BMW X3 MOT Results

Registered in 2006
66.9% pass rate
from 4,869 tests in 2020
(26% better than other 2006 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW X3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.9% fail on Suspension (38% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (28% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (5.4% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage ball joints (31% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Ball joint dust cover (21% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint (58% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage (58% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Anti-roll bar (74% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (61% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes (72% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (43% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Springs (10% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Coil springs (9.8% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Coil spring (9.3% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Suspension arms (64% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (59% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Ball joint (68% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Suspension arm (40% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers (17% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Wheel bearings (64% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Other suspension component (47% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint (39% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pins and bushes (56% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.021% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.021% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.021% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.021% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.021% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.021% fail on Suspension unit
  • 8.9% fail on Brakes (27% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Brake performance (26% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (2.7% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (44% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Gradient tester (sp) (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (54% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (60% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.99% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.062% fail on Service brake imbalance (89% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Decelerometer (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.64% fail on Parking brake performance (59% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Rbt (62% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance (66% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.082% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (39% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.062% fail on Decelerometer (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.041% fail on Parking brake performance (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.21% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (73% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rbt (sp) (78% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.10% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.082% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake performance not tested (33% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (36% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (22% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads (22% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.60% fail on Brake discs and drums (56% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.60% fail on Brake discs (56% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.021% fail on Lever
    • 2.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (81% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Anti-lock braking system (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Electronic stability control (64% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.82% fail on Parking brake control (70% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.80% fail on Lever (90% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.31% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (29% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Hand lever (15% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Pedal (52% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2.7% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic systems (1.0% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid (25% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Valves
    • 0.16% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (28% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (0.17% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Air and vacuum systems (0.84% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (9 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Servos
    • 0.021% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.021% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.021% fail on Other components
  • 8.4% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (47% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (9.3% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (1.9% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (69% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamps (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (62% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Headlamp levelling device (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp (66% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (45% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (45% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (46% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 0.76% fail on Direction indicators (71% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Flashing type (71% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Individual direction indicators (70% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Side repeaters (68% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (83% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Position lamps (22% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Position lamp (40% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on All position lamps (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Electrical equipment (80% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Electrical wiring (14% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Battery(ies) (84% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Horn (90% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.082% fail on Rear reflectors (33% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (65% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (120% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Main beam tell-tale (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 6.1% fail on Tyres (16% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth (24% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Condition (0.84% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Size/type (71% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 5.3% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Washers (11% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers (27% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Condition of glass (63% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Windscreen (67% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view (4.1% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Bonnet (22% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on View to rear
      • 0.021% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (35% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (35% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Compression ignition (74% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (82% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Emissions not tested (44% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.082% fail on Catalytic converter (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.041% fail on Particulate filter (8 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (9.9% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.021% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.2% fail on Spark ignition (73% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.97% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (57% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on Catalyst emissions (83% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Fluid leaks (4.9% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Engine oil leaks (6.1% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Other leaks (5.2% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 3.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (53% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (100% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Seat belts (2.8% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Condition (96% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Requirements
    • 0.062% fail on Airbags (41% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Drivers airbag (57% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 2.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (63% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Transmission (62% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Drive shafts (68% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Joints (73% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Drive shaft (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Prop shafts (42% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Joints (25% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.062% fail on Flexible couplings (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Prop shaft (2.4% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust system (55% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Fuel system (36% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (10% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pipe (15% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Body (51% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Other body component (35% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Panel
    • 0.082% fail on Doors (80% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Driver's door (49% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Door condition (43% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Other passenger's door (83% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Door condition (82% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
    • 0.041% fail on Bumpers (77% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 0.78% fail on Road Wheels (52% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Attachment (84% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Condition (38% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 0.62% fail on Identification of the vehicle (4.9% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Registration plates (5.4% worse than other 2006 cars)
  • 0.29% fail on Steering (91% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering gear (73% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering linkage components (95% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Track rod end (96% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.021% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.021% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.021% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.021% fail on Speedometer
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  • BMW X3 (2004 - 2010)
    Strong BMW image. Reasonable roadholding for a 4x4. Plenty of safety kit and electronic driver aids.

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