BMW 7-Series MOT Results

Registered in 1997
67.3% pass rate
from 309 tests in 2020
(16% better than other 1997 cars)
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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 7-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Suspension (28% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Suspension arms (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Ball joint (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Pins and bushes (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.32% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.2% fail on Anti-roll bars (66% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers (27% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Springs (26% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Coil springs (17% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Coil spring (13% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Macpherson strut (16 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Suspension rods (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint (29 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.97% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (79% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Axles
      • 0.32% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.32% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint
  • 10% fail on Visibility (47% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Washers (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers (4.0% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Bonnet (6 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Driver's view (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 9.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (30% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Stop lamp (41% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Direction indicators (9.0% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Flashing type (8.9% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (2.3% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Side repeaters (17% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps (42% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (37% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (15% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (15% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (12% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (61% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (15% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.32% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.32% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.32% fail on Horn
  • 8.1% fail on Brakes (34% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Brake performance (34% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (13% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (sp) (18% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (49% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (48% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.97% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.32% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.65% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Parking brake performance (48% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Rbt (46% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Parking brake performance (39% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes (6.4% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (33% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (7.1% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (8.3% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (18% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Anti-lock braking system (15% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.65% fail on Flexible brake hoses (76% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.32% fail on Lever
  • 7.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (30% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (33% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Fuel system (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Tank (9 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Hose (8 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Pipe
    • 0.97% fail on Chassis (26% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Chassis condition (25% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Body (51% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Other body component (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Doors (24% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Driver's door (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.32% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.32% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.32% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.32% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 6.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (8.3% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 6.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (1.7% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Spark ignition (1.9% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (17% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Emissions not tested (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.32% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.32% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.32% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
    • 0.65% fail on Fluid leaks (1.7% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Engine oil leaks (24% worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 4.9% fail on Steering (28% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Steering linkage components (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Track rod end (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Drag link end (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.32% fail on Other components
        • 0.32% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering
      • 0.32% fail on Other components
  • 3.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (5.9% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts (49% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Prescribed areas (75% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Condition (22% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Requirements
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres (10% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Condition (9.7% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Tread depth (28% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Size/type
  • 0.65% fail on Identification of the vehicle (29% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Registration plates (29% better than other 1997 cars)
  • 0.32% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.32% fail on Attachment

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