BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2005
63.3% pass rate
from 10,051 tests in 2020
(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 (19% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (29% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints (39% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Linkage (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.7% fail on Suspension arms (23% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint (17% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension arm (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.0% fail on Springs (29% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Coil springs (29% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Coil spring (28% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Shock absorbers (56% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.31% fail on Wheel bearings (80% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Suspension rods (85% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.11% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Suspension unit (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Bellows (16 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Operation
      • 0.0099% fail on Other components
    • 0.060% fail on Macpherson strut (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0099% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.030% fail on Sub-frames (92% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0099% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.020% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (98% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.0099% fail on Axles
      • 0.0099% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (38% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps (27% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp (26% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Headlamp levelling device (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0099% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.0099% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim (21% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (19% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (45% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Direction indicators (37% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Flashing type (37% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (69% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Individual direction indicators (76% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0099% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Position lamp (49% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp (69% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Rear fog lamp (61% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Electrical equipment (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Horn (64% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.040% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0099% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.14% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.030% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.030% fail on Switch
    • 0.020% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.020% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.0099% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0099% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0099% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0099% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 11% fail on Brakes (19% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance (36% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (38% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.81% fail on Parking brake performance (45% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.080% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.060% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.030% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.020% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0099% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0099% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0099% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.80% fail on Service brake performance (72% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Rbt (73% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.51% fail on Service brake performance (78% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.26% fail on Service brake imbalance (57% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.040% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0099% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0099% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.26% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (69% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Rbt (sp) (68% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.099% fail on Service brake imbalance (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes (47% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Brake linings and pads (54% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Brake pads (54% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0099% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.60% fail on Brake discs and drums (56% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Brake discs (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (77% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Lever
        • 0.020% fail on Cable (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Parking brake control (55% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Lever (70% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.61% fail on Flexible brake hoses (97% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.19% fail on Anti-lock braking system (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.26% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.080% fail on Pedal
    • 0.070% fail on Hydraulic systems (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Brake fluid (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Servos
      • 0.0099% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0099% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.040% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.040% fail on Other components
    • 0.030% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (89% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (89% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.020% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0099% fail on Operation
      • 0.0099% fail on Servos
    • 0.0099% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0099% fail on Air and vacuum systems
    • 0.0099% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.0099% fail on Condition
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (19 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 6.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Seat belts (42% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
      • 0.099% fail on Requirements (180% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0099% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0099% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.15% fail on Airbags (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Drivers airbag (170% worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 4.3% fail on Steering
    • 4.1% fail on Steering linkage components (32% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Track rod end (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.050% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.030% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0099% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.0099% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.090% fail on Steering gear (86% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Steering play
      • 0.080% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.050% fail on Power steering (83% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Other components (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Operation
      • 0.0099% fail on Pump
    • 0.0099% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0099% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 3.9% fail on Visibility (48% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Washers (36% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (70% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.20% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on View to rear (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors (51% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 2.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (64% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (67% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Compression ignition (28% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (51% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.25% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.090% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.070% fail on Particulate filter (23 times worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0099% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.040% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.0099% fail on Pre 01/01/1980 visual
        • 0.0099% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0099% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.96% fail on Spark ignition (81% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (73% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Catalyst emissions (91% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Emissions not tested (92% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.040% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.020% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0099% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0099% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
    • 0.35% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.29% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.040% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.030% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.030% fail on Undertray
  • 1.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Exhaust system (62% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Fuel system (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.050% fail on Tank
    • 0.16% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Drive shafts (98% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.060% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.080% fail on Prop shafts (62% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Flexible couplings (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.0099% fail on Joints
    • 0.14% fail on Seats
      • 0.11% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.030% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.080% fail on Bumpers (60% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Undertray
    • 0.070% fail on Doors (84% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Other passenger's door (82% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Door condition (86% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.0099% fail on Catch
      • 0.030% fail on Front passenger's door (79% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Door condition (78% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Body (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Panel (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.0099% fail on Other body component
    • 0.030% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.030% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.0099% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0099% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 1.3% fail on Road Wheels (160% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.67% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.67% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.020% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.020% fail on Anchorages
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