BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2002
59.1% pass rate
from 5,034 tests in 2020
(15% better than other 2002 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 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 9.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (78% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage ball joints (84% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Ball joint (65% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Linkage
      • 0.46% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.099% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 6.8% fail on Suspension arms
      • 3.3% fail on Ball joint
      • 2.8% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (43% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Suspension arm
    • 2.2% fail on Springs (36% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Coil springs (34% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Coil spring (34% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Shock absorbers (34% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (72% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Wheel bearings (64% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.079% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.22% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.020% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.18% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Suspension unit (7 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Operation
      • 0.020% fail on Bellows
    • 0.14% fail on Sub-frames (75% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.040% fail on Sub-frame (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (85% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Axles
      • 0.020% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 10.0% fail on Brake performance (20% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 8.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (98% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 8.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (38% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (40% worse than other 2002 cars)
          • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (34% worse than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.26% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance (81% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.28% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (87% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Rbt (sp) (86% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2002 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake imbalance (89% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (19% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (34% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (28% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads (27% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.85% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.060% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (79% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Cable
    • 1.9% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (36% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.81% fail on Electronic stability control (130% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.58% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.26% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
    • 0.24% fail on Parking brake control (55% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Lever (54% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Hydraulic systems (81% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.040% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (83% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.040% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.020% fail on Other components
      • 0.020% fail on Additional braking device
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (30% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Headlamp aim (19% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Headlamp aim (24% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps (33% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp (35% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.040% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.020% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp (45% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators (24% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type (24% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Individual direction indicators (32% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.020% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps (60% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp (60% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (54% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (47% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Rear fog lamp (50% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Rear fog lamp (49% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Front fog lamps (9 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Front fog lamps (11 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Electrical equipment (59% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Horn (53% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.060% fail on Battery(ies) (86% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.060% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.040% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.020% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.020% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.020% fail on Switch
    • 0.020% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 8.5% fail on Visibility
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (63% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (50% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.14% fail on View to rear (61% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Mirrors (60% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.079% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.079% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.26% fail on Size/type
  • 4.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (40% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (50% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Spark ignition (52% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (34% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (64% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Emissions not tested (57% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.74% fail on Compression ignition (35% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (55% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.099% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.020% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.020% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 1.2% fail on Fluid leaks (61% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.30% fail on Other leaks (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.060% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.040% fail on Undertray
      • 0.020% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 4.5% fail on Steering
    • 2.8% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end (57% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.060% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.020% fail on Other components
        • 0.020% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.34% fail on Power steering
      • 0.18% fail on Other components
      • 0.079% fail on Operation
      • 0.040% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.020% fail on Pump
      • 0.020% fail on Rams
    • 0.060% fail on Steering play
      • 0.060% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.020% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.6% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (55% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.87% fail on Prescribed areas (45% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Condition
      • 0.16% fail on Requirements (200% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.099% fail on Airbags
      • 0.099% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 3.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (63% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (73% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.50% fail on Pipe (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.079% fail on System
      • 0.040% fail on Hose
      • 0.020% fail on Tank
    • 0.50% fail on Integral vehicle structure (41% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.44% fail on Bumpers (82% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Doors
      • 0.38% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.38% fail on Door condition
      • 0.020% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition
    • 0.26% fail on Body
      • 0.16% fail on Other body component
      • 0.079% fail on Panel
      • 0.020% fail on Body condition
    • 0.20% fail on Chassis (70% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Chassis condition (69% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Transmission (95% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.079% fail on Flexible couplings (9 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.020% fail on Joints
      • 0.079% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.040% fail on Joints (99% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Undertray
    • 0.079% fail on Seats (72% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.060% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.060% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.040% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.020% fail on Bracket
    • 0.020% fail on Floor
  • 0.72% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.70% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.020% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.68% fail on Road Wheels (58% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Condition
  • 0.020% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.020% fail on Doors
      • 0.020% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors

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