BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1999
53.4% pass rate
from 3,473 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 9.0% fail on Headlamp aim (35% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Rear lamps (36% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp (34% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (22% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.14% fail on Headlamp levelling device (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.058% fail on Headlamp levelling device (8 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.058% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.029% fail on Switch
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators (38% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Flashing type (39% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Individual lamps (42% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.29% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.029% fail on Switch
      • 0.029% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.029% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.058% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.029% fail on Switch
    • 0.46% fail on Horn
    • 0.14% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.058% fail on Battery (95% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 20% fail on Suspension
    • 9.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (100% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (78% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
      • 0.086% fail on Presence (7 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Suspension arms (60% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (66% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
      • 0.029% fail on Condition
    • 3.9% fail on Coil springs (40% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Condition (43% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Location
    • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas (60% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Component mounting (67% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.69% fail on Wheel bearings (63% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Front
      • 0.26% fail on Rear (77% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Tie bars/rods (140% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment
    • 0.49% fail on Front suspension joints (67% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.23% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.029% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Air suspension (12 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Suspension unit (12 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Operation (13 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Bellows
      • 0.029% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.20% fail on Torque/reaction arms (6 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (8 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Trailing arms (63% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.058% fail on Macpherson strut (86% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Condition (86% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.029% fail on Other components
    • 0.029% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.029% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.029% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.029% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.029% fail on Drive shafts
  • 20% fail on Brakes (13% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (15% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Parking brake performance (100% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.69% fail on Front wheels (79% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Service brake performance (81% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake imbalance (70% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 7.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 7.2% fail on Components
        • 4.8% fail on Pipes
        • 2.9% fail on Hoses (60% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Leaks
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
    • 4.0% fail on ABS (180% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Hub components (28% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.40% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.058% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.058% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.0% fail on Electronic stability system (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Parking brake (44% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Condition (44% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.086% fail on Pedal
        • 0.058% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.029% fail on Condition
    • 0.086% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.029% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.029% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
  • 10% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.5% fail on Washers (84% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers (39% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.23% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
  • 10.0% fail on Tyres (22% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Tread depth (30% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.46% fail on Size/type
    • 0.26% fail on Valve stem (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (23 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 7.3% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (34% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.60% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
      • 0.029% fail on Attachment
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 4.3% fail on Steering system
      • 3.3% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Track rod end (63% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.086% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.058% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering (63% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.058% fail on Other components
      • 0.029% fail on Pump
    • 0.029% fail on Steering control
      • 0.029% fail on Steering lock
  • 3.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (66% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Emissions (73% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.66% fail on Pipe (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Cap
      • 0.14% fail on System
      • 0.058% fail on Tank
    • 0.95% fail on Exhaust system (82% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Emissions not tested (79% better than other 1999 cars)
  • 3.4% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.4% fail on Doors (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Passengers other (200% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Drivers
      • 0.12% fail on Passengers front
    • 1.2% fail on Body condition (43% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Vehicle structure (44% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Chassis (44% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Load security
      • 0.058% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.029% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.058% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.058% fail on Body security
  • 0.92% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.92% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.75% fail on Road Wheels (95% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition

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