BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2003
58.1% pass rate
from 22,166 tests in 2017
(14% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Brakes (15% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (31% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Parking brake performance (82% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Rear wheels (22% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front wheels (42% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.018% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.0045% fail on Parking brake operation
    • 8.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Components (36% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Pipes (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Hoses (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Servos (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Reservoirs (78% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (64% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Operation
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components (15% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.36% fail on Brake discs (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.13% fail on Brake back plates (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
      • 0.0045% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.69% fail on ABS (34% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Electronic stability system (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Restricted movement (55% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Service brake control components (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Pedal (62% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.068% fail on Condition
        • 0.027% fail on Anti-slip (84% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.023% fail on Components
        • 0.014% fail on Servos
        • 0.0045% fail on Hoses
        • 0.0045% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.018% fail on Operation (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0045% fail on Warning
      • 0.0045% fail on Leaks
    • 0.018% fail on Additional braking devices (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0090% fail on Mechanical components (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0090% fail on Cable (96% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.0090% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0090% fail on Warning (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 18% fail on Suspension (15% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Condition
    • 5.7% fail on Suspension arms (24% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Condition (69% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Coil springs (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Condition (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Location
    • 2.2% fail on Shock absorbers (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Condition (56% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.60% fail on Wheel bearings (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Front (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Rear (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Prescribed areas (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Component mounting (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Subframe mounting (97% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0090% fail on Condition
    • 0.068% fail on Trailing arms (73% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Condition
    • 0.050% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.050% fail on Condition
    • 0.045% fail on Sub-frames (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0090% fail on Condition (95% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0090% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (86% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Radius arms (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (63% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.023% fail on Drive shafts (65% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0045% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.0045% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.0045% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.023% fail on Macpherson strut (95% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Condition (95% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.018% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.014% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.014% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0045% fail on General condition
    • 0.0045% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.0045% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0045% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (36% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (15% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Direction indicators (21% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Flashing type (21% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Individual lamps (30% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.33% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0045% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.0045% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Front lamps (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Rear lamps (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on All position lamps (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamps (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp (70% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (70% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.041% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.027% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp levelling device (200% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.0090% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0045% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (77% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Fog lamp (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.33% fail on Horn (48% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.18% fail on Switch
      • 0.10% fail on Lamp
      • 0.032% fail on Tell tale (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Battery (90% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.059% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.023% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 8.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth (12% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (12% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Size/type
    • 0.054% fail on Valve stem (51% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 7.1% fail on Driver's view of the road (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers (30% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Washers (13% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.23% fail on Mirrors (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Bonnet (48% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 6.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (15% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Emissions (11% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (51% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Cap (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on System (50% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pipe (66% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Hose
      • 0.014% fail on Tank (87% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.3% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (30% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers airbag (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Passengers airbag
      • 0.0045% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 0.54% fail on Seat belts (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Condition (40% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Prescribed areas (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Requirements
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment
  • 0.95% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.95% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.91% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Body condition (42% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Doors (65% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Drivers
      • 0.095% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.018% fail on Passengers other (95% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Seats (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Drivers (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Passengers (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Vehicle structure (87% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Chassis (87% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Body security
    • 0.014% fail on Load security
      • 0.0090% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0045% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0090% fail on Engine mountings (90% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.90% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Steering system (86% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Track rod end (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Steering arm (55% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Free play (65% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Steering rack (67% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.0045% fail on Steering box
      • 0.018% fail on Drag link end (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.18% fail on Power steering (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Other components (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Operation (63% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Pipes and hoses (80% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Drive system
      • 0.014% fail on Pump
      • 0.0090% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0045% fail on Rams
    • 0.068% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0090% fail on Steering control (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.0045% fail on Steering column
      • 0.0045% fail on Steering shaft
    • 0.0090% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.83% fail on Road Wheels (76% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (83% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Condition (67% worse than other 2003 cars)

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