BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1991
63.4% pass rate
from 93 tests in 2020
(11% worse than other 1991 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 1991 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Suspension (70% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (6 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (25 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (43 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 6.5% fail on Suspension arms (150% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (52% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Sub-frames
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.1% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (4.2% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Headlamp aim (110% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 8.6% fail on Headlamp aim (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Direction indicators (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Flashing type (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (100% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps (0.93% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (5.7% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Electrical equipment (0.84% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Horn (58% worse than other 1991 cars)
  • 15% fail on Brakes (37% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Brake performance (12% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Service brake performance (30% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt (36% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 4.3% fail on Service brake performance (64% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (1.4% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (3.7% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 2.2% fail on Service brake imbalance (0.38% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (3.7% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (11% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Hand lever (9 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Hydraulic systems (5 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake fluid (14 times worse than other 1991 cars)
  • 8.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (7.0% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust system (16% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Fuel system (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Pipe (8 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Body (4 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Panel (11 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Doors
      • 1.1% fail on Driver's door
        • 1.1% fail on Door condition
    • 1.1% fail on Seats
      • 1.1% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.5% fail on Visibility (3.8% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Wipers (35% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Washers (43% better than other 1991 cars)
  • 3.2% fail on Steering (34% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Steering linkage components (0.44% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drag link end
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
    • 1.1% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.1% fail on Steering box
    • 1.1% fail on Power steering
      • 1.1% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 3.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (12% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts (14% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.1% fail on Requirements
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
  • 3.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (24% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (40% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.1% fail on Catalyst emissions
      • 1.1% fail on Compression ignition
        • 1.1% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.1% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 3.2% fail on Tyres (30% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Tread depth (75% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels
    • 1.1% fail on Attachment

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