BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1998
56.6% pass rate
from 1,962 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Suspension (20% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Linkage ball joints (130% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (5 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Ball joint (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.10% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 6.7% fail on Suspension arms (54% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Ball joint (66% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Pins and bushes (67% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.051% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.3% fail on Springs (93% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Coil springs (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Coil spring (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Mounting
      • 0.051% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (47% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.71% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.46% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.25% fail on Wheel bearings (82% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint dust cover (7 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.10% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.051% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.051% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.10% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.051% fail on Operation
      • 0.051% fail on Levelling valve
  • 17% fail on Brakes (31% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (57% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 11% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 11% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (67% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.61% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (7 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.051% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.051% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.051% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.92% fail on Service brake performance (68% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.87% fail on Rbt (69% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.71% fail on Service brake performance (68% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.051% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.41% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (86% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Rbt (sp) (86% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance (81% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake imbalance (92% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (53% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (85% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (57% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Electronic stability control (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.2% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.051% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.56% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.56% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.36% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.31% fail on Cable
        • 0.051% fail on Lever
    • 0.87% fail on Flexible brake hoses (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.36% fail on Lever
    • 0.20% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal
      • 0.051% fail on Hand lever
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.3% fail on Headlamp aim (61% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Headlamp aim (65% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.41% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.76% fail on Direction indicators (69% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Flashing type (69% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Individual direction indicators (72% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.61% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (61% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Rear fog lamp (61% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Switch
    • 0.25% fail on Electrical equipment (79% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.10% fail on Horn (84% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.15% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.10% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.051% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.051% fail on Switch
    • 0.051% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 10% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.87% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Requirements
    • 0.25% fail on Airbags (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
  • 9.0% fail on Visibility (24% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (91% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Wipers (30% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.25% fail on View to rear
      • 0.25% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.15% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (24% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (26% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Spark ignition
        • 5.3% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.46% fail on Emissions not tested (57% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.051% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.051% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.051% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.15% fail on Compression ignition (80% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.051% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.051% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.051% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.76% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.56% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.10% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.10% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres (26% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 5.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (51% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Doors (99% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.31% fail on Door condition
      • 0.20% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.20% fail on Door condition
    • 0.97% fail on Exhaust system (73% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.051% fail on Tank
      • 0.051% fail on System
    • 0.51% fail on Chassis (62% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Chassis condition (65% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.31% fail on Transmission (91% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Drive shafts (92% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Joints (92% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.051% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.31% fail on Body
      • 0.10% fail on Panel
      • 0.10% fail on Other body component
      • 0.051% fail on Body condition
      • 0.051% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.15% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.15% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.15% fail on Undertray (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.051% fail on Load security
      • 0.051% fail on Access panel
    • 0.051% fail on Floor
  • 4.1% fail on Steering
    • 2.9% fail on Steering gear (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Steering rack (190% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Steering linkage components (50% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Track rod end (61% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.051% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering
      • 0.15% fail on Other components
      • 0.051% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.051% fail on Steering column
    • 0.051% fail on Steering play
      • 0.051% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.41% fail on Identification of the vehicle (61% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Registration plates (61% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 0.31% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
  • 0.051% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.051% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.051% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.051% fail on Anchorages

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