Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1997
61.6% pass rate
from 2,313 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 1997 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Brakes
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (46% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (81% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 6.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (89% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.086% fail on Plate brake tester (sp) (7 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Service brake performance (45% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 3.8% fail on Rbt (49% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (63% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.8% fail on Parking brake performance (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 3.3% fail on Parking brake performance (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.39% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.086% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.043% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.043% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.3% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.3% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.043% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.26% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.17% fail on Cable
        • 0.043% fail on Lever
        • 0.043% fail on Linkage
    • 0.73% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.73% fail on Lever
    • 0.43% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.43% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.30% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.043% fail on Servos
    • 0.35% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.17% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.13% fail on Pedal
    • 0.17% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (86% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-lock braking system (89% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.086% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.086% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.043% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.043% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.043% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.043% fail on Servos
  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (17% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.086% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.9% fail on Electrical equipment (100% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Horn (160% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.043% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 2.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.086% fail on Switch
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp (36% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp (37% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on All position lamps (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (66% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators (49% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type (49% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Individual direction indicators (53% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.086% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.043% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.043% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.043% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.043% fail on Switch
    • 0.043% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.043% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.043% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 4.7% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (37% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Shock absorbers (80% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Suspension arms (51% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Ball joint (50% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.35% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.043% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (63% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage
      • 0.043% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.043% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.043% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.48% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.086% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.26% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.26% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings (92% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.086% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.043% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.043% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 11% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (28% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 10% fail on Exhaust emissions (37% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 10% fail on Spark ignition (47% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 8.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (57% worse than other 1997 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.35% fail on Emission control equipment (170% worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.30% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 1997 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on NOx sensor
        • 0.22% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.26% fail on Compression ignition (67% better than other 1997 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.043% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.043% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.043% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.043% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.30% fail on Fluid leaks (65% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Engine oil leaks (74% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.043% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.043% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.043% fail on Undertray
  • 7.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (32% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.043% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.8% fail on Chassis
      • 1.8% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.65% fail on Body
      • 0.39% fail on Panel
      • 0.22% fail on Other body component
      • 0.043% fail on Body condition
    • 0.22% fail on Fuel system (70% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.086% fail on Tank
      • 0.043% fail on Pipe
    • 0.17% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
      • 0.043% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.043% fail on Door condition
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.13% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.086% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.13% fail on Floor
    • 0.086% fail on Cabs
      • 0.086% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.043% fail on Bumpers
  • 7.5% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (67% worse than other 1997 cars)
    • 7.2% fail on Seat belts (110% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 7.0% fail on Prescribed areas (140% worse than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment
    • 0.17% fail on Airbags
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.13% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (88% better than other 1997 cars)
  • 5.4% fail on Visibility (24% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (34% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 2.1% fail on Tyres (52% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Tread depth (52% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Condition (53% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Size/type
  • 1.7% fail on Steering (57% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Steering linkage components (56% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Track rod end (53% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.30% fail on Steering gear (76% better than other 1997 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Steering rack (75% better than other 1997 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Power steering
      • 0.17% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.086% fail on Operation
      • 0.086% fail on Other components
    • 0.086% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.086% fail on Steering column
    • 0.043% fail on Steering play
      • 0.043% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.99% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.99% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.26% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% fail on Attachment
    • 0.043% fail on Condition
  • 0.043% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.043% fail on Anchorages

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