BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
75.0% pass rate
from 2,575 tests in 2020
(48% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.1% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (56% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.078% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (80% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Headlamp (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (39% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (39% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.62% fail on Individual direction indicators (62% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (61% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Position lamps (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Position lamp (79% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.43% fail on Horn
      • 0.12% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.039% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.50% fail on Stop lamp (91% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Rear fog lamp (81% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Rear fog lamp (83% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 0.078% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.078% fail on Switch
    • 0.078% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.078% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.039% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 8.1% fail on Suspension (55% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (46% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.85% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.39% fail on Linkage ball joints (78% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.078% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.5% fail on Springs (30% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Coil springs (29% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Coil spring (29% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Mounting
    • 2.4% fail on Suspension arms (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Pins and bushes (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.43% fail on Shock absorbers (69% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.078% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.039% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.16% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.078% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.039% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.078% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.039% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.078% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (97% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.039% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.039% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.039% fail on Levelling valve
  • 7.6% fail on Brakes (50% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.8% fail on Brake performance (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (53% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (51% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake imbalance (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (73% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.47% fail on Parking brake performance (74% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Rbt (75% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (74% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.039% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.039% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.039% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.16% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (91% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rbt (sp) (91% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.1% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.93% fail on Mechanical brake components (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Brake linings and pads (71% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Brake pads (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake discs and drums (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Brake discs (65% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.19% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
      • 0.039% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.16% fail on Parking brake control (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Lever (71% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.039% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 4.4% fail on Tyres (39% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (44% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Condition (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Size/type
  • 3.4% fail on Visibility (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (43% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Wipers (71% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.16% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.16% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.039% fail on View to rear
      • 0.039% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (59% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Spark ignition (52% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Catalyst emissions (37% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested (74% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.12% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.039% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.12% fail on Compression ignition (91% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.039% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.039% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.039% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.23% fail on Fluid leaks (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 2.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.89% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on System
    • 0.19% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.039% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.039% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.16% fail on Doors (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.078% fail on Door condition
      • 0.039% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.039% fail on Door condition
      • 0.039% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.039% fail on Door condition
    • 0.12% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Body
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.078% fail on Undertray
    • 0.039% fail on Chassis
      • 0.039% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.039% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.039% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (52% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.27% fail on Seat belts (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Prescribed areas (93% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Airbags
      • 0.039% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.93% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.93% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.50% fail on Steering (90% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Steering linkage components (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Track rod end (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.12% fail on Steering gear (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Power steering
      • 0.039% fail on Operation
      • 0.039% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.039% fail on Pump
    • 0.039% fail on Steering play
      • 0.039% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.39% fail on Attachment
    • 0.078% fail on Condition

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