BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2008
71.1% pass rate
from 9,883 tests in 2020
(29% 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 (29% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (69% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Linkage ball joints (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint (51% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage (50% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Pins and bushes (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Anti-roll bar (19% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (63% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Springs (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Coil springs (60% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Coil spring (60% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Mounting
      • 0.010% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.010% fail on Bonded suspension unit
    • 1.6% fail on Suspension arms (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Pins and bushes (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Ball joint (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Ball joint dust cover (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension arm (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Shock absorbers (65% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Operation (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Suspension unit (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Bellows (22 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Accumulator
    • 0.091% fail on Other suspension component (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Pins and bushes (35% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.010% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.081% fail on Suspension rods (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Ball joint dust cover (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.010% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.010% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.010% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 7.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (45% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps (33% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp (31% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Headlamp levelling device (57% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim (33% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp aim (30% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (67% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Direction indicators (19% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Flashing type (19% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Individual direction indicators (79% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on All direction indicators (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Stop lamp (83% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (28% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Rear fog lamp (27% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Rear fog lamp (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Position lamps (26% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Position lamp (29% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.071% fail on Electrical equipment (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Horn (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.010% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.010% fail on Switch
    • 0.010% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.010% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.010% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.010% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 7.1% fail on Tyres (1.6% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth (5.6% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Condition (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type (43% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 4.6% fail on Brakes (53% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Brake performance (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (20% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (17% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (79% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.38% fail on Parking brake performance (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Parking brake performance (70% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.071% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (17% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (59% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester (27% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.010% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.010% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.010% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.010% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.34% fail on Service brake performance (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rbt (86% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.26% fail on Service brake performance (87% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.081% fail on Service brake imbalance (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Rbt (sp) (86% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.061% fail on Service brake performance (61% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake imbalance (94% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Brake performance not tested (67% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Brake linings and pads (59% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Brake pads (60% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Brake linings (5.5% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs and drums (62% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Brake discs (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Cable
        • 0.010% fail on Lever
    • 0.69% fail on Parking brake control (60% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Lever (83% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.22% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Anti-lock braking system (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Electronic braking system (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Electronic stability control (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (50% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Hand lever (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Pedal (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Flexible brake hoses (6.7% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Air and vacuum systems (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Servos (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.051% fail on Hydraulic systems (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Servos (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.051% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (6.4% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Other components (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 2.9% fail on Visibility (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (51% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Wipers (58% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Bonnet (16% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass (7.5% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen (9.6% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Driver's view (46% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on View to rear (69% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Mirrors (69% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 2.3% fail on Steering (1.7% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Steering linkage components (21% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Track rod end (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Ball joint (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.010% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.081% fail on Steering gear (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Steering rack (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Power steering (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Other components (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Operation
      • 0.010% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.010% fail on Rams
    • 0.020% fail on Steering play (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Steering rack (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Electronic power steering (42% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Compression ignition (14% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (5.5% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (28% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (24% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Emissions not tested (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Emission control equipment (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.081% fail on Particulate filter (9 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.020% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.010% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.53% fail on Spark ignition (84% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (79% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Catalyst emissions (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Emission control equipment (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.020% fail on Catalytic converter (66% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.010% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.010% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.010% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.26% fail on Fluid leaks (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Engine oil leaks (15% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Transmission oil leaks (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (9.1% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (7.6% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Seat belts (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Condition (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Prescribed areas (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Attachment
      • 0.010% fail on Requirements
    • 0.010% fail on Airbags
      • 0.010% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Exhaust system (78% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Fuel system (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (6.3% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Tank (16% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Drive shaft (2.8% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.11% fail on Seats (1.4% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Driver's seat (37% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Passenger's seat (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.071% fail on Undertray (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Body (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Other body component (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Panel
    • 0.030% fail on Doors (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Other passenger's door (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Door condition (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.010% fail on Door condition
    • 0.020% fail on Bumpers (86% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Boot lid (27% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Boot lid condition (12% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.010% fail on Load security
      • 0.010% fail on Tailgate
  • 0.93% fail on Road Wheels (82% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Attachment (46% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Condition (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.010% fail on Hubs
  • 0.59% fail on Identification of the vehicle (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plates (16% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.020% fail on Seat belt installation check (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.010% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.010% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.010% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.010% fail on Speedometer
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