Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1999
58.7% pass rate
from 3,739 tests in 2017
(15% better than other 1999 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Brakes
    • 11% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.8% fail on Front wheels (48% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.94% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.75% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.13% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.5% fail on Hydraulic systems (33% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Components (43% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Pipes (29% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Hoses (69% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.027% fail on Cylinders
      • 1.1% fail on Leaks (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.053% fail on Operation
    • 3.3% fail on Hub components
      • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.91% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.91% fail on Brake calipers (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.1% fail on ABS (48% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Parking brake (75% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Condition (75% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.16% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
        • 0.13% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.027% fail on Condition
    • 0.053% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.053% fail on Cable
  • 17% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (30% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Headlamps (35% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Headlamp (38% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.080% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 4.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (18% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (40% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps (39% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Front lamps (19% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Rear lamps (96% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Stop lamp (70% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Rear fog lamp (43% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Fog lamp (49% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.080% fail on Switch
    • 0.59% fail on Horn
    • 0.43% fail on Direction indicators (85% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Flashing type (85% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Side repeaters (65% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Individual lamps (93% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on All direction indicators (84% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Tell tales
    • 0.32% fail on Battery (71% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.080% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.027% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.027% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.027% fail on Lamp
  • 12% fail on Suspension (44% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 4.7% fail on Component mounting
      • 1.1% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.27% fail on Spring mounting
    • 2.7% fail on Coil springs
      • 2.6% fail on Condition
      • 0.027% fail on Location
    • 2.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (48% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.32% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 1.1% fail on Suspension arms (73% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (81% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Condition
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment
    • 0.35% fail on Front suspension joints (77% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Shock absorbers (80% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Condition (79% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Condition (80% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.21% fail on Wheel bearings (88% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Front (82% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Rear (93% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.080% fail on Attachment
      • 0.053% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.080% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.053% fail on Drive shafts (99% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Front drive shafts (99% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Constant velocity joints (99% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.027% fail on Condition
    • 0.027% fail on Panhard rods
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 9.8% fail on Emissions (45% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system (42% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.16% fail on Fuel system (84% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Cap
  • 6.4% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (18% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Seat belts (58% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Prescribed areas (88% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Condition (87% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment
    • 0.56% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (68% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Drivers airbag (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (82% better than other 1999 cars)
  • 6.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (36% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers (28% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (42% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.027% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.027% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.1% fail on Tyres (50% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Condition (32% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth (63% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.027% fail on Size/type
  • 3.3% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (22% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Body condition
    • 1.3% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis
    • 0.080% fail on Seats (74% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Drivers
    • 0.053% fail on Doors (92% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Drivers
      • 0.027% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.027% fail on Body security
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (65% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Power steering
      • 0.48% fail on Pipes and hoses (170% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Other components
      • 0.19% fail on Operation
      • 0.027% fail on Pump
      • 0.027% fail on Rams
    • 0.75% fail on Steering system (81% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Track rod end (80% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Steering rack (74% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint (83% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.027% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.027% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 1.1% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.19% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment
    • 0.080% fail on Condition

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