BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 1997
71.5% pass rate
from 274 tests in 2020
(31% better than other 1997 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.73% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.73% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.73% fail on Side repeaters
    • 2.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.8% fail on Horn
    • 1.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp
    • 0.36% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 8.4% fail on Suspension (42% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.73% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.73% fail on Linkage
      • 0.73% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.36% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 2.6% fail on Springs
      • 2.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.6% fail on Coil spring
    • 2.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.73% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.73% fail on Shock absorbers
  • 7.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.9% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.1% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.36% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.36% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.36% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.36% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.73% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.73% fail on Transmission oil leaks (12 times worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 6.6% fail on Brakes (50% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.36% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt
          • 0.73% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.36% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.73% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.36% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.36% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.36% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.8% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.8% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 1.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.36% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.36% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.36% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.36% fail on Other components
    • 0.36% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.36% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.36% fail on Brake pads
  • 4.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.6% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.73% fail on Condition
      • 0.36% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.4% fail on Visibility
    • 2.6% fail on Wipers
    • 1.8% fail on Washers
  • 4.0% fail on Tyres
    • 2.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
  • 2.2% fail on Steering
    • 1.5% fail on Power steering
      • 0.73% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.36% fail on Rams
      • 0.36% fail on Other components
    • 0.73% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.73% fail on Track rod end
  • 1.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (83% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.73% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.36% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.36% fail on Doors
      • 0.36% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.36% fail on Door condition
    • 0.36% fail on Seats
      • 0.36% fail on Driver's seat
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.36% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.36% fail on Attachment

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