Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1996
60.3% pass rate
from 1,888 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 1996 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (40% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (68% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Rbt (sp) (79% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (37% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (50% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.64% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.053% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.053% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 2.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.7% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 2.3% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.32% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.11% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.053% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.053% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.42% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.4% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.53% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.53% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.11% fail on Cable
    • 0.58% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.32% fail on Pedal
      • 0.26% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.53% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.53% fail on Lever
    • 0.26% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.21% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.053% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.053% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.053% fail on Valves
    • 0.11% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (90% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-lock braking system (90% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.053% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.053% fail on Other braking system component
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 3.9% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Coil springs (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Coil spring (3 times worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (31% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Suspension arms (35% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.85% fail on Ball joint (46% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.26% fail on Pins and bushes (82% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (44% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.21% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage
      • 0.053% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.053% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 0.79% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.79% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.053% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.53% fail on Wheel bearings (67% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.053% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.053% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.053% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (19% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (46% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp (46% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Switch
    • 2.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 1.4% fail on Horn (76% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.053% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 1.5% fail on Headlamps (46% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp (47% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.053% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp (62% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.2% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators (54% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type (54% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Individual direction indicators (65% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.58% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (66% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.21% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.053% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.053% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.053% fail on Switch
  • 9.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 9.6% fail on Exhaust emissions (28% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 9.4% fail on Spark ignition (41% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 8.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.42% fail on Emission control equipment (180% worse than other 1996 cars)
          • 0.42% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.26% fail on Compression ignition (71% better than other 1996 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.053% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.48% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.37% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.053% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.053% fail on Other leaks
  • 7.7% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (81% worse than other 1996 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Seat belts (110% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 7.2% fail on Prescribed areas (140% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 0.26% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.053% fail on Airbags
      • 0.053% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 7.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (38% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Exhaust system (38% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Chassis
      • 1.8% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.6% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.74% fail on Body
      • 0.64% fail on Panel (170% worse than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.26% fail on Fuel system (69% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.053% fail on Tank
      • 0.053% fail on Pipe
    • 0.26% fail on Floor
    • 0.21% fail on Doors
      • 0.16% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition
      • 0.053% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.053% fail on Door condition
    • 0.21% fail on Seats
      • 0.21% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.11% fail on Cabs
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.053% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.053% fail on Transmission
      • 0.053% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.053% fail on Joints
  • 6.2% fail on Visibility
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 0.37% fail on View to rear
      • 0.32% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.053% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.053% fail on Driver's view
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres (29% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 0.053% fail on Size/type
  • 1.5% fail on Steering (65% better than other 1996 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Steering linkage components (66% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Track rod end (55% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.053% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering
      • 0.21% fail on Operation
      • 0.11% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.053% fail on Other components
    • 0.26% fail on Steering gear (79% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 1996 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Operation
    • 0.053% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.11% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment

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