BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2004
57.8% pass rate
from 24,709 tests in 2020
(11% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension (4.1% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (59% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Linkage (44% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (46% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.077% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.028% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.0% fail on Suspension arms (13% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Pins and bushes (56% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Ball joint (18% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Suspension arm (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.9% fail on Shock absorbers (92% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Springs (35% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Coil springs (34% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Coil spring (33% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (83% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Wheel bearings (63% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (78% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Other suspension component (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint (37% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint dust cover (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.093% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0040% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0040% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.081% fail on Macpherson strut (67% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.028% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.057% fail on Sub-frames (88% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Sub-frame (86% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Pins and bushes (73% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (95% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.012% fail on Axles (90% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (90% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0040% fail on Axle
    • 0.0081% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0081% fail on Suspension unit
  • 19% fail on Brakes (30% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (50% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 8.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 8.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (80% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.1% fail on Parking brake performance (67% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (67% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance (59% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.39% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.081% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester (150% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.061% fail on Parking brake performance (190% worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.053% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0081% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0040% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance (32% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (31% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (37% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.58% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0081% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0040% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0040% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.50% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (53% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Rbt (sp) (52% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0081% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0081% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.28% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 5.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (58% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (23% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.020% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.71% fail on Brake discs and drums (44% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Brake discs (48% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Brake drums (180% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (89% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Cable (92% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Lever (76% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (59% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Electronic stability control (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Anti-lock braking system (23% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 1.1% fail on Flexible brake hoses (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.56% fail on Lever
      • 0.0040% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.37% fail on Hydraulic systems (49% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Brake fluid (62% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Servos (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0040% fail on Valves
    • 0.35% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (30% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.065% fail on Pedal (68% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (39% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.0081% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (90% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Air and vacuum systems (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Servos (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0040% fail on Operation
    • 0.10% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.012% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.0040% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0040% fail on Air and vacuum systems
  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (42% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (21% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (68% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (12% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.17% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0081% fail on Switch
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (28% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamps (67% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp levelling device (35% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0081% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.0081% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (78% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0040% fail on Switch
    • 0.47% fail on Electrical equipment (49% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Horn (47% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Battery(ies) (73% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.020% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.32% fail on Hazard warning (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Switch (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.032% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.0081% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.024% fail on Rear reflectors (63% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.28% fail on Size/type
    • 0.0081% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 7.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (9.0% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (14% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (21% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (22% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.12% fail on Non catalyst emissions (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.012% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0040% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 1.0% fail on Compression ignition (40% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.33% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.081% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.040% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.032% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0040% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0040% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.028% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.016% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0040% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks (84% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Engine oil leaks (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.024% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.016% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.081% fail on Noise suppression (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Sound deadening material (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Undertray
  • 6.7% fail on Visibility (18% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Washers (12% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers (23% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0081% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.18% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.18% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view (40% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Bonnet (55% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 3.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (15% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (76% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Seat belts (53% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Condition (36% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Prescribed areas (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Requirements
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0040% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags (99% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers airbag (94% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 3.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (64% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system (47% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.36% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (58% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Pipe (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Hose
      • 0.024% fail on Tank (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on System (67% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Body
      • 0.18% fail on Other body component
      • 0.11% fail on Panel
      • 0.020% fail on Body condition
    • 0.23% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.15% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Prop shafts (57% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Flexible couplings (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Joints (85% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Prop shaft
      • 0.061% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Drive shaft
    • 0.14% fail on Doors (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.077% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0040% fail on Catch
        • 0.0040% fail on Hinge
      • 0.036% fail on Front passenger's door (73% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Door condition (79% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0081% fail on Catch
      • 0.024% fail on Other passenger's door (90% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition (91% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.0040% fail on Catch
    • 0.11% fail on Integral vehicle structure (78% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (76% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Chassis (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Chassis condition (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Undertray
    • 0.057% fail on Seats (76% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Passenger's seat (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Driver's seat (87% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Floor
    • 0.024% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.024% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.012% fail on Cabs
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.0081% fail on Towbar (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0040% fail on Coupling
      • 0.0040% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0081% fail on Engine mounting (91% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Engine mounting condition (89% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0040% fail on Load security
      • 0.0040% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0040% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0040% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 0.91% fail on Steering (81% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Steering linkage components (86% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Track rod end (87% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Ball joint (66% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Drag link end (91% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0081% fail on Other components
        • 0.0040% fail on Steering component
        • 0.0040% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.0040% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.20% fail on Steering gear (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Steering rack (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0040% fail on Steering box
    • 0.13% fail on Power steering (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Other components
      • 0.040% fail on Operation (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Pipes and hoses (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Rams
      • 0.0040% fail on Pump
    • 0.061% fail on Steering play (61% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Steering rack (60% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.0081% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0081% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0081% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.0040% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0040% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.76% fail on Road Wheels (61% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (80% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.65% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.65% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.024% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.024% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.012% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0081% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.0040% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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