BMW X3 MOT Results

Registered in 2004
63.0% pass rate
from 4,524 tests in 2020
(23% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW X3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Suspension (22% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint dust cover (91% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage ball joints (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Linkage (86% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.044% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (91% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 4.4% fail on Springs
      • 4.4% fail on Coil springs
        • 4.4% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.022% fail on Mounting
      • 0.022% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.1% fail on Suspension arms (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Pins and bushes (34% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint (50% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm (67% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint dust cover (95% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.38% fail on Wheel bearings (77% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component (74% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Ball joint (76% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.044% fail on Macpherson strut (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.044% fail on Sub-frames (90% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Sub-frame (79% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Axles
      • 0.022% fail on Swivel joints/housing
    • 0.022% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.022% fail on Suspension rod
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (47% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (30% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (28% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (62% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps (57% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp (58% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.1% fail on Direction indicators (25% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Flashing type (25% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters (41% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Individual direction indicators (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.022% fail on Switch
    • 1.6% fail on Stop lamp (68% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Position lamps (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Position lamp (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.82% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (72% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Rear fog lamp (64% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rear fog lamp (64% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Electrical equipment (71% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Horn (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.022% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.022% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.022% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.022% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.022% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 10% fail on Brakes (30% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Brake performance (28% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (46% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Gradient tester (sp) (11 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.97% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake imbalance (80% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.64% fail on Parking brake performance (65% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Rbt (65% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.49% fail on Parking brake performance (69% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.022% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.022% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.13% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (87% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp) (87% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake imbalance (89% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.066% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.7% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.62% fail on Brake discs and drums (52% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Brake discs (55% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.066% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (75% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Lever
    • 2.0% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (48% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system (73% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.022% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.95% fail on Parking brake control (76% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Lever (81% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.31% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.24% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.066% fail on Pedal
    • 0.31% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.29% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.022% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on Flexible brake hoses (71% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.044% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.022% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.022% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.022% fail on Other components
  • 7.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.0% fail on Exhaust emissions (20% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Spark ignition
        • 4.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (35% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (35% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Emissions not tested (60% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.022% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 0.57% fail on Compression ignition (66% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.11% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (88% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.066% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.044% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.022% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 1.5% fail on Fluid leaks (150% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Engine oil leaks (200% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.044% fail on Other leaks
  • 7.1% fail on Visibility
    • 3.8% fail on Washers
    • 2.8% fail on Wipers (32% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Bonnet (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.15% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.044% fail on View to rear (86% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Mirrors (86% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 6.3% fail on Tyres (16% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth (17% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Size/type
    • 0.044% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (37 times worse than other 2004 cars)
  • 3.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (93% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Requirements
    • 0.11% fail on Airbags
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 2.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (71% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission (57% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Drive shafts (67% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Joints (71% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shaft (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.44% fail on Prop shafts (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Joints
        • 0.11% fail on Prop shaft (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Flexible couplings (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.55% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.49% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Tank
      • 0.022% fail on Hose
      • 0.022% fail on Pipe
    • 0.29% fail on Exhaust system (92% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.066% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.066% fail on Doors (86% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Other passenger's door (82% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Door condition (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.022% fail on Door condition
      • 0.022% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.022% fail on Door condition
    • 0.044% fail on Bumpers (80% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.044% fail on Carrier
    • 0.044% fail on Body (85% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Body condition
      • 0.022% fail on Panel
    • 0.044% fail on Seats (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.022% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.044% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.022% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.022% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.022% fail on Floor
    • 0.022% fail on Undertray
  • 0.93% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.93% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.93% fail on Steering (81% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.66% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.22% fail on Steering linkage components (94% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Track rod end (95% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.022% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.066% fail on Power steering (80% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.022% fail on Operation
  • 0.62% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.60% fail on Attachment (70% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Condition
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