BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1990
70.1% pass rate
from 1,697 tests in 2020
(9.1% 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.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamp aim (57% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Headlamp aim (65% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Individual direction indicators (56% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.47% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.059% fail on Switch
    • 3.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.35% fail on Switch
      • 0.059% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.059% fail on Front fog lamp switch
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp levelling device (8 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.2% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.59% fail on Horn (57% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.35% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (80% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.29% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.059% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.059% fail on Switch
  • 9.6% fail on Suspension
    • 4.1% fail on Suspension arms (54% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint (80% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.059% fail on Suspension arm
    • 2.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (33% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (110% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.94% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.88% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.77% fail on Pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.059% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.65% fail on Wheel bearings (61% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Springs
      • 0.41% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.35% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.059% fail on Mounting
      • 0.18% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.059% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.059% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 8.9% fail on Brakes (21% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance (31% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.059% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.059% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (43% better than other 1990 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (44% better than other 1990 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.12% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.71% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.47% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.47% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.29% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.65% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.35% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.18% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.059% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.059% fail on Valves
    • 0.59% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.53% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.53% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.18% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.12% fail on Lever
    • 0.059% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.059% fail on Hand lever
  • 8.6% fail on Visibility (29% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Washers (64% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.059% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (29% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.0% fail on Chassis
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.77% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.35% fail on Pipe
      • 0.24% fail on Tank
      • 0.12% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.059% fail on Hose
    • 0.65% fail on Seats
      • 0.53% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.18% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.53% fail on Transmission (74% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Drive shafts (74% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Joints (76% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.059% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.059% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.059% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.29% fail on Body
      • 0.18% fail on Panel
      • 0.12% fail on Body condition
    • 0.29% fail on Doors
      • 0.24% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.24% fail on Door condition
      • 0.059% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.059% fail on Door condition
    • 0.24% fail on Floor
    • 0.12% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.059% fail on Towbar
      • 0.059% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.059% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.059% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.059% fail on Trikes and quads
      • 0.059% fail on Passenger hand grips
    • 0.059% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.059% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.059% fail on Cabs
      • 0.059% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (35% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (38% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Spark ignition (33% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.35% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.35% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.059% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.059% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.059% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.059% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.059% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.65% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.53% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.059% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 2.9% fail on Steering (36% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Power steering (90% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Other components
      • 0.35% fail on Operation
      • 0.35% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Pump
      • 0.059% fail on Rams
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.65% fail on Steering linkage components (69% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Track rod end (59% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Other components
        • 0.059% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.12% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.059% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.059% fail on Universal joint
  • 2.4% fail on Tyres
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 1.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.059% fail on Size/type
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (53% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (53% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Prescribed areas (65% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Condition
      • 0.059% fail on Requirements
  • 0.77% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.77% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.35% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Condition
  • 0.18% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.18% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.059% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.059% fail on Anchorages

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