BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1985
71.4% pass rate
from 105 tests in 2020
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.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 7.6% fail on Stop lamp (180% worse than other 1985 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 3.8% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 3.8% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 2.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.9% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 2.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.9% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.95% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.95% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.95% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.95% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 6.7% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.95% fail on Ball joint
    • 5.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (7 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (29 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Linkage
      • 0.95% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.95% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.95% fail on Axles
      • 0.95% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.95% fail on Springs
      • 0.95% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.95% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.95% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.95% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 9.5% fail on Brakes
    • 5.7% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt
          • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.95% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.95% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.95% fail on Rbt
          • 0.95% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.95% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.95% fail on Rbt (sp)
    • 3.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.95% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.95% fail on Lever
    • 0.95% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.95% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.95% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.95% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 6.7% fail on Visibility
    • 4.8% fail on Wipers
    • 1.9% fail on Washers
  • 6.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.95% fail on Chassis
      • 0.95% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.95% fail on Transmission
      • 0.95% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.95% fail on Joints
    • 0.95% fail on Body
      • 0.95% fail on Body condition
    • 0.95% fail on Doors
      • 0.95% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.95% fail on Catch
    • 0.95% fail on Floor
  • 4.8% fail on Steering
    • 3.8% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.9% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.95% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.95% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.9% fail on Steering play (5 times worse than other 1985 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Steering box (6 times worse than other 1985 cars)
  • 3.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.8% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.9% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.9% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.95% fail on Catalyst emissions
  • 0.95% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.95% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.95% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.95% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.95% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.95% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.95% fail on Condition

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