BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1995
52.0% pass rate
from 1,357 tests in 2017
(14% worse than other 1995 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 1995 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (17% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 8.8% fail on Stop lamp (120% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Position lamps (35% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.9% fail on Rear lamps (65% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.4% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.8% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.22% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.074% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Fog lamp (49% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.074% fail on Switch
    • 1.1% fail on Battery
    • 0.81% fail on Horn
    • 0.37% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.29% fail on Switch
      • 0.074% fail on Lamp
    • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.074% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 23% fail on Suspension (33% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 8.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
    • 6.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 5.8% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.59% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Spring mounting
    • 5.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (97% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
    • 3.2% fail on Shock absorbers (62% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Condition (63% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Coil springs (180% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Front suspension joints (120% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.2% fail on Rear
    • 0.66% fail on Drive shafts (78% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (5 times worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Drive shafts (7 times worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.074% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.37% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.29% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.074% fail on Attachment
    • 0.15% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.074% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.074% fail on Attachment
    • 0.15% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
      • 0.074% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.15% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.074% fail on General condition
    • 0.074% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.074% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.074% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
    • 0.074% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 22% fail on Brakes (50% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 11% fail on Hydraulic systems (87% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 10% fail on Components (95% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 6.6% fail on Pipes (88% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Hoses (160% worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.74% fail on Leaks
      • 0.15% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.074% fail on Operation
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.3% fail on Parking brake performance (90% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Rear wheels (87% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front wheels (37% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.44% fail on Service brake performance (74% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.074% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.8% fail on Parking brake (200% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (200% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on ABS (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.29% fail on Wheel cylinder (8 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Brake linings (8 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.074% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.29% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.29% fail on Pedal
        • 0.29% fail on Condition
    • 0.29% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.074% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.074% fail on Cable
  • 11% fail on Driver's view of the road (32% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Washers (96% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.88% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.44% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.074% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 5.8% fail on Emissions
    • 4.8% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.96% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.44% fail on Fuel system (62% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pipe
      • 0.15% fail on Cap
      • 0.074% fail on Hose
  • 8.5% fail on Tyres (54% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth (71% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (45% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
    • 0.15% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.74% fail on Condition
      • 0.22% fail on Requirements
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
    • 2.1% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Drivers airbag (9 times worse than other 1995 cars)
  • 4.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.9% fail on Body condition
    • 1.2% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis
    • 0.37% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Drivers
      • 0.15% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.37% fail on Seats
      • 0.29% fail on Drivers
      • 0.074% fail on Passengers
    • 0.22% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.15% fail on Load security
      • 0.15% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.074% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.074% fail on Spare wheel
  • 3.6% fail on Steering
    • 2.5% fail on Steering system (36% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.88% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.44% fail on Free play (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Steering rack (6 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.074% fail on Other components
        • 0.074% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.88% fail on Power steering
      • 0.59% fail on Pipes and hoses (180% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Other components
    • 0.22% fail on Steering control
      • 0.22% fail on Steering wheel (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.074% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.88% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.88% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.44% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment
    • 0.15% fail on Condition

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