BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1998
59.8% pass rate
from 4,245 tests in 2020
(5.1% better than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 8.5% fail on Suspension arms (97% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins and bushes (77% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.094% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (25% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.52% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.28% fail on Linkage
      • 0.24% fail on Anti-roll bar (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage ball joints (80% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (48% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Springs
      • 2.1% fail on Coil springs (36% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Coil spring (40% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Mounting
      • 0.047% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.024% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers (53% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Wheel bearings (46% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.094% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.071% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames (61% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (57% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.094% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.024% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.024% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.024% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.024% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.024% fail on Suspension unit
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 5.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamps (28% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp (25% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.0% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.52% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.19% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 2.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.071% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (38% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (31% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 0.99% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.57% fail on Horn
      • 0.40% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.024% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.19% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.071% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.16% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
    • 0.071% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 13% fail on Brakes
    • 6.5% fail on Brake performance (16% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.024% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (42% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (43% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (43% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.45% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.071% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.071% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.24% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.047% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.024% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.024% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.024% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.64% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Rbt (sp) (79% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Service brake performance (73% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake imbalance (85% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.42% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (35% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Anti-lock braking system (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 1.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (32% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.38% fail on Brake discs and drums (51% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Brake discs (50% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (80% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Cable
    • 0.80% fail on Flexible brake hoses (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.16% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.14% fail on Pedal
    • 0.24% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.24% fail on Lever
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.071% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.024% fail on Valves
    • 0.024% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.024% fail on Other braking system component
  • 8.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 7.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.3% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.3% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.87% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.16% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.12% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.094% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.024% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.094% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Compression ignition (84% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.024% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.024% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.024% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.024% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.73% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.66% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.047% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.047% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.071% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.047% fail on Undertray
      • 0.024% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 7.0% fail on Visibility
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.35% fail on Bonnet (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.19% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.19% fail on View to rear
      • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
  • 5.3% fail on Tyres
    • 3.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type
  • 5.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.8% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (67% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Prescribed areas (70% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (61% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Requirements
    • 0.42% fail on Airbags (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Drivers airbag (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Passengers airbag (10 times worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 4.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (57% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system (51% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Integral vehicle structure (42% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (43% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.68% fail on Chassis (49% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Chassis condition (52% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.66% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.26% fail on Tank
      • 0.094% fail on Pipe
      • 0.024% fail on Hose
    • 0.31% fail on Doors
      • 0.16% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition
      • 0.094% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.094% fail on Door condition
      • 0.094% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.094% fail on Door condition
    • 0.26% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
      • 0.024% fail on Body condition
    • 0.21% fail on Transmission (94% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Drive shafts (95% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Joints (96% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.024% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.024% fail on Joints
      • 0.024% fail on Belts
    • 0.21% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.094% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.16% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.094% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.024% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.071% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.071% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.071% fail on Floor
  • 3.3% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering linkage components (30% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.024% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.024% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.024% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.97% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.97% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.68% fail on Power steering
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.21% fail on Other components
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
      • 0.12% fail on Pump (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering play
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.094% fail on Steering coupling (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Flexible coupling (7 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.047% fail on Steering column
    • 0.024% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.024% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.80% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.80% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment
    • 0.047% fail on Condition
  • 0.024% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.024% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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