Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1991
59.5% pass rate
from 2,438 tests in 2017
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 1991 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 7.7% fail on Rear fog lamp (58% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Fog lamp (58% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.21% fail on Switch
    • 5.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.90% fail on Rear lamps (44% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.12% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
      • 0.041% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.041% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Horn (41% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Battery
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (54% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (54% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Individual lamps (51% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Side repeaters (69% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.37% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.29% fail on Hazard warning (67% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Switch
      • 0.12% fail on Lamp
  • 17% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (31% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Parking brake performance (74% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Rear wheels (34% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Front wheels
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.49% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.12% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.082% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Hydraulic systems (24% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Components (29% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Pipes
        • 0.49% fail on Hoses (68% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.041% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.53% fail on Leaks
      • 0.41% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components (53% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Brake pads (69% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake calipers (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.86% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.86% fail on Condition
    • 0.62% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.25% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.25% fail on Pedal
        • 0.21% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.041% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.12% fail on Cable
      • 0.041% fail on Lever
    • 0.12% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.12% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 15% fail on Suspension
    • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (21% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Component mounting (34% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.16% fail on Spring mounting (72% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Coil springs (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Location
    • 3.4% fail on Suspension arms (60% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (68% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
      • 0.041% fail on Condition
    • 2.2% fail on Front suspension joints (99% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.82% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.45% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.21% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.082% fail on Attachment
      • 0.082% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.25% fail on Wheel bearings (87% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Front (82% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Rear (92% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts (96% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.082% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.041% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.041% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.041% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.041% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.041% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.041% fail on Condition
  • 7.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers
    • 3.1% fail on Washers (26% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.29% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.041% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (58% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Seat belts (59% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Prescribed areas (82% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.041% fail on Attachment
      • 0.041% fail on Installation check
        • 0.041% fail on Anchorage's
  • 5.3% fail on Steering
    • 4.6% fail on Steering system
      • 2.3% fail on Track rod end
      • 2.2% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.041% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.74% fail on Power steering
      • 0.29% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.25% fail on Operation
      • 0.25% fail on Other components
      • 0.041% fail on Drive system
      • 0.041% fail on Pump
    • 0.16% fail on Steering control
      • 0.12% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.041% fail on Steering column
    • 0.12% fail on Locking devices
  • 4.8% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (39% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Emissions
    • 2.2% fail on Exhaust system (48% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.21% fail on Fuel system (81% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Cap
      • 0.082% fail on Pipe
  • 4.1% fail on Tyres
    • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.25% fail on Size/type
    • 0.041% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.2% fail on Body condition
    • 1.2% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis
    • 0.21% fail on Body security
    • 0.21% fail on Seats (67% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Drivers
      • 0.082% fail on Passengers
    • 0.16% fail on Doors (75% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.041% fail on Drivers
      • 0.041% fail on Passengers other
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.21% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.16% fail on Attachment
    • 0.041% fail on Condition

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