BMW X3 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
73.4% pass rate
from 1,684 tests in 2020
(29% 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 X3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.7% fail on Brakes (9.2% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Brake performance (21% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (12% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (31% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.83% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (9 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (47% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake imbalance (74% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Decelerometer (11 times worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Service brake performance (11 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Parking brake performance (47% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Rbt (45% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.36% fail on Parking brake performance (47% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.059% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested (14% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.059% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.059% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.059% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads (13% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads (12% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Brake discs and drums (65% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Brake discs (65% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (0.20% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Lever (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (8.7% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Hand lever (41% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Pedal
    • 0.36% fail on Parking brake control (3.1% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Lever (8.2% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic systems (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake fluid (190% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Flexible brake hoses (1.5% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.059% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.059% fail on Other components
  • 6.4% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (49% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim (19% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (53% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Direction indicators (37% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Flashing type (37% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Side repeaters (47% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Individual direction indicators (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Headlamps (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Headlamp (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp levelling device (9.6% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 0.30% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (86% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (61% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Rear fog lamp (61% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Rear fog lamp (60% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Electrical equipment (49% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Electrical wiring (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Horn (59% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.059% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.059% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.059% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 6.4% fail on Suspension (52% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Springs (6.4% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs (6.9% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring (7.3% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Suspension arms (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Ball joint (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Pins and bushes (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Anti-roll bars (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint dust cover (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joints (91% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Linkage
    • 0.42% fail on Shock absorbers (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Wheel bearings (72% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres (10% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Tread depth (15% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Condition (8.5% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Size/type (7.9% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 4.4% fail on Visibility (22% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Washers (5.7% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Wipers (50% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Driver's view (45% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Bonnet (27% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.059% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Seat belts (3.5% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Condition (30% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (55% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Compression ignition (5.8% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (49% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (36% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.059% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.059% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.059% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.059% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.24% fail on Spark ignition (90% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (78% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Fluid leaks (40% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Engine oil leaks (68% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (73% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Transmission (80% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Drive shafts (82% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Joints (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Belts
    • 0.12% fail on Fuel system (36% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (14% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.059% fail on Seats
      • 0.059% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.059% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.059% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.059% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 0.48% fail on Road Wheels (7.2% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Attachment (14% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition (9.5% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Steering (91% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering gear (53% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack (51% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.059% fail on Track rod end
  • 0.12% fail on Identification of the vehicle (74% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Registration plates (74% better than other 2009 cars)
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