BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1989
63.8% pass rate
from 149 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 1989 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.7% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.0% fail on Horn
      • 0.67% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.67% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.67% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.67% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (3 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint
    • 3.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (17 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Linkage
      • 0.67% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.67% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.67% fail on Springs
      • 0.67% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.67% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.67% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.67% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.67% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.67% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 9.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.7% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Other passenger's door (7 times worse than other 1989 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Door condition (8 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.67% fail on Door condition
    • 2.0% fail on Chassis
      • 2.0% fail on Chassis condition
    • 2.0% fail on Fuel system
      • 1.3% fail on Pipe
      • 0.67% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.67% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.67% fail on Floor
  • 8.7% fail on Visibility
    • 7.4% fail on Washers
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.67% fail on View to rear
      • 0.67% fail on Mirrors
  • 8.1% fail on Brakes
    • 6.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 0.67% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.67% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.67% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.67% fail on Rbt
          • 0.67% fail on Service brake performance
    • 2.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.67% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.67% fail on Lever
    • 0.67% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.67% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.67% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 5.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 5.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.3% fail on Attachment (16 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
  • 5.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.0% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.0% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.4% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.67% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.67% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 1.3% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.67% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.67% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.0% fail on Steering
    • 2.0% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.67% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.67% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.67% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.67% fail on Power steering
      • 0.67% fail on Pump
  • 2.0% fail on Tyres
    • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.67% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.67% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.67% fail on Attachment

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