BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1985
72.1% pass rate
from 122 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 1985 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.8% fail on Brakes
    • 8.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.82% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt
          • 2.5% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 2.5% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.82% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.82% fail on Rbt
          • 0.82% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 1.6% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.82% fail on Pedal
      • 0.82% fail on Hand lever
    • 1.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.82% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.82% fail on Lever
    • 0.82% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.82% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.82% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension
    • 4.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.5% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 2.5% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.5% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.82% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.82% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.82% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.82% fail on Springs
      • 0.82% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.82% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.82% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.82% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.82% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.82% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.82% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 9.0% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.5% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.6% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.82% fail on Horn
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp
    • 0.82% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.82% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.82% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.82% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.82% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 8.2% fail on Visibility
    • 5.7% fail on Washers
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 0.82% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.6% fail on Chassis
      • 1.6% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.6% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.82% fail on Pipe
      • 0.82% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.82% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.82% fail on Transmission
      • 0.82% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.82% fail on Joints
    • 0.82% fail on Seats
      • 0.82% fail on Driver's seat
  • 3.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.82% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.82% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.82% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.82% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.82% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.82% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 2.5% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.82% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.82% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.82% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.82% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 2.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.82% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 2.5% fail on Tyres
    • 0.82% fail on Size/type
    • 0.82% fail on Condition
    • 0.82% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.82% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plates

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