BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1995
60.5% pass rate
from 512 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 1995 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension (45% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Suspension arms (120% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (160% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (130% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (8 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Linkage ball joints (190% worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Linkage
    • 3.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.5% fail on Shock absorbers (160% worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.98% fail on Pins and bushes (11 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.98% fail on Springs
      • 0.98% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.98% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.78% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.78% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.39% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.39% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.20% fail on Levelling valve
      • 0.20% fail on Pipes
    • 0.20% fail on Axles
      • 0.20% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.20% fail on Wheel bearings
  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.98% fail on Headlamp levelling device (7 times worse than other 1995 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 2.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.2% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.98% fail on Side repeaters
    • 2.0% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.4% fail on Horn
      • 0.59% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 1.6% fail on Stop lamp
  • 8.8% fail on Brakes
    • 4.1% fail on Brake performance (43% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.20% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.98% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.98% fail on Rbt
          • 0.98% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.78% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (75% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 1995 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.98% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.98% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.39% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.20% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.20% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.20% fail on Lever
    • 0.59% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.59% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.39% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.20% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.20% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.20% fail on Servos
    • 0.20% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.20% fail on Lever
    • 0.20% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.20% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 8.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.8% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.20% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.98% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.59% fail on Pipe
      • 0.39% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.78% fail on Chassis
      • 0.78% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.78% fail on Transmission (72% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Drive shafts (76% better than other 1995 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Joints (76% better than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.20% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.20% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.78% fail on Doors
      • 0.39% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.39% fail on Door condition
      • 0.39% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.39% fail on Door condition
    • 0.20% fail on Body
      • 0.20% fail on Panel
    • 0.20% fail on Floor
    • 0.20% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.20% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 8.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 8.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.8% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.20% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.20% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.20% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 0.78% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.78% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 8.6% fail on Visibility
    • 5.7% fail on Wipers
    • 4.1% fail on Washers
    • 0.39% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.20% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.20% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.1% fail on Tyres
    • 3.1% fail on Condition
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.59% fail on Size/type
  • 3.1% fail on Steering
    • 2.5% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.39% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.39% fail on Intermediate drop arm (4 times worse than other 1995 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.20% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.20% fail on Steering box
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering
      • 0.20% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.20% fail on Steering column
  • 2.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
      • 0.59% fail on Prescribed areas (79% better than other 1995 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.59% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.59% fail on Attachment

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