BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1994
53.5% pass rate
from 954 tests in 2017
(14% worse than other 1994 cars)
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.

  • 22% fail on Suspension (28% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Suspension arms (170% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (190% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 5.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.5% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.73% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.31% fail on Spring mounting
    • 4.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (84% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage condition
    • 3.5% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Shock absorbers (77% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Condition (78% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Front suspension joints (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.73% fail on Rear
      • 0.21% fail on Front
    • 0.52% fail on Drive shafts (84% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Drive shafts (5 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.31% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.31% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.21% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.21% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.10% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.1% fail on Stop lamp (58% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.1% fail on Headlamp
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.10% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.6% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.3% fail on Fog lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.5% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.63% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.31% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.0% fail on Battery
    • 1.4% fail on Horn
    • 0.42% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.31% fail on Switch
      • 0.10% fail on Lamp
    • 0.10% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.10% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 8.5% fail on Hydraulic systems (46% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Components (59% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Pipes (62% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Hoses
        • 0.42% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.31% fail on Leaks
      • 0.21% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.10% fail on Operation
    • 8.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.3% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Front wheels (56% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake imbalance (160% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Service brake performance (71% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.0% fail on Hub components
      • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.73% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.21% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.5% fail on ABS (160% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.21% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.10% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.10% fail on Pedal
        • 0.10% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.10% fail on Components
        • 0.10% fail on Pipes
  • 11% fail on Driver's view of the road (33% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Wipers
    • 5.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.42% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.31% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.31% fail on Windscreen
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.8% fail on Emissions
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.94% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.84% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.21% fail on Tank
      • 0.21% fail on Hose
      • 0.21% fail on Cap
      • 0.10% fail on Pipe
      • 0.10% fail on System
  • 7.9% fail on Tyres (58% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Tread depth (99% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Size/type
    • 0.10% fail on Valve stem
  • 4.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.9% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.1% fail on Prescribed areas (47% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Condition
      • 0.31% fail on Requirements
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 2.2% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (4 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Drivers airbag (15 times worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 3.2% fail on Steering system
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack
      • 1.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.31% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.2% fail on Power steering
      • 0.63% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Other components
      • 0.10% fail on Operation
    • 0.42% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.21% fail on Steering control
      • 0.10% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.10% fail on Steering column
  • 3.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (36% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Body condition
    • 0.73% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.73% fail on Chassis
    • 0.73% fail on Doors
      • 0.31% fail on Drivers
      • 0.21% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.21% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.42% fail on Seats
      • 0.42% fail on Drivers
    • 0.21% fail on Body security
    • 0.10% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.10% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.10% fail on Load security
      • 0.10% fail on Tailgate
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.73% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.52% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Condition

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