BMW 1-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2006
64.4% pass rate
from 14,831 tests in 2020
(19% better than other 2006 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 1-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (28% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (1.6% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim (4.0% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (20% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (38% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Headlamp levelling device (70% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators (7.4% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type (7.6% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Individual direction indicators (13% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Side repeaters (70% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators (17% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Switch
      • 0.0067% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.0067% fail on Arm
    • 2.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (2.1% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Stop lamp (60% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Electrical equipment (66% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Horn (68% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Electrical wiring (98% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Battery(ies) (95% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Rear fog lamp (80% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (80% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Switch
      • 0.0067% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0067% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.15% fail on Position lamps (19% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Position lamp (21% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0067% fail on Switch
    • 0.013% fail on Hazard warning (75% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Switch (75% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Rear reflectors (78% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0067% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.0067% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 9.0% fail on Brakes (27% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Brake performance (48% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (43% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (41% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (92% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (55% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance (57% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance (43% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0067% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.37% fail on Parking brake performance (76% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Rbt (75% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Parking brake performance (83% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (15% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (38% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0067% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.18% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake imbalance (82% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.074% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0067% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.0067% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested (32% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (11% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (12% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Brake pads (11% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Brake linings (71% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Brake discs and drums (41% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Brake discs (41% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.013% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (94% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Cable
        • 0.0067% fail on Lever
    • 2.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (97% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Anti-lock braking system (96% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Electronic stability control (170% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Electronic braking system (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Rigid brake pipes (64% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Flexible brake hoses (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (66% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Hand lever (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Pedal (69% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Parking brake control (73% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Lever (74% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Electronic parking brake (66% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (55% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (39% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.074% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Brake fluid (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Servos
      • 0.0067% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.040% fail on Air and vacuum systems (0.69% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Servos (4.9% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Leaks
    • 0.034% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (18% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Other components (85% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 8.2% fail on Tyres (14% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Tread depth (27% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Condition (2.6% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type (52% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 8.2% fail on Suspension (49% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Shock absorbers (160% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Suspension arms (58% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins and bushes (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint dust cover (34% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint (82% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Suspension arm (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (14% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Linkage ball joints (72% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (88% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint (60% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Ball joint dust cover (89% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Anti-roll bar (28% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (87% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes (91% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0067% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.65% fail on Springs (84% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Coil springs (84% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Coil spring (84% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Mounting (59% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Wheel bearings (52% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Sub-frames (49% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Sub-frame (67% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (68% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes (88% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Other suspension component (52% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Pins and bushes (20% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover (30% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (100% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.047% fail on Macpherson strut (73% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (62% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Macpherson strut (68% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.047% fail on Suspension rods (45% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes (7.8% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint dust cover (61% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0067% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.034% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (97% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Axles (94% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Axle
      • 0.0067% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 6.6% fail on Visibility (2.2% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Washers (36% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (53% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Condition of glass (56% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen (55% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Window
    • 0.21% fail on View to rear (8.5% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors (9.1% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view (2.5% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 4.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (21% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (21% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Spark ignition (6.7% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (13% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Catalyst emissions (8.6% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Emissions not tested (60% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Non catalyst emissions (53% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0067% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 0.49% fail on Compression ignition (66% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (75% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (55% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Emissions not tested (49% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (28% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (83% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
    • 0.39% fail on Fluid leaks (0.64% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Engine oil leaks (11% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Transmission oil leaks (3.1% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Other leaks (53% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.034% fail on Noise suppression (8.6% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Sound deadening material (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Undertray (37% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 2.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (1.9% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (34% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Seat belts (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Condition (0.26% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Requirements (14% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Attachment
    • 0.074% fail on Airbags (70% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Drivers airbag (89% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (76% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Fuel system (20% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (74% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Tank (25% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on System
    • 0.16% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Prop shafts (53% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Prop shaft (34% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Flexible couplings (170% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Bearing housing (74% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Joints
      • 0.074% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Drive shaft (80% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers (26% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Doors (76% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Other passenger's door (74% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Door condition (77% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Catch
      • 0.027% fail on Front passenger's door (77% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition (82% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Hinge
      • 0.020% fail on Driver's door (75% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Door condition (81% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Hinge
    • 0.094% fail on Body (55% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Other body component (57% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Panel (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Body condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.061% fail on Undertray (14% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Integral vehicle structure (96% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0067% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.013% fail on Chassis (93% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Strengthening plate (4 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Seats (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.0067% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.0067% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0067% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.0067% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0067% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.0067% fail on Cabs
      • 0.0067% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Attachment (190% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.094% fail on Condition (29% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on Hubs
  • 0.81% fail on Steering (74% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Steering linkage components (76% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Track rod end (77% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint (71% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Drag link end (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Other components
        • 0.0067% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.10% fail on Steering gear (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Steering rack (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Operation
    • 0.094% fail on Power steering (57% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Operation (18% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Other components (83% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0067% fail on Pump
      • 0.0067% fail on Rams
    • 0.027% fail on Steering play (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Steering rack (78% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0067% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0067% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0067% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.0067% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.67% fail on Identification of the vehicle (15% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Registration plates (15% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 0.013% fail on Seat belt installation check (17% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Anchorages (180% worse than other 2006 cars)
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