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BMW 7-Series MOT Results

71.0% pass rate
from 217 tests in 2020
(9.3% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
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.

  • 12% fail on Suspension (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Pins and bushes (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Linkage ball joints (19 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Shock absorbers (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Pins and bushes (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.92% fail on Springs (35% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Coil springs (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.46% fail on Mounting
    • 0.46% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.46% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Direction indicators (56% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Flashing type (56% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (19% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps (11% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (16% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp (26% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (6.7% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (6.7% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (2.3% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Electrical equipment (5.0% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Battery(ies) (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Horn (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (41% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.46% fail on Switch
  • 9.7% fail on Brakes (5.1% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Brake performance (0.70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (2.4% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (6.6% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (25% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (22% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (6.2% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (39% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake imbalance (12% better than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.92% fail on Service brake performance (26% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (62% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (68% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Hydraulic systems (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.46% fail on Valves
    • 0.46% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.46% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.46% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.46% fail on Brake discs
  • 8.8% fail on Visibility (40% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (43% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 6.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (9.9% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure (36% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Fuel system (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Tank
      • 0.46% fail on Pipe
    • 0.46% fail on Chassis
      • 0.46% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.46% fail on Body
      • 0.46% fail on Other body component
  • 3.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (22% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (11% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Spark ignition (4.2% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Non catalyst emissions (49% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.46% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 2.3% fail on Steering (38% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (30% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.46% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.46% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.46% fail on Power steering
      • 0.46% fail on Operation
    • 0.46% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.8% fail on Tyres (32% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Condition (90% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Size/type
  • 1.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (16% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Seat belts (15% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Condition (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Prescribed areas