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BMW 5-Series MOT Results

65.4% pass rate
from 917 tests in 2017
(18% worse 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 5-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Front lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.11% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.11% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.0% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.76% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.65% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.11% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.0% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.55% fail on Tell tale
    • 2.1% fail on Battery
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 0.87% fail on Horn (57% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.44% fail on Switch
      • 0.33% fail on Lamp
      • 0.11% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.33% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 16% fail on Suspension (60% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Prescribed areas (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Component mounting (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Subframe mounting (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 4.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Linkage condition (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment
    • 2.1% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Condition (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Location
    • 0.98% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment
    • 0.76% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.65% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Drive shafts (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.11% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.44% fail on Macpherson strut (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.33% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear
      • 0.11% fail on Front
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 7.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.3% fail on Rear wheels
      • 3.1% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.87% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.76% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.8% fail on Components
        • 2.7% fail on Pipes (97% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Hoses
        • 0.11% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.55% fail on Leaks
      • 0.44% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.22% fail on Operation
    • 0.76% fail on Hub components
      • 0.55% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.11% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.11% fail on Wheel cylinder
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.33% fail on Condition
    • 0.33% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.33% fail on Pedal
        • 0.22% fail on Condition
        • 0.11% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.33% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.22% fail on ABS
    • 0.11% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.11% fail on Cable
  • 8.4% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.9% fail on Wipers (76% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet
  • 7.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system (75% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Emissions
    • 0.87% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.65% fail on Pipe
      • 0.11% fail on Cap
      • 0.11% fail on System
  • 4.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.2% fail on Body condition
    • 1.3% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis
    • 0.33% fail on Doors
      • 0.22% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers
    • 0.33% fail on Seats
      • 0.22% fail on Passengers
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers
    • 0.11% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.11% fail on Speedometer
  • 3.6% fail on Steering
    • 3.5% fail on Steering system
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.55% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.55% fail on Other components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Steering pivot point (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.22% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.11% fail on Free play
        • 0.11% fail on Steering box
      • 0.11% fail on Steering box
    • 0.22% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
  • 3.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.76% fail on Condition
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres
    • 2.5% fail on Condition (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.98% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.98% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.33% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment