BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2011
74.5% pass rate
from 35,983 tests in 2020
(18% 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.

  • 7.4% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (31% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamp aim (16% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim (15% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (22% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (32% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.022% fail on Dipswitch (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.9% fail on Position lamps (24% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp (22% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Switch (12 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (25% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Direction indicators (82% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Flashing type (82% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Individual direction indicators (82% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Side repeaters (87% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.19% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (50% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Rear fog lamp (50% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Switch
      • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.14% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (92% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical equipment (59% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Electrical wiring (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Horn (82% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.081% fail on Reversing lamps (58% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Reversing lamps (57% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.017% fail on Switch
    • 0.017% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.017% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.011% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.011% fail on Rear reflectors (79% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0028% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.0028% fail on Daytime running lamps
  • 7.3% fail on Tyres (21% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Condition (37% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth (11% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
    • 0.0083% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 4.7% fail on Brakes (22% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components (19% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.0028% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.40% fail on Brake discs and drums (55% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Brake discs (55% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.0028% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 2.0% fail on Brake performance (18% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.96% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.86% fail on Service brake performance (32% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.85% fail on Rbt (31% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.74% fail on Service brake performance (28% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake imbalance (36% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0028% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.25% fail on Parking brake performance (40% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Rbt (41% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking brake performance (51% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.053% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0083% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.011% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0056% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0056% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.0056% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0056% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.14% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (58% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp) (57% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.078% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.075% fail on Service brake performance (50% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.047% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.39% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (30% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Anti-lock braking system (40% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.0083% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake control (60% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Lever (59% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Electronic parking brake (67% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.097% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (57% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.0056% fail on Pedal (94% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.069% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.067% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.0028% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.036% fail on Hydraulic systems (51% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.0028% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.025% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Additional braking device (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0028% fail on Servos
    • 0.0028% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0028% fail on Air and vacuum systems
  • 4.3% fail on Suspension (49% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (200% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Suspension arms (75% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Pins and bushes (65% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint dust cover (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.16% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Linkage ball joints (88% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (94% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Ball joint dust cover (89% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Linkage (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint (93% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0028% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0028% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.16% fail on Springs (95% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Coil springs (95% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Coil spring (95% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Other suspension component (78% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0056% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.017% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0083% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0028% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.0083% fail on Macpherson strut (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.0028% fail on Axles
      • 0.0028% fail on Axle
    • 0.0028% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
  • 3.1% fail on Visibility (31% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.66% fail on Wipers (71% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet (68% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.094% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.092% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.092% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.092% fail on View to rear
      • 0.092% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (10% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.73% fail on Catalyst emissions (82% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (29% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Emissions not tested (45% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Emission control equipment (200% worse than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.0056% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0028% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0028% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0028% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.0028% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.0083% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.46% fail on Compression ignition (35% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Emissions not tested (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (65% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.097% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (62% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.017% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0028% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0028% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0028% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.014% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.011% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0056% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.081% fail on Fluid leaks (38% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.014% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0083% fail on Undertray
      • 0.0056% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Attachment (170% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Hubs
  • 1.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (54% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.075% fail on Fuel system (53% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0056% fail on Hose
      • 0.0028% fail on Tank
      • 0.0028% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0028% fail on System
    • 0.050% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.025% fail on Flexible couplings (14 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0028% fail on Joints
      • 0.017% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0083% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0083% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.047% fail on Body
      • 0.031% fail on Other body component
      • 0.014% fail on Panel
      • 0.0028% fail on Body condition
    • 0.042% fail on Bumpers (48% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Doors (82% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Driver's door (77% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0083% fail on Door condition (75% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Other passenger's door (79% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0083% fail on Door condition (78% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Front passenger's door (89% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Door condition (88% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Seats
      • 0.017% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.0056% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.019% fail on Undertray
    • 0.0083% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0083% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0028% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0028% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0028% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Chassis
      • 0.0028% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Load security
      • 0.0028% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0028% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 0.64% fail on Identification of the vehicle (68% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Registration plates (67% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.51% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.31% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.19% fail on Seat belts (36% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition (38% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0028% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.017% fail on Airbags
      • 0.017% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.18% fail on Steering (86% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Steering linkage components (92% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Track rod end (93% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint (73% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
        • 0.0028% fail on Steering component
      • 0.0028% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.039% fail on Steering gear (65% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Steering rack (62% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.014% fail on Power steering (73% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0083% fail on Other components
      • 0.0056% fail on Operation (79% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0083% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0056% fail on Steering play (85% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0028% fail on Steering lock
  • 0.011% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0083% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.0028% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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