BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1997
55.9% pass rate
from 1,357 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Brakes (35% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 15% fail on Brake performance (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 13% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Rear wheels
      • 1.2% fail on Front wheels (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.15% fail on Brake imbalance
    • 8.4% fail on Hydraulic systems (39% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 7.5% fail on Components (35% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Pipes
        • 3.3% fail on Hoses (74% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (190% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Leaks
      • 0.074% fail on Operation
    • 1.9% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.15% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.7% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.7% fail on Condition
    • 1.3% fail on ABS
    • 0.66% fail on Electronic stability system (9 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.22% fail on Pedal
        • 0.22% fail on Condition
    • 0.074% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.074% fail on Cable
  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.0% fail on Headlamp aim (51% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Headlamps (65% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Headlamp (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.074% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.074% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.074% fail on Switch
    • 4.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp (35% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Registration plate lamp (41% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (44% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (44% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Individual lamps (60% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.37% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.15% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.96% fail on Rear fog lamp (55% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Fog lamp (56% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.37% fail on Horn
    • 0.15% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.074% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 8.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (200% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
      • 0.074% fail on Attachment
    • 5.8% fail on Suspension arms (73% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (87% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Coil springs (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Condition (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Location
    • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas (62% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Component mounting (62% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.074% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.88% fail on Shock absorbers (54% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Condition (54% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Wheel bearings (69% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Rear (65% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Front (76% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.44% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Front suspension joints (66% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.22% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.22% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.15% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.15% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.15% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.074% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.074% fail on Pipes
  • 11% fail on Driver's view of the road (24% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Washers (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.44% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.29% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.074% fail on Bonnet
  • 9.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (66% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Drivers airbag (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Passengers airbag (32 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.96% fail on Condition
      • 0.29% fail on Requirements
      • 0.074% fail on Attachment
  • 8.3% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (24% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Emissions
    • 0.96% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.66% fail on Pipe (200% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Cap
    • 0.66% fail on Exhaust system (86% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.44% fail on Size/type
    • 0.074% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.7% fail on Steering (51% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Steering system (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.22% fail on Free play
        • 0.22% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.074% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.074% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.074% fail on Other components
        • 0.074% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.88% fail on Power steering
      • 0.37% fail on Other components
      • 0.22% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.15% fail on Pump
      • 0.15% fail on Rams (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Operation
    • 0.074% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.6% fail on Doors (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Passengers other (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Drivers
      • 0.44% fail on Passengers front
    • 1.3% fail on Body condition (52% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.74% fail on Chassis
    • 0.15% fail on Seats
      • 0.15% fail on Drivers
    • 0.15% fail on Load security
      • 0.15% fail on Bootlid (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 0.88% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.88% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.29% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment

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