BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2000
57.0% pass rate
from 2,898 tests in 2020
(7.3% better than other 2000 cars)
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 2000 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 9.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage ball joints (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage
      • 0.31% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (64% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.10% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.069% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.2% fail on Suspension arms (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Ball joint (33% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins and bushes (38% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (37% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Springs
      • 2.8% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.8% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.97% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.48% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.28% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.45% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.41% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.38% fail on Wheel bearings (76% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.069% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.17% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.035% fail on Levelling valve
  • 18% fail on Brakes (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (30% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 7.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance (71% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (68% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.9% fail on Parking brake performance (48% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Decelerometer (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.069% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (5 times worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.035% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.035% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (45% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Service brake imbalance (55% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.035% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.55% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.41% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance (90% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.6% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (190% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Electronic stability control (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (30% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.035% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.62% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.62% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.035% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.66% fail on Flexible brake hoses (83% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.35% fail on Lever
    • 0.21% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.17% fail on Pedal
      • 0.035% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.035% fail on Valves
    • 0.035% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.035% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.035% fail on Other braking system component
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.2% fail on Headlamp aim (44% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Headlamp aim (50% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Stop lamp (30% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps (28% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (34% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.83% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.21% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.3% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.069% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (33% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.31% fail on Electrical equipment (70% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Horn
      • 0.035% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.14% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.069% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.035% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.035% fail on Switch
  • 8.5% fail on Visibility
    • 6.3% fail on Washers (82% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers (51% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.24% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.14% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.10% fail on View to rear
      • 0.10% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.035% fail on Driver's view
  • 6.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.31% fail on Size/type
  • 5.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.59% fail on Condition
      • 0.14% fail on Requirements
    • 2.5% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (56% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Airbags
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 4.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (59% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.0% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.69% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.10% fail on System
      • 0.069% fail on Hose
      • 0.035% fail on Tank
    • 0.62% fail on Doors
      • 0.35% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.35% fail on Door condition
      • 0.14% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.10% fail on Door condition
        • 0.035% fail on Catch
      • 0.14% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.10% fail on Door condition
        • 0.035% fail on Catch
    • 0.55% fail on Exhaust system (86% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Chassis (60% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Chassis condition (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.24% fail on Transmission (94% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.069% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.035% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.035% fail on Joints
      • 0.035% fail on Belts
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.14% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.14% fail on Body
      • 0.10% fail on Panel
      • 0.069% fail on Other body component
    • 0.14% fail on Floor
    • 0.14% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.14% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.069% fail on Undertray
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 3.0% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.069% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
        • 0.035% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.24% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
      • 0.069% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
    • 0.17% fail on Steering play
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.035% fail on Steering box
  • 4.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (54% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (65% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Spark ignition (70% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Catalyst emissions (82% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested (83% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.62% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.38% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.069% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Fluid leaks (80% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Engine oil leaks (94% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Transmission oil leaks (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.035% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.035% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 0.79% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.66% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.48% fail on Attachment
    • 0.17% fail on Condition

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