BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1999
55.6% pass rate
from 2,591 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Suspension (21% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 10% fail on Anti-roll bars (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Linkage ball joints (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Linkage
      • 0.42% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.039% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.0% fail on Suspension arms (40% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Ball joint (44% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint dust cover (89% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Suspension arm
    • 3.4% fail on Springs (54% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Coil springs (65% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Coil spring (68% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (61% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.66% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.077% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.039% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.50% fail on Wheel bearings (66% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.23% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.077% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.31% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.12% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.077% fail on Operation
      • 0.039% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.039% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.039% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 19% fail on Brakes (32% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (38% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 9.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance (89% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (92% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (72% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.46% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.039% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (55% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance (58% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (79% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Rbt (sp) (80% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake performance (74% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.039% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.077% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (37% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Electronic stability control (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.039% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.039% fail on Cable
    • 0.96% fail on Flexible brake hoses (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.27% fail on Lever
    • 0.19% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.077% fail on Pedal
    • 0.077% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.039% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.039% fail on Other components
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (12% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Headlamp aim (46% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Headlamp aim (53% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (27% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Headlamp levelling device (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp (24% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.15% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators (34% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type (34% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Individual direction indicators (41% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.27% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.96% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.039% fail on Switch
    • 0.31% fail on Electrical equipment (71% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Horn
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
    • 0.039% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.039% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 7.9% fail on Visibility
    • 5.4% fail on Washers (64% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Wipers (40% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on View to rear
      • 0.23% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.077% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.039% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.039% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (42% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.42% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 6.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (44% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Doors (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Other passenger's door (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.077% fail on Catch (10 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition
        • 0.077% fail on Hinge (10 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.077% fail on Door condition
    • 1.3% fail on Chassis
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system (70% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Tank
      • 0.12% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.077% fail on Hose
      • 0.039% fail on System
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.66% fail on Exhaust system (82% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Boot lid (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Boot lid condition (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Transmission (92% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.077% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.077% fail on Flexible couplings (6 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Joints (96% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Seats
      • 0.15% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.039% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.12% fail on Floor
    • 0.12% fail on Undertray
    • 0.039% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.039% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.039% fail on Bracket
    • 0.039% fail on Body
      • 0.039% fail on Other body component
    • 0.039% fail on Cabs
      • 0.039% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 5.7% fail on Steering (40% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Steering gear (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering linkage components (42% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (40% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.077% fail on Other components
        • 0.039% fail on Steering component
        • 0.039% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.12% fail on Steering play
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.077% fail on Power steering (83% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.039% fail on Pump
      • 0.039% fail on Other components
  • 3.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (59% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (64% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Spark ignition (65% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (69% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.46% fail on Emissions not tested (60% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.039% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.039% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.27% fail on Compression ignition (61% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.039% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.039% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.039% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.73% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.62% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.15% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels (90% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Condition
  • 0.12% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.077% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.039% fail on Speed limiter
      • 0.039% fail on Speed limiter
  • 0.039% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.039% fail on Doors
      • 0.039% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors

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