BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1993
66.8% pass rate
from 747 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 1993 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.3% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.94% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.80% fail on Horn
      • 0.54% fail on Electrical wiring (2 times worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.40% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (51% better than other 1993 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.94% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.54% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.80% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 5.6% fail on Suspension arms (89% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Ball joint (180% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Pins and bushes (140% worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.3% fail on Springs
      • 1.3% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.3% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.94% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.67% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.40% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.54% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.27% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.27% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.13% fail on Axles
      • 0.13% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.13% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension rod
  • 9.4% fail on Brakes
    • 5.1% fail on Brake performance (33% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (56% better than other 1993 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (55% better than other 1993 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.27% fail on Service brake imbalance (86% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 0.94% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.27% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.13% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (65% better than other 1993 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Rbt (69% better than other 1993 cars)
          • 0.80% fail on Service brake performance (68% better than other 1993 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.94% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.80% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.13% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.54% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.27% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.27% fail on Brake drums (5 times worse than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.13% fail on Lever
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.67% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.67% fail on Lever
    • 0.54% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.54% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.40% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.27% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.27% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.13% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.13% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 7.1% fail on Visibility
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (62% worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Wipers (73% better than other 1993 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Driver's view
  • 6.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.7% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.7% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.80% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.40% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.27% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.13% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 0.54% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.27% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.27% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (5 times worse than other 1993 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.13% fail on Undertray
  • 5.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (50% better than other 1993 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.67% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.40% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.13% fail on Tank
      • 0.13% fail on Hose
    • 0.40% fail on Transmission (85% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.13% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.13% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.13% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shaft
    • 0.40% fail on Body
      • 0.27% fail on Panel
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.40% fail on Seats
      • 0.27% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.13% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.27% fail on Chassis (82% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Chassis condition (82% better than other 1993 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.27% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
    • 0.27% fail on Floor
  • 3.5% fail on Tyres
    • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.54% fail on Size/type
  • 2.7% fail on Steering
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.1% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.67% fail on Steering linkage components (73% better than other 1993 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.54% fail on Power steering
      • 0.40% fail on Other components
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
    • 0.27% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.13% fail on Steering column
    • 0.13% fail on Steering play
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
  • 2.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.3% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.40% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.27% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.67% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.67% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.40% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment

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