BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1986
73.0% pass rate
from 122 tests in 2020
(9.7% better than other 1986 cars)
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 1986 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (25% better than other 1986 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Stop lamp (110% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (33% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (26% better than other 1986 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps (54% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (53% better than other 1986 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators (57% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type (57% better than other 1986 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.82% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.6% fail on Electrical equipment (33% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Battery(ies) (2 times worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.82% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.82% fail on Rear fog lamp
  • 11% fail on Suspension (31% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (36% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (5 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage ball joints (33 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (26 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms (19% worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.6% fail on Macpherson strut (9 times worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Macpherson strut (18 times worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Axles
      • 0.82% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.82% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.82% fail on Springs
      • 0.82% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.82% fail on Coil spring
  • 9.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (9.3% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system (66% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure (62% worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (62% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Chassis (28% worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Chassis condition (29% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.82% fail on Pipe
    • 0.82% fail on Transmission
      • 0.82% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.82% fail on Joints
  • 7.4% fail on Brakes (23% better than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Brake performance (29% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (17% worse than other 1986 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (23% worse than other 1986 cars)
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (52% worse than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.82% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.82% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.82% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.82% fail on Rbt (sp)
    • 0.82% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.82% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.82% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.82% fail on Lever
    • 0.82% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.82% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.82% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.82% fail on Other braking system component
  • 7.4% fail on Visibility (3.1% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Wipers (39% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Washers (13% better than other 1986 cars)
  • 3.3% fail on Tyres (130% worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1986 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Tread depth
  • 2.5% fail on Steering (47% better than other 1986 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Steering linkage components (44% better than other 1986 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.82% fail on Other components
        • 0.82% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.82% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.82% fail on Steering box
    • 0.82% fail on Steering play
      • 0.82% fail on Steering box
  • 0.82% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.82% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.82% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.82% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.82% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.82% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.82% fail on Non catalyst emissions
  • 0.82% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.82% fail on Attachment

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