BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2009
74.7% pass rate
from 9,440 tests in 2017
(22% 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.

  • 10% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (33% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.3% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.32% fail on Rear lamps (62% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.042% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.2% fail on Registration plate lamp (45% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim (48% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Stop lamp (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Direction indicators (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Flashing type (58% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.17% fail on Individual lamps (80% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.37% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.36% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.011% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.085% fail on Horn (62% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.042% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.011% fail on Battery
    • 0.011% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.011% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.011% fail on Lamp
  • 9.3% fail on Tyres (30% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Condition (67% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.30% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
    • 0.032% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.8% fail on Brakes (42% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Brake performance (44% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.49% fail on Rear wheels (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Front wheels (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Brake imbalance (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.011% fail on Brake operation
    • 1.2% fail on Hub components (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake pads (56% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake discs (72% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.011% fail on Brake back plates
    • 0.64% fail on Parking brake (45% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Condition (56% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Components (64% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Hoses
        • 0.011% fail on Pipes
        • 0.011% fail on Servos
      • 0.011% fail on Leaks
    • 0.095% fail on ABS (64% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.021% fail on Full power hydraulic systems (22 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Warning (22 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.011% fail on Pedal
        • 0.011% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.011% fail on Locking devices
  • 2.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (47% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Washers (39% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Wipers (63% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.14% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.095% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.8% fail on Steering (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Steering system (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Track rod end (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.011% fail on Free play
        • 0.011% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.021% fail on Power steering
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
    • 0.011% fail on Steering operation
  • 2.7% fail on Suspension (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (53% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (49% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.59% fail on Coil springs (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Condition (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Location
    • 0.46% fail on Suspension arms (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.20% fail on Shock absorbers (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition (83% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Front suspension joints (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.074% fail on Wheel bearings (84% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Front (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Rear (86% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.032% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.032% fail on Drive shafts (97% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.021% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.011% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.011% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.021% fail on Air suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
      • 0.011% fail on Other components
    • 0.021% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.021% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.011% fail on General condition
    • 0.011% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.011% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.011% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.011% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
  • 0.88% fail on Road Wheels (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Attachment (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Halfshafts
  • 0.79% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.53% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (55% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (63% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.30% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.21% fail on Condition
      • 0.064% fail on Requirements (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment
  • 0.79% fail on Registration plates and VIN (59% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Registration plate (59% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.50% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Exhaust system (81% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.074% fail on Cap
      • 0.021% fail on Tank
      • 0.011% fail on System
    • 0.095% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.085% fail on Emissions (86% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (59% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Seats
      • 0.032% fail on Drivers
      • 0.021% fail on Passengers
    • 0.042% fail on Body condition
    • 0.042% fail on Load security
      • 0.021% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.021% fail on Tailgate (6 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Body security
    • 0.021% fail on Doors (88% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers other

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