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BMW 6-Series MOT Results

72.3% pass rate
from 708 tests in 2020
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 6-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.28% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.56% fail on Headlamp levelling device (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.3% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.42% fail on Horn (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.99% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.99% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.99% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.85% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Switch
    • 0.42% fail on Position lamps (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.14% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.14% fail on Switch
  • 9.6% fail on Suspension
    • 4.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.99% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.85% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.14% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 1.6% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Pins and bushes (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.14% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.85% fail on Springs
      • 0.85% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.85% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.71% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.42% fail on Axles
      • 0.42% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.42% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint dust cover (28 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.14% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.14% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 9.0% fail on Visibility (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Washers (54% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 0.14% fail on Bonnet
  • 8.5% fail on Brakes
    • 6.1% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.56% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.3% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.56% fail on Service brake imbalance (72% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.42% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.42% fail on Rbt
          • 0.28% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 1.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.1% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Anti-lock braking system (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.42% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.42% fail on Pedal
    • 0.28% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.28% fail on Lever
    • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.28% fail on Servos (13 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.14% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
  • 6.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.0% fail on Seats (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Driver's seat (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Passenger's seat (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.56% fail on Pipe
      • 0.28% fail on Hose
      • 0.28% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.99% fail on Chassis
      • 0.99% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.28% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.28% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Body condition
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
    • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.14% fail on Doors
      • 0.14% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.14% fail on Door condition
  • 3.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 2.7% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.8% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.42% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.28% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (18 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.28% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.14% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.28% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.14% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.14% fail on Other leaks
  • 2.1% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.99% fail on Tread depth
  • 1.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.99% fail on Condition
      • 0.42% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment
  • 1.4% fail on Steering (63% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.42% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.42% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.28% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.14% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 0.85% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.85% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.28% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.28% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.14% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.14% fail on Attachment
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