BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2011
73.8% pass rate
from 15,972 tests in 2020
(13% 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.

  • 8.2% fail on Suspension
    • 4.0% fail on Springs (23% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Coil springs (23% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Coil spring (24% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Suspension arms (38% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Ball joint (160% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Pins and bushes (79% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Ball joint dust cover (78% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0063% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.51% fail on Shock absorbers (54% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (26 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension unit (25 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Bellows (58 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Operation (18 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Pipes
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
    • 0.16% fail on Anti-roll bars (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage
      • 0.063% fail on Linkage ball joints (89% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.013% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (97% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0063% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.16% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.075% fail on Wheel bearings (76% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0063% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0063% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.0063% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0063% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0063% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0063% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 7.8% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps (32% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (20% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Matched pair
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.2% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Individual direction indicators (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on All direction indicators (73% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.025% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.22% fail on Stop lamp (90% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.13% fail on Horn
      • 0.069% fail on Electrical wiring (190% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.15% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (91% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Reversing lamps (74% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Reversing lamps (73% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Rear fog lamp (90% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Rear fog lamp (90% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.0063% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0063% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.0063% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.0063% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0063% fail on Switch
    • 0.0063% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0063% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 6.8% fail on Tyres (11% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.056% fail on Size/type (60% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 4.1% fail on Visibility
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (18% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.10% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.094% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0063% fail on Window
    • 0.063% fail on View to rear
      • 0.056% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0063% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.031% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.5% fail on Brakes (42% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.43% fail on Brake discs and drums (52% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Brake discs (53% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.61% fail on Brake performance (74% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (74% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Rbt (74% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.26% fail on Service brake performance (75% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake imbalance (76% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.21% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.038% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (88% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Rbt (sp) (88% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.025% fail on Service brake performance (83% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.019% fail on Service brake imbalance (91% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Parking brake performance (92% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Rbt (92% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.019% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0063% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0063% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 0.11% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.081% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (73% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Anti-lock braking system (78% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Electronic stability control (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Electronic braking system (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Parking brake control (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic systems (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake fluid (79% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
      • 0.0063% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.0063% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.0063% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.0063% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 1.4% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
  • 0.75% fail on Identification of the vehicle (97% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Registration plates (98% worse than other 2011 cars)
  • 0.75% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (60% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Exhaust emissions (64% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Compression ignition (34% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.13% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (48% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.18% fail on Spark ignition (84% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (80% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Catalyst emissions (89% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0063% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.10% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.0063% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.0063% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.013% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.013% fail on Undertray
  • 0.48% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.30% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.18% fail on Seat belts (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Condition
  • 0.46% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Steering linkage components (56% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Track rod end (56% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.013% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0063% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.019% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.0063% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.0063% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0063% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0063% fail on Other components
    • 0.0063% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.23% fail on Body, chassis, structure (90% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Exhaust system (96% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Fuel system (76% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (81% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on System
      • 0.0063% fail on Tank
    • 0.038% fail on Undertray
    • 0.031% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.025% fail on Transmission (97% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.013% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.013% fail on Flexible couplings (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.025% fail on Seats
      • 0.025% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.013% fail on Body (82% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Other body component
    • 0.013% fail on Doors (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0063% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0063% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.0063% fail on Door condition
    • 0.0063% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0063% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0063% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0063% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.0063% fail on Load security
      • 0.0063% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0063% fail on Tailgate condition
  • 0.019% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.019% fail on Anchorages (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)

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