BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2003
60.2% pass rate
from 5,576 tests in 2020
(16% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 9.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (75% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Linkage ball joints (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Ball joint (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pins and bushes (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Linkage
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (75% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.018% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 7.7% fail on Suspension arms (23% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Ball joint (35% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Pins and bushes (48% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.072% fail on Suspension arm (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.4% fail on Springs (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Coil springs (32% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Coil spring (33% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Mounting
    • 0.72% fail on Shock absorbers (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.34% fail on Suspension rods (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint (7 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.13% fail on Sub-frames (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (83% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.054% fail on Operation
      • 0.036% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.036% fail on Bellows (10 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Axles
      • 0.018% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.018% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.018% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 15% fail on Brakes
    • 9.3% fail on Brake performance (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (81% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 7.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (91% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (84% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt
          • 1.4% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.30% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.054% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.036% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.018% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (62% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.91% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.036% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.38% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Rbt (sp) (79% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake imbalance (85% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (30% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.018% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.84% fail on Brake discs and drums (32% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.84% fail on Brake discs (31% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (87% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Lever
    • 1.6% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.3% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.65% fail on Electronic stability control (92% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Electronic braking system (10 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.34% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.32% fail on Lever
      • 0.018% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.25% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (57% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.090% fail on Pedal (67% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.036% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.018% fail on Other components
      • 0.018% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.018% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.018% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.018% fail on Brake fluid
  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp (33% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.3% fail on Stop lamp (58% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators (26% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type (26% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (28% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.018% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps (52% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Position lamp (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (54% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Switch
      • 0.018% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.018% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.38% fail on Electrical equipment (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Horn (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.036% fail on Battery(ies) (91% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Rear reflectors (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.072% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.054% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.036% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.036% fail on Switch
  • 7.3% fail on Tyres
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.29% fail on Size/type
  • 6.9% fail on Visibility (17% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Washers (34% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Wipers (65% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.27% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.018% fail on Window
    • 0.27% fail on View to rear
      • 0.25% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.018% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Seat belts (45% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Condition
      • 0.25% fail on Prescribed areas (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Requirements (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment
    • 0.072% fail on Airbags
      • 0.072% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 3.9% fail on Steering (20% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Steering linkage components (34% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Track rod end (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.072% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.036% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
        • 0.036% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.018% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.018% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Operation
    • 0.22% fail on Steering play
      • 0.22% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.036% fail on Operation
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
      • 0.018% fail on Pump
    • 0.018% fail on Steering wheel
  • 3.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (55% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (62% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Spark ignition (71% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (60% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Catalyst emissions (81% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Emissions not tested (76% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.018% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.018% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 1.1% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.43% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (82% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (48% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.072% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.054% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.018% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.054% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.90% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.81% fail on Engine oil leaks (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.036% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.054% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.054% fail on Undertray
  • 3.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (67% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.41% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.036% fail on Tank
      • 0.036% fail on Hose
      • 0.036% fail on System
    • 0.45% fail on Doors
      • 0.39% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.39% fail on Door condition
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
      • 0.018% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
    • 0.25% fail on Transmission (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.11% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.072% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.018% fail on Joints
        • 0.018% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.16% fail on Chassis (67% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Chassis condition (67% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Undertray
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.090% fail on Other body component
      • 0.036% fail on Panel
    • 0.13% fail on Seats
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.036% fail on Floor
    • 0.018% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.018% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 0.77% fail on Road Wheels (67% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (81% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Condition
  • 0.68% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.68% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.018% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.018% fail on Anchorages
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