BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1996
60.3% pass rate
from 582 tests in 2020
Pass rate by mileage
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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 8.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (9 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Linkage
      • 0.17% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
    • 5.0% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.9% fail on Springs (160% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Coil spring (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Mounting
    • 2.2% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.2% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.86% fail on Pins and bushes (9 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (76% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.69% fail on Pins and bushes (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.52% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.52% fail on Macpherson strut (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Axles
      • 0.34% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.17% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
  • 16% fail on Brakes (31% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (51% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (190% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 9.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Parking brake performance (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (150% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.17% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.17% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake performance (76% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.52% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (83% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Rbt (sp) (83% better than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 3.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.86% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.86% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.86% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.86% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.17% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.69% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.52% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.17% fail on Pedal
    • 0.69% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.52% fail on Lever
    • 0.17% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.17% fail on Servos
  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.2% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.69% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.52% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (81% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Rear fog lamp (81% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Rear fog lamp (80% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.34% fail on Horn
      • 0.17% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 10.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 9.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 9.5% fail on Spark ignition (42% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 7.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (46% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.17% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.17% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.17% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.69% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.34% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
  • 8.4% fail on Visibility
    • 4.6% fail on Washers
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.69% fail on View to rear
      • 0.69% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.52% fail on Driver's view
  • 7.7% fail on Steering (80% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Steering box
    • 3.6% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.86% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.34% fail on Other components (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Steering linkage (13 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.17% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.52% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Operation
      • 0.17% fail on Rams
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
    • 0.34% fail on Steering play
      • 0.34% fail on Steering rack (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
  • 6.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (61% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.6% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Prescribed areas (77% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
    • 0.17% fail on Airbags
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 6.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (42% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.5% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Front passenger's door (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Door condition (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.34% fail on Door condition
      • 0.34% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.34% fail on Door condition
    • 0.69% fail on Chassis
      • 0.69% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.69% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.34% fail on System
      • 0.17% fail on Pipe
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.52% fail on Transmission (83% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Drive shafts (87% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Joints (87% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.17% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.34% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.34% fail on Body
      • 0.17% fail on Panel
      • 0.17% fail on Other body component
    • 0.17% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.17% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.17% fail on Floor
  • 4.5% fail on Tyres
    • 2.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.1% fail on Condition
  • 0.86% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.69% fail on Attachment
    • 0.17% fail on Condition
  • 0.34% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.34% fail on Registration plates

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