BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2012
81.4% pass rate
from 20,337 tests in 2017
(11% better than other 2012 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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.3% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Front lamps (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.015% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (180% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.020% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.020% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0049% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.030% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators (65% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type (65% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Individual lamps (80% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0098% fail on All direction indicators (86% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Stop lamp (72% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.21% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.17% fail on Horn (65% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.089% fail on Rear reflectors (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.030% fail on Registration plate lamp (98% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0049% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.0049% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0049% fail on Lamp
  • 6.9% fail on Tyres (24% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Condition (46% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.39% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.079% fail on Valve stem
  • 2.5% fail on Brakes (34% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Hub components (36% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (33% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake discs (63% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Brake calipers (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Brake performance (48% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Parking brake performance (34% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Front wheels (45% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Rear wheels (64% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.0098% fail on Service brake performance (85% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.0049% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.44% fail on Hydraulic systems (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Components (70% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Hoses
        • 0.0098% fail on Pipes (87% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake (39% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
      • 0.0049% fail on Fitment
    • 0.054% fail on ABS
    • 0.049% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.0098% fail on Locking devices (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0098% fail on Restricted movement (85% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0049% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.0049% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0049% fail on Warning
  • 2.2% fail on Driver's view of the road (51% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.50% fail on Wipers (83% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.020% fail on Mirrors (71% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0098% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.0049% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 0.98% fail on Suspension (73% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Suspension arms (38% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (40% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Condition
      • 0.0049% fail on Attachment
    • 0.27% fail on Shock absorbers (45% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Condition (45% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Coil springs (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on Location
    • 0.059% fail on Wheel bearings (59% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Rear
      • 0.025% fail on Front (70% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Anti-roll bars (85% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (88% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.0049% fail on Condition
      • 0.0049% fail on Presence
    • 0.054% fail on Front suspension joints (61% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.034% fail on Torque/reaction arms (12 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (14 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0049% fail on Condition
    • 0.0049% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0049% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0049% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.0049% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0049% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.0049% fail on Condition
    • 0.0049% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.0049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 0.90% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.57% fail on Registration plates and VIN (53% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Registration plate (53% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.50% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (23% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Emissions (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Exhaust system (67% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.020% fail on Fuel system (82% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Cap (81% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on System
  • 0.20% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (43% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
      • 0.030% fail on Requirements (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0049% fail on Installation check
        • 0.0049% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.069% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (61% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (61% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.19% fail on Steering (52% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Steering system (52% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Track rod end (79% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.025% fail on Free play (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Steering arm (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0098% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0049% fail on Other components
        • 0.0049% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.015% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0098% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0098% fail on Operation
    • 0.0098% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.079% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (57% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Body condition
    • 0.025% fail on Seats
      • 0.015% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0098% fail on Passengers
    • 0.015% fail on Doors (77% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0049% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.0098% fail on Body security
    • 0.0049% fail on Load security
      • 0.0049% fail on Access panel
  • 0.0049% fail on Towbars
    • 0.0049% fail on Swivelling towbar

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