BMW 1-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2004
60.8% pass rate
from 4,873 tests in 2020
(18% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 1-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (25% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Direction indicators (92% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Flashing type (91% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on All direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Side repeaters (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps (41% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp (40% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.021% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.021% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (49% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Position lamp (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Switch (9 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (67% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Rear fog lamp (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Rear fog lamp (65% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 0.29% fail on Electrical equipment (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.10% fail on Horn (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Battery(ies) (88% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 12% fail on Brakes (18% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Brake performance (46% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (48% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (44% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (44% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (44% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (43% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.021% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.82% fail on Parking brake performance (56% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Rbt (56% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.57% fail on Parking brake performance (64% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.041% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.041% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.25% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (77% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Rbt (sp) (78% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake imbalance (84% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (35% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Brake pads (34% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.99% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.96% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.021% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.041% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (85% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Cable (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Electronic stability control (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Electronic braking system (9 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Rigid brake pipes (74% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.18% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.10% fail on Pedal
    • 0.14% fail on Parking brake control (73% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Lever (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.12% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.021% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.082% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.062% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.021% fail on Servos
    • 0.082% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.041% fail on Other components
      • 0.021% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.021% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
      • 0.021% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.062% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.041% fail on Servos
      • 0.021% fail on Operation
  • 11% fail on Suspension (42% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Shock absorbers (180% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Suspension arms (46% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.78% fail on Ball joint (72% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Ball joint dust cover (45% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (73% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Linkage ball joints (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint dust cover (76% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (92% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Sub-frame (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.86% fail on Springs (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Coil springs (78% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Coil spring (78% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Wheel bearings (59% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.21% fail on Pins and bushes (150% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.10% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (94% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Axles
      • 0.062% fail on Axle
    • 0.062% fail on Macpherson strut (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.021% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.021% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.021% fail on Suspension unit
  • 7.9% fail on Tyres
    • 5.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type
    • 0.062% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (52 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 7.3% fail on Visibility
    • 4.6% fail on Washers (26% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wipers (66% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on View to rear
      • 0.35% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.21% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
  • 5.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (84% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (200% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Seat belts (34% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Condition (57% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Requirements
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment
    • 0.23% fail on Airbags (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Passengers airbag (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 4.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (49% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (52% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Spark ignition (53% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (47% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Catalyst emissions (67% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested (71% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.021% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.021% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.041% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.84% fail on Compression ignition (50% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (58% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.041% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.021% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.021% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 0.60% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.60% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.082% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.062% fail on Undertray
      • 0.021% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (74% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (70% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.49% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Tank
      • 0.021% fail on Hose
    • 0.16% fail on Integral vehicle structure (67% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame condition (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.082% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.062% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.021% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.082% fail on Chassis (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Chassis condition (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Body (72% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Other body component
    • 0.082% fail on Doors (83% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Other passenger's door (74% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Door condition (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
      • 0.021% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
    • 0.062% fail on Undertray
    • 0.021% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.021% fail on Load security
      • 0.021% fail on Access panel
    • 0.021% fail on Seats
      • 0.021% fail on Driver's seat
  • 1.5% fail on Steering (69% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Steering linkage components (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Track rod end (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.062% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.041% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.021% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.41% fail on Steering gear (47% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Steering rack (45% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Power steering
      • 0.082% fail on Other components
      • 0.062% fail on Pump
      • 0.021% fail on Operation
    • 0.062% fail on Steering play
      • 0.041% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.021% fail on Steering box
    • 0.021% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.021% fail on Steering lock
  • 1.3% fail on Road Wheels (180% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Condition
    • 0.041% fail on Hubs (18 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 0.55% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.55% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.021% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.021% fail on Speedometer
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