Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
61.7% pass rate
from 8,680 tests in 2017
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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Suspension (53% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 9.5% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Attachment (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Condition
    • 5.7% fail on Coil springs (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Condition (14% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Location
    • 3.1% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.55% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.035% fail on Condition
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Front suspension joints (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Drive shafts (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Front drive shafts (63% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Constant velocity joints (63% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Couplings
      • 0.012% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.012% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.37% fail on Wheel bearings (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear
      • 0.10% fail on Front (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.035% fail on Attachment
    • 0.092% fail on Bonded suspension (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.081% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.023% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.023% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.012% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.012% fail on Gas suspension
      • 0.012% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.012% fail on Torsion bars
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
    • 0.012% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.012% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
  • 16% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (11% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Position lamps (48% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.8% fail on Front lamps (76% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Rear lamps (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps (20% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.14% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.023% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp (39% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Battery
    • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Fog lamp (75% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.092% fail on Horn (69% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Direction indicators (95% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Flashing type (95% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Side repeaters (89% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Individual lamps (98% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.023% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Valve stem (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
    • 0.012% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 7.1% fail on Brakes (11% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Hub components (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Brake pads (61% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Brake discs (44% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake calipers (99% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Brake performance (35% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.82% fail on Rear wheels (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Parking brake performance (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.081% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.046% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.012% fail on Brake operation
    • 0.53% fail on Hydraulic systems (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Components (70% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Hoses
        • 0.058% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.012% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.14% fail on Leaks
      • 0.069% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.058% fail on Operation
    • 0.28% fail on Electronic stability system (91% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Parking brake (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Condition (49% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on ABS (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.069% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.035% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.035% fail on Cable
    • 0.023% fail on Service brake control components (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pedal (81% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Condition
        • 0.012% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.012% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.012% fail on Locking devices
  • 4.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (32% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Wipers (36% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Washers (29% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.058% fail on Mirrors (69% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 1.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (52% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (39% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Emissions (67% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.023% fail on Fuel system (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Cap
      • 0.012% fail on System
  • 0.62% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.61% fail on Registration plate
    • 0.012% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.59% fail on Steering (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Steering system (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Track rod end (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Steering rack (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.12% fail on Power steering
      • 0.069% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.035% fail on Operation
      • 0.012% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
    • 0.023% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.45% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (51% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.18% fail on Seat belts (55% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Requirements
      • 0.023% fail on Installation check (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Anchorage's
        • 0.012% fail on Belt(s)/padding
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
      • 0.012% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.36% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.33% fail on Attachment
    • 0.023% fail on Condition (83% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.24% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (61% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Body condition
    • 0.035% fail on Seats
      • 0.023% fail on Drivers
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers
    • 0.023% fail on Body security
    • 0.023% fail on Doors (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Drivers
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.012% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.012% fail on Chassis
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