BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1998
54.2% pass rate
from 2,637 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Brakes (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 14% fail on Brake performance (59% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 13% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Rear wheels (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Front wheels (76% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake imbalance (70% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance (88% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 8.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (39% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on Components (45% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Pipes (36% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Hoses (99% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Leaks
      • 0.27% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.038% fail on Operation
    • 2.4% fail on Hub components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.76% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.076% fail on Brake back plates
    • 2.2% fail on ABS (55% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.80% fail on Condition
    • 0.53% fail on Electronic stability system (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal
        • 0.076% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 0.038% fail on Restricted movement
  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 7.5% fail on Headlamp aim (34% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.6% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.5% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.076% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.5% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (26% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.076% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (6 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp levelling device (14 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.076% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
        • 0.038% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.038% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.038% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators (48% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type (48% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Individual lamps (63% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.19% fail on Tell tales (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (38% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Fog lamp (41% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.30% fail on Horn
    • 0.15% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.076% fail on Lamp
      • 0.038% fail on Switch
      • 0.038% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.11% fail on Battery (91% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.038% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.038% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 8.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 6.2% fail on Suspension arms (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (82% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Attachment
    • 3.9% fail on Coil springs (85% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Condition (91% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Location
    • 2.3% fail on Prescribed areas (65% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Component mounting (74% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.80% fail on Wheel bearings (53% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Rear
      • 0.19% fail on Front (74% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Tie bars/rods (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 0.30% fail on Front suspension joints (77% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.27% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.23% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.19% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
    • 0.15% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 0.076% fail on Air suspension (6 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.038% fail on Bellows
    • 0.038% fail on General condition
    • 0.038% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 0.038% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.038% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 10% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (78% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 7.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Seat belts (38% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas (49% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Condition
      • 0.19% fail on Requirements
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment
  • 9.1% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.4% fail on Washers (91% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers (39% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.15% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Valve stem
  • 6.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (39% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Emissions (21% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Exhaust system (84% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.38% fail on Pipe
      • 0.19% fail on System
      • 0.11% fail on Cap
    • 0.42% fail on Emissions not tested (60% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 3.6% fail on Steering
    • 3.1% fail on Steering system
      • 2.3% fail on Steering rack (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Track rod end (71% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.11% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.076% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.076% fail on Other components
        • 0.076% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.53% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.076% fail on Other components
      • 0.038% fail on Drive system
      • 0.038% fail on Pump
      • 0.038% fail on Rams
    • 0.076% fail on Steering control
      • 0.076% fail on Steering column
  • 2.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (42% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Doors (90% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Drivers (200% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Passengers front (130% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.91% fail on Body condition (62% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Vehicle structure (71% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Chassis (71% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Seats
      • 0.076% fail on Drivers
    • 0.038% fail on Load security
      • 0.038% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.80% fail on Registration plates and VIN (42% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Registration plate (42% better than other 1998 cars)
  • 0.34% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment

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