BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 1996
68.4% pass rate
from 253 tests in 2020
(22% better than other 1996 cars)
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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.6% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.40% fail on Switch
    • 1.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.2% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.40% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.40% fail on Switch
    • 0.40% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.40% fail on Horn
  • 9.9% fail on Brakes
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt
          • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 0.79% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.40% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.79% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.79% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.79% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.40% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.4% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 2.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.79% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.79% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.40% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.79% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.79% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.40% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.40% fail on Cable
  • 7.9% fail on Suspension (42% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 2.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Springs
      • 1.2% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.2% fail on Coil spring
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.79% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.40% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.40% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.40% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 5.5% fail on Visibility
    • 4.3% fail on Washers
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers
  • 4.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.7% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.7% fail on Spark ignition
        • 4.0% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.79% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.40% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.40% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 3.6% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack
    • 1.6% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.6% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.40% fail on Power steering
      • 0.40% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.40% fail on Steering play
      • 0.40% fail on Steering rack
  • 3.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.4% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.79% fail on Condition
      • 0.40% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (72% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.79% fail on Chassis
      • 0.79% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.79% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.40% fail on Pipe
  • 3.2% fail on Tyres
    • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 1.6% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.79% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plates

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