Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1990
60.0% pass rate
from 2,157 tests in 2017
(7.6% worse than other 1990 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 1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 7.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Fog lamp (75% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Tell tale (100% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Switch
    • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.093% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.093% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.093% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.046% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.046% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.046% fail on Switch
    • 3.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.51% fail on Rear lamps (70% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.9% fail on Direction indicators (49% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Flashing type (49% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Individual lamps (49% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Side repeaters (47% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.28% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.046% fail on Tell tales
    • 1.6% fail on Horn
    • 1.2% fail on Battery
    • 0.32% fail on Hazard warning (64% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Switch
      • 0.093% fail on Lamp (82% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.093% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.093% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 16% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (23% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Parking brake performance (56% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Rear wheels (41% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.65% fail on Service brake performance (55% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.37% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.14% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.8% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 3.8% fail on Components
        • 3.2% fail on Pipes
        • 0.51% fail on Hoses (69% better than other 1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.093% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.046% fail on Servos
        • 0.046% fail on Valves
      • 0.83% fail on Leaks
      • 0.32% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
    • 1.9% fail on Hub components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (64% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.19% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.0% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.56% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.46% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.46% fail on Pedal
        • 0.32% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.14% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.093% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
      • 0.046% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
    • 0.093% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.046% fail on Operation
      • 0.046% fail on Components
        • 0.046% fail on Pipes
        • 0.046% fail on Hoses
    • 0.046% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.046% fail on Cable
    • 0.046% fail on ABS
  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 4.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 3.0% fail on Component mounting (30% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Subframe mounting (66% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Spring mounting (80% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Coil springs (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Suspension arms (48% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (44% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Condition
    • 2.2% fail on Front suspension joints (92% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 2.0% fail on Condition
    • 1.6% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.65% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.46% fail on Attachment (150% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.093% fail on Condition
    • 0.14% fail on Wheel bearings (93% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Rear (86% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.093% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.046% fail on Universal joint
        • 0.046% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.046% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.046% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.046% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.046% fail on Condition
  • 6.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.51% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (66% worse than other 1990 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Seat belts (66% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 5.8% fail on Prescribed areas (110% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (76% better than other 1990 cars)
  • 5.0% fail on Steering
    • 4.5% fail on Steering system
      • 2.6% fail on Track rod end (75% worse than other 1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.23% fail on Free play
        • 0.23% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering (60% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Operation
      • 0.093% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.093% fail on Other components
      • 0.046% fail on Rams
    • 0.19% fail on Steering control
      • 0.19% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.19% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.093% fail on Steering operation
  • 5.0% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (39% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Emissions
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust system (44% better than other 1990 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Fuel system (59% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Cap
      • 0.093% fail on Pipe
      • 0.046% fail on Tank
      • 0.046% fail on System
    • 0.42% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 4.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.3% fail on Body condition
    • 1.4% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.4% fail on Chassis
    • 0.23% fail on Doors (68% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.093% fail on Drivers
    • 0.14% fail on Seats (82% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers (77% better than other 1990 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Passengers
    • 0.093% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.046% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.046% fail on Body security
  • 3.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.7% fail on Condition
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
    • 0.093% fail on Valve stem
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.37% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.37% fail on Attachment

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