BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1990
66.8% pass rate
from 1,209 tests in 2017
(10% better than other 1990 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 1990 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.2% fail on Headlamp aim (49% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.4% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.91% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.83% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.083% fail on Tell tales
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.2% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.17% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.5% fail on Fog lamp (38% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.33% fail on Switch
    • 2.4% fail on Battery
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (45% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (49% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.17% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.083% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.083% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.083% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp (60% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Horn
    • 0.25% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.25% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.25% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Suspension
    • 4.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.2% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.83% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.33% fail on Spring mounting
    • 3.2% fail on Suspension arms (66% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (73% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
      • 0.083% fail on Condition
    • 2.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (120% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (180% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Linkage condition (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Attachment
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.5% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.1% fail on Front
      • 0.41% fail on Rear
    • 1.4% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.74% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.66% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (4 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Condition
    • 0.66% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.58% fail on Condition
      • 0.083% fail on Location
    • 0.17% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Drive shafts (93% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.083% fail on Constant velocity joints
      • 0.083% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.083% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.083% fail on General condition
    • 0.083% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.083% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.083% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 10% fail on Brakes (26% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Brake performance (36% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.8% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.2% fail on Front wheels (64% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.33% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 5.1% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.0% fail on Components
        • 2.6% fail on Pipes
        • 1.7% fail on Hoses
        • 0.25% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.083% fail on Valves
      • 0.83% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Leaks
      • 0.25% fail on Operation
    • 0.83% fail on Hub components
      • 0.66% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.25% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.50% fail on ABS
    • 0.41% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.41% fail on Condition
    • 0.41% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.41% fail on Pedal
        • 0.25% fail on Condition
        • 0.17% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.25% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.17% fail on Additional braking devices (20 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.083% fail on Cable
    • 0.083% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.083% fail on Components
        • 0.083% fail on Hoses
  • 7.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.0% fail on Washers
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.083% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.0% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.9% fail on Emissions
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.50% fail on Pipe
      • 0.33% fail on Tank
      • 0.17% fail on Cap
      • 0.083% fail on Hose
      • 0.083% fail on System
    • 0.58% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.4% fail on Steering
    • 2.6% fail on Steering system (36% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.83% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.083% fail on Free play
        • 0.083% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.083% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.083% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.5% fail on Power steering
      • 0.58% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Other components
      • 0.33% fail on Operation
      • 0.083% fail on Rams
    • 0.33% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.17% fail on Steering control
      • 0.17% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.17% fail on Flexible coupling (7 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Locking devices
  • 4.2% fail on Tyres
    • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.25% fail on Size/type
  • 3.8% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.1% fail on Body condition
    • 1.1% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Chassis
    • 0.58% fail on Doors
      • 0.50% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.17% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.25% fail on Seats
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers
      • 0.083% fail on Passengers
  • 1.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (47% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Seat belts (47% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (62% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Requirements
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 0.083% fail on Condition

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