BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1989
72.7% pass rate
from 1,300 tests in 2020
(16% better than other 1989 cars)
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.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (23% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.4% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.31% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.54% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.3% fail on Horn
      • 1.2% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.38% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (47% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Headlamp levelling device (4 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.2% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.69% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.62% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.077% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.31% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (81% better than other 1989 cars)
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 4.4% fail on Suspension arms (75% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Ball joint (150% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins and bushes (110% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (95% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage
      • 0.077% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.77% fail on Springs
      • 0.69% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.69% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.077% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.77% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.38% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.077% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.38% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.23% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.077% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.23% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint
  • 9.3% fail on Brakes
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance (27% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (52% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (50% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.85% fail on Service brake imbalance (59% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (58% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (56% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (60% better than other 1989 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.38% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes (57% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.46% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.46% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.46% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.46% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.077% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.077% fail on Lever
    • 0.46% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.38% fail on Pedal
      • 0.077% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.46% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.31% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.15% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.46% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.46% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.46% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.15% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.15% fail on Lever
    • 0.15% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.077% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.077% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.077% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 6.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (26% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.0% fail on Chassis
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.92% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Pipe
      • 0.23% fail on Hose
      • 0.23% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.15% fail on System
    • 0.85% fail on Transmission (61% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Drive shafts (66% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Joints (70% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.077% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.23% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.077% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.077% fail on Joints
        • 0.077% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.077% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.54% fail on Doors
      • 0.31% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.31% fail on Door condition
      • 0.31% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.23% fail on Door condition
        • 0.077% fail on Catch
    • 0.38% fail on Body
      • 0.23% fail on Other body component
      • 0.077% fail on Body condition
      • 0.077% fail on Panel
    • 0.31% fail on Seats
      • 0.23% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.077% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.15% fail on Floor
    • 0.077% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.077% fail on Towbar
      • 0.077% fail on Vehicle structure
  • 6.7% fail on Visibility
    • 4.5% fail on Washers
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.31% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on View to rear
      • 0.15% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.077% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (31% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Exhaust emissions (33% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.8% fail on Non catalyst emissions (44% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.38% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.23% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (5 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.62% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.077% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 1.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type
  • 2.5% fail on Steering (40% better than other 1989 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Steering linkage components (51% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.077% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.77% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.77% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.54% fail on Power steering
      • 0.31% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
      • 0.077% fail on Pump
      • 0.077% fail on Other components
    • 0.31% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.077% fail on Steering column
    • 0.077% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.077% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.077% fail on Steering play
      • 0.077% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.62% fail on Condition
      • 0.077% fail on Requirements
  • 1.0% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.23% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.15% fail on Attachment
    • 0.077% fail on Condition
  • 0.15% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.15% fail on Speedometer

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