BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2013
80.5% pass rate
from 38,765 tests in 2020
(21% 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.

  • 7.3% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (18% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim (19% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (15% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (80% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0077% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.8% fail on Position lamps (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Position lamp (130% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0052% fail on Switch
    • 0.84% fail on Direction indicators (35% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Flashing type (35% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Side repeaters (84% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Individual direction indicators (34% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0077% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0026% fail on Switch
    • 0.53% fail on Stop lamp (68% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Electrical equipment (52% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Horn (78% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Electrical wiring (190% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.14% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (43% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0052% fail on Switch
    • 0.088% fail on Rear reflectors (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Reversing lamps (46% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Reversing lamps (45% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (94% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0052% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.0052% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0052% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.0026% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.0026% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0026% fail on Switch
  • 5.9% fail on Tyres (16% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition (41% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.080% fail on Size/type
    • 0.013% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 2.9% fail on Brakes (33% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (25% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (21% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads (21% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs and drums (43% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Brake discs (43% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Brake performance (44% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (26% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Rbt (sp) (28% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.30% fail on Service brake performance (60% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Rbt (60% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.075% fail on Service brake imbalance (53% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0052% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0026% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.0026% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0026% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0026% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.075% fail on Parking brake performance (63% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Rbt (66% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.044% fail on Parking brake performance (75% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.013% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.010% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0077% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0077% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.064% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.052% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (67% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Rbt (sp) (67% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.026% fail on Service brake performance (54% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.026% fail on Service brake imbalance (76% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0026% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 0.10% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (36% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.044% fail on Electronic stability control (53% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.054% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Hand lever (51% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pedal (78% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.034% fail on Parking brake control (79% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Lever (76% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.028% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic systems (73% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.0052% fail on Rigid brake pipes (95% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0026% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.0026% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0026% fail on Other components
  • 2.0% fail on Visibility (51% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (13% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Wipers (79% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.075% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.070% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0052% fail on Window (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.046% fail on Driver's view (52% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on View to rear
      • 0.044% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0052% fail on Bonnet (80% better than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.94% fail on Suspension (78% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Shock absorbers (30% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Suspension arms (76% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint (79% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes (76% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Suspension arm (190% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.11% fail on Springs (94% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Coil springs (94% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Coil spring (94% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Anti-roll bars (76% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Linkage
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Linkage ball joints (88% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (84% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0026% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.067% fail on Wheel bearings (60% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0077% fail on Other suspension component (89% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0026% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0026% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0026% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.0026% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0026% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.0026% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 0.79% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Attachment (180% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0026% fail on Hubs
  • 0.42% fail on Identification of the vehicle (58% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Registration plates (58% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0026% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.39% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (66% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Exhaust emissions (66% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Spark ignition (60% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (66% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Emissions not tested (66% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0026% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.12% fail on Compression ignition (74% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.093% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (59% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (92% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.0026% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.023% fail on Fluid leaks (60% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.0052% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.0052% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0052% fail on Undertray
  • 0.25% fail on Steering (60% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Steering linkage components (70% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Track rod end (85% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.028% fail on Drag link end (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Steering arm (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Other components
        • 0.0052% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.0026% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.044% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.039% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0026% fail on Operation
      • 0.0026% fail on Steering box
    • 0.031% fail on Steering play (160% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Steering rack (160% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0052% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0026% fail on Operation
      • 0.0026% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.0052% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.0026% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.25% fail on Body, chassis, structure (80% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.052% fail on Exhaust system (89% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.052% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.044% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0052% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0026% fail on System
    • 0.052% fail on Doors
      • 0.026% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0052% fail on Hinge
      • 0.015% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.015% fail on Door condition
      • 0.010% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.010% fail on Door condition
    • 0.026% fail on Body
      • 0.018% fail on Other body component
      • 0.0077% fail on Panel
    • 0.021% fail on Bumpers (61% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.0052% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.015% fail on Seats
      • 0.013% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.0026% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.013% fail on Undertray
    • 0.0026% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0026% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0026% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.0026% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0026% fail on Bracket
    • 0.0026% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0026% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 0.18% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (57% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Seat belts (42% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Condition (41% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0052% fail on Requirements
    • 0.067% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (69% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0026% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0026% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.0052% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0026% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.0026% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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