BMW 5-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2016
88.3% pass rate
from 17,866 tests in 2020
(11% better than other 2016 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 2016 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 5.8% fail on Tyres (64% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition (77% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth (61% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 0.034% fail on Size/type
  • 1.5% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (56% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Headlamp aim (60% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Headlamp aim (60% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.36% fail on Headlamps (27% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Headlamp (77% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Matched pair
    • 0.22% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.22% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.20% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.022% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.095% fail on Rear reflectors (160% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.078% fail on Stop lamp (80% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Position lamps (65% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Position lamp (63% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.028% fail on Electrical wiring (3 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.017% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (89% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Rear fog lamp (89% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Rear fog lamp (88% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Switch
    • 0.0056% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
  • 1.5% fail on Visibility (49% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Washers
    • 0.50% fail on Wipers (73% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.095% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.067% fail on View to rear
      • 0.067% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.050% fail on Driver's view
  • 0.89% fail on Road Wheels (5 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Condition (10 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Attachment (200% worse than other 2016 cars)
  • 0.80% fail on Brakes (60% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Mechanical brake components (61% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Brake linings and pads (60% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Brake pads (60% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.084% fail on Brake discs and drums (64% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Brake discs (64% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Brake performance (57% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Service brake performance (64% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.067% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.017% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.073% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.073% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.022% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.022% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.017% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.0056% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.0056% fail on Rbt
          • 0.0056% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.045% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.028% fail on Parking brake control (72% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.017% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.017% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.0056% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.0056% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.0056% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0056% fail on Other components
  • 0.38% fail on Suspension (39% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.067% fail on Suspension arms (55% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.017% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.050% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.050% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.017% fail on Linkage
      • 0.017% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.011% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.0056% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.034% fail on Springs (77% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Coil springs (77% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Coil spring (77% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Axles (4 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Sub-frames (8 times worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins and bushes (51 times worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.0056% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0056% fail on Ball joint
  • 0.30% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.30% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.25% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (35% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Exhaust emissions (37% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.090% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.073% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0056% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.0056% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.0056% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.050% fail on Spark ignition (73% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (58% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.0056% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.0056% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0056% fail on Undertray
  • 0.15% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (42% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.084% fail on Condition
      • 0.0056% fail on Attachment
    • 0.056% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.11% fail on Body, chassis, structure (60% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.039% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.034% fail on Body
      • 0.022% fail on Other body component
      • 0.011% fail on Panel
    • 0.028% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.0056% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.0056% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.0056% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0056% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0056% fail on Seats
      • 0.0056% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 0.034% fail on Steering (73% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Steering linkage components (75% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0056% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.0056% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0056% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0056% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0056% fail on Steering play
      • 0.0056% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.011% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.011% fail on Belt(s)/padding

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