Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1997
59.0% pass rate
from 2,354 tests in 2017
(9.7% better than other 1997 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Brakes
    • 12% fail on Brake performance (36% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Parking brake performance (64% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Rear wheels (42% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Front wheels
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.64% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.042% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.0% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Components (37% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Pipes
        • 0.55% fail on Hoses (71% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.085% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.55% fail on Leaks
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.042% fail on Operation
    • 2.5% fail on Hub components
      • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.42% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.42% fail on Brake calipers (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.2% fail on Condition
    • 0.38% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.25% fail on ABS (80% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.21% fail on Pedal
        • 0.21% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.17% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.17% fail on Cable
    • 0.085% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.085% fail on Additional braking devices (11 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.085% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.042% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
      • 0.042% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 16% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (24% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (27% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Fog lamp (74% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.085% fail on Switch
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps (39% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Front lamps (27% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Rear lamps (68% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.085% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.042% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.042% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.042% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.042% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.042% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.042% fail on Switch
    • 2.2% fail on Horn (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (70% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Battery
    • 0.93% fail on Direction indicators (66% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Flashing type (66% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Individual lamps (67% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Side repeaters (63% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.042% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.042% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.085% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.042% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.042% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.042% fail on Switch
      • 0.042% fail on Tell tale
  • 14% fail on Suspension (26% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Location
    • 3.9% fail on Prescribed areas (40% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Component mounting (36% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Subframe mounting (51% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting (73% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Shock absorbers (47% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Condition (47% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Suspension arms (43% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (52% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Anti-roll bars (57% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (64% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.13% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (82% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Attachment
      • 0.042% fail on Presence
    • 0.81% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings (89% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Front (86% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Rear (92% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.085% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.085% fail on Condition
    • 0.085% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.085% fail on Condition
    • 0.042% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 9.0% fail on Emissions (45% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system (30% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.59% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.34% fail on Cap
      • 0.085% fail on Pipe
      • 0.085% fail on System
      • 0.042% fail on Tank
      • 0.042% fail on Hose
  • 9.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (65% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 9.2% fail on Seat belts (98% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 9.0% fail on Prescribed areas (120% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.042% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (81% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (84% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 6.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (31% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (43% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.21% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.042% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.042% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 2.6% fail on Body condition
    • 1.1% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.1% fail on Chassis
    • 0.21% fail on Doors (67% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers
      • 0.085% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.13% fail on Seats
      • 0.13% fail on Passengers
      • 0.085% fail on Drivers
  • 3.7% fail on Tyres (46% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Condition (37% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth (53% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
    • 0.13% fail on Valve stem
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (60% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Steering system (70% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Track rod end (73% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Steering rack (66% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.042% fail on Steering box
    • 0.51% fail on Power steering
      • 0.25% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.21% fail on Other components
      • 0.042% fail on Operation
    • 0.085% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.085% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.042% fail on Steering control
      • 0.042% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment
    • 0.042% fail on Condition

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