BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1996
55.2% pass rate
from 1,908 tests in 2017
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.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 7.8% fail on Stop lamp (81% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.8% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.10% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp
    • 3.5% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.8% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.63% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.37% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.052% fail on Switch
    • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (44% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Fog lamp (42% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
      • 0.10% fail on Tell tale
    • 1.3% fail on Battery
    • 0.94% fail on Horn
    • 0.21% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
      • 0.052% fail on Lamp
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.10% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.052% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 19% fail on Brakes (24% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 10% fail on Hydraulic systems (68% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 9.7% fail on Components (74% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 6.4% fail on Pipes (78% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Hoses (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.10% fail on Servos
        • 0.052% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.52% fail on Leaks
      • 0.16% fail on Operation
      • 0.052% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 9.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.0% fail on Parking brake performance (38% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Rear wheels (35% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.68% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.31% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.6% fail on ABS (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Parking brake (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Condition (99% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Fitment (14 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Hub components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.31% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.16% fail on Brake linings (13 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Wheel cylinder (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.31% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
        • 0.10% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.052% fail on Condition
    • 0.052% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.052% fail on Cable
    • 0.052% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.052% fail on Components
        • 0.052% fail on Pipes
    • 0.052% fail on Locking devices
  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 6.2% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (26% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Component mounting (25% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.10% fail on Spring mounting (82% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (35% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.94% fail on Attachment (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Presence
    • 2.7% fail on Coil springs (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Location
    • 2.4% fail on Front suspension joints (95% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.94% fail on Rear
      • 0.31% fail on Front (64% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.052% fail on Attachment
    • 0.26% fail on Drive shafts (93% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.21% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.052% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.052% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.052% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.21% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.052% fail on Condition
      • 0.052% fail on Attachment
    • 0.16% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.16% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.10% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.052% fail on General condition
    • 0.052% fail on Torsion bars
      • 0.052% fail on Attachment
    • 0.052% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 11% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.7% fail on Emissions
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.79% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Cap
      • 0.21% fail on Tank
      • 0.16% fail on Pipe
      • 0.052% fail on Hose
      • 0.052% fail on System
  • 10% fail on Driver's view of the road (20% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Washers (78% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.42% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.31% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.26% fail on Mirrors
  • 8.3% fail on Tyres (39% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Tread depth (62% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.26% fail on Size/type
    • 0.16% fail on Valve stem
  • 4.1% fail on Steering
    • 3.0% fail on Steering system
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.89% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.68% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.052% fail on Free play
        • 0.052% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.052% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.052% fail on Other components
        • 0.052% fail on Steering component
    • 0.89% fail on Power steering
      • 0.37% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.16% fail on Pump
      • 0.16% fail on Rams (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Other components
      • 0.10% fail on Operation
      • 0.052% fail on Drive system
    • 0.21% fail on Steering control
      • 0.16% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.10% fail on Steering column
    • 0.21% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.10% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (44% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Seat belts (58% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas (58% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Requirements
      • 0.16% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 1.3% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 1.1% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
  • 2.9% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (48% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Body condition (47% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Vehicle structure (62% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Chassis (62% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Doors
      • 0.37% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.10% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.31% fail on Seats
      • 0.26% fail on Drivers
      • 0.16% fail on Passengers
    • 0.10% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.10% fail on Load security
      • 0.10% fail on Bootlid
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.52% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.42% fail on Attachment
    • 0.10% fail on Condition

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