BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1986
62.4% pass rate
from 210 tests in 2017
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 1986 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 6.7% fail on Headlamp
    • 3.3% fail on Battery
    • 3.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 3.3% fail on Fog lamp
      • 1.4% fail on Tell tale
    • 2.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.4% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.48% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.48% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.48% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Horn
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.95% fail on Rear lamps
    • 0.95% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.95% fail on Registration plate lamp
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 7.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 6.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.4% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.48% fail on Spring mounting
    • 1.9% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.48% fail on Attachment
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.95% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.48% fail on Attachment
    • 1.4% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (14 times worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.4% fail on Front
    • 1.4% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.48% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.48% fail on Condition
    • 0.48% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.48% fail on Condition
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 7.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.3% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.9% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.48% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 6.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.8% fail on Components
        • 3.3% fail on Hoses
        • 1.9% fail on Pipes
      • 0.95% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.48% fail on Operation
      • 0.48% fail on Leaks
    • 1.4% fail on Service brake control components
      • 1.4% fail on Pedal
        • 0.95% fail on Condition
        • 0.48% fail on Anti-slip
    • 1.4% fail on Hub components
      • 0.95% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.48% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.95% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.95% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.48% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.48% fail on Condition
  • 7.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.3% fail on Emissions
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.95% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.48% fail on Tank
      • 0.48% fail on Cap
    • 0.48% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 6.7% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 3.3% fail on Washers
  • 4.3% fail on Tyres
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 2.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.48% fail on Size/type
  • 4.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.4% fail on Body condition
    • 1.4% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.4% fail on Chassis
    • 0.48% fail on Seats
      • 0.48% fail on Drivers
  • 3.8% fail on Steering
    • 1.4% fail on Steering system
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
    • 1.4% fail on Power steering
      • 0.95% fail on Other components
      • 0.48% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.48% fail on Pump
    • 0.95% fail on Steering control
      • 0.95% fail on Steering coupling (5 times worse than other 1986 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Flexible coupling (29 times worse than other 1986 cars)
  • 3.8% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.95% fail on Attachment (6 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Requirements
      • 0.48% fail on Condition
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.48% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.48% fail on Attachment

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