BMW 3-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2016
88.6% pass rate
from 35,634 tests in 2020
(17% better than other 2016 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 2016 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 4.2% fail on Tyres (20% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition (41% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.073% fail on Size/type
    • 0.034% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 2.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (23% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamp aim (15% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (81% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Headlamps
      • 0.53% fail on Headlamp (30% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.017% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (77% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Direction indicators (26% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Flashing type (26% worse than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Side repeaters (42% worse than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.18% fail on Electrical equipment (150% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Horn (2 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0084% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0056% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.062% fail on Position lamps (65% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Position lamp (65% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Switch
    • 0.062% fail on Stop lamp (84% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (85% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Rear fog lamp (87% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Rear fog lamp (87% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Switch
      • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0028% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.014% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (95% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps (71% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps (71% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.0084% fail on Rear reflectors (77% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.0056% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0056% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 1.3% fail on Visibility (53% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Washers (25% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Wipers (70% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.093% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0056% fail on Window (6 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.014% fail on View to rear (67% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Mirrors (67% better than other 2016 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Brakes (45% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Mechanical brake components (45% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Brake linings and pads (42% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Brake pads (42% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.065% fail on Brake discs and drums (72% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.065% fail on Brake discs (72% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.0056% fail on Brake slack adjuster (7 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Brake performance (45% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Rbt (46% better than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0056% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.062% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (47% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.056% fail on Rbt (sp) (50% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.034% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.028% fail on Rbt
          • 0.017% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.011% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0028% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0028% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0028% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.014% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.0056% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (89% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0028% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.0028% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.0028% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 0.045% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (51% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Pedal
      • 0.020% fail on Hand lever (60% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Parking brake control (69% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Lever (68% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.020% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.014% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.017% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.011% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.011% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.0084% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.0056% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.0028% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.0056% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.0028% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0028% fail on Leaks
    • 0.0028% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0028% fail on Additional braking device
  • 0.37% fail on Road Wheels (160% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Attachment (190% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition (120% worse than other 2016 cars)
  • 0.36% fail on Identification of the vehicle (54% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Registration plates (55% worse than other 2016 cars)
  • 0.26% fail on Suspension (57% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.073% fail on Suspension arms (51% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint (59% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0056% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0028% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.031% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.022% fail on Anti-roll bars (69% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0084% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0056% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0028% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0028% fail on Linkage
      • 0.0028% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 0.011% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0056% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0056% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.0028% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0028% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0028% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
  • 0.20% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (47% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Exhaust emissions (54% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Spark ignition (55% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (41% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Catalyst emissions (78% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Compression ignition (54% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (57% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0028% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.036% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.017% fail on Other leaks (2 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.0084% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.0028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0028% fail on Undertray
  • 0.20% fail on Steering (56% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Steering linkage components (110% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Track rod end (110% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0084% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0028% fail on Other components
        • 0.0028% fail on Steering component
      • 0.0028% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0056% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.0056% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0028% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0028% fail on Steering play
      • 0.0028% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.19% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.17% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
      • 0.0084% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0056% fail on Requirements
    • 0.025% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (71% better than other 2016 cars)
  • 0.11% fail on Body, chassis, structure (60% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Seats
      • 0.017% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.011% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.020% fail on Transmission (74% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Joints (76% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0028% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.0028% fail on Joints
    • 0.020% fail on Body
      • 0.017% fail on Other body component
      • 0.0028% fail on Panel
    • 0.017% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.014% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0028% fail on Hose
    • 0.014% fail on Exhaust system (74% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.0028% fail on Doors
      • 0.0028% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.0028% fail on Door condition
    • 0.0028% fail on Undertray
  • 0.0056% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0056% fail on Belt(s)/padding

Search Good Garages