BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2006
69.5% pass rate
from 18,034 tests in 2017
(28% better than other 2006 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (47% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim (22% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (56% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Position lamps (59% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front lamps (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Rear lamps (34% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (46% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0055% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.089% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (100% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Headlamp levelling device (160% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.0055% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0055% fail on Dipswitch
    • 0.72% fail on Stop lamp (85% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Direction indicators (77% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Flashing type (77% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Individual lamps (78% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Side repeaters (78% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on All direction indicators (78% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.55% fail on Rear fog lamp (32% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Fog lamp (32% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.17% fail on Horn (57% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.078% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.067% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.050% fail on Switch
      • 0.022% fail on Lamp
    • 0.050% fail on Battery (89% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.3% fail on Tyres (8.5% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (13% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (9 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type (42% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Valve stem
  • 9.2% fail on Brakes (20% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Brake performance (36% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (26% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Rear wheels (52% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Front wheels (50% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Brake imbalance (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.044% fail on Service brake performance (75% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.9% fail on Hub components (12% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.48% fail on Brake discs (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.022% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.011% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 2.1% fail on Components (23% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Pipes (50% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Hoses (97% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Reservoirs (81% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Servos
      • 0.61% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (6 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Leaks (80% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Operation
    • 0.83% fail on ABS
    • 0.54% fail on Parking brake (28% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Condition (25% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic parking brake (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Fitment
    • 0.49% fail on Electronic stability system (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Restricted movement (65% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Additional braking devices (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Service brake control components (90% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pedal (90% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Condition
        • 0.0055% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.017% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.011% fail on Components
        • 0.0055% fail on Hoses
        • 0.0055% fail on Servos
      • 0.0055% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.0055% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0055% fail on Cable
  • 7.5% fail on Suspension (55% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms (51% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (52% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Attachment
      • 0.033% fail on Condition (71% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (60% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (70% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Linkage condition (65% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.90% fail on Coil springs (82% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Condition (82% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Location
    • 0.27% fail on Front suspension joints (73% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Wheel bearings (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Rear (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Front (80% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Trailing arms (80% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (81% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Condition
    • 0.050% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.044% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0055% fail on Condition
    • 0.050% fail on Tie bars/rods (69% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (69% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Attachment
    • 0.039% fail on Macpherson strut (81% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Sub-frames (81% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0055% fail on Condition
    • 0.028% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.017% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.011% fail on Universal joint (6 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Prescribed areas (96% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Component mounting (95% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.011% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.0055% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0055% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0055% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.0055% fail on Condition
    • 0.0055% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.0055% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 4.9% fail on Driver's view of the road (28% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Washers
    • 1.5% fail on Wipers (59% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Mirrors (37% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (44% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Emissions
    • 0.53% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Fuel system (35% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Cap
      • 0.067% fail on System (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Tank
      • 0.011% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0055% fail on Hose
    • 0.16% fail on Emissions not tested (58% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 1.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (15% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (21% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (22% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0055% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.23% fail on Seat belts (70% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition (66% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Requirements
      • 0.017% fail on Attachment
      • 0.017% fail on Prescribed areas (94% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (150% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Attachment (97% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.0055% fail on Halfshafts
  • 0.82% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.63% fail on Steering (79% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Steering system (81% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Track rod end (81% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack (71% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Steering arm (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint (95% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Other components
        • 0.0055% fail on Steering component
    • 0.067% fail on Power steering (76% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Other components
      • 0.017% fail on Operation (83% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0055% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.050% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.022% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0055% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.0055% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.0055% fail on Steering column
      • 0.0055% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.0055% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.011% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.35% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (66% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Doors (44% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Passengers other (40% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.028% fail on Drivers
    • 0.083% fail on Body condition (74% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Body security
    • 0.022% fail on Seats (86% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Drivers (77% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.0055% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.0055% fail on Speedometer

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