BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1987
68.6% pass rate
from 471 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 1987 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters
    • 3.6% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.3% fail on Battery(ies) (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Horn
    • 3.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.42% fail on Switch
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.42% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.42% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.42% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.21% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.21% fail on Switch
  • 9.8% fail on Brakes
    • 5.7% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.21% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.64% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.7% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (6 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Anti-lock braking system (6 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.85% fail on Pedal
    • 0.64% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.42% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.42% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.21% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.21% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.21% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.21% fail on Lever
    • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.21% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.21% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension
    • 4.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 4.0% fail on Suspension arms (87% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.64% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.7% fail on Sub-frames (190% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.85% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.85% fail on Springs
      • 0.42% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.42% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.42% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.85% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.21% fail on Axles
      • 0.21% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings
  • 8.9% fail on Visibility
    • 5.7% fail on Washers
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
  • 6.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.85% fail on Pipe
      • 0.64% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.42% fail on Hose
    • 1.3% fail on Chassis
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.64% fail on Seats
      • 0.64% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.42% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.42% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.42% fail on Doors
      • 0.21% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
      • 0.21% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
    • 0.21% fail on Body
      • 0.21% fail on Panel
    • 0.21% fail on Floor
    • 0.21% fail on Cabs
      • 0.21% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 5.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 5.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.3% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.4% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.42% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.21% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.21% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.21% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.64% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.42% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.21% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type
  • 2.3% fail on Steering
    • 1.3% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.64% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.64% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.42% fail on Power steering
      • 0.21% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.21% fail on Other components
  • 2.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.64% fail on Condition
      • 0.21% fail on Requirements
  • 0.64% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.64% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.64% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.64% fail on Attachment

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