BMW X3 MOT Results

Registered in 2012
78.1% pass rate
from 7,329 tests in 2020
(20% better than other 2012 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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW X3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.8% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (22% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (77% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators (100% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type (100% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Individual direction indicators (74% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.096% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.068% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.014% fail on Matched pair
    • 0.68% fail on Position lamps (40% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Position lamp (42% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.61% fail on Stop lamp (66% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Reversing lamps (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Reversing lamps (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.12% fail on Rear reflectors (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (74% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.082% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (98% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Electrical equipment (87% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.014% fail on Horn
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres
    • 3.8% fail on Condition (45% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth
  • 3.2% fail on Visibility (23% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Wipers
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (32% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.041% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.041% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.027% fail on View to rear
      • 0.027% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.014% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.0% fail on Brakes (43% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Mechanical brake components (21% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.20% fail on Brake discs and drums (74% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Brake discs (76% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.42% fail on Brake performance (77% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Service brake performance (92% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.068% fail on Rbt (93% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.055% fail on Service brake performance (94% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.082% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (88% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.068% fail on Rbt (sp) (89% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.041% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (85% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.014% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.014% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.014% fail on Rbt
          • 0.014% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
    • 0.14% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.12% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.082% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.014% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.082% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.055% fail on Parking brake control (74% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.041% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.041% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.041% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Other components (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.014% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.014% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 2.4% fail on Suspension (64% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Springs (48% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Coil springs (48% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Coil spring (48% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Suspension arms (79% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes (63% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.27% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.16% fail on Shock absorbers (77% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Anti-roll bars (93% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage ball joints (93% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.014% fail on Linkage
      • 0.014% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.041% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.041% fail on Ball joint
  • 0.40% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.40% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.37% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.37% fail on Attachment
  • 0.29% fail on Steering (69% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Steering linkage components (69% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Track rod end (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.014% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.027% fail on Steering play
      • 0.027% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.014% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.014% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.29% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (45% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
    • 0.041% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (85% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Body, chassis, structure (90% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Transmission (88% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Drive shafts (90% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.068% fail on Joints (90% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.014% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.041% fail on Exhaust system (93% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Doors
      • 0.027% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.027% fail on Door condition
    • 0.014% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.014% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.014% fail on Body
      • 0.014% fail on Other body component
    • 0.014% fail on Undertray
  • 0.14% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (90% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Exhaust emissions (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Compression ignition (77% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.096% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (68% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.014% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.014% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.014% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 0.014% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.014% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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