Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2005
50.2% pass rate
from 8,396 tests in 2020
(8.1% worse than other 2005 cars)
Pass rate by mileage
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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Suspension (36% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 12% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 8.0% fail on Pins and bushes (190% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Ball joint (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint dust cover (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Suspension arm (62% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 6.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (13% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (72% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.99% fail on Ball joint (73% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.060% fail on Pins and bushes (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.8% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Springs
      • 3.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 3.6% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.024% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.1% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.71% fail on Wheel bearings (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.024% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.42% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (88% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.036% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.12% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.060% fail on Macpherson strut (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.012% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.012% fail on Axles
      • 0.012% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 23% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (20% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.4% fail on Stop lamp (58% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Headlamps (39% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 6.8% fail on Headlamp (38% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Headlamp levelling device (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Dipswitch
    • 5.2% fail on Position lamps (63% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Position lamp (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on All position lamps (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 4.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (65% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.55% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.67% fail on Direction indicators (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Flashing type (76% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Side repeaters (49% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Individual direction indicators (88% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on All direction indicators (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Rear reflectors (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Switch
    • 0.32% fail on Electrical equipment (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Horn (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Battery(ies) (57% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.012% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.036% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.036% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.012% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
  • 9.8% fail on Brakes (28% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (32% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Brake linings and pads (65% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Brake pads (66% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.0% fail on Brake discs and drums (25% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Brake discs (24% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (82% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Cable (82% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Lever
    • 4.3% fail on Brake performance (40% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (34% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (29% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (46% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (44% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.37% fail on Service brake imbalance (38% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Parking brake performance (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Parking brake performance (66% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.48% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (43% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Rbt (sp) (44% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake imbalance (41% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.83% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (37% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Electronic stability control (63% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Anti-lock braking system (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.30% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.26% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.036% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.23% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (52% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Pedal
      • 0.083% fail on Hand lever (72% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.14% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.048% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.024% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Parking brake control (91% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Lever (90% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.036% fail on Other components
    • 0.012% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.012% fail on Leaks
  • 9.4% fail on Tyres (26% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Tread depth (39% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 6.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 6.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 5.6% fail on Spark ignition (13% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (65% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Catalyst emissions (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Emissions not tested (41% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Compression ignition (67% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (71% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (55% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.083% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.036% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.57% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.55% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.024% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.083% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.060% fail on Sound deadening material (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Undertray
  • 6.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Chassis condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Transmission (78% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Joints (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Prop shafts (83% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Joints (77% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Body (86% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Panel (200% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Other body component
      • 0.012% fail on Body condition
      • 0.012% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.32% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.18% fail on Doors (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.12% fail on Door condition
      • 0.048% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
        • 0.012% fail on Hinge
      • 0.012% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition
    • 0.18% fail on Floor (10 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Fuel system (76% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Pipe
      • 0.012% fail on Tank
      • 0.012% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.012% fail on System
    • 0.095% fail on Undertray
    • 0.036% fail on Cabs
      • 0.036% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.012% fail on Towbar
      • 0.012% fail on Vehicle structure
  • 5.7% fail on Visibility (24% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Washers
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (38% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.20% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.20% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.012% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (47% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Seat belts (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Requirements
      • 0.012% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 1.3% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.048% fail on Airbags
      • 0.048% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.69% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.69% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.69% fail on Steering (83% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Steering linkage components (84% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Track rod end (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.060% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.11% fail on Power steering (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Other components
      • 0.036% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.024% fail on Operation
    • 0.083% fail on Steering gear (87% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Steering rack (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Steering play
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.66% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.63% fail on Attachment (66% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.024% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.024% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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