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BMW 3-Series M3 MOT Results

87.1% pass rate
from 232 tests in 2020
(54% 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.

  • 6.5% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.43% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.86% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.43% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.86% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.86% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.86% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.86% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.86% fail on Horn
    • 0.43% fail on Headlamps
      • 0.43% fail on Headlamp
    • 0.43% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.43% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 3.9% fail on Visibility
    • 3.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.86% fail on Wipers
  • 3.0% fail on Suspension (63% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.43% fail on Linkage
      • 0.43% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.86% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.43% fail on Springs
      • 0.43% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.43% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.43% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.43% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint
  • 2.2% fail on Brakes (77% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Brake performance (88% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.86% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.43% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.43% fail on Rbt
          • 0.43% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.86% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Anti-lock braking system (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 1.3% fail on Steering
    • 1.3% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end
  • 1.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.86% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.86% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.86% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 0.43% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.43% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.43% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.86% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.86% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.86% fail on Body, chassis, structure (87% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Exhaust system
  • 0.86% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.86% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.86% fail on Attachment (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
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