Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1989
56.4% pass rate
from 337 tests in 2017
(24% worse than other 1989 cars)
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 1989 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 27% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (40% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 9.8% fail on Rear fog lamp (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Fog lamp (130% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Tell tale (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Switch
    • 7.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 6.5% fail on Registration plate lamp (94% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 4.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.5% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.30% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.7% fail on Horn
    • 2.1% fail on Battery
    • 1.2% fail on Direction indicators (71% better than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Flashing type (71% better than other 1989 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.30% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.30% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.59% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.59% fail on Lamp
  • 19% fail on Brakes (45% worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 15% fail on Brake performance (75% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 9.2% fail on Parking brake performance (160% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.89% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.89% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.5% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.6% fail on Components
        • 2.7% fail on Pipes
        • 0.59% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.30% fail on Hoses
      • 0.89% fail on Leaks
      • 0.59% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.30% fail on Operation
    • 3.0% fail on Hub components (140% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs
      • 1.2% fail on Brake calipers (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.89% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.89% fail on Condition
    • 0.59% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.30% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.30% fail on Lever
  • 18% fail on Suspension
    • 5.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.5% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.5% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.30% fail on Spring mounting
    • 4.7% fail on Suspension arms (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (180% worse than other 1989 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
    • 4.2% fail on Front suspension joints (2 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.30% fail on Attachment
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.89% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.59% fail on Rear
      • 0.30% fail on Front
    • 0.59% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices (6 times worse than other 1989 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
  • 9.5% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.3% fail on Washers
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.89% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.89% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.30% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.5% fail on Steering
    • 5.3% fail on Steering system
      • 3.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 1.8% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.59% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.89% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.30% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.30% fail on Power steering
      • 0.30% fail on Operation
      • 0.30% fail on Pump
  • 5.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.9% fail on Emissions
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.30% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.30% fail on Cap
    • 0.30% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.7% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 4.7% fail on Seat belts
      • 4.7% fail on Prescribed areas (100% worse than other 1989 cars)
  • 3.9% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.8% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.8% fail on Chassis
    • 1.8% fail on Body condition
    • 0.30% fail on Doors
      • 0.30% fail on Drivers
  • 3.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.30% fail on Valve stem
  • 1.5% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate

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