BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2001
58.0% pass rate
from 3,821 tests in 2020
(11% 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.

  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 9.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (88% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint (170% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.39% fail on Linkage
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (62% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.026% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 7.0% fail on Suspension arms (18% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Ball joint
      • 3.0% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (57% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Suspension arm (83% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.8% fail on Springs
      • 2.8% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.8% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.026% fail on Mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (63% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Shock absorbers (59% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.26% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.31% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.026% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.21% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.079% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.079% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.079% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.16% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Operation
      • 0.052% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.026% fail on Bellows
      • 0.026% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.10% fail on Macpherson strut (71% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 17% fail on Brakes (10% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Brake performance (15% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (88% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 8.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (97% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.34% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.026% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.026% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (54% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (58% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.24% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (90% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Rbt (sp) (90% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance (87% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Service brake imbalance (94% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (29% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (74% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Anti-lock braking system (70% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Electronic stability control (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (28% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.026% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.73% fail on Brake discs and drums (38% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.73% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.052% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (82% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Cable
        • 0.026% fail on Lever
    • 0.92% fail on Flexible brake hoses (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.31% fail on Lever
    • 0.24% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (59% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pedal
      • 0.10% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.079% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.079% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.026% fail on Servos
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamp aim (49% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Headlamp aim (58% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.079% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp (44% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.9% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters (50% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
      • 0.026% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.026% fail on Arm
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (46% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Position lamp (46% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.81% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (44% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Rear fog lamp (44% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.81% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Electrical equipment (70% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Horn (70% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.026% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.026% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.052% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.052% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.052% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 8.0% fail on Visibility
    • 5.5% fail on Washers (50% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers (48% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.18% fail on View to rear
      • 0.18% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.16% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.16% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 6.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.079% fail on Size/type (73% better than other 2001 cars)
  • 4.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (48% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (56% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Spark ignition (56% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (45% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (54% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested (78% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.44% fail on Compression ignition (53% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (72% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.079% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.026% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.026% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.026% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 1.1% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 1.0% fail on Engine oil leaks (65% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.026% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.052% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.026% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.026% fail on Undertray
  • 4.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (60% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Exhaust system (74% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.39% fail on Pipe (200% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.052% fail on Tank
      • 0.052% fail on System
      • 0.026% fail on Hose
    • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.55% fail on Doors
      • 0.52% fail on Other passenger's door (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Door condition (150% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.052% fail on Door condition
    • 0.42% fail on Chassis (52% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Chassis condition (51% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Body
      • 0.16% fail on Panel
      • 0.16% fail on Other body component
      • 0.026% fail on Body condition
    • 0.29% fail on Transmission (93% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.18% fail on Flexible couplings (17 times worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.026% fail on Joints
      • 0.026% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.026% fail on Drive shaft
    • 0.26% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.10% fail on Seats
      • 0.10% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.079% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.052% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.026% fail on Bracket
    • 0.052% fail on Floor
    • 0.052% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.052% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.052% fail on Cabs
      • 0.052% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.052% fail on Undertray
  • 4.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (56% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.47% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Requirements
    • 0.079% fail on Airbags
      • 0.052% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.026% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 3.5% fail on Steering
    • 1.6% fail on Steering gear (82% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Steering rack (91% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering linkage components (46% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (51% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.079% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.052% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.026% fail on Other components
        • 0.026% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.026% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.39% fail on Power steering
      • 0.18% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
      • 0.079% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.026% fail on Rams
    • 0.10% fail on Steering play
      • 0.079% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.026% fail on Steering box
    • 0.052% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.052% fail on Flexible coupling (17 times worse than other 2001 cars)
  • 0.68% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.68% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.63% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.58% fail on Attachment (89% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.052% fail on Condition

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