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BMW 7-Series MOT Results

67.0% pass rate
from 285 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 7-Series is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.7% fail on Headlamps (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.7% fail on Headlamp (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.35% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Position lamp (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.5% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.8% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.35% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.1% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.35% fail on Horn
    • 0.70% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.70% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.70% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.35% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.35% fail on Switch
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (33 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage ball joints (24 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 3.5% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint
    • 2.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.1% fail on Springs
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring
    • 1.1% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.70% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.35% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.35% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.35% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.35% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.35% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.35% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 9.1% fail on Brakes
    • 5.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.70% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.70% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.70% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.70% fail on Rbt
          • 0.70% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.4% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
    • 1.1% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 1.1% fail on Pedal
    • 0.70% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.35% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.35% fail on Brake fluid
  • 7.7% fail on Visibility
    • 4.9% fail on Washers
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.35% fail on View to rear
      • 0.35% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 1.4% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Tank
      • 0.35% fail on Hose
      • 0.35% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.70% fail on Doors
      • 0.70% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.70% fail on Door condition (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Chassis
      • 0.35% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.35% fail on Seats
      • 0.35% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 3.9% fail on Steering
    • 2.5% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.35% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.70% fail on Power steering
      • 0.35% fail on Pump
      • 0.35% fail on Other components
    • 0.70% fail on Steering play
      • 0.70% fail on Steering box
  • 3.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.2% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.8% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.35% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.70% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.70% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 3.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.5% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.35% fail on Requirements
  • 2.5% fail on Tyres
    • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.70% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.35% fail on Size/type
  • 0.35% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.35% fail on Speedometer