BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2000
56.3% pass rate
from 3,917 tests in 2017
(11% 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.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (13% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Headlamp aim (20% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.8% fail on Front lamps (22% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Registration plate lamp (35% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Stop lamp (36% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.0% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.97% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.28% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.077% fail on Tell tales
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp (37% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.026% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.077% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.026% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.051% fail on Dipswitch
    • 0.97% fail on Rear fog lamp (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Fog lamp (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.051% fail on Switch
    • 0.43% fail on Horn
    • 0.077% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.051% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.026% fail on Battery
    • 0.026% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.026% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.026% fail on Switch
  • 19% fail on Brakes (13% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (16% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 8.8% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.64% fail on Front wheels (80% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Brake imbalance (64% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.026% fail on Brake operation
    • 7.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (19% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.3% fail on Components (20% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Pipes
        • 3.1% fail on Hoses (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.41% fail on Leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.026% fail on Operation
    • 4.4% fail on ABS (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Hub components (36% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (38% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.10% fail on Brake back plates (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.026% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.1% fail on Electronic stability system (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake (69% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Condition (69% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.077% fail on Pedal
        • 0.051% fail on Condition
        • 0.026% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.077% fail on Restricted movement (75% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.051% fail on Components
        • 0.026% fail on Pipes
        • 0.026% fail on Servos
    • 0.026% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.026% fail on Lever
  • 19% fail on Suspension (11% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 10.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (100% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (87% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.38% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.026% fail on Presence
    • 6.2% fail on Suspension arms (45% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (52% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Condition
      • 0.051% fail on Attachment
    • 2.7% fail on Coil springs
      • 2.7% fail on Condition
      • 0.026% fail on Location
    • 2.2% fail on Prescribed areas (57% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Component mounting (61% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.026% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.92% fail on Shock absorbers (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Condition (44% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Front suspension joints (48% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Wheel bearings (60% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Rear (57% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Front (66% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Tie bars/rods (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Radius arms (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment
    • 0.31% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.31% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.23% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.10% fail on Torque/reaction arms (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.026% fail on Condition
    • 0.077% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.051% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.026% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.026% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.026% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.026% fail on Operation
    • 0.026% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.026% fail on Condition
    • 0.026% fail on Axles
      • 0.026% fail on Stub axle
  • 9.4% fail on Tyres
    • 5.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Size/type
    • 0.18% fail on Valve stem
  • 8.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.7% fail on Washers (56% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (46% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.33% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.8% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (62% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (60% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.026% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 2.6% fail on Seat belts (24% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas (35% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Requirements (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Condition
  • 4.6% fail on Steering
    • 4.1% fail on Steering system
      • 2.5% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.10% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.051% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.026% fail on Other components
        • 0.026% fail on Steering component
    • 0.49% fail on Power steering
      • 0.23% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.18% fail on Operation
      • 0.077% fail on Other components
      • 0.026% fail on Pump
    • 0.077% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.051% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.026% fail on Steering control
      • 0.026% fail on Steering column
  • 3.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (67% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Emissions (76% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Fuel system (46% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on System
      • 0.18% fail on Cap
      • 0.051% fail on Tank
      • 0.026% fail on Hose
    • 0.94% fail on Exhaust system (82% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested (75% better than other 2000 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (46% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Body condition (49% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Doors
      • 0.43% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.10% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.077% fail on Drivers
    • 0.36% fail on Vehicle structure (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Chassis (62% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Load security (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Bootlid (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Access panel
      • 0.026% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.077% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.026% fail on Body security
    • 0.026% fail on Seats
      • 0.026% fail on Passengers
  • 0.89% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.89% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.79% fail on Road Wheels (96% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Condition

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