BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2001
57.1% pass rate
from 4,611 tests in 2017
(14% better than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 22% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (17% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 8.8% fail on Headlamp aim (26% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Registration plate lamp (17% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Position lamps (50% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Front lamps (48% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Rear lamps (59% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.022% fail on Switch
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps (24% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp (33% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.065% fail on Headlamp levelling device (5 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.065% fail on Switch
      • 0.043% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.41% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.022% fail on Tell tales
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp (47% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Rear fog lamp (49% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Fog lamp (51% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.33% fail on Horn (48% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.065% fail on Battery (94% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.043% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.022% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.022% fail on Switch
  • 19% fail on Suspension (16% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 10% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (57% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
    • 6.0% fail on Suspension arms (29% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (34% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Attachment
      • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 3.3% fail on Coil springs
      • 3.2% fail on Condition
      • 0.087% fail on Location
    • 0.98% fail on Prescribed areas (77% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Component mounting (77% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Subframe mounting (72% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Front suspension joints (46% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Shock absorbers (60% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Condition (60% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Tie bars/rods (100% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (110% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment
    • 0.43% fail on Wheel bearings (75% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Rear (76% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Front (73% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.15% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.087% fail on Macpherson strut (84% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Sub-frames (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.065% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.065% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.043% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.043% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.022% fail on Torsion bars
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
    • 0.022% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment
    • 0.022% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.022% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.022% fail on Axles
      • 0.022% fail on Stub axle
  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 10% fail on Brake performance
      • 8.4% fail on Parking brake performance (78% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.76% fail on Front wheels (75% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Brake imbalance (49% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance (82% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.0% fail on Components
        • 4.7% fail on Pipes
        • 1.5% fail on Hoses
        • 0.043% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.37% fail on Leaks
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.087% fail on Operation
    • 2.4% fail on ABS (71% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Hub components (34% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (38% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.087% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.087% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.043% fail on Brake linings
    • 0.85% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Parking brake (65% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal
        • 0.13% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.022% fail on Condition
    • 0.065% fail on Restricted movement (78% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
  • 8.3% fail on Driver's view of the road (15% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Washers (38% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Wipers (51% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.43% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.15% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.1% fail on Tyres
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth (16% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.37% fail on Size/type
    • 0.20% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.043% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 4.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.8% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (74% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (71% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.022% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 1.9% fail on Seat belts (38% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Prescribed areas (55% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
      • 0.087% fail on Attachment
  • 3.3% fail on Steering (29% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Steering system (25% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Track rod end (40% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Steering rack (56% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.043% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.022% fail on Free play
        • 0.022% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.022% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.35% fail on Power steering
      • 0.15% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.087% fail on Other components
      • 0.022% fail on Rams
    • 0.022% fail on Steering operation
  • 3.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Emissions (62% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.43% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on System
      • 0.13% fail on Cap
      • 0.043% fail on Hose
    • 0.82% fail on Exhaust system (83% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested (81% better than other 2001 cars)
  • 1.6% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (50% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Body condition (54% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Doors
      • 0.35% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.043% fail on Drivers
      • 0.022% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.24% fail on Vehicle structure (68% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Chassis (68% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers
      • 0.065% fail on Passengers
    • 0.065% fail on Load security
      • 0.065% fail on Bootlid
    • 0.043% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.043% fail on Body security
  • 0.76% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.76% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.69% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.61% fail on Attachment (90% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Condition

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