BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1997
51.9% pass rate
from 3,211 tests in 2017
(5.8% worse than other 1997 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Suspension (15% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 8.5% fail on Suspension arms (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 8.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Condition
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.4% fail on Attachment (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (62% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.28% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Presence (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Prescribed areas (27% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.47% fail on Subframe mounting (58% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Front suspension joints (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Coil springs (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Location
    • 2.3% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.3% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Wheel bearings (46% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Rear
      • 0.28% fail on Front (69% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.28% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.062% fail on Attachment
    • 0.16% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.12% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.062% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.031% fail on Condition
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment
    • 0.093% fail on Macpherson strut (73% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Condition (73% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.062% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.031% fail on Attachment
    • 0.093% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Front drive shafts (98% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Constant velocity joints
        • 0.031% fail on Couplings
      • 0.031% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.031% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.031% fail on General condition
    • 0.031% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.031% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.031% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.031% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.4% fail on Stop lamp (73% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps (35% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp (37% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.062% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.031% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.031% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Registration plate lamp (37% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.5% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.84% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.28% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.031% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (40% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp (41% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.062% fail on Switch
    • 1.00% fail on Battery
    • 0.84% fail on Horn
    • 0.44% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.25% fail on Switch
      • 0.19% fail on Lamp
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.062% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.062% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 21% fail on Brakes (33% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 11% fail on Hydraulic systems (79% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 10% fail on Components (87% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 6.3% fail on Pipes (77% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Hoses (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.22% fail on Cylinders (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Leaks
      • 0.22% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.16% fail on Operation
    • 9.7% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.4% fail on Parking brake performance (33% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Rear wheels (26% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Front wheels (31% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.75% fail on Service brake performance (57% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.6% fail on ABS (180% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads (39% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.16% fail on Wheel cylinder (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.031% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.37% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.25% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
        • 0.16% fail on Condition
    • 0.062% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.062% fail on Cable
    • 0.031% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.031% fail on Components
        • 0.031% fail on Servos
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 7.5% fail on Emissions (21% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust system (49% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.65% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Cap
      • 0.19% fail on Tank
      • 0.093% fail on Hose
      • 0.093% fail on Pipe
      • 0.062% fail on System
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres (21% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth (29% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
    • 0.062% fail on Valve stem
  • 8.1% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers (22% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Washers
    • 0.59% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.28% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.25% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 4.6% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas (64% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (65% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Requirements
  • 4.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (20% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.6% fail on Chassis
    • 1.6% fail on Body condition (39% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Doors
      • 0.28% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.28% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.031% fail on Drivers
    • 0.22% fail on Seats
      • 0.22% fail on Drivers
    • 0.062% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.062% fail on Load security
      • 0.031% fail on Access panel
      • 0.031% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.031% fail on Body security
    • 0.031% fail on Spare wheel
  • 3.5% fail on Steering (22% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Steering system (39% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end (37% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Steering rack (56% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.093% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.062% fail on Free play
        • 0.062% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.062% fail on Other components
        • 0.062% fail on Steering pivot point
      • 0.031% fail on Steering box
      • 0.031% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.75% fail on Power steering
      • 0.44% fail on Pipes and hoses (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Other components
      • 0.062% fail on Operation
      • 0.031% fail on Drive system
      • 0.031% fail on Pump
    • 0.31% fail on Steering operation (180% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Steering control (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Steering column
      • 0.062% fail on Steering lock (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.062% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.031% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.062% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.031% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.90% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Condition

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