BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1994
64.2% pass rate
from 318 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 1994 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 5.7% fail on Suspension arms (85% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (190% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.63% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (17 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.94% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.63% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 2.2% fail on Springs
      • 2.2% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.2% fail on Coil spring (190% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.94% fail on Pins and bushes (11 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.94% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.31% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.63% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (14 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Levelling valve (111 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Axles
      • 0.31% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.31% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.31% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.1% fail on Position lamps (110% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.31% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp
    • 2.5% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.6% fail on Horn
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.63% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.31% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.31% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.94% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.31% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.31% fail on Switch
  • 10% fail on Brakes
    • 5.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.94% fail on Rbt
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.63% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (79% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Rbt (sp) (78% better than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.31% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.94% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.94% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.94% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.94% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.63% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.63% fail on Lever
    • 0.31% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.31% fail on Other components
    • 0.31% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.31% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 10% fail on Visibility
    • 6.0% fail on Washers
    • 4.4% fail on Wipers
  • 9.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.3% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.94% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.94% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.63% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.31% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.31% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.31% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 1.6% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.6% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 9.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.5% fail on Fuel system (180% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Pipe (6 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Transmission
      • 2.2% fail on Drive shafts
        • 2.2% fail on Joints
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.94% fail on Chassis
      • 0.94% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.63% fail on Doors
      • 0.63% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.63% fail on Door condition
    • 0.31% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.31% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.31% fail on Body
      • 0.31% fail on Panel
      • 0.31% fail on Other body component
  • 4.7% fail on Tyres
    • 2.5% fail on Condition
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth
  • 4.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.63% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 3.8% fail on Steering
    • 3.5% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.63% fail on Other components (9 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Steering linkage (10 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.31% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.31% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.31% fail on Steering box
    • 0.31% fail on Steering play
      • 0.31% fail on Steering box
  • 2.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.63% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Condition
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment

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