BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1987
68.6% pass rate
from 169 tests in 2020
(5.8% worse than other 1987 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 1987 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (3.3% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Stop lamp (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps (31% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp (28% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators (33% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type (33% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Side repeaters (26% worse than other 1987 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 2.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (41% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (41% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (53% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (50% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (42% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (160% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.59% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.59% fail on Switch
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.59% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.59% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 14% fail on Suspension (51% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (90% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Suspension arms (130% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint (88% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (16 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.2% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (10 times worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.2% fail on Other suspension component (150% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Springs
      • 0.59% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.59% fail on Mounting
    • 0.59% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes (14% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Brake performance (40% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (32% better than other 1987 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (48% better than other 1987 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 1.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (42% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% better than other 1987 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance (37% better than other 1987 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.59% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.59% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.59% fail on Rbt
          • 0.59% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 3.0% fail on Flexible brake hoses (6 times worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (85% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pedal (140% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (14% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.59% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.59% fail on Brake discs
  • 5.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (30% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system (62% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.59% fail on Pipe
    • 0.59% fail on Transmission
      • 0.59% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.59% fail on Joints
    • 0.59% fail on Seats
      • 0.59% fail on Driver's seat
  • 5.3% fail on Visibility (24% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Washers (19% worse than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Wipers
  • 4.1% fail on Steering (5.4% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Steering linkage components (44% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Track rod end (68% worse than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.59% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.59% fail on Power steering
      • 0.59% fail on Rams
  • 2.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (56% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (51% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Spark ignition (46% better than other 1987 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Non catalyst emissions (35% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.59% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (34% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts (34% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Prescribed areas (0.087% better than other 1987 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Condition
  • 1.2% fail on Tyres (19% better than other 1987 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Condition (49% worse than other 1987 cars)
  • 0.59% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plates

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