BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

Registered in 2010
86.8% pass rate
from 737 tests in 2020
(61% better than other 2010 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 2010 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 3.3% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (75% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (53% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (11 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp (90% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim (64% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim (61% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Direction indicators (78% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Flashing type (78% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.27% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.27% fail on Electrical wiring (9 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.14% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.14% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.14% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 3.3% fail on Tyres (49% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 1.4% fail on Tread depth (63% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 2.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.8% fail on Spark ignition (91% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (180% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.14% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.14% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.14% fail on NOx sensor
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 2.6% fail on Brakes (64% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Electronic stability control (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Brake performance (74% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Service brake performance (76% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Rbt (83% better than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.14% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.41% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.41% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.27% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.27% fail on Rbt
          • 0.27% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.14% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 0.27% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.27% fail on Mechanical brake components (92% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake linings and pads (89% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Brake pads (89% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Visibility (75% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Washers (59% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Wipers (89% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.14% fail on Windscreen
  • 0.95% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.95% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.95% fail on Suspension (91% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Suspension arms (83% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Springs
      • 0.14% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.14% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.14% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 0.41% fail on Steering (78% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Steering linkage components (82% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Track rod end (81% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
  • 0.41% fail on Body, chassis, structure (87% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Exhaust system (80% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Bracket
  • 0.27% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.14% fail on Airbags
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.14% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.14% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.14% fail on Attachment
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    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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