Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2010
68.2% pass rate
from 10,159 tests in 2020
(8.0% better than other 2010 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 2010 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (17% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (19% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.039% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim (31% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (28% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (68% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps (46% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp (47% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.049% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 0.49% fail on Rear reflectors (7 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.19% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0098% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.16% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (66% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (65% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rear fog lamp (65% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical equipment (69% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.049% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.069% fail on Direction indicators (96% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Flashing type (96% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.039% fail on Side repeaters (94% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Individual direction indicators (98% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0098% fail on All direction indicators
  • 10% fail on Suspension
    • 6.4% fail on Suspension arms (100% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover (62% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Suspension arm
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (15% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (40% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.35% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (64% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint dust cover (50% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.030% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.0098% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers (36% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Springs (85% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Coil springs (84% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Coil spring (84% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Other suspension component (93% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.12% fail on Wheel bearings (74% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Macpherson strut (76% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0098% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.030% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0098% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0098% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0098% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.030% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0098% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.0098% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0098% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0098% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 7.0% fail on Brakes
    • 3.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.2% fail on Brake linings and pads (28% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Brake pads (28% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0098% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.58% fail on Brake discs and drums (43% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Brake discs (42% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.030% fail on Lever
        • 0.0098% fail on Linkage
    • 2.2% fail on Brake performance (30% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.3% fail on Rbt
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.0098% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0098% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.0098% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0098% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.70% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (48% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.68% fail on Rbt (sp) (45% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.25% fail on Parking brake performance (60% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Rbt (58% better than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Parking brake performance (60% better than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.039% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.21% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (53% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rbt (sp) (51% better than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Anti-lock braking system (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Electronic stability control (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.23% fail on Lever
    • 0.16% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (57% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.020% fail on Pedal (84% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.098% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.069% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.059% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.0098% fail on Valves
    • 0.059% fail on Rigid brake pipes (89% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 6.5% fail on Tyres
    • 4.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.8% fail on Condition
    • 0.089% fail on Size/type
    • 0.0098% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 4.6% fail on Visibility
    • 2.5% fail on Wipers
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (17% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on View to rear
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.049% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.049% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.039% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (59% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (64% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Spark ignition (120% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Catalyst emissions (39% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.020% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.020% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.0098% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 1.2% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.84% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (110% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (69% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.049% fail on Emission control equipment (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Particulate filter (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.0098% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0098% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.020% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.0098% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.17% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.12% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.039% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.0098% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.020% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.020% fail on Undertray
  • 1.2% fail on Body, chassis, structure (64% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Exhaust system (66% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Transmission (72% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Drive shafts (71% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Joints (72% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0098% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.0098% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.0098% fail on Joints
    • 0.098% fail on Body
      • 0.069% fail on Other body component
      • 0.020% fail on Panel
      • 0.0098% fail on Body condition
    • 0.069% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.069% fail on Undertray
    • 0.059% fail on Fuel system (71% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (77% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Tank
      • 0.0098% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0098% fail on System
    • 0.039% fail on Seats
      • 0.039% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.020% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.020% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.0098% fail on Doors
      • 0.0098% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.0098% fail on Door condition
    • 0.0098% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 0.37% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.37% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.34% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.039% fail on Condition
  • 0.33% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Steering linkage components (86% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Track rod end (93% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.039% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.059% fail on Power steering
      • 0.039% fail on Operation
      • 0.0098% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0098% fail on Other components
    • 0.030% fail on Steering gear (83% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.0098% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0098% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.20% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (73% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (69% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Seat belts (78% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0098% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0098% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.020% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0098% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0098% fail on Passengers airbag
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