BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2000
56.2% pass rate
from 8,591 tests in 2020
(5.4% better than other 2000 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 2000 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Suspension (18% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Suspension arms (89% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Ball joint (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Pins and bushes (81% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint dust cover (34% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 8.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (74% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Linkage
      • 0.55% fail on Ball joint (48% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (58% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Anti-roll bar (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Springs
      • 2.5% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.5% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.023% fail on Mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (64% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Wheel bearings (57% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.093% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover (79% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames (67% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.10% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (72% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame (92% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.093% fail on Macpherson strut (69% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.081% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.035% fail on Axles (82% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Axle
  • 17% fail on Brakes (15% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Brake performance (24% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (80% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 6.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (88% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (85% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (91% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.047% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.023% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance (26% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (25% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance (25% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.61% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.58% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake imbalance (78% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake performance (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (37% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.023% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.85% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.80% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.047% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.035% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (85% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Cable (86% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Lever
    • 2.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (38% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Electronic stability control (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Flexible brake hoses (79% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.47% fail on Lever
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.37% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.29% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.081% fail on Pedal (66% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.047% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.012% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.14% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.093% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.047% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.093% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.012% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.012% fail on Servos
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (15% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Headlamp aim (22% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.3% fail on Direction indicators (38% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Flashing type (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (69% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.19% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp (39% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps (46% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp (49% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.012% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (39% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Position lamp (39% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (23% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (23% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (23% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Switch
    • 0.52% fail on Electrical equipment (50% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Horn
      • 0.12% fail on Battery(ies) (77% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.012% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.24% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.24% fail on Switch
    • 0.23% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.093% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.012% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.012% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 8.0% fail on Visibility
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 0.26% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.26% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.21% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.21% fail on View to rear
      • 0.21% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.20% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (24% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Spark ignition (26% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (86% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Catalyst emissions (55% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Emissions not tested (53% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.058% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.012% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.012% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.058% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.36% fail on Compression ignition (53% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.093% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.058% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (82% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (77% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks (53% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Engine oil leaks (82% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.035% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.023% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.012% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.012% fail on Undertray
  • 6.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.0% fail on Condition (19% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Size/type
  • 6.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (43% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Seat belts (52% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (53% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Condition (43% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Requirements
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
    • 0.23% fail on Airbags (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 4.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (59% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (65% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Doors (44% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Driver's door (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Front passenger's door (83% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Door condition (89% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.12% fail on Door condition
        • 0.012% fail on Catch
    • 0.66% fail on Body (57% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Panel (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Other body component
      • 0.035% fail on Body condition
      • 0.012% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.51% fail on Integral vehicle structure (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (60% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.012% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.012% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.47% fail on Chassis (58% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Chassis condition (60% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.42% fail on Fuel system (36% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.058% fail on Tank
      • 0.058% fail on Hose
      • 0.058% fail on Pipe (66% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on System
    • 0.30% fail on Transmission (92% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Joints (96% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.10% fail on Flexible couplings (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Prop shaft
      • 0.012% fail on Belts
    • 0.17% fail on Seats (48% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.023% fail on Passenger's seat (81% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Floor
    • 0.081% fail on Undertray
    • 0.035% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.035% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.012% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.012% fail on Carrier
    • 0.012% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.012% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 2.1% fail on Steering (51% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering linkage components (54% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Track rod end (57% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.047% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.48% fail on Steering gear (52% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Steering rack (49% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Power steering (58% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Operation
      • 0.070% fail on Other components
      • 0.035% fail on Pipes and hoses (73% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Steering play
      • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.023% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.012% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.012% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.012% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.012% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.94% fail on Road Wheels (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Attachment (200% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Condition
  • 0.92% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.92% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.023% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.023% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.012% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.012% fail on Speedometer

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