BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1994
59.3% pass rate
from 909 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 1994 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Suspension (42% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Suspension arms (130% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Pins and bushes (100% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm
    • 5.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.6% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (74% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.44% fail on Linkage
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.2% fail on Springs (100% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Coil springs (170% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Coil spring (180% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.22% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.3% fail on Stop lamp (89% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.55% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.88% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
      • 0.11% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.11% fail on Arm
    • 2.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.22% fail on Switch
    • 1.5% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.4% fail on Horn
      • 0.11% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 1.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.99% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.11% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 0.11% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 6.8% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.55% fail on Service brake performance (65% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.33% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (9 times worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.9% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 1.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.88% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.88% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.44% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.44% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.11% fail on Cable
    • 0.55% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.55% fail on Lever
    • 0.44% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.44% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.33% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.11% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.11% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
  • 8.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.5% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.3% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.88% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.44% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.11% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.11% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.11% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.11% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.11% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 0.99% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.88% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.11% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.11% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.11% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 7.8% fail on Visibility
    • 5.5% fail on Washers (59% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.22% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.22% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.22% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (40% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.2% fail on Chassis
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.66% fail on Body
      • 0.33% fail on Panel
      • 0.33% fail on Other body component
    • 0.55% fail on Transmission (81% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Drive shafts (83% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Joints (82% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.11% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.44% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on Tank
      • 0.11% fail on System
    • 0.44% fail on Seats
      • 0.33% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.11% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.33% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition
      • 0.11% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.11% fail on Catch
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.11% fail on Cabs
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 5.9% fail on Tyres (81% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Tread depth (95% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.77% fail on Size/type (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 3.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.9% fail on Seat belts (46% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Prescribed areas (53% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 2.3% fail on Steering (48% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Steering linkage components (70% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Track rod end (72% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.66% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.66% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.44% fail on Power steering
      • 0.33% fail on Other components
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
    • 0.22% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.11% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.11% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.22% fail on Steering play
      • 0.22% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.11% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.88% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.88% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.66% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.55% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Condition

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