Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1992
60.6% pass rate
from 2,026 tests in 2020
(11% worse than other 1992 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 1992 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 7.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (100% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 7.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (100% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 7.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Switch
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.099% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.7% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.6% fail on Horn
      • 1.1% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.15% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.9% fail on Stop lamp (33% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.099% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Direction indicators (47% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Flashing type (47% better than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.44% fail on Side repeaters (61% better than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.59% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.049% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.15% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.15% fail on Switch
    • 0.049% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 16% fail on Brakes (34% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (44% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (82% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 6.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (96% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.5% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (44% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (51% worse than other 1992 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance (90% worse than other 1992 cars)
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake performance (130% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (130% worse than other 1992 cars)
          • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance (140% worse than other 1992 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.099% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.049% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.049% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.049% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.049% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.099% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.099% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.74% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.74% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.15% fail on Cable
        • 0.049% fail on Lever
    • 0.89% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.49% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.39% fail on Pedal
    • 0.69% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (150% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (3 times worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.59% fail on Lever
    • 0.39% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.20% fail on Reservoirs (4 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.099% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.39% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.099% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.049% fail on Other components
      • 0.049% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.049% fail on Other braking system component
  • 10% fail on Suspension
    • 3.7% fail on Suspension arms (43% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Ball joint dust cover (190% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.35% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (76% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Springs (120% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Coil spring (2 times worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (50% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage (3 times worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.30% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.25% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.099% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.049% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.30% fail on Wheel bearings (79% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.20% fail on Sub-frames (69% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.049% fail on Axles
      • 0.049% fail on Axle
    • 0.049% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.049% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 8.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (29% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 8.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (41% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 8.2% fail on Spark ignition (51% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Catalyst emissions (69% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.35% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.35% fail on Catalytic converter (200% worse than other 1992 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.30% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.15% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.099% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.099% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.049% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.35% fail on Fluid leaks (61% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 6.5% fail on Visibility
    • 3.5% fail on Washers
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.44% fail on View to rear (160% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Mirrors (160% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.15% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.15% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.049% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (43% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Exhaust system (42% better than other 1992 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Chassis
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.049% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.59% fail on Body
      • 0.39% fail on Panel
      • 0.20% fail on Other body component
      • 0.049% fail on Body condition
    • 0.30% fail on Seats
      • 0.30% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.20% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system (82% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.15% fail on Doors (75% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.099% fail on Door condition
      • 0.049% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.049% fail on Door condition
    • 0.099% fail on Transmission (96% better than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.049% fail on Joints
      • 0.049% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.049% fail on Prop shaft
    • 0.099% fail on Floor
  • 4.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (53% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Seat belts (55% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Prescribed areas (80% worse than other 1992 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
      • 0.049% fail on Attachment
  • 4.2% fail on Steering
    • 2.3% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 2.0% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.099% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.049% fail on Drag link end
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.59% fail on Power steering
      • 0.30% fail on Other components
      • 0.25% fail on Operation
      • 0.15% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.15% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.049% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 3.1% fail on Tyres
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.2% fail on Condition
  • 1.8% fail on Identification of the vehicle (87% worse than other 1992 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plates (92% worse than other 1992 cars)
  • 0.30% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.049% fail on Condition
  • 0.049% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.049% fail on Doors
      • 0.049% fail on Emergency exits

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