BMW 1-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2007
67.2% pass rate
from 18,642 tests in 2020
(23% better than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 1-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 10% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (40% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (38% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps (36% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp (35% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Headlamp levelling device (53% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0054% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (16% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (71% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Position lamps (67% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Position lamp (68% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.011% fail on Switch
    • 0.60% fail on Direction indicators (75% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Flashing type (75% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Individual direction indicators (75% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Side repeaters (77% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on All direction indicators (76% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.0054% fail on Switch
    • 0.32% fail on Electrical equipment (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Electrical wiring (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.097% fail on Horn (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.16% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (74% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0054% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.0054% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0054% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0054% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.0054% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes (21% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Brake performance (35% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (15% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.0054% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (56% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake performance (57% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake imbalance (56% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.52% fail on Parking brake performance (55% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Rbt (55% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (61% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.086% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.011% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.011% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0054% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0054% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.14% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (77% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake performance (69% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Brake performance not tested (60% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (12% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.8% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.027% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.61% fail on Brake discs and drums (53% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Brake discs (54% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.021% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (87% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Cable (90% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Lever
    • 1.8% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (88% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system (75% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Electronic stability control (160% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Electronic braking system (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Rigid brake pipes (77% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Parking brake control (32% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Lever
      • 0.027% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.28% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.19% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.086% fail on Pedal (47% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Flexible brake hoses (45% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (47% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.038% fail on Hydraulic systems (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Brake fluid (81% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0054% fail on Valves
    • 0.011% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.011% fail on Other components
  • 7.9% fail on Tyres (9.0% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Tread depth (19% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
    • 0.021% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (18 times worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 7.4% fail on Suspension (52% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Shock absorbers (120% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms (47% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Pins and bushes (42% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Ball joint dust cover (56% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint (88% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.76% fail on Anti-roll bars (84% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Linkage ball joints (86% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint dust cover (87% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Ball joint (86% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (82% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.016% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.011% fail on Pins and bushes (93% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.36% fail on Springs (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Coil springs (92% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Coil spring (93% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Mounting
    • 0.27% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint (71% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.027% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.027% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.20% fail on Wheel bearings (78% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Sub-frames (71% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (70% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Sub-frame (87% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0054% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.054% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (8 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0054% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0054% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.038% fail on Macpherson strut (81% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (78% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.011% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0054% fail on Axles
      • 0.0054% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 5.5% fail on Visibility (13% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Washers (19% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wipers (58% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Bonnet (110% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on View to rear
      • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (27% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Spark ignition (21% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (30% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested (52% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.0054% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0054% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.86% fail on Compression ignition (46% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (60% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (32% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.048% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.016% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (75% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0054% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0054% fail on Particulate filter
    • 0.35% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.32% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.016% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.0054% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.032% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.016% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.016% fail on Undertray
  • 3.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (52% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (13% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Fuel system (44% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (170% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Tank
      • 0.016% fail on Pipe
      • 0.016% fail on System
      • 0.0054% fail on Hose
    • 0.22% fail on Transmission (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.097% fail on Flexible couplings (13 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0054% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.097% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0054% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.0054% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.086% fail on Bumpers (48% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Doors (81% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Driver's door (64% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition (74% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.0054% fail on Catch
        • 0.0054% fail on Hinge
      • 0.027% fail on Front passenger's door (76% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Door condition (75% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Other passenger's door (91% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Door condition (91% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Body (60% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Other body component (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Panel
      • 0.016% fail on Body condition
    • 0.043% fail on Undertray
    • 0.032% fail on Seats (75% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Driver's seat (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.011% fail on Chassis (89% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.0054% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.011% fail on Engine mounting (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Bracket
    • 0.011% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0054% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0054% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0054% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0054% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0054% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.0054% fail on Load security
      • 0.0054% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0054% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 1.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.96% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.45% fail on Seat belts (38% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Condition
      • 0.048% fail on Requirements
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.038% fail on Airbags
      • 0.032% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0054% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.84% fail on Road Wheels (65% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Condition
  • 0.67% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.66% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0054% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.54% fail on Steering (81% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Steering linkage components (83% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Track rod end (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Ball joint (81% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.011% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.011% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.091% fail on Steering gear (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Steering rack (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Operation
    • 0.048% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.038% fail on Power steering (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Operation (77% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Other components (82% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0054% fail on Pump
    • 0.011% fail on Steering play (90% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Steering rack (90% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.0054% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0054% fail on Steering lock
  • 0.016% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.016% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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