BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1996
54.4% pass rate
from 779 tests in 2017
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.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 7.7% fail on Headlamp aim (56% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.1% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.9% fail on Rear lamps
    • 4.1% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.39% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.2% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.39% fail on Tell tales (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.77% fail on Horn
    • 0.26% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.13% fail on Lamp
      • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.13% fail on Battery
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 20% fail on Brakes (31% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 13% fail on Brake performance (56% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 12% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Rear wheels (66% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.39% fail on Front wheels (89% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Service brake performance (85% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 8.5% fail on Hydraulic systems (38% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 7.6% fail on Components
        • 5.4% fail on Pipes (49% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Hoses (70% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.51% fail on Operation
      • 0.26% fail on Leaks
    • 2.8% fail on Hub components
      • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.77% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.13% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.4% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on ABS
    • 0.51% fail on Electronic stability system (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.26% fail on Cable
      • 0.13% fail on Lever
    • 0.13% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Components
        • 0.13% fail on Pipes
    • 0.13% fail on Restricted movement
  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 7.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (190% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.39% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 4.9% fail on Suspension arms (59% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (69% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 3.6% fail on Coil springs (190% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Prescribed areas (58% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Component mounting (62% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.64% fail on Front
      • 0.51% fail on Rear
    • 1.2% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.39% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.39% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.39% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.39% fail on Torque/reaction arms (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (6 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 7.6% fail on Emissions
    • 2.6% fail on Fuel system (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on System (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Cap
      • 0.51% fail on Pipe
      • 0.26% fail on Tank
    • 2.4% fail on Exhaust system (51% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 12% fail on Driver's view of the road (34% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Washers (130% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.39% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.26% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.0% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (43% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (5 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 3.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.3% fail on Prescribed areas (46% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Condition (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Requirements
  • 7.6% fail on Steering (60% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Steering system (75% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.26% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.26% fail on Other components
        • 0.13% fail on Steering pivot point
        • 0.13% fail on Steering component
      • 0.13% fail on Free play
        • 0.13% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.13% fail on Steering box
    • 0.77% fail on Power steering
      • 0.26% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.26% fail on Other components
      • 0.13% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Rams
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.26% fail on Size/type
    • 0.26% fail on Valve stem
  • 4.6% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.2% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Drivers (4 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Passengers other (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Passengers front
    • 1.5% fail on Body condition
    • 0.64% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.64% fail on Chassis
    • 0.39% fail on Load security (7 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Bootlid (8 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Access panel
  • 0.64% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.64% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.13% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.13% fail on Attachment

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