BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1998
53.6% pass rate
from 4,325 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.2% fail on Stop lamp (20% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.046% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim (19% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamps (30% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp (30% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.069% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.046% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.046% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.046% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.023% fail on Switch
    • 3.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (44% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.8% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.58% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.25% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.046% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.023% fail on Switch
    • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (36% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Fog lamp (49% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.069% fail on Switch
    • 0.88% fail on Battery
    • 0.42% fail on Horn
    • 0.35% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.30% fail on Switch
      • 0.069% fail on Lamp
    • 0.30% fail on Electrical wiring (200% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.092% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.023% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.023% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 21% fail on Suspension
    • 8.6% fail on Suspension arms (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
    • 4.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (32% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (30% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.16% fail on Condition
    • 3.7% fail on Prescribed areas (44% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Component mounting (44% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Subframe mounting (42% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Spring mounting (84% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Front suspension joints (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Shock absorbers (88% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Condition (89% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Coil springs (42% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Condition (46% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Location
    • 1.3% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.92% fail on Rear
      • 0.42% fail on Front
    • 0.32% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.28% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.023% fail on Condition
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment
    • 0.18% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.18% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.092% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment
      • 0.023% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.12% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment
    • 0.069% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.069% fail on Condition
    • 0.046% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.023% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.023% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.023% fail on General condition
    • 0.023% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 21% fail on Brakes (24% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 10% fail on Hydraulic systems (63% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 9.8% fail on Components (69% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Pipes (62% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Hoses (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.023% fail on Servos
      • 0.46% fail on Leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Operation
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 8.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.0% fail on Parking brake performance (22% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.1% fail on Front wheels (38% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.23% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.023% fail on Brake operation
    • 3.9% fail on ABS (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Hub components
      • 2.4% fail on Brake pads (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.092% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.046% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.023% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.023% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.81% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.81% fail on Condition
    • 0.67% fail on Electronic stability system (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.069% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.069% fail on Pedal
        • 0.046% fail on Condition
        • 0.023% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.023% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.023% fail on Cable
  • 11% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 8.1% fail on Emissions (25% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust system (27% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.62% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Cap
      • 0.18% fail on Pipe
      • 0.092% fail on Tank
      • 0.046% fail on Hose
      • 0.046% fail on System (81% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.35% fail on Size/type
    • 0.092% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers (20% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.83% fail on Windscreen (65% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.14% fail on Mirrors (64% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 5.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 4.3% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (200% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Drivers airbag (160% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Seat belts (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Prescribed areas (76% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Condition
      • 0.092% fail on Attachment
      • 0.046% fail on Requirements
  • 4.0% fail on Steering
    • 3.0% fail on Steering system
      • 1.6% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.97% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.16% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.12% fail on Free play
        • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.046% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.023% fail on Other components
        • 0.023% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.86% fail on Power steering
      • 0.55% fail on Pipes and hoses (160% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Other components
      • 0.069% fail on Operation
      • 0.046% fail on Pump
    • 0.21% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.18% fail on Steering control
      • 0.092% fail on Steering column
      • 0.046% fail on Steering lock (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.023% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.023% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.023% fail on Locking devices
  • 2.4% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (50% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Body condition (55% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Doors
      • 0.35% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.23% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.069% fail on Drivers
    • 0.58% fail on Vehicle structure (56% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Chassis (56% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Seats (78% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Drivers
      • 0.023% fail on Passengers
    • 0.069% fail on Load security
      • 0.046% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.023% fail on Dropside
    • 0.046% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.023% fail on Body security
    • 0.023% fail on Spare wheel
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.81% fail on Road Wheels (130% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Attachment (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Condition

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