BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2012
81.8% pass rate
from 14,954 tests in 2017
(13% 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.

  • 6.8% fail on Tyres (21% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Condition (48% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.080% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (56% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Size/type
    • 0.040% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.6% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (31% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps (83% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp (77% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.040% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0067% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim (29% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Position lamps (38% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Front lamps (27% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Rear lamps (83% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.47% fail on Direction indicators (44% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Flashing type (44% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.43% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.047% fail on Individual lamps (88% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (180% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Stop lamp (91% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.074% fail on Registration plate lamp (96% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Horn
    • 0.060% fail on Electrical wiring (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Rear fog lamp (76% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Fog lamp (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0067% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.0067% fail on Switch
    • 0.053% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.020% fail on Battery
    • 0.0067% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0067% fail on Lamp
  • 3.3% fail on Suspension
    • 1.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Location
    • 0.83% fail on Suspension arms (56% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (55% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
    • 0.40% fail on Air suspension (70 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Suspension unit (69 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Bellows (89 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Operation (33 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Accumulator (67 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Front suspension joints (65% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Shock absorbers (73% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Condition (73% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.10% fail on Rear
      • 0.027% fail on Front
    • 0.094% fail on Anti-roll bars (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (84% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.020% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.013% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0067% fail on Condition
    • 0.013% fail on Gas suspension (40 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Bellows (102 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.013% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on General condition
    • 0.0067% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.0067% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0067% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0067% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0067% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.0067% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.0067% fail on Constant velocity joints
  • 2.4% fail on Brakes (37% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Hub components (25% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake pads (22% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake discs (65% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Brake back plates (21 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.32% fail on Brake performance (71% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Parking brake performance (45% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Front wheels (64% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Rear wheels (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Brake imbalance (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.26% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Components (77% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Hoses
      • 0.013% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0067% fail on Operation
    • 0.053% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.033% fail on Parking brake (84% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Electronic parking brake
      • 0.0067% fail on Condition
    • 0.020% fail on ABS (75% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (54% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Washers (23% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Wipers (78% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.040% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0067% fail on Bonnet
  • 0.92% fail on Road Wheels (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Attachment (180% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.56% fail on Registration plates and VIN (49% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Registration plate (49% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.29% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.16% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.14% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.013% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0067% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.13% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.0067% fail on Requirements
  • 0.27% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (57% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Exhaust system (40% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.013% fail on Emissions (90% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0067% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.0067% fail on Cap
  • 0.15% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Steering system (56% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Track rod end (63% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0067% fail on Free play
        • 0.0067% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0067% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0067% fail on Steering arm
  • 0.053% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (71% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Body condition
    • 0.020% fail on Seats
      • 0.013% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0067% fail on Passengers
    • 0.0067% fail on Doors
      • 0.0067% fail on Passengers front

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