Mazda 3 MOT Results

Registered in 2012
78.6% pass rate
from 5,480 tests in 2020
(20% better than other 2012 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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 3 is unusually good or bad.

  • 6.1% fail on Tyres
    • 3.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.073% fail on Size/type
    • 0.018% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (38% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.055% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.82% fail on Stop lamp (54% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Reversing lamps (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Reversing lamps (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (45% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Headlamps (68% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Headlamp (66% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Position lamps (41% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Position lamp (39% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Rear reflectors (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Direction indicators (93% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Flashing type (93% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.073% fail on Side repeaters (87% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.091% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (70% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.091% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 3.9% fail on Visibility
    • 2.1% fail on Wipers
    • 1.8% fail on Washers
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.091% fail on View to rear
      • 0.091% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.036% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.036% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.7% fail on Suspension (43% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.42% fail on Pins and bushes (51% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (60% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Linkage ball joints (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.018% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.46% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.22% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.16% fail on Springs (94% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Coil springs (94% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Coil spring (94% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.091% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.018% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.018% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.018% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
  • 3.5% fail on Brakes (33% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (23% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.018% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.36% fail on Brake discs and drums (54% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Brake discs (53% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Brake performance (47% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.75% fail on Rbt
          • 0.57% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.15% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rbt (sp) (76% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (66% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.091% fail on Rbt (sp) (65% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.073% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.036% fail on Service brake imbalance (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Rbt
          • 0.018% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.018% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.018% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.018% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.15% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.073% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.036% fail on Pedal
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.11% fail on Lever
    • 0.11% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.073% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.036% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.018% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.018% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.018% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 1.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.66% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.33% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.22% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.036% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.018% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.018% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.018% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.018% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.46% fail on Spark ignition (43% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.11% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.073% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.055% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.036% fail on Undertray
      • 0.018% fail on Sound deadening material
    • 0.055% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.055% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 0.62% fail on Body, chassis, structure (64% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Transmission (74% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Drive shafts (75% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Joints (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.018% fail on Joints
    • 0.15% fail on Exhaust system (77% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Body
      • 0.073% fail on Other body component
    • 0.055% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.036% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.018% fail on Tank
      • 0.018% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.036% fail on Seats
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.036% fail on Undertray
    • 0.018% fail on Chassis
      • 0.018% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.018% fail on Towbar
      • 0.018% fail on Towbar condition
    • 0.018% fail on Doors
      • 0.018% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
  • 0.29% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.26% fail on Attachment
    • 0.036% fail on Condition
  • 0.26% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.26% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.24% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (55% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (81% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Steering (81% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Steering linkage components (89% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.018% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.018% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.091% fail on Power steering (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Operation (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Pipes and hoses
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