BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1981
70.7% pass rate
from 58 tests in 2020
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 1981 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 8.6% fail on Headlamps (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 8.6% fail on Headlamp (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 5.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 5.2% fail on All direction indicators (5 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.4% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 3.4% fail on Battery(ies) (5 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 1.7% fail on Horn
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 6.9% fail on Rbt
          • 6.9% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 1.7% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 1.7% fail on Parking brake control
      • 1.7% fail on Lever
    • 1.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 1.7% fail on Servos
  • 10% fail on Visibility
    • 6.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
  • 10% fail on Suspension
    • 8.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Suspension arms (3 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (5 times worse than other 1981 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Suspension arm
      • 1.7% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.7% fail on Springs
      • 1.7% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.7% fail on Coil spring
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 8.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.2% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 3.4% fail on Emissions not tested (6 times worse than other 1981 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.7% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.7% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 1.7% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.7% fail on Chassis
      • 1.7% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.7% fail on Bumpers
    • 1.7% fail on Body
      • 1.7% fail on Panel
    • 1.7% fail on Floor
    • 1.7% fail on Seats
      • 1.7% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 5.2% fail on Steering
    • 1.7% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.7% fail on Operation
    • 1.7% fail on Power steering
      • 1.7% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 1.7% fail on Steering column
  • 5.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 5.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.7% fail on Condition
  • 1.7% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plates

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