BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
84.9% pass rate
from 829 tests in 2020
(59% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 4.7% fail on Tyres
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth (50% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 4.2% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (70% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (59% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (56% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.84% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.24% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.97% fail on Position lamps (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.84% fail on Headlamps (74% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Headlamp (84% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.12% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.12% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.12% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.12% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 2.8% fail on Brakes (65% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Brake performance (71% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.97% fail on Rbt
          • 0.97% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.12% fail on Rbt
          • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.84% fail on Mechanical brake components (74% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Brake linings and pads (75% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Brake pads (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.36% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.72% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.60% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.36% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.12% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.12% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 2.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.60% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.12% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.12% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.24% fail on Compression ignition (84% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.7% fail on Visibility (69% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (54% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Wipers (81% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.6% fail on Suspension (88% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Suspension arms (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Pins and bushes (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Anti-roll bars (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.24% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.24% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.12% fail on Springs
      • 0.12% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.12% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 0.97% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.97% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.48% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.24% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.24% fail on Requirements (12 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.12% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.24% fail on Steering (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.12% fail on Power steering
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
  • 0.24% fail on Body, chassis, structure (94% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Exhaust system (85% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.12% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.12% fail on Condition
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