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Mercedes-Benz E-Class MOT Results

68.3% pass rate
from 4,521 tests in 2017
(8.5% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.18% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (31% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.69% fail on Tell tale (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Switch (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.088% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.022% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.088% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.066% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.022% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.066% fail on Switch
      • 0.044% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.022% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Direction indicators (35% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Flashing type (35% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Individual lamps (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.27% fail on Switch
        • 0.088% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Battery
    • 0.97% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.58% fail on Lamp
      • 0.44% fail on Switch
      • 0.044% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.66% fail on Horn (68% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.066% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.044% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.022% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 7.3% fail on Brake performance (13% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.6% fail on Front wheels (32% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance (24% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.38% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.022% fail on Gradient hand brake
      • 0.022% fail on Brake operation
    • 3.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 2.9% fail on Components
        • 1.7% fail on Pipes
        • 1.3% fail on Hoses
        • 0.088% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.066% fail on Valves
        • 0.022% fail on Servos
      • 0.46% fail on Leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.088% fail on Operation
    • 1.2% fail on Hub components
      • 0.86% fail on Brake pads (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.18% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.044% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.022% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.40% fail on ABS (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.38% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.24% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Condition (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Service brake control components (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Pedal (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Condition
        • 0.044% fail on Anti-slip (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.066% fail on Cable
    • 0.022% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.022% fail on Components
        • 0.022% fail on Servos
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (26% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Component mounting (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.73% fail on Spring mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Front suspension joints (88% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.22% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment
    • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Location
    • 1.00% fail on Wheel bearings (42% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Front
      • 0.29% fail on Rear (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.18% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.71% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.71% fail on Condition
    • 0.31% fail on Drive shafts (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Drive shafts (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.27% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.088% fail on Attachment
      • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 0.27% fail on Axles
      • 0.27% fail on King pins
    • 0.20% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.20% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.15% fail on Fluid suspension (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Levelling valve (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Pipes (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Operation
    • 0.088% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.066% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 0.044% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.044% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.044% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.022% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
    • 0.022% fail on General condition
    • 0.022% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.022% fail on Accumulator
  • 7.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (36% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust system (67% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Emissions
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on System (74% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Pipe (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Hose (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Cap
      • 0.022% fail on Tank
    • 0.31% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 7.0% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.3% fail on Washers
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.24% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.044% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (39% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Body condition (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Vehicle structure (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Seats
      • 0.82% fail on Drivers (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Passengers (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.15% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.022% fail on Drivers
    • 0.20% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.022% fail on Body security
    • 0.022% fail on Load security
      • 0.022% fail on Bootlid
  • 4.3% fail on Steering
    • 3.5% fail on Steering system
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.53% fail on Drag link end (93% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.31% fail on Steering damper (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Free play
        • 0.27% fail on Steering box (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.18% fail on Steering box
      • 0.15% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.15% fail on Other components
        • 0.13% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.022% fail on Steering component
      • 0.088% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.022% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.40% fail on Power steering
      • 0.20% fail on Other components
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
      • 0.066% fail on Pump
      • 0.022% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.022% fail on Rams
    • 0.27% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.15% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.13% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.088% fail on Steering control (79% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.044% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.022% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.022% fail on Steering shaft
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres (29% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth (62% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.044% fail on Valve stem
  • 2.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.46% fail on Condition
      • 0.22% fail on Requirements
      • 0.088% fail on Attachment
      • 0.022% fail on Installation check
        • 0.022% fail on Anchorage's
    • 0.022% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.022% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 0.80% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.77% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.022% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.20% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
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