BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1999
52.5% pass rate
from 8,331 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Suspension (5.4% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Condition
    • 8.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (62% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (72% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (87% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.44% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Condition
      • 0.060% fail on Presence (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Coil springs (23% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Condition (25% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Location
    • 3.0% fail on Prescribed areas (51% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Component mounting (49% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Subframe mounting (52% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Spring mounting (94% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers (76% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (76% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Front suspension joints (74% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Wheel bearings (29% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Rear (27% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Front
    • 0.40% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.32% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment
      • 0.024% fail on Condition
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames (43% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.18% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
    • 0.19% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.14% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.084% fail on Macpherson strut (79% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Condition (79% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.024% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.024% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.012% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.012% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.036% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.036% fail on Condition
    • 0.024% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.024% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.012% fail on General condition
  • 23% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (6.9% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 9.2% fail on Headlamp aim (38% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Registration plate lamp (16% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Position lamps (32% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Front lamps (31% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Rear lamps (31% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps (13% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp (18% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.012% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.072% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.036% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.024% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.024% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.024% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 3.3% fail on Stop lamp (40% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Individual lamps (24% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.41% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.012% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.91% fail on Fog lamp (37% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Tell tale (180% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Switch
    • 0.58% fail on Horn
    • 0.40% fail on Battery (65% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.26% fail on Switch
      • 0.096% fail on Lamp
      • 0.012% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.14% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.060% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.048% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 20% fail on Brakes (17% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (17% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 7.6% fail on Parking brake performance (63% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Rear wheels (27% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front wheels (52% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.46% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.024% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.012% fail on Parking brake operation
      • 0.012% fail on Gradient hand brake
    • 8.9% fail on Hydraulic systems (32% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 8.5% fail on Components (36% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 5.9% fail on Pipes (42% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Hoses (67% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.38% fail on Leaks
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.084% fail on Operation
    • 3.4% fail on Hub components (23% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Brake pads (39% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.18% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.048% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.036% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.012% fail on Brake drums
    • 2.5% fail on ABS (76% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.94% fail on Condition
      • 0.012% fail on Fitment
    • 0.58% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.096% fail on Service brake control components (59% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Pedal (59% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Condition
        • 0.036% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.024% fail on Mechanical components (89% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Cable (87% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.012% fail on Components
        • 0.012% fail on Servos
      • 0.012% fail on Leaks
    • 0.024% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.012% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.012% fail on Operation
  • 10% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (89% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Drivers airbag (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Passengers airbag (9 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Seat belts (61% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (65% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Requirements
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Installation check
        • 0.012% fail on Anchorage's
  • 9.4% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers (15% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Washers (27% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.29% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet
  • 9.1% fail on Tyres (11% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Tread depth (16% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.29% fail on Size/type
    • 0.11% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.3% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (36% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Emissions (30% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system (53% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.59% fail on Fuel system (40% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Cap
      • 0.12% fail on Pipe
      • 0.072% fail on Tank
      • 0.060% fail on Hose
      • 0.036% fail on System (87% better than other 1999 cars)
  • 2.8% fail on Steering (38% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Steering system (40% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (48% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Steering rack (60% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Free play (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Steering rack (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.072% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
        • 0.024% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.012% fail on Steering component
    • 0.34% fail on Power steering (39% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.072% fail on Other components
      • 0.060% fail on Operation (67% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pump
      • 0.012% fail on Rams
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.048% fail on Steering control
      • 0.024% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.012% fail on Steering column
      • 0.012% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.012% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.024% fail on Locking devices
  • 2.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (41% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Body condition (47% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Doors
      • 0.43% fail on Drivers (180% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Passengers front (97% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Passengers other (61% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Vehicle structure (64% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Chassis (64% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Seats (61% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Passengers
      • 0.036% fail on Drivers (79% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Body security
    • 0.072% fail on Load security
      • 0.036% fail on Access panel
      • 0.024% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.012% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.036% fail on Engine mountings
  • 1.2% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.94% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Attachment (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Condition
    • 0.012% fail on Hubs
  • 0.012% fail on Towbars
    • 0.012% fail on Towbar

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