BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2012
77.3% pass rate
from 16,807 tests in 2020
(15% better than other 2012 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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 6.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps (53% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (40% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp levelling device (190% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0059% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0059% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (16% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (82% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Direction indicators (27% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Flashing type (27% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Side repeaters (62% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.065% fail on Individual direction indicators (91% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on All direction indicators (80% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Position lamps (33% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Position lamp (33% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.18% fail on Stop lamp (90% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.17% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0059% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.10% fail on Horn
      • 0.048% fail on Electrical wiring (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.083% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (94% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (87% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres (15% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Condition (36% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.042% fail on Size/type
    • 0.012% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5.3% fail on Suspension (19% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Springs
      • 2.9% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.9% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.0059% fail on Mounting
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms (18% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint (34% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Pins and bushes (58% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint dust cover (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0059% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.37% fail on Shock absorbers (47% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (27 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Bellows (69 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Suspension unit (16 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Operation (38 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0059% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0059% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.059% fail on Anti-roll bars (94% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Linkage
      • 0.018% fail on Linkage ball joints (96% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint dust cover (83% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0059% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.018% fail on Axles
      • 0.018% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.012% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0059% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0059% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.0059% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0059% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 3.4% fail on Visibility (20% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers (16% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (24% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.065% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.065% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.036% fail on View to rear
      • 0.036% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.018% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.0% fail on Brakes (44% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (22% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.018% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.31% fail on Brake discs and drums (61% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Brake discs (61% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0059% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.53% fail on Brake performance (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Service brake performance (73% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Rbt (72% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (76% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.089% fail on Service brake imbalance (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rbt (sp) (75% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0059% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.065% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.030% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (89% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Rbt (sp) (91% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake performance (83% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.0059% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.0059% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.024% fail on Parking brake performance (92% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Rbt (96% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake performance (95% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0059% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0059% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
    • 0.059% fail on Parking brake control (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.059% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.042% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Electronic braking system (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Anti-lock braking system (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic stability control (90% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (87% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pedal
    • 0.024% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.024% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.024% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0059% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.0059% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.0059% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Attachment (190% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.58% fail on Identification of the vehicle (72% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Registration plates (73% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (64% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Exhaust emissions (63% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Compression ignition (38% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.065% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (67% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.0059% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0059% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 0.16% fail on Spark ignition (80% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (69% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Catalyst emissions (94% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Fluid leaks (74% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.0059% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0059% fail on Undertray
  • 0.42% fail on Steering (56% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Steering linkage components (52% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Track rod end (53% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0059% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0059% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0059% fail on Other components
        • 0.0059% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.012% fail on Steering gear (83% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack (81% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Steering play
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0059% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.42% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.25% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.15% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
      • 0.0059% fail on Requirements
    • 0.018% fail on Airbags
      • 0.018% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.29% fail on Body, chassis, structure (83% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Exhaust system (81% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Seats
      • 0.030% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.0059% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.030% fail on Body
      • 0.018% fail on Other body component
      • 0.0059% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.0059% fail on Panel
    • 0.024% fail on Fuel system (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (71% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.024% fail on Doors (76% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0059% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0059% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0059% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.0059% fail on Catch
    • 0.012% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0059% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.0059% fail on Bracket
    • 0.0059% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0059% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0059% fail on Transmission
      • 0.0059% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.0059% fail on Joints
    • 0.0059% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.0059% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.0059% fail on Undertray

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