BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2009
70.5% pass rate
from 31,286 tests in 2020
(22% 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.

  • 8.8% fail on Suspension (30% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Shock absorbers (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Suspension arms (43% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint dust cover (54% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0064% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.38% fail on Springs (91% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Coil springs (91% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Coil spring (91% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0032% fail on Mounting
    • 0.37% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joints (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Ball joint (85% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Ball joint dust cover (92% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Linkage (87% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0064% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0064% fail on Pins and bushes (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (94% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings (64% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Other suspension component (64% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.032% fail on Ball joint (78% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0032% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0032% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.054% fail on Sub-frames (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.0096% fail on Sub-frame (88% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0032% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.038% fail on Macpherson strut (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (79% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.029% fail on Pins and bushes (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0032% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.013% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0096% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0032% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.0064% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (90% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0032% fail on Axles
      • 0.0032% fail on Axle
  • 8.1% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (43% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (18% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (37% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps (12% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Position lamp (12% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.016% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (41% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (46% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Headlamp levelling device (42% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.0032% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (60% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Direction indicators (55% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Flashing type (55% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Individual direction indicators (55% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Side repeaters (57% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on All direction indicators (53% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.0032% fail on Switch
    • 0.18% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (68% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Rear fog lamp (69% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (71% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Switch
      • 0.0032% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0032% fail on Front fog lamp switch
    • 0.16% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (93% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical equipment (74% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Electrical wiring (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Horn (85% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.054% fail on Reversing lamps (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Reversing lamps (59% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.019% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.019% fail on Switch
    • 0.0032% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0032% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0032% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.0032% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.0032% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0032% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 7.4% fail on Tyres (12% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Condition (33% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
  • 7.3% fail on Brakes (8.4% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (35% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (41% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (74% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0064% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.0032% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (19% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (20% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (15% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Service brake imbalance (36% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.038% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.019% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0064% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0064% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.48% fail on Parking brake performance (30% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Rbt (30% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Parking brake performance (44% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (72% worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.013% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.13% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (71% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake imbalance (71% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.026% fail on Service brake performance (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (17% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.013% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.52% fail on Brake discs and drums (52% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Brake discs (52% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0064% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.022% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (78% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Lever
        • 0.0032% fail on Cable
        • 0.0032% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0032% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.81% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (70% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Anti-lock braking system (71% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Electronic stability control (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.33% fail on Lever
      • 0.0064% fail on Electronic parking brake (84% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.23% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.013% fail on Pedal (89% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Flexible brake hoses (48% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Rigid brake pipes (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Hydraulic systems (66% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Brake fluid (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0032% fail on Servos
    • 0.026% fail on Air and vacuum systems (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Servos (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Leaks
    • 0.016% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.016% fail on Other components
    • 0.0064% fail on Low pressure warning (20 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0032% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
    • 0.0032% fail on Pressure storage reservoirs
      • 0.0032% fail on Air and vacuum systems
  • 3.1% fail on Visibility (43% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (21% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Wipers (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on View to rear
      • 0.12% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.10% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.10% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (30% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (29% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.0% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.93% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested (32% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.019% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0032% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0032% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0032% fail on NOx sensor
        • 0.0096% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.55% fail on Compression ignition (63% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (35% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.10% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (88% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.016% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0064% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.0096% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.0064% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0032% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.12% fail on Fluid leaks (51% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.089% fail on Engine oil leaks (56% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0096% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.0096% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.0096% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0096% fail on Undertray
  • 1.5% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (68% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Exhaust system (52% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.16% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (62% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Tank
      • 0.0032% fail on System
    • 0.080% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0032% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.016% fail on Prop shafts (79% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0064% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0032% fail on Joints
        • 0.0032% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.0032% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.061% fail on Bumpers (45% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Undertray
    • 0.045% fail on Body (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Other body component (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Panel
      • 0.0032% fail on Body condition
    • 0.029% fail on Doors (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Other passenger's door (84% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Door condition (84% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Front passenger's door (87% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0064% fail on Door condition (91% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0032% fail on Catch
      • 0.0064% fail on Driver's door (90% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0032% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0032% fail on Catch
    • 0.0096% fail on Engine mounting (74% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Bracket
      • 0.0032% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.0096% fail on Seats (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Passenger's seat (74% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0096% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0096% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.0064% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0032% fail on Towbar condition
      • 0.0032% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0032% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0032% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0032% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.0032% fail on Load security
      • 0.0032% fail on Access panel
  • 0.79% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.55% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.21% fail on Seat belts (43% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition (44% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0064% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0032% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.042% fail on Airbags
      • 0.038% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0032% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.60% fail on Identification of the vehicle (30% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Registration plates (29% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0064% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.28% fail on Steering (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Steering linkage components (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0096% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0096% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0064% fail on Ball joint (92% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Other components
        • 0.0032% fail on Steering component
    • 0.048% fail on Steering gear (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Steering rack (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0032% fail on Operation
    • 0.035% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.016% fail on Power steering (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Operation (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0064% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0032% fail on Other components
    • 0.013% fail on Steering play (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0032% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.0032% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.0032% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0032% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.0032% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0032% fail on Passenger grab handles

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