BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2008
69.0% pass rate
from 36,172 tests in 2020
(24% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.7% fail on Suspension (32% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Suspension arms (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.064% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Anti-roll bars (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Linkage ball joints (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Ball joint (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Linkage (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint dust cover (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0055% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0055% fail on Pins and bushes (95% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.53% fail on Springs (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Coil springs (89% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Coil spring (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.19% fail on Pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.025% fail on Sub-frame (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Pins and bushes (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.24% fail on Wheel bearings (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Macpherson strut (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.028% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Pins and bushes (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.044% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.039% fail on Pins and bushes (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.044% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Axles (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (92% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Axle
    • 0.0083% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0028% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0028% fail on Accumulator
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres (11% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Condition (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0055% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 7.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (15% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (41% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamps (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.017% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (11 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.011% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.5% fail on Position lamps (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Position lamp (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.011% fail on Switch (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Stop lamp (81% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Direction indicators (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Flashing type (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Individual direction indicators (73% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Side repeaters (76% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on All direction indicators (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (91% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Electrical equipment (69% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Electrical wiring (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Horn (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.16% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (71% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp (72% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Switch
      • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamp switch
    • 0.014% fail on Rear reflectors (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0055% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0055% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.0028% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.0028% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0028% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0028% fail on Daytime running lamps
  • 7.4% fail on Brakes (21% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Brake performance (14% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (20% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (40% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (39% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0083% fail on Plate brake tester (75% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0055% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.49% fail on Parking brake performance (47% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Rbt (48% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.32% fail on Parking brake performance (59% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.022% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.014% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.014% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.011% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0028% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.13% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.086% fail on Service brake imbalance (81% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.053% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0028% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.083% fail on Brake performance not tested (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.025% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.59% fail on Brake discs and drums (50% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Brake discs (50% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.017% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (88% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Brake slack adjuster
        • 0.0028% fail on Cable
        • 0.0028% fail on Lever
        • 0.0028% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0028% fail on Relay lever
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (52% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Anti-lock braking system (45% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Electronic stability control (97% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Electronic braking system (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake control (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Lever (25% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Electronic parking brake (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.033% fail on Pedal (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.14% fail on Rigid brake pipes (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.041% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Other components (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Additional braking device (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Hydraulic systems (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Brake fluid (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Servos
    • 0.011% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.011% fail on Servos
  • 4.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (18% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (19% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested (40% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.019% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0083% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0055% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0055% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.74% fail on Compression ignition (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (40% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (71% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (77% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.025% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.011% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0055% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0055% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.0028% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0028% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.0083% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.33% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.31% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Other leaks (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.022% fail on Undertray
      • 0.0055% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 3.3% fail on Visibility (44% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Washers (24% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Wipers (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.100% fail on View to rear (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Mirrors (48% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.083% fail on Windscreen
  • 1.8% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Attachment (93% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 1.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Exhaust system (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.21% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (90% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Tank (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on System (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Hose
      • 0.0055% fail on Pipe (88% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Doors (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.091% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0028% fail on Catch
      • 0.077% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.077% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0055% fail on Driver's door (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Door condition (93% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Bumpers (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Transmission (97% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0028% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.0083% fail on Prop shafts (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0055% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0028% fail on Joints
      • 0.0028% fail on Halfshafts
      • 0.0028% fail on Belts
    • 0.053% fail on Body (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Panel
      • 0.022% fail on Other body component (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Body condition
    • 0.036% fail on Undertray
    • 0.017% fail on Seats (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Passenger's seat (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Driver's seat (92% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Integral vehicle structure (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0055% fail on Strengthening plate (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.0028% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.0028% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.0055% fail on Chassis (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Chassis condition (91% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0055% fail on Load security
      • 0.0028% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0028% fail on Tailgate condition
      • 0.0028% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0028% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.0028% fail on Spare wheel condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0028% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0028% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0028% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0028% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.92% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Seat belts (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Requirements
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0028% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.044% fail on Airbags
      • 0.041% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0028% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.76% fail on Identification of the vehicle (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Registration plates (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.41% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Steering linkage components (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Track rod end (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Ball joint (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0055% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0028% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
        • 0.0028% fail on Steering component
    • 0.11% fail on Steering gear (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Steering rack (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
    • 0.030% fail on Power steering (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Operation (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Other components (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Pump
    • 0.030% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.017% fail on Steering play (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Steering rack (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0028% fail on Steering column
  • 0.0083% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0083% fail on Anchorages

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