BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2002
55.9% pass rate
from 21,076 tests in 2017
(11% better than other 2002 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 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (24% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 6.4% fail on Registration plate lamp (10% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Direction indicators (93% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Flashing type (93% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Individual lamps (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters (52% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on All direction indicators (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.019% fail on Switch (79% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps (61% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Rear lamps (50% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (68% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (65% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (160% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (160% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (190% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.038% fail on Matched pair (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Switch
      • 0.0047% fail on Dipswitch
    • 0.75% fail on Rear fog lamp (51% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Fog lamp (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Tell tale (79% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Horn (48% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
      • 0.052% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0095% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.10% fail on Rear reflectors (82% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.085% fail on Battery (91% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (61% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.014% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 20% fail on Brakes (17% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (27% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Parking brake performance (76% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Rear wheels (25% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Front wheels (45% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.019% fail on Brake operation
    • 8.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (31% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Components (34% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 6.0% fail on Pipes (39% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Hoses (82% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Reservoirs (48% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Servos
        • 0.0047% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.31% fail on Leaks
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (97% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Operation
    • 3.1% fail on Hub components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.42% fail on Brake discs (55% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.11% fail on Brake back plates (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Brake linings (180% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on ABS (33% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Parking brake (21% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (21% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Fitment
    • 0.76% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Restricted movement (37% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Service brake control components (66% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Pedal (66% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.057% fail on Anti-slip (72% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Condition
    • 0.047% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.019% fail on Operation (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0095% fail on Components
        • 0.0047% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0047% fail on Servos
    • 0.019% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.019% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0047% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0047% fail on Cable
    • 0.0047% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0047% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
  • 19% fail on Suspension (14% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (47% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (49% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (65% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment (56% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Condition
      • 0.0047% fail on Presence
    • 6.0% fail on Suspension arms (25% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (27% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment (85% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Condition (69% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Coil springs (26% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Condition (27% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Location
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.86% fail on Prescribed areas (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Component mounting (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Subframe mounting (94% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Spring mounting (94% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Wheel bearings (69% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Front (59% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear (76% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.028% fail on Condition
      • 0.0095% fail on Attachment
    • 0.071% fail on Trailing arms (78% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Condition
      • 0.0047% fail on Attachment
    • 0.066% fail on Macpherson strut (89% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Condition (89% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.028% fail on Drive shafts (62% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Universal joint (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Front drive shafts (100% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Constant velocity joints (100% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.0047% fail on Couplings
    • 0.043% fail on Radius arms (61% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (57% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 0.028% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.028% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.024% fail on Sub-frames (93% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Condition (89% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.014% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.014% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0095% fail on General condition
    • 0.0095% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 9.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth (11% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Condition (21% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Size/type
    • 0.085% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.081% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
  • 8.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (16% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers (33% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.28% fail on Mirrors (33% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.0047% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 5.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (25% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Drivers airbag (200% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Passengers airbag
      • 0.0047% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 0.68% fail on Seat belts (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Prescribed areas (83% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Condition (51% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Requirements
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment
  • 5.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (35% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Emissions (20% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system (61% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.69% fail on Cap (130% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on System (55% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pipe (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Tank
      • 0.0047% fail on Hose
    • 0.59% fail on Emissions not tested (31% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (57% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Body condition (48% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Seats
      • 0.21% fail on Drivers
      • 0.052% fail on Passengers
    • 0.23% fail on Doors (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Drivers
      • 0.100% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.033% fail on Passengers other (92% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Vehicle structure (74% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Chassis (74% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Body security
    • 0.014% fail on Load security
      • 0.0095% fail on Tailgate
      • 0.0047% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.0095% fail on Engine mountings (90% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.0047% fail on Speedometer
  • 1.1% fail on Steering (78% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Steering system (80% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.062% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.038% fail on Free play (67% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Steering rack (65% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Drag link end (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Other components
        • 0.0047% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.16% fail on Power steering (69% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Pipes and hoses (60% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Other components (80% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Operation (83% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Rams
      • 0.0095% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0095% fail on Drive system
      • 0.0095% fail on Pump
    • 0.047% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.019% fail on Steering control (76% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.014% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.0047% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0047% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.97% fail on Road Wheels (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Condition (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
  • 0.0047% fail on Towbars
    • 0.0047% fail on Towbar

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