BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1990
71.3% pass rate
from 101 tests in 2020
(8.1% better than other 1990 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 1990 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Suspension (16% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Suspension arms (170% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Ball joint (190% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (190% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (20 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (50% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.99% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.99% fail on Ball joint
  • 8.9% fail on Visibility (37% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Wipers (100% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Condition of glass (17 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Windscreen (18 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (48% better than other 1990 cars)
  • 6.9% fail on Brakes (37% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Brake performance (12% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Service brake performance (34% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (3.0% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Service brake imbalance (190% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.99% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 1990 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (120% worse than other 1990 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (170% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (37% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (35% better than other 1990 cars)
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (44% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (41% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 6.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (53% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps (6.4% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp (0.76% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.0% fail on Electrical equipment (13% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Horn (42% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.99% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 0.99% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.99% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.99% fail on Switch
    • 0.99% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.99% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.99% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.99% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.99% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.99% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 5.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (31% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (33% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.99% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.99% fail on Chassis
      • 0.99% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.99% fail on Towbar
      • 0.99% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.99% fail on Transmission
      • 0.99% fail on Belts
  • 5.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (3.4% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (30% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Spark ignition (24% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Non catalyst emissions (5.8% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Fluid leaks (180% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
  • 3.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (14% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Seat belts (14% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.0% fail on Tyres (43% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Condition (95% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.99% fail on Steering
    • 0.99% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.99% fail on Drag link end

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