BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2007
71.8% pass rate
from 20,157 tests in 2017
(29% better than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 10% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (49% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (25% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps (55% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Front lamps (66% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Rear lamps (22% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0050% fail on Switch
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (45% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0099% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0099% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0050% fail on Switch
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (71% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Direction indicators (66% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Flashing type (66% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Individual lamps (71% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.17% fail on Side repeaters (67% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.0050% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.66% fail on Stop lamp (85% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Rear fog lamp (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Fog lamp (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0050% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.0050% fail on Switch
    • 0.084% fail on Electrical wiring (90% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Horn (82% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (54% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.015% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0099% fail on Switch
    • 0.015% fail on Battery (96% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.3% fail on Tyres (15% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Condition (27% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.87% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (7 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
    • 0.069% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.7% fail on Brakes (18% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Hub components (16% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.46% fail on Brake discs (45% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.050% fail on Brake back plates (200% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.7% fail on Brake performance (38% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance (17% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Rear wheels (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Front wheels (60% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake imbalance (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.030% fail on Service brake performance (78% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Brake operation
    • 1.7% fail on ABS (200% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (34% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Components (60% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Hoses
        • 0.26% fail on Pipes (80% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0050% fail on Servos
      • 0.62% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (7 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Leaks (77% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.49% fail on Condition
      • 0.015% fail on Electronic parking brake (77% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Restricted movement (69% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Service brake control components (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pedal (85% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.0099% fail on Condition
        • 0.0099% fail on Anti-slip (90% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Additional braking devices (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0099% fail on Components
        • 0.0050% fail on Hoses
        • 0.0050% fail on Pump/compressors
      • 0.0050% fail on Warning
    • 0.0099% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0099% fail on Warning (6 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Locking devices
  • 5.7% fail on Suspension (62% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Shock absorbers (130% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (51% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment
      • 0.020% fail on Condition
    • 0.42% fail on Coil springs (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Condition (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Location (79% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (88% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Linkage condition (84% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Condition
    • 0.25% fail on Wheel bearings (70% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Rear (61% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Front (81% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Front suspension joints (85% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Sub-frames (63% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Condition (90% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Tie bars/rods (53% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (57% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Condition
    • 0.055% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.045% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0050% fail on Condition
      • 0.0050% fail on Attachment
    • 0.055% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.045% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.0099% fail on Universal joint (6 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Macpherson strut (78% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Condition (78% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Prescribed areas (87% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.0050% fail on Component mounting
    • 0.015% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.015% fail on Condition
    • 0.015% fail on Trailing arms (94% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0050% fail on Condition
      • 0.0050% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0050% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0050% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0050% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0050% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.0050% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0050% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.0050% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 3.6% fail on Driver's view of the road (43% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Washers (12% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Wipers (75% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.094% fail on Mirrors (57% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.0099% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 2.3% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (36% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Emissions (19% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Exhaust system (84% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.20% fail on Cap
      • 0.015% fail on Tank
      • 0.0099% fail on System (92% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0050% fail on Hose
    • 0.12% fail on Emissions not tested (59% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Attachment (86% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.93% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (23% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.70% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.060% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0050% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.17% fail on Seat belts (68% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Condition (74% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Requirements
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment
  • 0.91% fail on Registration plates and VIN (49% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Registration plate (49% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.54% fail on Steering (77% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Steering system (80% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Track rod end (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Steering rack (79% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint (80% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Steering arm (72% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0050% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.064% fail on Power steering (68% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.030% fail on Operation (62% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0050% fail on Other components
    • 0.050% fail on Steering control
      • 0.045% fail on Steering lock (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0050% fail on Steering column
    • 0.015% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0050% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.15% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (81% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Doors (81% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Passengers other (83% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Passengers front (74% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Drivers (88% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Body condition (74% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Seats (82% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Passengers (80% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Drivers (83% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.0050% fail on Body security
    • 0.0050% fail on Load security
      • 0.0050% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.0050% fail on Spare wheel

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