BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2005
64.3% pass rate
from 10,391 tests in 2017
(21% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Suspension (27% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 8.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (50% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (63% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (54% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage condition (67% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
      • 0.048% fail on Condition
    • 3.7% fail on Suspension arms (15% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment
    • 2.4% fail on Coil springs (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Condition (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Location
    • 0.56% fail on Front suspension joints (56% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Shock absorbers (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Condition (62% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Wheel bearings (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Front (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Rear (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.26% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.13% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.11% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Torque/reaction arms (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.058% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Front drive shafts (99% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Constant velocity joints (99% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.029% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.038% fail on Air suspension (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Operation
      • 0.019% fail on Suspension unit (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Macpherson strut (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Condition (88% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Sub-frames (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0096% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0096% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0096% fail on Operation
    • 0.0096% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.0096% fail on Condition
    • 0.0096% fail on Axles
      • 0.0096% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.0096% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 13% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (45% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps (49% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Rear lamps (28% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0096% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.058% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.048% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0096% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.019% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plate lamp (65% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators (35% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type (35% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Individual lamps (88% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on All direction indicators (82% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0096% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Rear fog lamp (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Fog lamp (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.13% fail on Horn (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.096% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.067% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.029% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.019% fail on Switch
      • 0.0096% fail on Lamp
    • 0.0096% fail on Battery
    • 0.0096% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 12% fail on Brakes (14% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Components (52% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Pipes (55% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Hoses (64% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0096% fail on Servos
      • 0.46% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Leaks
      • 0.077% fail on Operation
    • 4.9% fail on Brake performance (29% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.6% fail on Rear wheels (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Front wheels (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested (78% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.13% fail on Brake imbalance (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Gradient hand brake
    • 1.9% fail on Hub components (44% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Brake discs (40% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Brake back plates (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Brake calipers (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake (41% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (51% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on ABS (84% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Electronic stability system (62% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Service brake control components (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Pedal (77% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Condition
    • 0.019% fail on Mechanical components (91% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Cable (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0096% fail on Full power hydraulic systems
      • 0.0096% fail on Warning
  • 10% fail on Tyres (16% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Tread depth
    • 4.8% fail on Condition (23% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (11 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Size/type
    • 0.0096% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Drivers airbag (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Passengers airbag (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 0.65% fail on Seat belts (39% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0096% fail on Installation check
        • 0.0096% fail on Anchorage's
  • 4.2% fail on Steering
    • 4.1% fail on Steering system (14% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Track rod end (53% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Ball joint (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Free play
        • 0.067% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.048% fail on Steering arm (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Other components
        • 0.0096% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 0.038% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.019% fail on Power steering (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Pump
      • 0.0096% fail on Other components
    • 0.0096% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0096% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.0096% fail on Steering operation
  • 3.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (51% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (35% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Wipers (76% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.14% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.5% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (71% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Exhaust system (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Emissions (80% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Fuel system (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Cap
      • 0.077% fail on Tank
      • 0.0096% fail on System
    • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested (63% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.94% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.94% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.36% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (74% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers
      • 0.029% fail on Passengers
    • 0.096% fail on Doors (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Passengers other (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Drivers
      • 0.019% fail on Passengers front (85% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Body condition (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Load security
      • 0.0096% fail on Access panel
      • 0.0096% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0096% fail on Tailgate
    • 0.0096% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.0096% fail on Body security
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