BMW Z3 MOT Results

Registered in 1997
58.4% pass rate
from 2,392 tests in 2020
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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW Z3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Suspension
    • 8.3% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Ball joint (180% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Pins and bushes (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Suspension arm (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.7% fail on Springs (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Coil springs (180% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 3.4% fail on Coil spring (190% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on Mounting
      • 0.21% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.0% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage
      • 0.21% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.21% fail on Linkage ball joints (70% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.084% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (82% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.2% fail on Shock absorbers (54% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (65% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.50% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.17% fail on Wheel bearings (90% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Axles
      • 0.042% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.042% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.042% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.042% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.0% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.042% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp (36% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.8% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.54% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.0% fail on Direction indicators (60% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Flashing type (60% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Individual direction indicators (70% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.084% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.84% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.63% fail on Horn
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.084% fail on Battery(ies) (86% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Hazard warning (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Switch (150% worse than other 1997 cars)
  • 14% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (70% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 14% fail on Exhaust emissions (79% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 13% fail on Spark ignition (94% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 12% fail on Catalyst emissions (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.21% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.17% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.042% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.042% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.29% fail on Compression ignition (63% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.084% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.084% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.59% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.50% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.042% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.042% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 7.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.2% fail on Rbt
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.50% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.042% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.042% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.042% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.042% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.88% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (72% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Rbt (sp) (71% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.54% fail on Service brake imbalance (70% better than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance (79% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (63% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.3% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.042% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.79% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.79% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.71% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Cable (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.0% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.25% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.67% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.29% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.25% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.042% fail on Servos
    • 0.21% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.21% fail on Lever
    • 0.17% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.042% fail on Pedal
    • 0.084% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.084% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 7.7% fail on Visibility
    • 4.2% fail on Washers (30% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.59% fail on View to rear
      • 0.54% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.042% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.54% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.042% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.042% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (44% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.96% fail on Seats (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Driver's seat (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.79% fail on Integral vehicle structure (53% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (52% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.33% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.17% fail on Pipe
      • 0.042% fail on Hose
    • 0.46% fail on Chassis (66% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Chassis condition (66% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Doors
      • 0.29% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition
      • 0.042% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.042% fail on Door condition
    • 0.25% fail on Body
      • 0.17% fail on Other body component
      • 0.084% fail on Panel
    • 0.084% fail on Transmission (97% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.042% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.042% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.042% fail on Flexible couplings
    • 0.084% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.084% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.084% fail on Floor
    • 0.084% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.084% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.042% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.042% fail on Cabs
      • 0.042% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.042% fail on Undertray
  • 5.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 4.2% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Seat belts (81% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Prescribed areas (84% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment
    • 0.29% fail on Airbags (4 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Drivers airbag (3 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 4.4% fail on Tyres
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.042% fail on Size/type
  • 1.3% fail on Steering (68% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Steering linkage components (71% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Track rod end (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.46% fail on Power steering
      • 0.33% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
      • 0.084% fail on Operation
      • 0.042% fail on Pump
    • 0.25% fail on Steering gear (80% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack (79% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.042% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.042% fail on Flexible coupling
    • 0.042% fail on Steering play
      • 0.042% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.71% fail on Road Wheels (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Attachment (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.50% fail on Identification of the vehicle (50% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.042% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.042% fail on Speedometer

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