BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1989
68.4% pass rate
from 908 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 1989 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 5.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.99% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.55% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.66% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.33% fail on Switch
    • 2.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Position lamps (43% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.77% fail on Rear lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Battery
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (45% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.11% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp (48% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Horn
    • 0.44% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.44% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.22% fail on Lamp
      • 0.22% fail on Switch
  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 5.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.3% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.1% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.44% fail on Spring mounting
    • 3.9% fail on Suspension arms (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 2.4% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.3% fail on Rear
      • 1.2% fail on Front
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.99% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.77% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.77% fail on Condition
    • 0.66% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.66% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 0.44% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.44% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.22% fail on Axles
      • 0.22% fail on Stub axle (10 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 6.1% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 5.3% fail on Components
        • 3.4% fail on Pipes
        • 2.3% fail on Hoses
        • 0.11% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.11% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.33% fail on Leaks
      • 0.22% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.22% fail on Operation
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance (36% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.7% fail on Front wheels (52% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.33% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.99% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.99% fail on Condition
    • 0.66% fail on ABS
    • 0.55% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.55% fail on Pedal
        • 0.44% fail on Condition
        • 0.11% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.44% fail on Hub components
      • 0.44% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.22% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.22% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.22% fail on Cable
    • 0.22% fail on Restricted movement
  • 7.6% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.6% fail on Washers
    • 2.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.11% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.11% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (30% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.9% fail on Emissions (49% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on Tank
      • 0.22% fail on Cap
      • 0.11% fail on Hose
      • 0.11% fail on System
    • 0.33% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 3.7% fail on Tyres
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.11% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.6% fail on Body condition
    • 0.77% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.77% fail on Chassis
    • 0.33% fail on Seats
      • 0.33% fail on Drivers
    • 0.22% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.11% fail on Speedometer
  • 3.3% fail on Steering
    • 2.2% fail on Steering system (44% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.66% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.44% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.22% fail on Free play
        • 0.22% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.22% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.1% fail on Power steering
      • 0.66% fail on Pipes and hoses (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Drive system (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Other components
      • 0.11% fail on Rams
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.11% fail on Locking devices
  • 2.0% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.0% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements
      • 0.11% fail on Installation check
        • 0.11% fail on Anchorage's
  • 0.99% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.99% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.33% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment
  • 0.22% fail on Towbars
    • 0.22% fail on Towbar

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