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BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

89.9% pass rate
from 228 tests in 2017
(65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the BMW 3-Series M3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.3% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (49% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.44% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.44% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.88% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.44% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.44% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.3% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.44% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.44% fail on Switch
    • 0.88% fail on Battery
    • 0.88% fail on Horn
    • 0.44% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.44% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.44% fail on Switch
  • 3.1% fail on Brakes (74% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Brake performance (84% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.88% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.44% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.44% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.88% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.44% fail on Components
        • 0.44% fail on Pipes
      • 0.44% fail on Leaks
    • 0.88% fail on Hub components
      • 0.44% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.44% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.44% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.44% fail on Cable
    • 0.44% fail on ABS
  • 2.2% fail on Suspension (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.88% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.44% fail on Attachment
    • 0.88% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.88% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.44% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.44% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.44% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 1.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (75% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Washers
    • 0.44% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.44% fail on Wipers
  • 0.44% fail on Steering
    • 0.44% fail on Steering system
      • 0.44% fail on Track rod end
  • 0.44% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.44% fail on Body condition
  • 0.44% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 0.44% fail on Exhaust system
Read the Honest John Review

  • BMW M3 1986
    Sweet to drive, beautifully balanced handling, fast, agile, and possibly the finest sports saloon to emerge from the 1980s