Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
70.7% pass rate
from 8,991 tests in 2017
(10% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (23% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.9% fail on Front lamps (32% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Rear lamps (80% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.0% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim (47% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamps (34% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp (41% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.011% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.056% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.056% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.011% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 0.21% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Battery
    • 0.10% fail on Direction indicators (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Flashing type (93% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Side repeaters (88% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Individual lamps (96% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.089% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.044% fail on Rear fog lamp (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Fog lamp (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.033% fail on Horn (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.011% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 5.0% fail on Suspension arms (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Attachment
    • 2.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (19% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage condition (91% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 2.1% fail on Coil springs (49% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Condition (50% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Location
    • 2.0% fail on Shock absorbers (73% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Condition (73% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Front suspension joints (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Drive shafts (59% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Front drive shafts (59% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Constant velocity joints (58% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.089% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Rear (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Front (91% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Trailing arms (67% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (65% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.056% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.033% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.033% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.022% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.022% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.022% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.011% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 6.8% fail on Tyres
    • 3.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.089% fail on Size/type
    • 0.033% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5.7% fail on Brakes (12% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Hub components
      • 2.9% fail on Brake pads (22% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.14% fail on Brake calipers (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.6% fail on Brake performance (45% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Rear wheels (51% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Front wheels (34% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Parking brake performance (46% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake imbalance (59% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.044% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.59% fail on ABS (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.37% fail on Condition
    • 0.30% fail on Electronic stability system (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic systems (65% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Components (71% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Hoses
        • 0.022% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.011% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.011% fail on Pipes
        • 0.011% fail on Servos
      • 0.078% fail on Leaks
      • 0.011% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
    • 0.044% fail on Restricted movement (69% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.033% fail on Pedal
        • 0.033% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.033% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.022% fail on Lever
      • 0.011% fail on Cable
  • 4.4% fail on Driver's view of the road (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Wipers (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers
    • 0.32% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.078% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.022% fail on Bonnet
  • 0.73% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (63% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Exhaust system (58% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Emissions (66% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.022% fail on Fuel system (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Cap
  • 0.70% fail on Registration plates and VIN (40% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Registration plate (40% worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.52% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.32% fail on Seats (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Drivers (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Passengers
    • 0.17% fail on Body condition
    • 0.033% fail on Doors (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Drivers
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers other
  • 0.47% fail on Steering (61% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Steering system (68% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint (150% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.078% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Steering rack (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.011% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.10% fail on Power steering
      • 0.056% fail on Operation
      • 0.033% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.011% fail on Other components
    • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.30% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (51% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
      • 0.044% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (61% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.22% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.18% fail on Attachment
    • 0.044% fail on Condition
Read the Honest John Review

  • Mazda 3 (2009 - 2013)
    Stylish looks. Excellent steering and handling. Good quality interior. Impressive 2.2-litre chain cam diesel engine. Facelifted for 2012 and even better.
  • Mazda 3 (2004 - 2009)
    Focus based. Bags of room and a comfortable ride, well equipped, saloon is the best looker and sharpest handling, depreciates slower than the 2004 Focus.

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