BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2010
76.5% pass rate
from 15,179 tests in 2017
(19% better than other 2010 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 2010 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.3% fail on Tyres (24% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Condition (24% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Tread depth (16% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Size/type
    • 0.066% fail on Valve stem
  • 7.6% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (43% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.8% fail on Front lamps (15% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear lamps (62% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0066% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (24% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp (51% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (190% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (150% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (8 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.040% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.040% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Switch (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (57% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Direction indicators (75% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Flashing type (75% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Individual lamps (74% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.086% fail on Side repeaters (84% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0066% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.17% fail on Registration plate lamp (95% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp (67% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Fog lamp (68% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.053% fail on Electrical wiring (170% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.020% fail on Lamp
      • 0.013% fail on Switch
      • 0.0066% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.020% fail on Battery (83% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Horn (89% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (78% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 5.6% fail on Brakes
    • 2.4% fail on Hub components (15% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.28% fail on Brake discs (49% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake calipers (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0066% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.0066% fail on Brake back plates
    • 2.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance (44% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.68% fail on Rear wheels (35% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.19% 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
    • 0.65% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.55% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (9 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Components (79% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Hoses
        • 0.033% fail on Pipes (89% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0066% fail on Operation
    • 0.58% fail on Parking brake (66% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Condition (81% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on ABS (140% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Electronic stability system (99% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.013% fail on Service brake control components (88% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pedal (88% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0066% fail on Condition
        • 0.0066% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.013% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0066% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0066% fail on Components
        • 0.0066% fail on Servos
    • 0.0066% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0066% fail on Cable
    • 0.0066% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0066% fail on Warning
    • 0.0066% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.5% fail on Suspension (57% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers (67% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Condition (67% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
    • 0.18% fail on Anti-roll bars (89% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (93% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (78% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Linkage condition (75% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
      • 0.0066% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Front (70% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Rear (64% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Front suspension joints (70% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.086% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.046% fail on Coil springs (99% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Condition (99% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.046% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.046% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (180% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Torque/reaction arms (7 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (8 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Trailing arms (79% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (77% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.020% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.0066% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.0066% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.020% fail on Macpherson strut (82% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Condition (82% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0066% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0066% fail on Other components
    • 0.013% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
  • 2.9% fail on Driver's view of the road (40% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers
    • 0.61% fail on Wipers (77% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.099% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (31% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Emissions (190% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.19% fail on Emissions not tested (100% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Fuel system (68% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Cap
      • 0.0066% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0066% fail on System
  • 1.0% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 2010 cars)
  • 0.64% fail on Registration plates and VIN (45% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Registration plate (45% worse than other 2010 cars)
  • 0.47% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.32% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.29% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.026% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0066% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.16% fail on Seat belts (42% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Condition (61% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Requirements (180% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
  • 0.17% fail on Steering (83% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Steering system (85% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Track rod end (86% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Steering rack (74% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.020% fail on Power steering
      • 0.013% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.013% fail on Operation
    • 0.013% fail on Steering operation
  • 0.14% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (56% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Body condition
    • 0.040% fail on Seats
      • 0.033% fail on Passengers
      • 0.0066% fail on Drivers
    • 0.013% fail on Doors (90% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.0066% fail on Speedometer

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