BMW 7-Series MOT Results

Registered in 2009
79.8% pass rate
from 687 tests in 2020
(48% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 7-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.4% fail on Suspension (44% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Suspension arms (11% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Pins and bushes (37% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Ball joint (29% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Ball joint dust cover (11% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Springs (50% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Coil springs (50% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Coil spring (50% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Shock absorbers (61% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.15% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.15% fail on Suspension unit
  • 5.4% fail on Tyres (19% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition (7.3% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (37% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 2.9% fail on Visibility (48% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Washers (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Wipers (68% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 2.3% fail on Brakes (73% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Brake linings and pads (62% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.87% fail on Brake pads (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.15% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.58% fail on Brake performance (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (76% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (sp) (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Service brake performance (87% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Rbt (87% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake performance (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (4.8% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Electronic stability control (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake control (21% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Electronic parking brake (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (86% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Headlamps (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Headlamp (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Headlamp aim (76% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Headlamp aim (74% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.15% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.15% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.15% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.15% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.15% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 1.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (59% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Spark ignition (75% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (45% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Compression ignition (58% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (22% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Fluid leaks (72% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Engine oil leaks (37% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Other leaks
  • 0.87% fail on Identification of the vehicle (93% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Registration plates (94% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.87% fail on Body, chassis, structure (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.15% fail on Pipe
    • 0.15% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.15% fail on Body
      • 0.15% fail on Other body component
    • 0.15% fail on Undertray
  • 0.87% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (4.5% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (16% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Seat belts (28% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
  • 0.87% fail on Road Wheels (97% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Attachment
  • 0.15% fail on Steering
    • 0.15% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.15% fail on Steering rack
Read the Honest John Review

  • BMW 7 Series (2009 - 2016)
    High quality luxurious interior. Huge amounts of space in the back. Long wheelbase versions available. Efficient Dynamics means good economy and low CO2.
  • BMW 7 Series (2002 - 2009)
    Brisk or rapid performance, depending on model. Handles well. Looks improve with familiarity.

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