Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1991
64.6% pass rate
from 2,456 tests in 2020
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.

  • 16% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (46% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (46% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (50% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Switch
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.8% fail on Horn
      • 0.81% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.16% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.3% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.041% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.041% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.16% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators (49% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type (49% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.61% fail on Individual direction indicators (59% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.37% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.29% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.081% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.081% fail on Hazard warning (79% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Switch (79% better than other 1991 cars)
  • 12% fail on Brakes
    • 9.6% fail on Brake performance (20% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (47% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (50% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.041% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 3.3% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (120% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance (130% worse than other 1991 cars)
          • 0.24% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.041% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.12% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.081% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.041% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.041% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.041% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 3.1% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt
          • 2.7% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.49% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.081% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.081% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.081% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.041% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.041% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.6% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.041% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.041% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.041% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.33% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.9% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads (95% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (98% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.29% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.041% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.041% fail on Lever
    • 0.57% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (110% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.24% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.24% fail on Lever
    • 0.20% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
      • 0.081% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.12% fail on Flexible brake hoses (73% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Hydraulic systems (81% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.041% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.041% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.041% fail on Servos
    • 0.041% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.041% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.041% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.041% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.041% fail on Anti-lock braking system
  • 11% fail on Suspension
    • 3.4% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Coil spring (3 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.4% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.2% fail on Ball joint dust cover (160% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.29% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.16% fail on Pins and bushes (80% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (43% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.90% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.37% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.24% fail on Linkage
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.081% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.041% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.041% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.69% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.61% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.081% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.65% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.45% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.081% fail on Wheel bearings (95% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.041% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.041% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.041% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 6.3% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers
    • 0.33% fail on View to rear
      • 0.29% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.041% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.081% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.081% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.081% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (43% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust system (48% better than other 1991 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 1.5% fail on Chassis
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.37% fail on Body
      • 0.20% fail on Panel
      • 0.12% fail on Other body component
      • 0.041% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.16% fail on Transmission (94% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts (95% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Joints (94% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.041% fail on Joints
    • 0.16% fail on Doors (72% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.081% fail on Door condition
      • 0.081% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.081% fail on Door condition
    • 0.16% fail on Floor
    • 0.16% fail on Seats (74% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.081% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.081% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.081% fail on Cabs
      • 0.081% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.041% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.041% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.041% fail on Towbar
      • 0.041% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.041% fail on Undertray
  • 4.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (45% worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Seat belts (46% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Prescribed areas (80% worse than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition (78% better than other 1991 cars)
  • 4.6% fail on Steering
    • 2.0% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.081% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.041% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.041% fail on Steering arm
    • 1.8% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.7% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.081% fail on Operation
    • 0.69% fail on Power steering
      • 0.29% fail on Operation
      • 0.20% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.16% fail on Other components
      • 0.041% fail on Pump
      • 0.041% fail on Rams
    • 0.33% fail on Steering wheel (2 times worse than other 1991 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering play
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.041% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.041% fail on Steering column
  • 3.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 1.7% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (100% worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.081% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.081% fail on Catalytic converter (6 times worse than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.081% fail on Compression ignition (81% better than other 1991 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.041% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.041% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.24% fail on Fluid leaks (67% better than other 1991 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.041% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 2.8% fail on Tyres
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 0.90% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.90% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.16% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.16% fail on Attachment

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