Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
59.6% pass rate
from 3,568 tests in 2017
(14% better than other 1998 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 1998 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (16% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Headlamps (65% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Headlamp (66% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.084% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.056% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.028% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.028% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 5.0% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.0% fail on Position lamps (30% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.34% fail on Rear lamps (81% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 2.0% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.25% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.056% fail on Switch
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp (62% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.84% fail on Direction indicators (70% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Flashing type (70% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.17% fail on Individual lamps (90% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Tell tales (3 times worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.084% fail on All direction indicators (76% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Switch
    • 0.84% fail on Horn
    • 0.64% fail on Battery (47% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.084% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.056% fail on Hazard warning (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Lamp
      • 0.028% fail on Switch
  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 10.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.4% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 4.3% fail on Front wheels (30% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.056% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.028% fail on Brake operation
    • 3.8% fail on Hydraulic systems (39% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Components (41% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Pipes (24% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Hoses (72% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.056% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.50% fail on Leaks
      • 0.084% fail on Operation
      • 0.056% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 2.8% fail on Hub components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.45% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.34% fail on Brake calipers (150% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.028% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.5% fail on Parking brake (49% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Condition (46% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Fitment
    • 1.1% fail on ABS
    • 0.48% fail on Restricted movement (90% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.22% fail on Pedal
        • 0.14% fail on Condition
        • 0.084% fail on Anti-slip
  • 12% fail on Suspension (42% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Prescribed areas (31% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Component mounting (35% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Spring mounting (68% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (29% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage condition (180% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 2.5% fail on Coil springs
      • 2.4% fail on Condition
      • 0.084% fail on Location
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (62% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (77% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Attachment
    • 0.87% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.76% fail on Shock absorbers (54% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Condition (54% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment
      • 0.084% fail on Condition
    • 0.17% fail on Wheel bearings (90% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Rear (89% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Front (92% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.084% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.056% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.028% fail on Condition
    • 0.056% fail on Macpherson strut (85% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Condition (85% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.028% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.028% fail on Drive shafts
  • 9.3% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (15% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 7.3% fail on Emissions
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust system (41% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.17% fail on Fuel system (82% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Cap
      • 0.028% fail on System
  • 7.1% fail on Driver's view of the road (21% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Wipers
    • 2.5% fail on Washers (26% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.084% fail on Mirrors (78% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Bonnet
  • 6.9% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (21% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Seat belts (52% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Prescribed areas (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Condition (84% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Attachment
    • 0.34% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (77% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 4.9% fail on Tyres (33% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 2.3% fail on Tread depth (47% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Size/type
    • 0.084% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.8% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (20% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Body condition
    • 1.2% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis
    • 0.14% fail on Doors (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.056% fail on Drivers
    • 0.028% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.028% fail on Body security
    • 0.028% fail on Seats
      • 0.028% fail on Passengers
      • 0.028% fail on Drivers
  • 1.5% fail on Steering (66% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Steering system (81% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Track rod end (77% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Free play
        • 0.056% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.67% fail on Power steering
      • 0.48% fail on Pipes and hoses (120% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Operation
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
    • 0.056% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.028% fail on Steering control
      • 0.028% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.028% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
    • 0.084% fail on Condition

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