BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1985
63.2% pass rate
from 68 tests in 2017
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 1985 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 26% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 5.9% fail on Rear lamps
      • 4.4% fail on Front lamps
    • 7.4% fail on Battery (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 5.9% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.5% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.5% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.5% fail on Fog lamp
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 21% fail on Suspension
    • 7.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (9 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (8 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (22 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Attachment
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage condition
    • 7.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.4% fail on Component mounting
      • 2.9% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 4.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 4.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 2.9% fail on Sub-frames (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (24 times worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
  • 13% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 8.8% fail on Washers
    • 5.9% fail on Wipers
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 7.4% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.4% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 1.5% fail on Mechanical components
      • 1.5% fail on Cable
    • 1.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 1.5% fail on Components
        • 1.5% fail on Hoses
    • 1.5% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Wheel cylinder
  • 4.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 4.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 4.4% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.4% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.9% fail on Body condition
    • 1.5% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis
  • 2.9% fail on Steering
    • 2.9% fail on Steering system
      • 1.5% fail on Steering arm
      • 1.5% fail on Other components
        • 1.5% fail on Steering pivot point
  • 1.5% fail on Tyres
    • 1.5% fail on Condition

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