BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2009
72.7% pass rate
from 10,327 tests in 2020
(28% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.2% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (42% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamps (19% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp (18% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.029% fail on Headlamp levelling device (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim (35% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Position lamps (18% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp (17% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (50% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Direction indicators (53% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Flashing type (53% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.18% fail on Individual direction indicators (83% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0097% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.43% fail on Stop lamp (88% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (40% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (40% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp (39% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0097% fail on Switch
    • 0.087% fail on Electrical equipment (80% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.039% fail on Horn (85% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.077% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.077% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.039% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.019% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.019% fail on Switch
    • 0.0097% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0097% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0097% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0097% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.0097% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres (18% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (45% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.019% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (13 times worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 6.1% fail on Suspension (52% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover (97% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage ball joints (85% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Ball joint (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.019% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.019% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0097% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Suspension arms (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Ball joint (71% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Pins and bushes (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint dust cover (78% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.69% fail on Springs (84% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Coil springs (84% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Coil spring (84% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Shock absorbers (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Wheel bearings (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Bellows (29 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Suspension unit (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Operation
    • 0.029% fail on Other suspension component (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.019% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0097% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0097% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0097% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0097% fail on Ball joint
  • 3.9% fail on Brakes (51% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Brake performance (47% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.019% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0097% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.38% fail on Parking brake performance (45% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Rbt (44% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Parking brake performance (53% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.068% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.029% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0097% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0097% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.23% fail on Service brake performance (89% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Rbt (89% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance (89% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.039% fail on Service brake imbalance (91% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0097% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0097% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.048% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.048% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (89% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Rbt (sp) (89% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.039% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.019% fail on Service brake imbalance (95% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Brake linings and pads (61% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Brake pads (61% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs and drums (69% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Brake discs (68% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.019% fail on Lever
        • 0.0097% fail on Cable
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake control (47% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Lever (51% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.20% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.19% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.0097% fail on Pedal
    • 0.15% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-lock braking system (65% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Electronic stability control (64% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.087% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.0097% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.019% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0097% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0097% fail on Servos
    • 0.0097% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.0097% fail on Reservoirs
  • 3.7% fail on Steering (92% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Steering linkage components (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Track rod end (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0097% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0097% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.077% fail on Power steering
      • 0.039% fail on Operation
      • 0.019% fail on Other components
      • 0.0097% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0097% fail on Rams
    • 0.048% fail on Steering gear (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.019% fail on Steering play
      • 0.019% fail on Steering rack
  • 3.1% fail on Visibility (44% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Wipers (65% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.16% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.097% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.097% fail on View to rear
      • 0.097% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (34% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Seat belts (67% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Condition (79% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Requirements (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0097% fail on Attachment
    • 0.54% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.0097% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0097% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (70% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Compression ignition (48% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (62% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (46% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.048% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.019% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.019% fail on Other emission control equipment
          • 0.0097% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.039% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.019% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
      • 0.28% fail on Spark ignition (87% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (80% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Catalyst emissions (95% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Emissions not tested (88% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Fluid leaks (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.077% fail on Engine oil leaks (62% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.0% fail on Road Wheels (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Condition (190% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.78% fail on Body, chassis, structure (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Exhaust system (71% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Doors (63% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.039% fail on Door condition
      • 0.029% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.029% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0097% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0097% fail on Door condition
    • 0.058% fail on Fuel system (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0097% fail on System
    • 0.058% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Joints (97% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0097% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0097% fail on Bearing housing
    • 0.048% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.029% fail on Seats
      • 0.029% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.029% fail on Undertray
    • 0.019% fail on Body (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Other body component
    • 0.0097% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0097% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 0.44% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.44% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.039% fail on Seat belt installation check (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.019% fail on Anchorages (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.019% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.0097% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0097% fail on Speedometer

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