Mercedes-Benz Sprinter MOT Results

Registered in 1998
51.3% pass rate
from 712 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 1998 vans and highlighted areas where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is unusually good or bad.

  • 30% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (33% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 9.6% fail on Headlamps (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 8.3% fail on Headlamp (100% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 8.0% fail on Headlamp aim (58% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 7.3% fail on Headlamp aim (52% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 6.5% fail on Stop lamp (48% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 6.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (140% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 5.5% fail on Direction indicators (72% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 5.5% fail on Flashing type (72% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 4.1% fail on Individual direction indicators (88% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.98% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.56% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.14% fail on Switch
    • 4.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 4.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 4.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.28% fail on Switch
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.9% fail on Position lamp
    • 3.8% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.1% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 1.7% fail on Horn
      • 0.14% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.14% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.8% fail on Outline marker lamps (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.5% fail on Outline marker lamp (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.28% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.42% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.28% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.28% fail on Switch
    • 0.14% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.14% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 27% fail on Brakes (52% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 20% fail on Brake performance (70% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 13% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (190% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 13% fail on Rbt (sp) (180% worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.42% fail on Plate brake tester (sp) (6 times worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.14% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.14% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 6.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 6.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 3.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.14% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 4.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.9% fail on Rbt
          • 3.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.28% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.70% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (59% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 3.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.28% fail on Brake linings (6 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.28% fail on Brake drums (5 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.84% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.56% fail on Cable
        • 0.14% fail on Lever
        • 0.14% fail on Relay lever
    • 3.4% fail on Load sensing valves (100% worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake control (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.3% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other 1998 vans)
    • 0.84% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.70% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.42% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
    • 0.70% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.70% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.42% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.28% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.14% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
        • 0.14% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
    • 0.14% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.14% fail on Servos
    • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.14% fail on Valves
  • 21% fail on Suspension
    • 12% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 5.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 5.2% fail on Ball joint (110% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.84% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 5.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (84% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.8% fail on Pins and bushes (190% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 2.8% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (160% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.42% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 2.7% fail on Springs
      • 1.8% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (120% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.84% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.56% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.28% fail on Anchor bracket (6 times worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.14% fail on Shackle bracket
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.70% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.56% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.42% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.42% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.28% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint (6 times worse than other 1998 vans)
  • 14% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.7% fail on Chassis
      • 3.5% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.14% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 3.1% fail on Body (160% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.5% fail on Other body component (190% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 1.4% fail on Panel (140% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.14% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.5% fail on Fuel system (97% worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.98% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.56% fail on Pipe
      • 0.42% fail on Tank
      • 0.28% fail on Hose
      • 0.28% fail on System
    • 2.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 2.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.98% fail on Towbar
      • 0.98% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.84% fail on Doors
      • 0.56% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.42% fail on Door condition
        • 0.14% fail on Catch
      • 0.42% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.28% fail on Catch (11 times worse than other 1998 vans)
        • 0.14% fail on Door condition
    • 0.70% fail on Seats
      • 0.42% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.28% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.42% fail on Cabs
      • 0.42% fail on Steps
    • 0.28% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.28% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.28% fail on Carrier
    • 0.14% fail on Load security
      • 0.14% fail on Loading door
    • 0.14% fail on Undertray
  • 9.3% fail on Visibility
    • 6.2% fail on Wipers
    • 3.2% fail on Washers
    • 0.56% fail on View to rear
      • 0.56% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.28% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.2% fail on Steering
    • 2.7% fail on Steering gear
      • 2.5% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.14% fail on Steering box
    • 2.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.14% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.42% fail on Power steering
      • 0.28% fail on Operation
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
    • 0.14% fail on Steering play
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack
  • 4.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 4.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.56% fail on Attachment
      • 0.42% fail on Requirements
      • 0.42% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 4.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.2% fail on Compression ignition
        • 1.7% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 1.7% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.28% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.14% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.42% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.28% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.14% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.28% fail on Noise suppression (11 times worse than other 1998 vans)
      • 0.28% fail on Sound deadening material (24 times worse than other 1998 vans)
  • 3.8% fail on Tyres
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
  • 0.84% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.84% fail on Registration plates