BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1992
65.5% pass rate
from 681 tests in 2020
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 1992 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 (65% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim (70% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.9% fail on Individual direction indicators (120% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.29% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.44% fail on Headlamp levelling device (4 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.29% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.2% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.2% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.88% fail on Horn
      • 0.15% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (56% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (56% better than other 1992 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% better than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Switch
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.29% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.29% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 12% fail on Suspension
    • 4.7% fail on Suspension arms (81% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Ball joint (160% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage (3 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Anti-roll bar (6 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 1.2% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.59% fail on Springs
      • 0.59% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.59% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.59% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.44% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.59% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.15% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.44% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.29% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.29% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 11% fail on Visibility (55% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Washers (95% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.29% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.15% fail on View to rear
      • 0.15% fail on Mirrors
  • 10% fail on Brakes
    • 6.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (54% better than other 1992 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake imbalance (84% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 0.88% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.44% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.15% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.0% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.15% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.44% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.44% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.15% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.15% fail on Cable
    • 0.44% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.44% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.29% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.29% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.29% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.15% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal
    • 0.15% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
    • 0.15% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.15% fail on Lever
    • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.15% fail on Brake fluid
  • 6.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.0% fail on Body
      • 0.59% fail on Other body component
      • 0.29% fail on Panel
      • 0.15% fail on Body condition
    • 0.44% fail on Integral vehicle structure (73% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (73% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Chassis
      • 0.44% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.44% fail on Seats
      • 0.29% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.15% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.29% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.29% fail on Transmission (89% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.15% fail on Joints
      • 0.15% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.15% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.29% fail on Floor
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.15% fail on Pipe
    • 0.15% fail on Towbar
      • 0.15% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.15% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.15% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 5.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 5.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.3% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.7% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.2% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.44% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.15% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.73% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.73% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 4.1% fail on Steering
    • 1.8% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.8% fail on Steering rack
    • 1.8% fail on Power steering (190% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Pipes and hoses (5 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Other components
      • 0.44% fail on Operation
      • 0.15% fail on Pump
    • 0.73% fail on Steering linkage components (68% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.29% fail on Track rod end (80% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Steering play
      • 0.15% fail on Steering rack
  • 4.0% fail on Tyres
    • 2.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.6% fail on Condition
  • 2.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.44% fail on Condition
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.15% fail on Requirements
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.15% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.15% fail on Attachment

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