BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2008
70.1% pass rate
from 11,510 tests in 2020
(26% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 10% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (83% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage ball joints (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Linkage (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.035% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Springs (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Coil springs (67% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Coil spring (67% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Mounting
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Pins and bushes (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Suspension arm
    • 0.56% fail on Shock absorbers (66% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Wheel bearings (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.052% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.026% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.017% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.070% fail on Other suspension component (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.017% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0087% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0087% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.026% fail on Macpherson strut (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0087% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.026% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.017% fail on Bellows (12 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Operation
    • 0.0087% fail on Axles
      • 0.0087% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.0087% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0087% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.0087% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 9.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (18% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (17% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0087% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0087% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim (25% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (26% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps (29% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp (28% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.5% fail on Side repeaters (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Individual direction indicators (78% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (56% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Stop lamp (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.41% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.41% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.15% fail on Electrical equipment (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Horn (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0087% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.035% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.035% fail on Main beam tell-tale (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.0087% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0087% fail on Switch
    • 0.0087% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 7.1% fail on Tyres
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.7% fail on Condition (21% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Size/type (57% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 4.7% fail on Brakes (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Brake performance (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.026% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0087% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.46% fail on Parking brake performance (50% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (50% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Parking brake performance (56% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.070% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.017% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.017% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.39% fail on Service brake performance (83% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Rbt (82% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake performance (85% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.070% fail on Rbt (sp) (87% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake imbalance (90% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.026% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0087% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.070% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Brake linings and pads (62% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Brake pads (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Brake discs and drums (60% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Brake discs (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.017% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Lever
        • 0.0087% fail on Relay lever
    • 0.62% fail on Parking brake control (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Lever (63% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.20% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.20% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Anti-lock braking system (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Electronic stability control (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (55% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.017% fail on Pedal (88% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.035% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.026% fail on Servos
      • 0.0087% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.035% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Hydraulic systems (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0087% fail on Servos
      • 0.0087% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.0087% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0087% fail on Other components
  • 3.0% fail on Steering (32% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Steering linkage components (64% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end (75% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0087% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0087% fail on Other components
        • 0.0087% fail on Steering component
    • 0.070% fail on Power steering
      • 0.043% fail on Operation
      • 0.035% fail on Other components
    • 0.052% fail on Steering gear (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Steering rack (83% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.052% fail on Steering play
      • 0.052% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0087% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 2.8% fail on Visibility (53% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.10% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.087% fail on View to rear (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Mirrors (55% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 2.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (55% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Compression ignition (24% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.39% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.33% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (39% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.070% fail on Emission control equipment (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Particulate filter (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.017% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0087% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.026% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.0087% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.56% fail on Spark ignition (81% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Catalyst emissions (88% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Emissions not tested (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0087% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0087% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 0.39% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.36% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.017% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.017% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.043% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.035% fail on Undertray
      • 0.0087% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 1.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.70% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.58% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.54% fail on Condition (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Requirements
      • 0.017% fail on Attachment
    • 0.017% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0087% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0087% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Attachment (92% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Condition (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.92% fail on Body, chassis, structure (83% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Exhaust system (81% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Fuel system (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0087% fail on System
    • 0.087% fail on Seats
      • 0.078% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.0087% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.087% fail on Undertray
    • 0.078% fail on Transmission (97% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Joints (98% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0087% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.017% fail on Prop shafts (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.070% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.070% fail on Doors (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.052% fail on Door condition
      • 0.017% fail on Front passenger's door (83% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Door condition (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Body (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Panel
      • 0.017% fail on Other body component (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.017% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.0087% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0087% fail on Other towbar components
  • 0.66% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.65% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0087% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.017% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.017% fail on Speedometer
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