BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2011
74.7% pass rate
from 14,208 tests in 2020
(21% better than other 2011 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 2011 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.7% fail on Suspension (11% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Springs (29% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs (29% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring (29% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Suspension arms (10% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Ball joint (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Pins and bushes (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover (35% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Suspension arm (57% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Shock absorbers (54% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (17 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Bellows (57 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Operation (17 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Suspension unit (10 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other components (8 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Levelling valve
    • 0.19% fail on Anti-roll bars (91% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage (60% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (93% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint (86% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Linkage ball joints (97% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover (93% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0070% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.15% fail on Other suspension component (11% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint (25% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other suspension component (96% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint dust cover (50% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.077% fail on Wheel bearings (80% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Sub-frames (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Pins and bushes (50% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0070% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 6.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (34% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps (21% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (8.8% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Headlamp levelling device (180% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim (13% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (17% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (4.8% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (4.8% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Side repeaters (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Individual direction indicators (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0070% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.23% fail on Stop lamp (91% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (93% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical equipment (66% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Horn (71% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Electrical wiring (58% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Trailer electrical socket (82% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Reversing lamps (65% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.070% fail on Reversing lamps (63% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Rear reflectors (4.4% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Position lamps (51% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Position lamp (55% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Switch
    • 0.042% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (89% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Rear fog lamp (89% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Rear fog lamp (89% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0070% fail on Switch
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres (4.7% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Condition (23% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Tread depth (5.2% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Size/type (37% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 3.9% fail on Visibility (15% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Wipers (12% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (19% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on View to rear (18% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Mirrors (23% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.077% fail on Driver's view (24% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Condition of glass (6.8% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Windscreen (15% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Window
    • 0.021% fail on Bonnet (76% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 3.2% fail on Brakes (52% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components (22% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (4.3% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads (3.9% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0070% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs and drums (65% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Brake discs (67% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Brake drums (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Brake performance (77% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (77% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt (77% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake performance (77% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.049% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (86% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rbt (sp) (85% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested (22% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (86% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Rbt (sp) (89% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.028% fail on Service brake performance (84% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake imbalance (94% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0070% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.0070% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0070% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.021% fail on Parking brake performance (96% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Rbt (96% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake performance (95% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (82% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Anti-lock braking system (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Electronic braking system (81% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Electronic stability control (89% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Parking brake control (77% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Electronic parking brake (43% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Flexible brake hoses (22% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Hydraulic systems (70% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Reservoirs (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.021% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (74% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (66% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other components (170% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (94% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Pedal (85% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (180% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Attachment (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Hubs
  • 0.90% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (58% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Exhaust emissions (62% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Compression ignition (27% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (23% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (29% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Emissions not tested (45% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (13% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0070% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0070% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.0070% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.20% fail on Spark ignition (84% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (76% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Catalyst emissions (93% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Emissions not tested (87% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Fluid leaks (15% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Engine oil leaks (28% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other leaks (3.7% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 0.49% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (24% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (16% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Seat belts (36% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (31% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0070% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0070% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.49% fail on Identification of the vehicle (33% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Registration plates (31% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.47% fail on Steering (68% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Steering linkage components (65% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Track rod end (68% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint (44% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Locking devices (14% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.014% fail on Steering gear (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Steering rack (90% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Electronic power steering (14% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0070% fail on Other components
    • 0.0070% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0070% fail on Steering play
      • 0.0070% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.37% fail on Body, chassis, structure (87% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.099% fail on Exhaust system (91% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Seats (31% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Driver's seat (70% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Passenger's seat (28% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Fuel system (66% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Tank (28% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (78% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Bumpers (41% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Undertray (6.0% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Body (70% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other body component (74% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Panel
    • 0.014% fail on Transmission (99% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Prop shafts (72% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Flexible couplings (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Engine mounting (25% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0070% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.0070% fail on Bracket
    • 0.014% fail on Doors (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other passenger's door (71% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Door condition (70% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0070% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0070% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.0070% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0070% fail on Other towbar components

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