BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2009
73.8% pass rate
from 15,030 tests in 2017
(20% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.1% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (41% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Position lamps (13% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.23% fail on Rear lamps (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.027% fail on Switch (15 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamps (41% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp (56% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.080% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (6 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.047% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.067% fail on Switch (10 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Stop lamp (62% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Direction indicators (40% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Flashing type (40% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Individual lamps (25% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Side repeaters (61% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.093% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.16% fail on Registration plate lamp (96% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Fog lamp (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.0067% fail on Switch
    • 0.080% fail on Electrical wiring (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.033% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.027% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0067% fail on Switch
    • 0.020% fail on Horn (91% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Battery (93% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.0067% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 9.1% fail on Tyres (27% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Condition (36% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth (13% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Size/type
    • 0.040% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.8% fail on Brakes
    • 3.1% fail on Hub components
      • 2.8% fail on Brake pads (18% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.19% fail on Brake calipers (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Brake back plates
    • 2.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance (30% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Rear wheels (31% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.29% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.033% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.020% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.013% fail on Brake operation
    • 0.72% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.47% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (7 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Components (64% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Hoses
        • 0.060% fail on Pipes (88% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.020% fail on Leaks
    • 0.65% fail on ABS (150% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.51% fail on Condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.14% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.13% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.020% fail on Additional braking devices (10 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0067% fail on Warning
      • 0.0067% fail on Operation
      • 0.0067% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.013% fail on Service brake control components (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pedal (86% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Condition
        • 0.0067% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.0067% fail on Locking devices
  • 5.0% fail on Suspension (53% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Shock absorbers (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Condition (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Attachment
    • 0.18% fail on Anti-roll bars (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (95% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage condition (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0067% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Coil springs (96% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition (96% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Location
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Rear (61% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Front (84% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Front suspension joints (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.067% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Trailing arms (84% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Attachment
    • 0.033% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.013% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.0067% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.013% fail on Front drive shafts (99% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Constant velocity joints (99% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.020% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.020% fail on Macpherson strut (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Condition (89% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.013% fail on Suspension unit
  • 2.7% fail on Driver's view of the road (49% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Wipers (82% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.067% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 1.1% fail on Emissions (87% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Exhaust system (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested (65% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Fuel system (49% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Cap
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.61% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.61% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.57% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.43% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.39% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.047% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.15% fail on Seat belts (48% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Condition (60% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Requirements (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Attachment
  • 0.18% fail on Steering (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Steering system (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Track rod end (91% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Steering rack (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint (78% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Free play
        • 0.0067% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0067% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.020% fail on Power steering (78% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0067% fail on Operation
    • 0.013% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0067% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0067% fail on Steering column
  • 0.11% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (76% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Body condition (61% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Seats (71% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Passengers
      • 0.0067% fail on Drivers
    • 0.013% fail on Doors (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.0067% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.013% fail on Load security
      • 0.013% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0067% fail on Body security

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