BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2005
64.9% pass rate
from 12,014 tests in 2017
(22% 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
    • 6.8% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.3% fail on Parking brake performance (14% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Rear wheels (13% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.32% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.100% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.092% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Brake operation
    • 5.4% fail on Hydraulic systems (40% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Components (37% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Pipes
        • 2.4% fail on Hoses (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.017% fail on Servos
      • 0.47% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Operation
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components (22% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads (16% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake discs (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.075% fail on Brake back plates (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Brake linings (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Electronic stability system (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on ABS
    • 0.89% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.87% fail on Condition
      • 0.017% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.14% fail on Restricted movement (47% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.075% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.075% fail on Pedal
        • 0.075% fail on Condition
    • 0.058% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.025% fail on Operation (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Components
        • 0.017% fail on Servos
        • 0.0083% fail on Hoses
      • 0.0083% fail on Leaks
    • 0.017% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.017% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0083% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0083% fail on Lever
  • 12% fail on Suspension (37% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (20% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (20% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.33% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.067% fail on Attachment
      • 0.042% fail on Condition
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Suspension arms (22% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (22% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.050% fail on Condition (63% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Coil springs (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Location
    • 0.72% fail on Front suspension joints (42% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Wheel bearings (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Front (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Rear (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.075% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Condition
      • 0.0083% fail on Attachment
    • 0.042% fail on Sub-frames (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0083% fail on Attachment
    • 0.033% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.033% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.033% fail on Macpherson strut (86% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Condition (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Trailing arms (89% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (91% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Attachment
    • 0.025% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.025% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.025% fail on Prescribed areas (97% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Component mounting (96% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.017% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.0083% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.0083% fail on Couplings
    • 0.017% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.017% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.017% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.017% fail on Condition
  • 12% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim (29% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Registration plate lamp (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Position lamps (57% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front lamps (57% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Rear lamps (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamps (57% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0083% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0083% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.092% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.067% fail on Headlamp levelling device (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.0083% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0083% fail on Switch
    • 1.2% fail on Direction indicators (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Flashing type (60% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Individual lamps (64% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters (45% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.100% fail on All direction indicators (68% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0083% fail on Switch
    • 0.52% fail on Stop lamp (89% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp (48% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Fog lamp (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Switch
      • 0.0083% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.22% fail on Horn (52% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.083% fail on Switch
      • 0.067% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0083% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.092% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.050% fail on Battery (92% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.025% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (84% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.5% fail on Tyres (8.7% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.6% fail on Condition (19% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.94% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (9 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Size/type
    • 0.092% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Washers
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers (43% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.100% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.0% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (43% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Emissions
    • 0.86% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.29% fail on Cap (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on System (54% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Tank (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Pipe
    • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested (50% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 2.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (15% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (29% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (25% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag (85% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Passengers airbag
      • 0.0083% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 0.29% fail on Seat belts (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Requirements
      • 0.033% fail on Prescribed areas (94% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Attachment
  • 0.87% fail on Road Wheels (93% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Attachment (72% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.86% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.86% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.71% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Steering system (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Track rod end (89% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint (82% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Steering arm (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Free play
        • 0.0083% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0083% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0083% fail on Other components
        • 0.0083% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.11% fail on Power steering (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Other components
      • 0.033% fail on Operation (71% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pipes and hoses (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.033% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.025% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0083% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.0083% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.0083% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.0083% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.34% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (75% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Doors (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Passengers other (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.042% fail on Drivers
    • 0.092% fail on Body condition (81% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Body security
    • 0.042% fail on Seats (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Drivers (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Passengers (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Vehicle structure (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Chassis (78% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0083% fail on Load security
      • 0.0083% fail on Access panel
Read the Honest John Review

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