BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
83.4% pass rate
from 1,447 tests in 2020
(59% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 4.9% fail on Tyres (30% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
    • 2.1% fail on Tread depth (49% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Size/type
  • 4.2% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (58% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Individual direction indicators (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Position lamps (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Position lamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Headlamps (83% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Headlamp (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.35% fail on Stop lamp (92% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (91% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.069% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.069% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.069% fail on Horn
  • 2.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.90% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.35% fail on Emission control equipment (15 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Catalytic converter (26 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.069% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.069% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
  • 2.2% fail on Brakes (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Brake performance (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Service brake performance (72% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Rbt (72% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake performance (70% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.069% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.21% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (90% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rbt (sp) (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Parking brake performance (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Rbt (84% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake performance (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Mechanical brake components (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake linings and pads (92% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Brake pads (92% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake discs and drums (82% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Brake discs (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.41% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.28% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.14% fail on Lever
    • 0.14% fail on Rigid brake pipes (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.069% fail on Hand lever
  • 2.1% fail on Visibility (65% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Washers (54% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Wipers (71% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Suspension (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Suspension arms (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes (52% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.14% fail on Shock absorbers (92% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bars (96% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.069% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.14% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.069% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.069% fail on Springs
      • 0.069% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.069% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.069% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.069% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 1.7% fail on Identification of the vehicle (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plates (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.83% fail on Body, chassis, structure (85% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Exhaust system (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.28% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
  • 0.48% fail on Steering (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.21% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.069% fail on Operation
    • 0.14% fail on Steering linkage components (92% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.069% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.069% fail on Power steering
      • 0.069% fail on Other components
  • 0.48% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (62% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.21% fail on Condition
    • 0.069% fail on Attachment
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  • BMW M3 (2007 - 2013)
    Stormingly fast performance. Superb V8 engine sound. High quality interior. Great feelgood factor, yet still docile at low speeds. Available as coupe, convertible or saloon.

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