BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1995
61.1% pass rate
from 1,585 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 1995 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension (26% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Suspension arms (140% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Pins and bushes (100% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.38% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (46% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.19% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joints (79% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.063% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.1% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.6% fail on Springs
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs (85% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Coil spring (85% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.50% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.063% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.063% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.19% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (10 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.063% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.063% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.1% fail on Stop lamp (79% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.063% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.19% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.38% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (57% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (57% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.76% fail on Horn
      • 0.19% fail on Battery(ies) (73% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.19% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 0.063% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.063% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.063% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.063% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.063% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 7.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (64% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (71% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (99% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (99% worse than other 1995 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (100% worse than other 1995 cars)
          • 0.32% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.063% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (57% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (58% better than other 1995 cars)
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake imbalance (57% better than other 1995 cars)
          • 0.69% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.32% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes (40% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.1% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.13% fail on Brake linings (10 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.50% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.063% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.25% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.19% fail on Cable
        • 0.063% fail on Linkage
    • 0.44% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.32% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.44% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.19% fail on Reservoirs (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.063% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.063% fail on Valves
    • 0.44% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.38% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.38% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.063% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.063% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
  • 8.6% fail on Visibility
    • 5.2% fail on Washers (58% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.38% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.32% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.25% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.25% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.25% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.0% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.4% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.063% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.063% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.13% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.063% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.063% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.82% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.76% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.063% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other 1995 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.0% fail on Chassis
      • 1.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.88% fail on Doors
      • 0.44% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.44% fail on Door condition
      • 0.32% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.32% fail on Door condition
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
    • 0.69% fail on Transmission (75% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Joints (79% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.063% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.063% fail on Prop shaft
      • 0.063% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.32% fail on Body
      • 0.19% fail on Other body component
      • 0.13% fail on Panel
    • 0.32% fail on Floor
    • 0.25% fail on Engine mounting (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Engine mounting condition (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Seats
      • 0.25% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.19% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.19% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.19% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (84% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Hose
      • 0.063% fail on Pipe
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres (63% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth (78% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition (58% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 3.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.1% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Seat belts (61% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Prescribed areas (65% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 3.2% fail on Steering
    • 1.2% fail on Steering linkage components (53% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
        • 0.063% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.063% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.0% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.0% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.88% fail on Power steering
      • 0.44% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Other components
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Pump
    • 0.13% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.13% fail on Steering play
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.063% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.063% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.82% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.44% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.44% fail on Attachment
  • 0.063% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.063% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.063% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.063% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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