BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1993
57.8% pass rate
from 759 tests in 2017
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 1993 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.0% fail on Headlamp aim (69% worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.13% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.2% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.79% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.26% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.26% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.4% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.26% fail on Switch
    • 2.2% fail on Battery
    • 1.2% fail on Horn
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.13% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 5.3% fail on Suspension arms (160% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (170% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 3.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (80% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.26% fail on Attachment
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.13% fail on Presence
    • 3.8% fail on Prescribed areas (39% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.40% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting
    • 2.1% fail on Coil springs (110% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Condition (140% worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 2.0% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.66% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.53% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.40% fail on Wheel bearings (77% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear
      • 0.13% fail on Front
    • 0.40% fail on Drive shafts (87% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.40% fail on Drive shafts (4 times worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.26% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on General condition
    • 0.13% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 15% fail on Brakes
    • 7.4% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.7% fail on Components
        • 4.6% fail on Pipes
        • 2.2% fail on Hoses
        • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.66% fail on Leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
    • 7.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 3.6% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.79% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.66% fail on Front wheels (81% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.26% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.26% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.13% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.13% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.2% fail on ABS
    • 0.92% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.92% fail on Condition
    • 0.40% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.13% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.13% fail on Cable
    • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
  • 10% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.7% fail on Washers (80% worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Wipers
    • 0.53% fail on Windscreen
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.1% fail on Emissions
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.92% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.53% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.26% fail on System
      • 0.13% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Cap
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth (68% worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
  • 4.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.2% fail on Body condition
    • 1.1% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Chassis
    • 0.53% fail on Seats
      • 0.40% fail on Drivers
      • 0.26% fail on Passengers
    • 0.26% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.26% fail on Doors
      • 0.26% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers
    • 0.13% fail on Body security
    • 0.13% fail on Load security
      • 0.13% fail on Bootlid
  • 3.7% fail on Steering
    • 2.5% fail on Steering system
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.53% fail on Track rod end (69% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Free play
        • 0.40% fail on Steering rack (6 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.26% fail on Other components
        • 0.13% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.13% fail on Steering component
      • 0.13% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.2% fail on Power steering
      • 0.53% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Pump
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
    • 0.26% fail on Steering operation
  • 2.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts (50% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas (52% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Condition
    • 0.53% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.26% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Drivers airbag (16 times worse than other 1993 cars)
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.66% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.53% fail on Attachment
    • 0.26% fail on Condition (7 times worse than other 1993 cars)

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