BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2001
53.7% pass rate
from 15,871 tests in 2017
(6.8% better than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (7.5% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 10% fail on Headlamp aim (43% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Registration plate lamp (14% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Direction indicators (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Flashing type (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Individual lamps (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on All direction indicators (94% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters (34% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.019% fail on Switch
    • 4.3% fail on Position lamps (38% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Front lamps (49% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Rear lamps (14% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0063% fail on Switch
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp (55% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps (41% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp (48% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (190% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp levelling device (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.019% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.013% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.013% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (18% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp (25% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Tell tale (99% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Switch
    • 0.40% fail on Horn (37% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
      • 0.088% fail on Lamp
      • 0.019% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.17% fail on Battery (83% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.10% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 21% fail on Suspension (4.4% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (81% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (81% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Linkage condition (68% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Attachment (83% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
      • 0.032% fail on Presence
    • 7.4% fail on Suspension arms (58% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (62% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Condition (60% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Coil springs (32% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Condition (32% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Location
    • 2.3% fail on Front suspension joints (41% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Prescribed areas (82% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Component mounting (78% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Subframe mounting (95% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Wheel bearings (63% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Front (53% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Rear (72% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.025% fail on Condition
      • 0.0063% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Trailing arms (71% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (74% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
    • 0.069% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.057% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0063% fail on Condition
      • 0.0063% fail on Attachment
    • 0.069% fail on Macpherson strut (87% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Condition (87% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Sub-frames (89% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Attachment
      • 0.019% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (86% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Condition
    • 0.050% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Front drive shafts (99% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Constant velocity joints (100% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Couplings
      • 0.025% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.013% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.013% fail on Drive shafts (82% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 0.025% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.025% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.025% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.019% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0063% fail on Condition
    • 0.013% fail on General condition
    • 0.0063% fail on Axles
      • 0.0063% fail on Clearance
    • 0.0063% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 20% fail on Brakes (13% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (27% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 8.7% fail on Parking brake performance (86% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Rear wheels (25% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Front wheels (50% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.37% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.019% fail on Brake operation
    • 7.5% fail on Hydraulic systems (17% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Components (17% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Pipes (42% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Hoses
        • 0.057% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0063% fail on Servos
      • 0.40% fail on Leaks
      • 0.35% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (170% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Operation
    • 3.2% fail on Hub components
      • 2.7% fail on Brake pads (15% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs (47% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.063% fail on Brake back plates (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.9% fail on ABS (38% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
      • 0.019% fail on Fitment (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.88% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Restricted movement (44% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Service brake control components (51% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pedal (51% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.069% fail on Condition
        • 0.063% fail on Anti-slip (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.019% fail on Operation
      • 0.0063% fail on Components
        • 0.0063% fail on Servos
      • 0.0063% fail on Leaks
    • 0.019% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0063% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0063% fail on Cable
    • 0.0063% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0063% fail on Warning
  • 9.7% fail on Tyres (6.8% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.7% fail on Condition (21% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Size/type
    • 0.076% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.025% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 8.2% fail on Driver's view of the road (16% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Washers
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers (31% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.32% fail on Mirrors (33% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (44% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Passengers airbag
      • 0.0063% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (64% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Prescribed areas (75% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Condition (41% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Requirements
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0063% fail on Installation check
        • 0.0063% fail on Anchorage's
  • 4.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (43% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Emissions (42% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (58% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.68% fail on Cap (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on System (74% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Pipe
      • 0.025% fail on Hose
      • 0.019% fail on Tank (87% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Emissions not tested (48% better than other 2001 cars)
  • 1.7% fail on Steering (65% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering system (68% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Track rod end (75% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.24% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.057% fail on Free play
        • 0.057% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.038% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
        • 0.0063% fail on Steering component
    • 0.29% fail on Power steering (44% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.063% fail on Other components (58% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pump
      • 0.013% fail on Drive system
    • 0.050% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.019% fail on Steering control (79% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.0063% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.0063% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.013% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (59% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Body condition (54% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Doors (33% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Passengers front (59% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers
      • 0.032% fail on Passengers other (88% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Seats (61% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Drivers (59% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Passengers (68% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Vehicle structure (87% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Chassis (87% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Engine mountings (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Body security
    • 0.013% fail on Load security
      • 0.0063% fail on Access panel
      • 0.0063% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.0063% fail on Speedometer
  • 1.1% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (140% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2001 cars)

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