BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1996
61.1% pass rate
from 2,301 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension (27% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Suspension arms (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Pins and bushes (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.26% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (23% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (47% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joints (71% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.043% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.6% fail on Shock absorbers (95% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Springs (68% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Coil springs (92% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Coil spring (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.61% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.087% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.087% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.087% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.043% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.17% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.17% fail on Sub-frames (71% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.087% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 5.9% fail on Stop lamp (52% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp (35% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.5% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.56% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.26% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.7% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (50% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (50% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 1.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.78% fail on Horn
      • 0.30% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.043% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.87% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (50% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 0.087% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.087% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.043% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 6.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance (62% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (55% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.43% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Plate brake tester (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.043% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.043% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (37% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (36% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.043% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.83% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (73% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Rbt (sp) (72% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.61% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (64% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (99% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (95% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.13% fail on Brake linings (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.43% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.00% fail on Flexible brake hoses (120% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.43% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.087% fail on Pedal
    • 0.39% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.39% fail on Lever
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.043% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.043% fail on Air brake cylinder/actuator
    • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid
  • 8.5% fail on Visibility
    • 5.0% fail on Washers (47% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.22% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.043% fail on Window
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.043% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.0% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.30% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.043% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.043% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.043% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.22% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.35% fail on Compression ignition (62% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.087% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.043% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.043% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 1.3% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.2% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.043% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.043% fail on Other leaks
  • 5.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (54% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (47% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Integral vehicle structure (50% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (49% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Chassis (52% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Chassis condition (52% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Doors
      • 0.26% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.26% fail on Door condition
      • 0.22% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.22% fail on Door condition
      • 0.087% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.087% fail on Door condition
    • 0.43% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.26% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.087% fail on Hose
      • 0.087% fail on Pipe
    • 0.39% fail on Body
      • 0.26% fail on Panel
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.30% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.13% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.13% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.087% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.043% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.043% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.043% fail on Joints
    • 0.13% fail on Floor
    • 0.087% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.043% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.043% fail on Bracket
    • 0.043% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.043% fail on Cabs
      • 0.043% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.9% fail on Tyres
    • 3.2% fail on Tread depth (40% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.087% fail on Size/type
  • 3.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.7% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (54% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas (59% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Condition
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 3.2% fail on Steering (26% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (42% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.043% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.96% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.96% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.87% fail on Power steering
      • 0.39% fail on Other components
      • 0.35% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.087% fail on Operation
      • 0.043% fail on Pump
      • 0.043% fail on Rams
    • 0.13% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.043% fail on Steering column
    • 0.043% fail on Steering play
      • 0.043% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.56% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.43% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.087% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.043% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.043% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.043% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.043% fail on Speedometer

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