BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2015
87.3% pass rate
from 34,656 tests in 2020
(25% better than other 2015 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 2015 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 4.3% fail on Tyres (12% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Condition (30% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.052% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 0.049% fail on Size/type
  • 3.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (11% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (13% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp aim (14% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.94% fail on Headlamps (30% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Headlamp (27% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.035% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0029% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0029% fail on Dipswitch
    • 0.53% fail on Position lamps (100% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Position lamp (110% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.42% fail on Direction indicators (38% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Flashing type (39% worse than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Side repeaters (43% worse than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.0058% fail on Switch (8 times worse than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.0029% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.29% fail on Electrical equipment (180% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Horn (2 times worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.13% fail on Stop lamp (79% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.038% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (81% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Rear fog lamp (81% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Rear fog lamp (80% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (91% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Reversing lamps (79% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Reversing lamps (78% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.0029% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0029% fail on Switch
    • 0.0029% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0029% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 1.8% fail on Brakes (34% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (28% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (25% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (25% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.16% fail on Brake discs and drums (53% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Brake discs (53% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0058% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.0029% fail on Cable
        • 0.0029% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.35% fail on Brake performance (43% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (43% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Rbt (45% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance (44% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake imbalance (48% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.084% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (54% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Rbt (sp) (54% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.0058% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.040% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.029% fail on Parking brake performance (61% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Rbt (67% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake performance (66% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.0029% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.0029% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0029% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0029% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0029% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.014% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (79% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.043% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.026% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.014% fail on Electronic stability control (68% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Electronic braking system (5 times worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (63% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pedal
      • 0.017% fail on Hand lever (69% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Parking brake control (76% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Lever (73% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.023% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.014% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.014% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.0058% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0029% fail on Other components
      • 0.0029% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.0029% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.0029% fail on Reservoirs
  • 1.4% fail on Visibility (63% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Washers (27% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Wipers (83% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Condition of glass (60% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Windscreen (58% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Window
    • 0.049% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.032% fail on View to rear
      • 0.026% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0058% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 0.39% fail on Identification of the vehicle (76% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plates (75% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.0029% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.35% fail on Road Wheels (120% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment (170% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Condition
  • 0.29% fail on Suspension (78% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Suspension arms (67% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Pins and bushes (57% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Ball joint (76% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0029% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.11% fail on Shock absorbers (62% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Wheel bearings (56% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Anti-roll bars (81% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0058% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0029% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0029% fail on Linkage
      • 0.0029% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0029% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.0029% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.0087% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0029% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.0029% fail on Springs
      • 0.0029% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.0029% fail on Coil spring
  • 0.19% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (69% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Exhaust emissions (68% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Compression ignition (56% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.075% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (49% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on On or after 01/01/2014 (76% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.0058% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
      • 0.061% fail on Spark ignition (80% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (79% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Catalyst emissions (84% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.0029% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.0058% fail on Fluid leaks (79% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0058% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.0029% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0029% fail on Undertray
  • 0.17% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (39% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.0087% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0029% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.026% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (78% better than other 2015 cars)
  • 0.13% fail on Body, chassis, structure (74% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Exhaust system (68% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Seats
      • 0.017% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.0087% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.017% fail on Transmission (89% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Drive shafts (91% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Joints (92% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.0029% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.0029% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.0029% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.017% fail on Body
      • 0.017% fail on Other body component
    • 0.014% fail on Doors
      • 0.0087% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.0087% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0029% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0029% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0029% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.0029% fail on Door condition
    • 0.0058% fail on Fuel system (88% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0029% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.0029% fail on Bumpers
  • 0.069% fail on Steering (61% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Steering linkage components (58% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Track rod end (60% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0029% fail on Other components
        • 0.0029% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.0029% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0029% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.0029% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0029% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0029% fail on Pump
    • 0.0029% fail on Steering play
      • 0.0029% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0029% fail on Electronic power steering

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