BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1991
69.4% pass rate
from 1,049 tests in 2020
(13% 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.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.5% fail on Headlamp aim (64% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Headlamp aim (73% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp levelling device (9 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.76% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.48% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (52% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (52% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (58% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.4% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.0% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.38% fail on Horn (74% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (65% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.57% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension
    • 3.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.3% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.29% fail on Suspension arm
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.095% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.86% fail on Springs
      • 0.67% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.67% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.19% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.67% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.48% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.29% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.095% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.48% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.29% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.095% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.095% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.095% fail on Axles
      • 0.095% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 8.0% fail on Brakes (31% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Brake performance (42% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.095% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.095% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.095% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.095% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (60% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (59% better than other 1991 cars)
          • 0.67% fail on Service brake imbalance (67% better than other 1991 cars)
          • 0.57% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.95% fail on Service brake performance (71% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Rbt (70% better than other 1991 cars)
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake performance (72% better than other 1991 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.095% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.76% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.57% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.095% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.095% fail on Valves
    • 0.67% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.38% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.38% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.29% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.29% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.095% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.095% fail on Lever
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.29% fail on Lever
    • 0.29% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.095% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.19% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.095% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.095% fail on Pedal
    • 0.095% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.095% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.095% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
    • 0.095% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.095% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 6.7% fail on Visibility
    • 4.9% fail on Washers
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.29% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.29% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.19% fail on View to rear
      • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.095% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system (44% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.0% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.38% fail on Tank
      • 0.29% fail on Hose
      • 0.29% fail on Pipe
      • 0.29% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.95% fail on Chassis
      • 0.86% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.095% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.48% fail on Seats
      • 0.38% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.095% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.38% fail on Body
      • 0.19% fail on Panel
      • 0.095% fail on Body condition
      • 0.095% fail on Other body component
    • 0.38% fail on Doors
      • 0.29% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition
      • 0.095% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.095% fail on Door condition
    • 0.19% fail on Transmission (93% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.095% fail on Joints
      • 0.095% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.095% fail on Joints
    • 0.095% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.095% fail on Towbar
      • 0.095% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.095% fail on Floor
    • 0.095% fail on Cabs
      • 0.095% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 2.9% fail on Steering (44% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.0% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.95% fail on Steering linkage components (56% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.095% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.095% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.095% fail on Other components
        • 0.095% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.095% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.76% fail on Power steering
      • 0.29% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.29% fail on Pump
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.095% fail on Other components
    • 0.19% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.095% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.095% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.095% fail on Steering wheel
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.095% fail on Size/type
  • 2.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (49% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (48% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Spark ignition (44% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.57% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.19% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.095% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.095% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.29% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.29% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 1.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (53% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Seat belts (53% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Prescribed areas (59% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Condition
  • 0.76% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.76% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.38% fail on Attachment

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