Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
56.0% pass rate
from 9,627 tests in 2020
(8.9% worse than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Suspension (69% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 14% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 9.3% fail on Ball joint (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Pins and bushes (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint dust cover (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 6.5% fail on Springs (37% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Coil springs (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 6.5% fail on Coil spring (37% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on Mounting
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (79% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (28% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Ball joint (95% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.24% fail on Linkage
      • 0.052% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.031% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.010% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.010% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (80% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Other suspension component (74% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.010% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.51% fail on Wheel bearings (34% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (56% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Sub-frames (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.031% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.083% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.062% fail on Macpherson strut (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.010% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.021% fail on Axles (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (80% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.9% fail on Position lamps (66% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Position lamp (68% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.9% fail on Headlamps (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp (32% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp levelling device (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.010% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim (19% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.26% fail on Direction indicators (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Flashing type (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Individual direction indicators (90% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Side repeaters (81% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.25% fail on Electrical equipment (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Horn (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.010% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.15% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.021% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.021% fail on Switch
  • 8.4% fail on Brakes (11% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (77% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Brake pads (77% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums (42% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Cable
        • 0.010% fail on Lever
    • 3.1% fail on Brake performance (32% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (23% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (22% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Service brake performance (21% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.38% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.010% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.010% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.96% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (55% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Rbt (sp) (52% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Parking brake performance (57% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Rbt (59% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Parking brake performance (60% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.042% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.010% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.021% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.021% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.010% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.010% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.38% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.37% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.30% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.010% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.010% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.50% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.062% fail on Anti-lock braking system (89% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.18% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.093% fail on Pedal
    • 0.25% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (96% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.19% fail on Parking brake control (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Lever (49% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.062% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.021% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.010% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.052% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.031% fail on Other components
    • 0.021% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.021% fail on Leaks
    • 0.010% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 7.6% fail on Tyres
    • 4.7% fail on Tread depth (13% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.093% fail on Size/type (61% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 4.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 4.0% fail on Spark ignition (31% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Catalyst emissions (64% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.010% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.55% fail on Compression ignition (69% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (52% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.093% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.073% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.010% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.010% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.021% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.27% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.24% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.021% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.010% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.083% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.042% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.042% fail on Undertray
  • 4.6% fail on Visibility (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Washers (17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Wipers (27% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.021% fail on Bonnet (87% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 2.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (48% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (36% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Transmission (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Drive shafts (65% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.81% fail on Joints (66% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.031% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.031% fail on Joints
    • 0.20% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.093% fail on Other body component
      • 0.031% fail on Panel
      • 0.010% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.083% fail on Chassis
      • 0.083% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.083% fail on Fuel system (67% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Tank
      • 0.010% fail on Hose
      • 0.010% fail on Pipe
      • 0.010% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.010% fail on System
    • 0.083% fail on Undertray
    • 0.062% fail on Doors (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition
        • 0.010% fail on Hinge
      • 0.021% fail on Front passenger's door (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Door condition (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.010% fail on Door condition
    • 0.062% fail on Floor (10 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.042% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.042% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.031% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.021% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.010% fail on Bracket
    • 0.021% fail on Towbar
      • 0.010% fail on Towbar condition
      • 0.010% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.021% fail on Seats (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.010% fail on Cabs
      • 0.010% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.73% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (43% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Seat belts (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Condition (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment
      • 0.031% fail on Requirements
    • 0.010% fail on Airbags
      • 0.010% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.70% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.70% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.59% fail on Steering (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Steering linkage components (76% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Track rod end (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.010% fail on Other components
        • 0.010% fail on Steering component
      • 0.010% fail on Lock stop
    • 0.083% fail on Steering gear (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Steering rack (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Power steering
      • 0.042% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.021% fail on Operation
      • 0.021% fail on Other components
    • 0.010% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.010% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.010% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.47% fail on Attachment
  • 0.021% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.021% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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