Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MOT Results

Registered in 1997
48.6% pass rate
from 442 tests in 2020
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 1997 vans and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is unusually good or bad.

  • 30% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (32% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 11% fail on Headlamps (150% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 9.0% fail on Headlamp (130% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp levelling device (3 times worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 7.5% fail on Direction indicators (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 7.5% fail on Flashing type (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 5.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (130% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.68% fail on All direction indicators
    • 6.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (140% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 5.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (3 times worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 5.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 3.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 2.7% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.6% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.90% fail on Horn (71% better than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.23% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.4% fail on Outline marker lamps (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.90% fail on Outline marker lamp
      • 0.45% fail on All outline marker lamps (13 times worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.68% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.68% fail on Switch
  • 27% fail on Brakes (58% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 20% fail on Brake performance (83% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 15% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 15% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 7.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 7.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 4.8% fail on Service brake performance (80% worse than other 1997 vans)
          • 3.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 5.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.5% fail on Rbt
          • 4.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.45% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.45% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.45% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (6 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.23% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.23% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.23% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.23% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes (67% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 4.3% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.2% fail on Brake discs and drums (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 2.7% fail on Brake discs (180% worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.45% fail on Brake drums (6 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.45% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.45% fail on Cable
    • 2.9% fail on Load sensing valves (130% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 2.7% fail on Parking brake control (4 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 2.7% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 1.6% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 1.4% fail on Pedal
      • 0.23% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.68% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.45% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.23% fail on Valves
    • 0.68% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.68% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.45% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.45% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 21% fail on Suspension
    • 9.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 5.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.9% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (160% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 2.3% fail on Pins and bushes (150% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.68% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage
    • 4.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.8% fail on Springs
      • 2.3% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.8% fail on Leaf springs (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.90% fail on Leaf spring (5 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.68% fail on Spring saddle (10 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.23% fail on Fixings and fixing bolts
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.45% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.23% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.23% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.23% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
  • 16% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 4.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 4.3% fail on Chassis
      • 4.3% fail on Chassis condition
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.2% fail on Body (190% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 1.6% fail on Panel (200% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.90% fail on Other body component
      • 0.45% fail on Body condition
      • 0.23% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 1.6% fail on Fuel system
      • 1.1% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.23% fail on Hose
      • 0.23% fail on Pipe
    • 1.1% fail on Towbar
      • 1.1% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.90% fail on Doors
      • 0.45% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.45% fail on Door condition
      • 0.45% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.45% fail on Door condition
    • 0.68% fail on Seats
      • 0.45% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.23% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.68% fail on Cabs
      • 0.45% fail on Steps (6 times worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.45% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.45% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.23% fail on Load security
      • 0.23% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.23% fail on Tailgate condition
  • 7.9% fail on Visibility
    • 6.1% fail on Wipers
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (63% better than other 1997 vans)
    • 0.45% fail on View to rear
      • 0.45% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.23% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.23% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.2% fail on Steering
    • 3.2% fail on Steering gear (110% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 3.2% fail on Steering rack (120% worse than other 1997 vans)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.68% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.45% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.23% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.45% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Operation
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.23% fail on Steering play
      • 0.23% fail on Steering rack
  • 5.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 5.0% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 2.3% fail on Condition (200% worse than other 1997 vans)
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.23% fail on Requirements
  • 3.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.7% fail on Compression ignition
        • 1.4% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.68% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.45% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (6 times worse than other 1997 vans)
        • 0.23% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 0.23% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.68% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.68% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 1.1% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.23% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.23% fail on Condition