BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1994
57.2% pass rate
from 411 tests in 2017
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 1994 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 6.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.24% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
    • 6.1% fail on Suspension arms (150% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (170% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 2.7% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.2% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 3.2% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 3.2% fail on Condition
    • 2.4% fail on Front suspension joints (140% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.97% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.73% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (16 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
    • 0.73% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.73% fail on Rear
    • 0.24% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.24% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.24% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.24% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 18% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.7% fail on Rear lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps
    • 4.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.24% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.97% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.97% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.24% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.97% fail on Rear fog lamp (72% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Fog lamp (70% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Horn
    • 0.73% fail on Battery
  • 14% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 6.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 5.8% fail on Emissions
    • 3.2% fail on Fuel system (170% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Cap
      • 0.49% fail on System
      • 0.24% fail on Hose
    • 1.7% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 4.9% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.9% fail on Components
        • 4.1% fail on Pipes
        • 1.2% fail on Hoses
        • 0.24% fail on Reservoirs
    • 3.9% fail on Brake performance (52% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.73% fail on Front wheels (78% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Service brake performance
    • 1.7% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.97% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.97% fail on Condition
    • 0.97% fail on ABS
    • 0.24% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.24% fail on Operation
  • 11% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 7.5% fail on Wipers (61% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.73% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.1% fail on Tyres
    • 3.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.49% fail on Size/type
    • 0.49% fail on Valve stem (6 times worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 6.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 5.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.9% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Requirements
    • 1.5% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.6% fail on Steering
    • 5.4% fail on Steering system
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end
      • 1.2% fail on Free play (6 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Steering box (10 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Steering rack
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.49% fail on Steering box
      • 0.24% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.49% fail on Power steering
      • 0.49% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 3.9% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.9% fail on Body condition
    • 1.5% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis
    • 0.24% fail on Doors
      • 0.24% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.24% fail on Load security
      • 0.24% fail on Access panel
  • 1.5% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate

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