Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1994
61.7% pass rate
from 1,151 tests in 2020
(10% worse than other 1994 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 1994 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (4.1% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (100% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (100% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 6.3% fail on Rear fog lamp (110% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Switch (110% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim (25% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (17% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (100% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps (0.68% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (2.0% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.5% fail on Electrical equipment (39% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Horn (30% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Battery(ies) (65% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Stop lamp (28% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Direction indicators (45% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Flashing type (45% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Individual direction indicators (27% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Side repeaters (80% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.087% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.87% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (47% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (9.7% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (45% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.087% fail on Position lamp
  • 13% fail on Brakes (23% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (51% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (120% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (140% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (30% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 3.6% fail on Parking brake performance (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (5 times worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.087% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.087% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.087% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance (11% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (15% worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance (16% worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.52% fail on Service brake imbalance (0.80% better than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.087% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (2.3% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (7.1% worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 1.9% fail on Service brake imbalance (19% worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (9.4% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Brake performance not tested (5.0% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (42% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (76% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads (78% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Brake discs and drums (11% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Brake discs (8.3% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.087% fail on Lever
    • 1.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (31% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (70% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Hand lever (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Pedal
    • 0.61% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (190% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (3 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake control (12% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Lever (14% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses (35% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (68% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.087% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.087% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.087% fail on Brake fluid
  • 13% fail on Suspension (11% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (1.1% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Coil springs (4 times worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Coil spring (4 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (34% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Suspension arms (6.0% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint (7.8% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.087% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 2.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (4.0% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Linkage (4 times worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (7.8% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (18% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes (47% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joints (62% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers (0.12% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Other suspension component (9.9% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint dust cover (140% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint (20% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Sub-frames (49% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (19% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Wheel bearings (82% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.087% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.087% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 9.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (28% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Exhaust emissions (36% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 9.1% fail on Spark ignition (51% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 7.7% fail on Catalyst emissions (68% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Emissions not tested (17% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Emission control equipment (93% worse than other 1994 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Catalytic converter (110% worse than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Non catalyst emissions (14% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Fluid leaks (76% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Engine oil leaks (68% better than other 1994 cars)
  • 6.3% fail on Visibility (1.2% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers (8.0% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Washers (3.2% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on View to rear (95% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Mirrors (98% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.087% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.087% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (39% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (27% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure (20% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (24% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.5% fail on Chassis (8.6% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Chassis condition (8.2% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Body (15% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Other body component (19% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Panel (5.3% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Body condition
    • 0.35% fail on Doors (37% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's door (7.2% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Door condition (9.7% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Front passenger's door (18% better than other 1994 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Door condition (8.9% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Floor (93% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Bumpers (23% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Seats (58% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.087% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.087% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.087% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.087% fail on Transmission
      • 0.087% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.087% fail on Joints
  • 5.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (71% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Seat belts (93% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Prescribed areas (130% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition (63% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 3.1% fail on Steering (27% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Steering gear (24% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Steering rack (43% worse than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Steering box
    • 1.5% fail on Steering linkage components (42% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Track rod end (9.0% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Steering wheel (2 times worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Power steering (60% better than other 1994 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Operation
      • 0.087% fail on Rams
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres (1.2% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Condition (28% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Tread depth (12% better than other 1994 cars)
  • 0.96% fail on Identification of the vehicle (6.6% worse than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Registration plates (7.5% worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 0.26% fail on Road Wheels (9.5% better than other 1994 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Attachment (4.9% worse than other 1994 cars)
  • 0.087% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.087% fail on Speedometer

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