BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
73.2% pass rate
from 302 tests in 2020
(37% better than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.33% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.33% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.99% fail on All direction indicators (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.99% fail on Hazard warning (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.66% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.66% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.33% fail on Horn
  • 6.6% fail on Suspension (56% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.99% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.3% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (75% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Springs
      • 0.99% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.99% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.99% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings
  • 5.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 5.0% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.0% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.6% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.66% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.33% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.33% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.33% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.33% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 4.3% fail on Brakes (68% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Brake performance (79% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.99% fail on Rbt
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.33% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.33% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt (sp)
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.99% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.99% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.66% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.66% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.66% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.33% fail on Lever
  • 3.6% fail on Steering
    • 2.0% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.0% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.99% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.66% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.33% fail on Operation
    • 0.66% fail on Power steering
      • 0.66% fail on Other components
  • 2.6% fail on Visibility (64% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.66% fail on Washers (79% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Tyres
    • 1.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.66% fail on Condition
  • 1.7% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plates
  • 1.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (85% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.66% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.33% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.33% fail on Floor
    • 0.33% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.33% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 0.99% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (79% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp

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