BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1987
71.3% pass rate
from 362 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 1987 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (33% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.9% fail on Side repeaters
        • 1.4% fail on Individual lamps
      • 0.28% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.28% fail on Tell tales
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.5% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.55% fail on Tell tale
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Battery
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 0.55% fail on Horn
    • 0.28% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.28% fail on Switch
  • 9.9% fail on Brakes
    • 4.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.9% fail on Components
        • 2.5% fail on Pipes
        • 1.9% fail on Hoses
      • 0.55% fail on Leaks
      • 0.28% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 4.7% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.2% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.28% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 0.83% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.83% fail on Condition
    • 0.83% fail on ABS
    • 0.55% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.55% fail on Pedal
        • 0.55% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.55% fail on Air and vacuum systems (7 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Components (14 times worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Hoses
        • 0.28% fail on Servos
    • 0.55% fail on Hub components
      • 0.28% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.28% fail on Wheel cylinder
  • 9.7% fail on Suspension
    • 4.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.0% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.4% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.28% fail on Spring mounting
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.28% fail on Condition
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.83% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.55% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.28% fail on Condition
    • 1.4% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.83% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.55% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.28% fail on Condition
    • 0.55% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.28% fail on Front
      • 0.28% fail on Rear
    • 0.55% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.55% fail on Condition
    • 0.28% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.28% fail on Location
  • 6.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.0% fail on Washers
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers
  • 6.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.0% fail on Emissions
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.4% fail on Fuel system
      • 1.1% fail on Cap (3 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Tank
    • 0.55% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.0% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.0% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.83% fail on Condition
      • 0.28% fail on Requirements
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment
  • 3.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.2% fail on Body condition
    • 0.83% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.83% fail on Chassis
    • 0.28% fail on Seats
      • 0.28% fail on Drivers
  • 2.8% fail on Steering
    • 2.2% fail on Steering system
      • 1.9% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.55% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.28% fail on Free play
        • 0.28% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.28% fail on Steering control
      • 0.28% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.28% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.28% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.28% fail on Power steering
      • 0.28% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 1.9% fail on Tyres
    • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.55% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.55% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Condition
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
  • 0.55% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.55% fail on Registration plate

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