BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1999
55.2% pass rate
from 6,985 tests in 2020
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.

  • 20% fail on Suspension (19% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Suspension arms (87% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Ball joint (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Pins and bushes (92% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Ball joint dust cover (35% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 6.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (48% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.93% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.54% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.47% fail on Linkage
      • 0.34% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Anti-roll bar (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.7% fail on Springs (22% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Coil springs (30% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Coil spring (33% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Mounting
      • 0.014% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (49% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Shock absorbers (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.40% fail on Sub-frames (48% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.086% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.029% fail on Sub-frame (87% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.072% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.029% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.029% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.014% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.057% fail on Axles (73% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
      • 0.014% fail on Axle
    • 0.057% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.029% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.014% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint
  • 16% fail on Brakes (13% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 9.0% fail on Brake performance (12% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (60% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (67% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (82% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance (66% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (67% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance (65% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.26% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.072% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.014% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.014% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance (35% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (34% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.54% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.67% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (75% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Rbt (sp) (75% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake imbalance (82% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.36% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes (33% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.73% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.72% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.014% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.072% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (70% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Cable
    • 2.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (67% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system (70% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.42% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.42% fail on Lever
    • 0.36% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.20% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
    • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.057% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.029% fail on Servos
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.014% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.072% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.043% fail on Other components
      • 0.029% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.029% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
    • 0.029% fail on Low pressure warning (16 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Full power hydraulic systems (16 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (11% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Headlamp aim (21% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim (23% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp (23% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps (17% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (17% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.014% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.67% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps (25% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp (23% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.84% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (41% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Rear fog lamp (42% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Rear fog lamp (40% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Switch
      • 0.014% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.014% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.64% fail on Electrical equipment (40% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Horn
      • 0.14% fail on Battery(ies) (71% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.24% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.24% fail on Switch
    • 0.23% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Main beam tell-tale (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.029% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.014% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 8.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (84% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Seat belts (55% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (56% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Condition (60% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Requirements
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment
      • 0.014% fail on Load limiters
      • 0.014% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.44% fail on Airbags (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Drivers airbag (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 8.1% fail on Visibility
    • 4.0% fail on Washers (22% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers (17% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Bonnet (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.17% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.17% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on View to rear (52% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (14% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (19% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Spark ignition (17% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (29% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.072% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.043% fail on Other emission control equipment (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.029% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.014% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.029% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.37% fail on Compression ignition (46% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.086% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.057% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.029% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.029% fail on NOx sensor (24 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (86% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.014% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.014% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 1.0% fail on Fluid leaks (47% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Engine oil leaks (73% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.014% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.014% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.057% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.057% fail on Sound deadening material (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres (14% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Tread depth (26% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Size/type
  • 5.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (54% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system (52% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Integral vehicle structure (39% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (40% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.029% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.62% fail on Chassis (54% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Chassis condition (54% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.54% fail on Doors
      • 0.37% fail on Driver's door (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Door condition (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.14% fail on Door condition
      • 0.057% fail on Other passenger's door (78% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.057% fail on Door condition (78% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Body
      • 0.24% fail on Panel
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
      • 0.029% fail on Body condition
    • 0.33% fail on Fuel system (55% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.086% fail on Hose
      • 0.043% fail on Pipe (80% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Tank
      • 0.014% fail on System
    • 0.29% fail on Transmission (92% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Drive shafts (95% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.086% fail on Drive shaft (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Joints (98% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.10% fail on Flexible couplings (8 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.014% fail on Joints
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.13% fail on Seats (55% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.043% fail on Driver's seat (76% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.086% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.014% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.072% fail on Floor
    • 0.057% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.057% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.057% fail on Cabs
      • 0.057% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.043% fail on Undertray
    • 0.014% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.014% fail on Spare wheel condition
  • 2.4% fail on Steering (40% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering linkage components (50% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Track rod end (52% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.043% fail on Drag link end (74% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.014% fail on Other components
        • 0.014% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.014% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.59% fail on Steering gear (44% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Steering rack (49% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Operation (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Steering box
    • 0.54% fail on Power steering
      • 0.29% fail on Pipes and hoses (89% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
      • 0.10% fail on Operation
      • 0.057% fail on Pump
    • 0.10% fail on Steering play
      • 0.10% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.043% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.87% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.87% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.77% fail on Road Wheels (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.014% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.014% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.014% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.014% fail on Doors
      • 0.014% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
  • 0.014% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.014% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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