BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1992
64.5% pass rate
from 580 tests in 2017
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.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.8% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.17% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device (29 times worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.86% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.52% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.17% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Battery
    • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Fog lamp (61% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Tell tale
    • 1.2% fail on Horn
    • 0.52% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.52% fail on Lamp
    • 0.34% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 5.9% fail on Suspension arms (190% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (190% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Attachment
    • 4.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (130% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 3.3% fail on Prescribed areas (44% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.34% fail on Spring mounting
    • 2.2% fail on Coil springs
      • 2.1% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Location
    • 2.1% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.69% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.52% fail on Rear
      • 0.17% fail on Front
    • 0.34% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.34% fail on Attachment
    • 0.34% fail on Drive shafts (87% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.17% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.17% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.17% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.17% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 7.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.8% fail on Rear wheels
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.2% fail on Front wheels
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.69% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.17% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 6.2% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.0% fail on Components
        • 5.0% fail on Pipes (72% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Hoses
      • 0.52% fail on Leaks
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
    • 2.2% fail on Hub components
      • 1.6% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.52% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.34% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.0% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.34% fail on ABS
    • 0.17% fail on Restricted movement
  • 11% fail on Driver's view of the road (40% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (57% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Wipers
    • 0.52% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.34% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.34% fail on Windscreen
  • 9.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 4.8% fail on Exhaust system
    • 4.8% fail on Emissions
    • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.52% fail on Pipe
      • 0.17% fail on Tank
      • 0.17% fail on Hose
      • 0.17% fail on Cap
      • 0.17% fail on System
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.52% fail on Size/type
  • 3.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.4% fail on Body condition
    • 0.52% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.52% fail on Chassis
    • 0.52% fail on Seats
      • 0.52% fail on Drivers
    • 0.17% fail on Load security
      • 0.17% fail on Access panel
  • 3.1% fail on Steering
    • 2.2% fail on Steering system
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.52% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.17% fail on Free play
        • 0.17% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
        • 0.17% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.52% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
    • 0.34% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.17% fail on Steering control
      • 0.17% fail on Steering wheel
  • 2.8% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.34% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
  • 1.7% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.34% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment
  • 0.17% fail on Towbars
    • 0.17% fail on Vehicle structure

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