BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1997
57.7% pass rate
from 1,007 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Brakes (37% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 14% fail on Brake performance (81% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 12% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 12% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake performance (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Rbt (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 3.1% fail on Parking brake performance (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.40% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.099% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Rbt (61% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.70% fail on Service brake performance (66% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.79% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (74% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Rbt (sp) (74% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.60% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.79% fail on Electronic stability control (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.79% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.79% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.60% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.60% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.70% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.70% fail on Lever
    • 0.70% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.40% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.20% fail on Pedal
      • 0.20% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.20% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.099% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.099% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.099% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.099% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.099% fail on Other components
  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 7.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (8 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.30% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.099% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.099% fail on Linkage
    • 5.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint (86% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Suspension arm
    • 3.3% fail on Springs (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Coil springs (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Coil spring (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.099% fail on Mounting
    • 1.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (66% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.40% fail on Wheel bearings (75% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.099% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.099% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.30% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.30% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.099% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.099% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.099% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.099% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 5.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.30% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.30% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.50% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (75% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp (75% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Electrical equipment (72% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Horn
      • 0.099% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.099% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.099% fail on Switch
  • 8.8% fail on Visibility
    • 7.1% fail on Washers (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (58% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.30% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.20% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.099% fail on Driver's view
  • 8.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (79% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
      • 0.099% fail on Requirements
    • 0.40% fail on Airbags (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Drivers airbag (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 7.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.6% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 6.4% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.8% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.60% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.099% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.099% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.20% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.20% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.60% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.30% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.099% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.099% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.099% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.099% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.099% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 6.6% fail on Steering (64% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Steering box
    • 1.7% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.50% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.20% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.50% fail on Power steering
      • 0.30% fail on Operation
      • 0.30% fail on Other components
    • 0.20% fail on Steering play
      • 0.20% fail on Steering rack
  • 4.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (61% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.79% fail on Chassis
      • 0.79% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.79% fail on Doors
      • 0.30% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.30% fail on Door condition
      • 0.30% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.30% fail on Door condition
      • 0.20% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.20% fail on Door condition
    • 0.50% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.20% fail on Pipe
      • 0.20% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.099% fail on Hose
    • 0.30% fail on Exhaust system (92% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.30% fail on Boot lid (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Boot lid condition (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Body
      • 0.20% fail on Panel
    • 0.099% fail on Transmission
      • 0.099% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.099% fail on Joints
  • 4.3% fail on Tyres
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.099% fail on Size/type
  • 0.60% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment
    • 0.20% fail on Condition
  • 0.50% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.50% fail on Registration plates

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