BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1988
69.2% pass rate
from 756 tests in 2020
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.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.1% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.1% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.26% fail on Switch
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.6% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 1.2% fail on Horn
      • 0.26% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.66% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.66% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.40% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (76% better than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension
    • 3.8% fail on Suspension arms (86% worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.53% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.93% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.79% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.66% fail on Springs
      • 0.40% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.40% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.26% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.66% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.40% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.26% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.40% fail on Axles
      • 0.26% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Axle
    • 0.26% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.26% fail on Macpherson strut (6 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
  • 8.5% fail on Visibility
    • 5.8% fail on Washers
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.26% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on View to rear
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes
    • 5.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake imbalance (68% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (53% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (52% better than other 1988 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.26% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.53% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system (3 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.53% fail on Pedal
      • 0.26% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.66% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.53% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.66% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.40% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.40% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.26% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.26% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.26% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.26% fail on Servos (5 times worse than other 1988 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.26% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.13% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.13% fail on Other braking system component
  • 6.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Chassis
      • 1.1% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.93% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.53% fail on Pipe
      • 0.26% fail on Hose
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.93% fail on Seats
      • 0.66% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.53% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.79% fail on Transmission (62% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other 1988 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Joints (77% better than other 1988 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.26% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.13% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.53% fail on Body
      • 0.26% fail on Panel
      • 0.13% fail on Body condition
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.40% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.40% fail on Doors
      • 0.26% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.26% fail on Door condition
      • 0.26% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.26% fail on Door condition
    • 0.13% fail on Load security
      • 0.13% fail on Access panel
    • 0.13% fail on Floor
    • 0.13% fail on Cabs
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 2.5% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.93% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.79% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.13% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.13% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.66% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.53% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.13% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.13% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.79% fail on Condition
      • 0.26% fail on Requirements
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
  • 2.4% fail on Steering (44% better than other 1988 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.40% fail on Power steering
      • 0.26% fail on Other components
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
    • 0.26% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.26% fail on Steering play
      • 0.26% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.13% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.13% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.13% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 2.0% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.93% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 0.40% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.40% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.40% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.26% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.26% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.26% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.13% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.13% fail on Anchorages

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