Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2007
55.5% pass rate
from 8,502 tests in 2020
(5.1% worse than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Suspension (50% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 12% fail on Suspension arms (160% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint dust cover (36% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Suspension arm (48% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (17% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (27% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Linkage ball joints (93% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (18% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Ball joint (100% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Ball joint dust cover (8.5% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage (4.5% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (22% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Anti-roll bar (90% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Pins and bushes (57% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (9.5% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.9% fail on Springs (8.6% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Coil springs (9.1% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 4.9% fail on Coil spring (9.0% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Mounting (21% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Shock absorbers (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (5.5% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Sub-frames (10% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (120% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Sub-frame (26% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pins and bushes (76% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.35% fail on Other suspension component (15% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint (54% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Pins and bushes (14% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (170% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.26% fail on Wheel bearings (74% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Suspension rods (120% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Ball joint (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Pins and bushes (180% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Ball joint dust cover (19% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Axles (40% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (35% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Macpherson strut (80% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.024% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (3.9% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Suspension unit (200% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (2.1% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Headlamps (51% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Headlamp (46% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Headlamp levelling device (150% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.012% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (8.6% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim (0.95% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim (11% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (82% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (16% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Position lamps (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Position lamp (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 0.35% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (43% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp (42% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Direction indicators (86% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Flashing type (86% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Individual direction indicators (88% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Side repeaters (77% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Electrical equipment (77% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Battery(ies) (62% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Horn (90% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Electrical wiring (17% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Rear reflectors (32% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (3.9% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Main beam tell-tale (150% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.012% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
  • 9.6% fail on Brakes (11% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (48% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Brake linings and pads (80% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Brake pads (81% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Brake linings (0.67% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs and drums (14% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Brake discs (14% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.071% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (59% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Cable (70% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Lever (16% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Brake performance (30% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Service brake performance (20% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (20% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (25% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake imbalance (8.5% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (39% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (19% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (46% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (44% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.012% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.72% fail on Parking brake performance (41% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Rbt (41% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.66% fail on Parking brake performance (37% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.035% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (66% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.024% fail on Plate brake tester (32% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (35% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.32% fail on Brake performance not tested (55% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (51% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Rbt (sp) (50% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.24% fail on Service brake imbalance (54% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake performance (13% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Flexible brake hoses (190% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (63% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Electronic stability control (11% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-lock braking system (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.33% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (14% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Pedal (30% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever (35% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (31% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (47% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (23% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid (12% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Reservoirs (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Servos (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Rigid brake pipes (90% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Parking brake control (65% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Lever (59% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (7.9% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.012% fail on Other braking system component
  • 7.0% fail on Tyres (1.4% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth (8.5% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Condition (11% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type (55% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 5.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (2.4% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (3.5% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Spark ignition (25% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (95% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Emissions not tested (1.2% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Non catalyst emissions (31% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Compression ignition (57% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (35% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (84% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Emissions not tested (25% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.071% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (6.1% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Emission control equipment (42% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Catalytic converter (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.012% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.35% fail on Fluid leaks (7.8% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Engine oil leaks (6.0% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.012% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.035% fail on Noise suppression (20% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Undertray (81% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 5.2% fail on Visibility (16% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Washers (4.9% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (24% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view (6.2% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on View to rear (33% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Mirrors (31% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Condition of glass (34% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Windscreen (32% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Bonnet (88% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 4.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (25% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust system (14% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Transmission (63% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Drive shafts (63% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 1.00% fail on Joints (63% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.035% fail on Prop shafts (74% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Joints (66% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Integral vehicle structure (53% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (72% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Bumpers (85% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Floor (21 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Fuel system (47% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Tank (35% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Pipe (32% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (87% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Chassis (24% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Chassis condition (26% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Doors (80% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Driver's door (62% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition
        • 0.012% fail on Catch
        • 0.012% fail on Hinge
      • 0.035% fail on Front passenger's door (71% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Door condition (70% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition
    • 0.071% fail on Body (54% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Other body component (55% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Body condition
      • 0.012% fail on Panel
    • 0.047% fail on Undertray (12% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Seats (74% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Driver's seat (69% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting (68% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.012% fail on Bracket
    • 0.012% fail on Towbar
      • 0.012% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.012% fail on Cabs
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (16% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.91% fail on Seat belts (17% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Prescribed areas (90% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (52% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Requirements (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment (200% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (46% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Airbags (25% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Drivers airbag (17% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.67% fail on Steering (76% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Steering linkage components (83% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Track rod end (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Locking devices (20% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Steering gear (66% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack (65% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Power steering (25% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses (120% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Operation (70% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Other components (59% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Steering play
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.012% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.60% fail on Identification of the vehicle (13% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Registration plates (14% worse than other 2007 cars)
  • 0.60% fail on Road Wheels (15% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Attachment (49% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.024% fail on Condition (83% better than other 2007 cars)
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