BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2011
79.2% pass rate
from 15,925 tests in 2017
(15% better than other 2011 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 2011 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.5% fail on Tyres (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Condition (40% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth (24% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.094% fail on Size/type
    • 0.075% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.7% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (35% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (13% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Position lamps (17% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Front lamps (24% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.013% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.013% fail on Switch (7 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Headlamps (34% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Headlamp (52% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0063% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0063% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.094% fail on Switch (21 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.031% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0063% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0063% fail on Matched pair
    • 0.99% fail on Stop lamp (39% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Direction indicators (77% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Flashing type (77% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Side repeaters (76% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Individual lamps (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0063% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.13% fail on Rear fog lamp (57% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Fog lamp (56% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.013% fail on Switch
    • 0.12% fail on Registration plate lamp (96% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.044% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.038% fail on Lamp
      • 0.013% fail on Switch
      • 0.0063% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.044% fail on Horn (68% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0063% fail on Battery
    • 0.0063% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 4.4% fail on Brakes
    • 2.4% fail on Hub components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.23% fail on Brake discs (48% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Brake calipers (180% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.013% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 0.56% fail on Front wheels (32% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.41% fail on Rear wheels (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.019% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.0063% fail on Brake operation
    • 0.62% fail on Hydraulic systems (81% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (9 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Components (77% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Hoses
        • 0.019% fail on Pipes (89% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Leaks
    • 0.17% fail on Parking brake (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Condition
      • 0.013% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.14% fail on ABS
    • 0.13% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.050% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.019% fail on Locking devices (9 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0063% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.0063% fail on Pedal
        • 0.0063% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.0063% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0063% fail on Warning
  • 2.6% fail on Driver's view of the road (41% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Washers
    • 0.63% fail on Wipers (77% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.075% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.050% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.5% fail on Suspension (73% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.93% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Suspension arms (61% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (64% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Anti-roll bars (86% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.025% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (95% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (88% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.075% fail on Coil springs (97% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Condition (97% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Wheel bearings (76% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Rear
      • 0.0063% fail on Front
    • 0.044% fail on Front suspension joints (81% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.019% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.019% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.019% fail on Macpherson strut (76% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Condition (76% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.013% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0063% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.0063% fail on Pipes
    • 0.0063% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.0063% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 1.5% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (72% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Emissions (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Fuel system (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Cap (79% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Hose
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Attachment (180% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0063% fail on Halfshafts
  • 0.48% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.48% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.30% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.16% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.14% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.019% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.082% fail on Condition (60% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Requirements (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Attachment
  • 0.11% fail on Steering (81% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Steering system (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0063% fail on Free play
        • 0.0063% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0063% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
        • 0.0063% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.025% fail on Power steering
      • 0.019% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
  • 0.082% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (66% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Body condition
    • 0.013% fail on Load security
      • 0.0063% fail on Access panel
      • 0.0063% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.0063% fail on Body security
    • 0.0063% fail on Doors
      • 0.0063% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.0063% fail on Seats
      • 0.0063% fail on Passengers

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