BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2013
82.2% pass rate
from 16,427 tests in 2020
(23% better than other 2013 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 2013 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 6.4% fail on Tyres (26% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition (61% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.073% fail on Size/type
    • 0.012% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (50% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.38% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0061% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.2% fail on Headlamp aim (41% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim (45% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.30% fail on Position lamps (63% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Position lamp (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.24% fail on Direction indicators (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Flashing type (62% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Side repeaters (39% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Individual direction indicators (95% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.10% fail on Horn
      • 0.043% fail on Electrical wiring (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.085% fail on Stop lamp (95% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.085% fail on Rear reflectors (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (80% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Rear fog lamp (80% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Rear fog lamp (79% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Switch
    • 0.043% fail on Reversing lamps (68% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Reversing lamps (67% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (98% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0061% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0061% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0061% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0061% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 2.6% fail on Suspension (38% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Springs
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.6% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.31% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (47 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Bellows (111 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Operation (52 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Suspension unit (23 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Shock absorbers (47% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Suspension arms (83% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes (64% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Ball joint (96% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0061% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.16% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.073% fail on Anti-roll bars (81% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.018% fail on Linkage
      • 0.012% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.012% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (88% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.0061% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.012% fail on Other suspension component (82% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0061% fail on Ball joint
  • 2.4% fail on Brakes (45% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (34% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (29% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Brake pads (30% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.32% fail on Brake discs and drums (50% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Brake discs (51% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.44% fail on Brake performance (66% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Service brake performance (72% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rbt (71% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake performance (73% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.055% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (64% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rbt (sp) (64% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.049% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.043% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (73% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Rbt (sp) (72% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Parking brake performance (88% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Rbt (88% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.018% fail on Parking brake performance (90% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.0061% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 0.067% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (57% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.024% fail on Electronic stability control (74% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.049% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.043% fail on Parking brake control (74% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.030% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Other components (4 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.024% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.024% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.012% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.0061% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0061% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.0061% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.0061% fail on Pedal
    • 0.0061% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 2.4% fail on Visibility (42% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (24% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (56% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.079% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.061% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.024% fail on View to rear
      • 0.024% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0061% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.1% fail on Road Wheels (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Condition (6 times worse than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Identification of the vehicle (89% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Registration plates (85% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Vehicle Identification Number (12 times worse than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Steering
    • 0.49% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.43% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.018% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.012% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0061% fail on Other components
        • 0.0061% fail on Steering component
    • 0.0061% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0061% fail on Steering play
      • 0.0061% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0061% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.48% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (58% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Exhaust emissions (59% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Compression ignition (29% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.067% fail on Emissions not tested (130% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (80% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Spark ignition (81% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (73% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Catalyst emissions (94% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.018% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.0061% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.0061% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0061% fail on Undertray
  • 0.47% fail on Body, chassis, structure (62% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Exhaust system (38% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Transmission (84% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Prop shafts (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Flexible couplings (34 times worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0061% fail on Joints
      • 0.0061% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.0061% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.030% fail on Undertray
    • 0.024% fail on Doors (69% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0061% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0061% fail on Door condition
    • 0.018% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.012% fail on Fuel system (85% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.0061% fail on System
    • 0.012% fail on Body
      • 0.012% fail on Other body component
    • 0.012% fail on Seats
      • 0.0061% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.0061% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.0061% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0061% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 0.36% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.21% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
    • 0.012% fail on Airbags
      • 0.012% fail on Drivers airbag

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