BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2013
84.2% pass rate
from 20,479 tests in 2017
(6.2% better than other 2013 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 2013 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.4% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (16% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Front lamps (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Rear lamps (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (21% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (31% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp (26% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (130% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (140% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.015% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.015% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 0.57% fail on Direction indicators (47% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Flashing type (47% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Side repeaters (82% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.0049% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0049% fail on Switch
    • 0.20% fail on Stop lamp (81% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Horn (94% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Rear reflectors (190% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Rear fog lamp (58% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Fog lamp (57% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.044% fail on Registration plate lamp (97% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0098% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0049% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 5.6% fail on Tyres (21% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Condition (55% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth (12% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 0.068% fail on Size/type
    • 0.054% fail on Valve stem
  • 2.1% fail on Brakes (24% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Hub components (29% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (29% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake discs (41% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.0049% fail on Brake linings
    • 0.42% fail on Brake performance (42% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.15% fail on Rear wheels (51% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Parking brake performance (57% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.015% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.0049% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.38% fail on Hydraulic systems (190% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (9 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Components
        • 0.034% fail on Hoses
        • 0.024% fail on Pipes
        • 0.0049% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0098% fail on Operation
      • 0.0049% fail on Leaks
    • 0.083% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.083% fail on Condition
    • 0.059% fail on ABS
    • 0.049% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.0098% fail on Service brake control components (80% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Pedal (80% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0049% fail on Condition
        • 0.0049% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.0049% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.0049% fail on Restricted movement
  • 2.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (52% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.66% fail on Wipers (78% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.0098% fail on Mirrors (82% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0049% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.0049% fail on Bonnet
  • 0.69% fail on Registration plates and VIN (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Registration plate (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.37% fail on Suspension (77% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Shock absorbers (68% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition (68% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Suspension arms (55% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (70% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Condition (7 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Attachment
    • 0.054% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.029% fail on Rear
      • 0.024% fail on Front
    • 0.029% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (78% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0049% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.020% fail on Coil springs (96% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Condition (97% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0049% fail on Location
    • 0.020% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.015% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.015% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0098% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0098% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0098% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0098% fail on Condition
    • 0.0049% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.0049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0049% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0049% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0049% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.0049% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.0049% fail on Constant velocity joints
  • 0.12% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (55% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.068% fail on Condition
      • 0.020% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0049% fail on Attachment
    • 0.029% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (78% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (76% better than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.11% fail on Steering (54% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Steering system (54% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Track rod end (75% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0098% fail on Free play
        • 0.0098% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0098% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0098% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0098% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.0049% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0049% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.0049% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0049% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0049% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.11% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (73% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Emissions
    • 0.020% fail on Exhaust system (92% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Fuel system (74% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Cap
      • 0.0049% fail on System
    • 0.015% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 0.063% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (54% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Body condition
    • 0.024% fail on Doors
      • 0.015% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0049% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.0049% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.015% fail on Seats
      • 0.0098% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0049% fail on Passengers
  • 0.0049% fail on Towbars
    • 0.0049% fail on Detachable tow ball

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