BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2004
61.6% pass rate
from 8,554 tests in 2017
(19% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Suspension (7.3% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 8.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (49% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (60% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (54% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment (97% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage condition (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Condition
      • 0.023% fail on Presence
    • 7.0% fail on Suspension arms (57% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (65% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 4.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 4.5% fail on Condition
      • 0.058% fail on Location
    • 0.87% fail on Front suspension joints (39% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Shock absorbers (47% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Condition (47% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Tie bars/rods (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (190% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.48% fail on Wheel bearings (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Front (49% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Rear (88% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Radius arms (180% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.20% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.14% fail on Torque/reaction arms (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.070% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.023% fail on Universal joint (8 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.012% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.058% fail on Sub-frames (77% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.047% fail on Macpherson strut (83% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Condition (83% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.035% fail on Suspension unit (10 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Prescribed areas (98% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Component mounting (98% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 0.023% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.012% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
    • 0.012% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 14% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (45% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim (41% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Front lamps (60% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Rear lamps (44% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.2% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Individual lamps (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.082% fail on All direction indicators (73% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp (45% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.058% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.035% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.012% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp (72% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Rear fog lamp (68% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Fog lamp (67% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Rear reflectors (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Horn (58% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.082% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.023% fail on Battery (97% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.012% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.012% fail on Lamp
  • 12% fail on Brakes (21% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Hydraulic systems (17% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Components (15% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Pipes
        • 1.7% fail on Hoses (61% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Servos
      • 0.47% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Leaks
      • 0.070% fail on Operation
    • 5.2% fail on Brake performance (32% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Rear wheels (49% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Front wheels (75% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake imbalance (77% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.7% fail on Hub components (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Brake pads (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs (48% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.12% fail on Brake back plates (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.33% fail on ABS (67% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.035% fail on Service brake control components (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Pedal (82% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Condition
    • 0.035% fail on Mechanical components (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Cable (89% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Lever
    • 0.035% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.023% fail on Components
        • 0.012% fail on Hoses
        • 0.012% fail on Servos
      • 0.012% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.023% fail on Restricted movement (92% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 9.9% fail on Tyres (10.0% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.0% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (16 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type
    • 0.058% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.5% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (83% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Drivers airbag (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.51% fail on Seat belts (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Condition
      • 0.14% fail on Requirements (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Installation check
        • 0.012% fail on Anchorage's
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.1% fail on Driver's view of the road (53% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (44% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wipers (70% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.12% fail on Mirrors (65% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 3.7% fail on Steering (24% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Steering system (18% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.27% fail on Steering rack (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.15% fail on Free play
        • 0.15% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.11% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.023% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.012% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
        • 0.012% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.082% fail on Power steering (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
      • 0.023% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.012% fail on Operation
    • 0.035% fail on Steering control
      • 0.023% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.023% fail on Universal joint
      • 0.012% fail on Steering column
  • 1.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (74% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Exhaust system (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Emissions (75% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Fuel system (68% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Cap
      • 0.035% fail on System (84% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Tank (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pipe
    • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested (77% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Road Wheels (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Hubs
  • 0.82% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.41% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (77% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Doors (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.035% fail on Passengers front (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Drivers
    • 0.12% fail on Body condition (82% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Seats (72% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Drivers
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers
    • 0.058% fail on Load security
      • 0.047% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.012% fail on Tailgate
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