BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2005
62.5% pass rate
from 26,780 tests in 2020
(19% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 7.8% fail on Brake performance (8.5% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (40% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (47% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.037% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (83% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.25% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (44% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.037% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.075% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.052% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.019% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0037% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.034% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0037% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0037% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (38% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (39% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake imbalance (26% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.056% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.041% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.015% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0037% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0037% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.29% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (65% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Rbt (sp) (65% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance (67% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0037% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0037% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.15% fail on Brake performance not tested (36% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (25% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.011% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.67% fail on Brake discs and drums (51% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Brake discs (51% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.026% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (90% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Cable (92% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Lever (85% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0037% fail on Linkage
    • 2.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.019% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.99% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.55% fail on Lever
      • 0.019% fail on Electronic parking brake (65% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.46% fail on Hand lever (55% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Pedal (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.019% fail on Servos
      • 0.0075% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.10% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (43% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.056% fail on Other components (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Additional braking device (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.060% fail on Servos (180% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.0037% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0037% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
  • 14% fail on Suspension (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Suspension arms (19% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint (27% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint dust cover (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Suspension arm (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (19% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (34% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.49% fail on Pins and bushes (82% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Linkage
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint (43% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.049% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.011% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.0% fail on Shock absorbers (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Springs (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Coil springs (60% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Coil spring (59% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Mounting
    • 0.50% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Other suspension component (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint dust cover (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.10% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (92% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Sub-frames (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Sub-frame (67% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.056% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.019% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0075% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.030% fail on Macpherson strut (87% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (92% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.015% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.015% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0037% fail on Axles
      • 0.0037% fail on Axle
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (43% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim (8.6% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (47% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0075% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0037% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.5% fail on Position lamps (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Position lamp (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (45% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (45% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (45% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (45% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Side repeaters (40% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.075% fail on All direction indicators (56% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Stop lamp (84% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Rear fog lamp (55% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0037% fail on Switch
      • 0.0037% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0037% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.38% fail on Electrical equipment (54% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Horn (42% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Electrical wiring (86% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Battery(ies) (96% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.14% fail on Hazard warning (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Switch (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.022% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.0037% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.015% fail on Rear reflectors (79% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0037% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0037% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.5% fail on Condition (11% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type (31% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 5.9% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (39% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0075% fail on Window
    • 0.18% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.14% fail on View to rear (47% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 4.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (33% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (35% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Spark ignition (31% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (31% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Catalyst emissions (25% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Emissions not tested (43% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.019% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.011% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0075% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.90% fail on Compression ignition (49% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (28% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (66% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.030% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (66% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.019% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0037% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0037% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.019% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0075% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0037% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
    • 0.64% fail on Fluid leaks (26% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Engine oil leaks (46% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.019% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.049% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.026% fail on Undertray
      • 0.022% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 3.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.5% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (63% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Seat belts (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Condition (32% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Prescribed areas (90% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Requirements
      • 0.015% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0037% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.097% fail on Airbags
      • 0.086% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Exhaust system (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Fuel system (23% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Tank (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Pipe (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on System (79% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.16% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.078% fail on Prop shafts (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.056% fail on Flexible couplings (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0037% fail on Joints
    • 0.12% fail on Doors (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Front passenger's door (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Door condition (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Driver's door (50% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Door condition (54% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Catch
      • 0.026% fail on Other passenger's door (88% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Door condition (88% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Undertray
    • 0.075% fail on Body (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Other body component (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Panel (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Body condition
      • 0.0037% fail on Pillar
    • 0.034% fail on Seats (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Passenger's seat (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Driver's seat (89% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.022% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.011% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.022% fail on Integral vehicle structure (94% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0037% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.019% fail on Chassis (93% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Chassis condition (94% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.019% fail on Load security
      • 0.015% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0037% fail on Tailgate condition
      • 0.0037% fail on Access panel
    • 0.019% fail on Floor
    • 0.015% fail on Engine mounting (81% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Engine mounting condition (76% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0075% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0037% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.0037% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.0075% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Condition (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.82% fail on Steering (80% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Steering linkage components (82% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Track rod end (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Drag link end (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0075% fail on Other components
        • 0.0075% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.0037% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0037% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.12% fail on Steering gear (81% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Steering rack (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Operation
      • 0.0075% fail on Steering box
    • 0.082% fail on Power steering (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Operation (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Pipes and hoses (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Other components (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Pump
      • 0.0037% fail on Rams
    • 0.041% fail on Steering play (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Electronic power steering (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0037% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.79% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0037% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.0075% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0075% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.0037% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0037% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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