Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1998
62.4% pass rate
from 3,428 tests in 2020
(11% 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.

  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (15% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Headlamps (60% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Headlamp (70% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.029% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.058% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.7% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.029% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (67% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.2% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.61% fail on Horn
      • 0.47% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.12% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.79% fail on Direction indicators (68% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Flashing type (68% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Individual direction indicators (72% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Side repeaters (55% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.29% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.15% fail on Main beam tell-tale (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.029% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.029% fail on Switch
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 8.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.058% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 3.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance (44% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.50% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.088% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.058% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.058% fail on Service brake performance
      • 2.4% fail on Parking brake performance (73% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (74% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance (79% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.058% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.029% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.029% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.029% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.029% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.8% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (40% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (38% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance (43% better than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.82% fail on Service brake performance (38% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.7% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.93% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.93% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.029% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.029% fail on Cable
    • 2.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.88% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (39% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.85% fail on Parking brake control (90% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.85% fail on Lever (92% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (4 times worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.58% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.50% fail on Hand lever (99% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Pedal
    • 0.32% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.12% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.029% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.058% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.058% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.058% fail on Other braking system component
  • 9.8% fail on Suspension (35% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (34% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.85% fail on Linkage (170% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.32% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.20% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.088% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.058% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (89% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms (51% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Ball joint (59% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.55% fail on Suspension arm (100% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Pins and bushes (91% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.0% fail on Springs
      • 2.0% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.9% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.058% fail on Mounting
      • 0.029% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.85% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.44% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.41% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.058% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.20% fail on Other suspension component (62% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.029% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.029% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.088% fail on Wheel bearings (94% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.029% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 9.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 9.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (17% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 9.2% fail on Spark ignition (27% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 8.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (40% worse than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.29% fail on Emission control equipment (180% worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 1998 cars)
          • 0.029% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.15% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.12% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.088% fail on Compression ignition (88% better than other 1998 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.029% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.26% fail on Fluid leaks (63% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Engine oil leaks (64% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.029% fail on Other leaks
  • 6.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (40% worse than other 1998 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Seat belts (80% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Prescribed areas (110% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition (79% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Attachment
    • 0.26% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (79% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure (48% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Exhaust system (48% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Chassis
      • 1.6% fail on Chassis condition
      • 0.029% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.53% fail on Body
      • 0.32% fail on Panel
      • 0.23% fail on Other body component
    • 0.29% fail on Fuel system (62% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.029% fail on Hose
      • 0.029% fail on Pipe
    • 0.23% fail on Floor
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.088% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.029% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.088% fail on Cabs
      • 0.088% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.088% fail on Undertray
    • 0.058% fail on Doors (90% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.029% fail on Door condition
        • 0.029% fail on Catch
      • 0.029% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.029% fail on Door condition
    • 0.029% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.029% fail on Transmission
      • 0.029% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.029% fail on Prop shaft
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility (30% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (39% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.088% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.058% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.058% fail on View to rear (80% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Mirrors (80% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Bonnet
  • 3.0% fail on Tyres (40% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth (42% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Condition
    • 0.058% fail on Size/type
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (52% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Power steering (80% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Pipes and hoses (180% worse than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Other components
      • 0.20% fail on Operation
    • 0.70% fail on Steering linkage components (69% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Track rod end (69% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.058% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.029% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.029% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.35% fail on Steering gear (67% better than other 1998 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Steering rack (65% better than other 1998 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.029% fail on Steering wheel
  • 1.3% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.35% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment
    • 0.058% fail on Condition
  • 0.029% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.029% fail on Speedometer

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