.060% fail on Door condition
        • 0.060% fail on Catch
    • 0.060% fail on Body
      • 0.060% fail on Other body component
  • 3.6% fail on Visibility (39% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers
    • 0.90% fail on Washers (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on View to rear (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Mirrors (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.060% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.060% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.060% fail on Windscreen
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.78% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.78% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.90% fail on Steering (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Pipes and hoses (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Operation
      • 0.12% fail on Other components
    • 0.24% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.24% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.18% fail on Steering linkage components (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Track rod end (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.78% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.78% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.42% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.30% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% 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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