BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1986
69.5% pass rate
from 279 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 1986 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 5.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 5.4% fail on Headlamp
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.1% fail on Side repeaters
    • 3.6% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.9% fail on Horn
      • 0.72% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.72% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.72% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (83% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Rear fog lamp (83% better than other 1986 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Rear fog lamp (82% better than other 1986 cars)
  • 12% fail on Suspension
    • 4.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.2% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (3 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (21 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.4% fail on Macpherson strut (8 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Macpherson strut (14 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.4% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.72% fail on Pins and bushes (7 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.1% fail on Springs
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.72% fail on Axles
      • 0.36% fail on Axle
      • 0.36% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.72% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 5.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.72% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.4% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.36% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 3.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.8% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 1.8% fail on Pedal
    • 1.8% fail on Flexible brake hoses (5 times worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.72% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.72% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.36% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.36% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 7.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.8% fail on Chassis
      • 1.8% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.4% fail on Transmission
      • 1.1% fail on Drive shafts
        • 1.1% fail on Joints
      • 0.36% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.36% fail on Joints
    • 0.72% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.36% fail on Tank
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
    • 0.72% fail on Body
      • 0.72% fail on Panel
    • 0.72% fail on Seats
      • 0.72% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.36% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.36% fail on Floor
  • 6.8% fail on Visibility
    • 4.3% fail on Washers
    • 2.5% fail on Wipers
  • 3.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.4% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.72% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.72% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.72% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.36% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.36% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.5% fail on Steering
    • 1.8% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.72% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.72% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.36% fail on Steering play
      • 0.36% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.36% fail on Condition
  • 1.4% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.36% fail on Tyres
    • 0.36% fail on Size/type

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