BMW X3 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
72.2% pass rate
from 2,366 tests in 2020
(32% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW X3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.042% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.6% fail on Side repeaters (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Individual direction indicators (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (59% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Headlamps (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Headlamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.55% fail on Position lamps (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Position lamp (81% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (86% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.17% fail on Horn
      • 0.085% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.042% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.042% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.17% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Rear fog lamp (69% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Rear fog lamp (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.042% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.042% fail on Switch
  • 7.9% fail on Suspension (45% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Springs
      • 5.7% fail on Coil springs
        • 5.7% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.80% fail on Shock absorbers (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Anti-roll bars (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage ball joints (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.63% fail on Suspension arms (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.042% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.085% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.042% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.042% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 7.5% fail on Brakes (20% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.80% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (35% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.042% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.042% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.042% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.042% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.42% fail on Parking brake performance (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Rbt (57% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.34% fail on Parking brake performance (57% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.042% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.042% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.042% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.13% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.042% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.042% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.46% fail on Brake discs and drums (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Brake discs (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (88% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Electronic stability control (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Electronic braking system (16 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.76% fail on Lever (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.17% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.042% fail on Pedal
    • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.21% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.21% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 4.5% fail on Tyres (36% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Condition
    • 2.2% fail on Tread depth (46% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Size/type
  • 3.8% fail on Visibility (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 1.8% fail on Wipers (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.042% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.042% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.042% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.46% fail on Condition
      • 0.085% fail on Requirements
    • 0.085% fail on Airbags
      • 0.085% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 2.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (54% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (60% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.55% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.38% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.34% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.17% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.042% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.042% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.042% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
      • 0.46% fail on Spark ignition (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.55% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.51% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.042% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 1.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Exhaust system (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Transmission (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Drive shafts (82% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Joints (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.085% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.13% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.085% fail on Flexible couplings (23 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Joints
    • 0.25% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.21% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
      • 0.085% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.085% fail on Door condition
    • 0.085% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.042% fail on Body
      • 0.042% fail on Panel
    • 0.042% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.042% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 0.42% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.42% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.42% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment
    • 0.085% fail on Condition
  • 0.25% fail on Steering (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.085% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.042% fail on Operation
    • 0.085% fail on Steering linkage components (95% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.042% fail on Other components
        • 0.042% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.085% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.042% fail on Steering column
  • 0.042% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.042% fail on Speedometer
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