BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1988
69.3% pass rate
from 495 tests in 2017
Pass rate by mileage
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 1988 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.8% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.61% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.40% fail on Switch
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Battery
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters
        • 1.0% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.40% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 2.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.61% fail on Front lamps (75% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.0% fail on Horn
    • 0.81% fail on Registration plate lamp (77% better than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.20% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 5.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.0% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.61% fail on Spring mounting
    • 4.4% fail on Suspension arms (190% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Front suspension joints (190% worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Attachment
      • 0.40% fail on Linkage condition
    • 1.8% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.0% fail on Front
      • 0.81% fail on Rear
    • 1.6% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (15 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment
    • 0.40% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.40% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 6.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 5.5% fail on Components
        • 3.8% fail on Pipes
        • 2.0% fail on Hoses
        • 0.20% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.81% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Leaks
    • 5.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.0% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Front wheels (67% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.0% fail on Hub components
      • 0.40% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.20% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.20% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.20% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.61% fail on ABS
    • 0.40% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.40% fail on Pedal
        • 0.40% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.20% fail on Components
        • 0.20% fail on Servos
    • 0.20% fail on Restricted movement
  • 6.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.8% fail on Washers
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers
    • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 2.8% fail on Emissions
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.40% fail on Pipe
      • 0.20% fail on Tank
      • 0.20% fail on Hose
      • 0.20% fail on Cap
      • 0.20% fail on System
    • 0.20% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.4% fail on Tyres
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.0% fail on Condition
  • 2.8% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.40% fail on Requirements
      • 0.40% fail on Condition
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment
  • 2.6% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.6% fail on Body condition
    • 1.0% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis
    • 0.61% fail on Doors
      • 0.61% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.20% fail on Seats
      • 0.20% fail on Passengers
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (68% better than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Steering system (71% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.40% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.40% fail on Steering control
      • 0.40% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.40% fail on Flexible coupling (18 times worse than other 1988 cars)
  • 0.40% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment
  • 0.40% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.40% fail on Registration plate

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