BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1991
65.8% pass rate
from 880 tests in 2017
(12% better than other 1991 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 1991 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Rear lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.11% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.5% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.80% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.34% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.6% fail on Fog lamp (43% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.23% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Battery
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 0.80% fail on Horn
    • 0.34% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.34% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.34% fail on Lamp
    • 0.11% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 5.1% fail on Suspension arms (140% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Attachment (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Condition
    • 4.2% fail on Prescribed areas (34% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.68% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.68% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 3.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 1.8% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.68% fail on Front
      • 0.34% fail on Rear
    • 0.91% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.80% fail on Condition
      • 0.11% fail on Location
    • 0.45% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.34% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.11% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 7.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.8% fail on Front wheels (51% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.23% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 6.0% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 5.8% fail on Components
        • 4.1% fail on Pipes
        • 2.5% fail on Hoses
        • 0.23% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.45% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.11% fail on Leaks
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.68% fail on Hub components
      • 0.34% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.11% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
        • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on ABS
    • 0.11% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.11% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
  • 9.4% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.1% fail on Washers (48% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.45% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.23% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.23% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.8% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.8% fail on Emissions
    • 0.91% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.45% fail on Cap
      • 0.23% fail on Pipe
      • 0.11% fail on Tank
      • 0.11% fail on Hose
    • 0.34% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.9% fail on Tyres
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth
  • 3.3% fail on Steering (42% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Steering system (43% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.68% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.11% fail on Free play
        • 0.11% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.68% fail on Power steering
      • 0.34% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.34% fail on Other components
      • 0.11% fail on Pump
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.11% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.6% fail on Body condition
    • 0.80% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.80% fail on Chassis
    • 0.57% fail on Doors
      • 0.45% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.23% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.23% fail on Seats
      • 0.23% fail on Drivers
    • 0.11% fail on Speedometer
  • 2.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas (45% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Condition
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.34% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.23% fail on Condition
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment
  • 0.11% fail on Towbars
    • 0.11% fail on Vehicle structure

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