BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2002
58.5% pass rate
from 5,986 tests in 2017
(16% 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.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (32% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.4% fail on Registration plate lamp (38% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Position lamps (48% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Front lamps (47% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Rear lamps (56% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (42% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (3 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Headlamp levelling device (6 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (150% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.084% fail on Headlamp levelling device (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.033% fail on Switch
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp (53% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators (33% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type (33% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Individual lamps (44% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.050% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.050% fail on Switch
    • 0.90% fail on Rear fog lamp (41% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Fog lamp (40% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.50% fail on Horn
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.084% fail on Lamp
      • 0.033% fail on Switch (81% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.067% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.050% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.017% fail on Battery
    • 0.017% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 18% fail on Brakes (8.5% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (26% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 9.2% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Rear wheels (17% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Front wheels (72% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.033% fail on Brake operation
    • 6.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 6.5% fail on Components
        • 4.9% fail on Pipes
        • 2.1% fail on Hoses (48% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.18% fail on Leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.067% fail on Operation
    • 2.8% fail on Hub components
      • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.92% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.050% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.017% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.5% fail on ABS (33% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Parking brake (37% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Condition (40% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Electronic parking brake (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Electronic stability system (180% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Service brake control components (71% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Pedal (71% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Anti-slip (75% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Condition
    • 0.084% fail on Restricted movement (72% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.017% fail on Locking devices
  • 18% fail on Suspension (17% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 10% fail on Anti-roll bars (83% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (96% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (59% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Linkage condition (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Attachment
      • 0.067% fail on Condition
    • 6.0% fail on Suspension arms (26% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (32% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Attachment
    • 2.6% fail on Coil springs (36% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Condition (38% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Location
    • 0.80% fail on Shock absorbers (45% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Condition (45% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Wheel bearings (56% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Front (48% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Rear (64% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Tie bars/rods (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Attachment
      • 0.017% fail on Condition
    • 0.52% fail on Front suspension joints (66% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Prescribed areas (84% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Component mounting (88% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Subframe mounting (69% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Radius arms (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (150% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Air suspension (9 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Bellows (34 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Operation (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Suspension unit (11 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Trailing arms (69% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (63% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Torque/reaction arms (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Macpherson strut (86% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Condition (86% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Front drive shafts (99% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Constant velocity joints (99% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.017% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.017% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.017% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 8.5% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.8% fail on Washers (57% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Wipers (53% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Windscreen (49% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.7% fail on Tread depth (16% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Size/type
    • 0.15% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.033% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.4% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (41% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (40% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.017% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 1.3% fail on Seat belts (49% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Condition
      • 0.40% fail on Prescribed areas (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Requirements (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
  • 3.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (55% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Fuel system (59% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Cap
      • 0.25% fail on System
      • 0.050% fail on Tank
      • 0.033% fail on Hose
    • 1.2% fail on Emissions (66% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested (80% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 3.1% fail on Steering (37% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Steering system (31% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Steering rack (78% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (59% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.033% fail on Free play
        • 0.033% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.033% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.017% fail on Other components
        • 0.017% fail on Steering component
    • 0.15% fail on Power steering (71% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.050% fail on Other components
      • 0.017% fail on Operation
      • 0.017% fail on Drive system
      • 0.017% fail on Rams
    • 0.033% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.017% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.5% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (49% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Doors
      • 0.63% fail on Passengers other (57% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Drivers
      • 0.017% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.50% fail on Body condition (58% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Vehicle structure (79% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Chassis (79% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Seats (77% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Drivers
    • 0.050% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.033% fail on Body security
  • 0.79% fail on Road Wheels (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition
  • 0.70% fail on Registration plates and VIN (39% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Registration plate (38% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 0.033% fail on Towbars
    • 0.033% fail on Towbar

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