BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2000
52.9% pass rate
from 11,263 tests in 2017
(4.3% 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.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (5.6% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Headlamp aim (45% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.2% fail on Position lamps (36% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Front lamps (42% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Rear lamps (19% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.0089% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.1% fail on Direction indicators (48% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Flashing type (48% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Individual lamps (85% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Side repeaters (30% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on All direction indicators (56% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Tell tales (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp (44% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps (37% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.062% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.0089% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.027% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.6% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.41% fail on Tell tale (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Switch
    • 0.39% fail on Horn
    • 0.35% fail on Battery (68% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.26% fail on Switch (65% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Lamp
    • 0.11% fail on Rear reflectors (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.071% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0089% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 22% fail on Suspension
    • 9.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (85% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (90% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.41% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
      • 0.036% fail on Presence
    • 8.2% fail on Suspension arms (92% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (96% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Condition
    • 3.3% fail on Shock absorbers (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Coil springs
      • 3.1% fail on Condition
      • 0.12% fail on Location
    • 2.5% fail on Front suspension joints (65% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Prescribed areas (72% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Component mounting (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Subframe mounting (74% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Spring mounting (93% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Wheel bearings (53% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Rear (58% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Front (46% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.027% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Sub-frames (54% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.098% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.018% fail on Condition (94% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Macpherson strut (83% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Condition (83% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Trailing arms (84% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (81% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.053% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.018% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.044% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.044% fail on Condition
    • 0.027% fail on General condition
    • 0.027% fail on Radius arms (77% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (74% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.018% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0089% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.0089% fail on Suspension unit
  • 21% fail on Brakes (21% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 8.1% fail on Parking brake performance (89% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Rear wheels (35% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Front wheels (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.39% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.027% fail on Brake operation
    • 8.5% fail on Hydraulic systems (31% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 8.1% fail on Components (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 6.0% fail on Pipes (46% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Hoses (68% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0089% fail on Servos
      • 0.39% fail on Leaks
      • 0.28% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (89% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Operation (84% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Hub components (19% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Brake pads (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake discs (50% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.13% fail on Brake back plates (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.1% fail on ABS (54% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Parking brake (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Electronic stability system (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.19% fail on Pedal
        • 0.12% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.071% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Restricted movement (51% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Mechanical components (79% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Cable (80% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.0089% fail on Lever
    • 0.027% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.027% fail on Components
        • 0.018% fail on Pipes
        • 0.0089% fail on Hoses
    • 0.018% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.0089% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0089% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0089% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 9.4% fail on Tyres (10% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.4% fail on Condition (19% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Size/type
    • 0.098% fail on Valve stem
  • 8.3% fail on Driver's view of the road (13% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Washers (14% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers (30% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Windscreen (33% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (29% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (65% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Prescribed areas (67% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Requirements
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment
  • 5.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (47% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Emissions (47% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (56% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Emissions not tested (47% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Fuel system (41% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Cap
      • 0.098% fail on System (63% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Tank
      • 0.080% fail on Pipe
      • 0.036% fail on Hose
  • 2.2% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (41% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Body condition (43% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Doors
      • 0.40% fail on Drivers (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Passengers front (93% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Passengers other (55% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Vehicle structure (70% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Chassis (70% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Seats (64% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Drivers (57% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Passengers (70% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Load security
      • 0.036% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0089% fail on Access panel
      • 0.0089% fail on Loading door
    • 0.036% fail on Body security
    • 0.0089% fail on Engine mountings
  • 2.1% fail on Steering (56% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Steering system (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Track rod end (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.098% fail on Free play
        • 0.098% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.089% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.044% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.018% fail on Other components
        • 0.018% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.098% fail on Other components
      • 0.080% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.044% fail on Pump
      • 0.0089% fail on Rams
    • 0.098% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.044% fail on Steering control
      • 0.018% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.0089% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.0089% fail on Steering column
      • 0.0089% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.0089% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 1.2% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Attachment (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Condition (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
  • 0.0089% fail on Towbars
    • 0.0089% fail on Vehicle structure

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