SAAB 9-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
65.0% pass rate
from 906 tests in 2020
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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the SAAB 9-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (7 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (54% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.33% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.33% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.33% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (20 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Main beam tell-tale (92 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.22% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.22% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (90% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.11% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.11% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.11% fail on Horn
  • 9.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 9.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Compression ignition (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.11% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.11% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.11% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.11% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 3.0% fail on Spark ignition
        • 2.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.99% fail on Fluid leaks (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Engine oil leaks (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.11% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.11% fail on Undertray
  • 8.5% fail on Brakes
    • 4.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (90% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (93% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.22% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (17 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Decelerometer (27 times worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.11% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.3% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.11% fail on Lever
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake control (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Lever (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.66% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.33% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.77% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.66% fail on Hand lever (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
    • 0.44% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.44% fail on Brake fluid (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.11% fail on Leaks
    • 0.11% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 8.5% fail on Suspension (33% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Shock absorbers (97% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.55% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage
    • 0.88% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Pins and bushes (11 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.22% fail on Springs (95% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Coil springs (95% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Coil spring (95% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres
    • 3.9% fail on Condition
    • 2.9% fail on Tread depth
  • 3.3% fail on Visibility (39% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.44% fail on Washers (83% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on View to rear
      • 0.33% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.22% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.11% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (44% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.77% fail on Transmission
      • 0.77% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.77% fail on Joints
    • 0.33% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on System (10 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.11% fail on Load security
      • 0.11% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.11% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.11% fail on Doors
      • 0.11% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.11% fail on Hinge
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.77% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.66% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.55% fail on Condition
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.44% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment
  • 0.33% fail on Steering (83% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
    • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
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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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