Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 1999
58.9% pass rate
from 3,607 tests in 2020
(8.8% 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.

  • 16% fail on Brakes (11% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 9.9% fail on Brake performance (23% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.2% fail on Service brake performance (38% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Rbt (39% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 3.4% fail on Service brake performance (40% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.97% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.055% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.028% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.028% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.1% fail on Parking brake performance (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 2.9% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.028% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.028% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.028% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 1.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (32% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (30% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance (39% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.89% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.36% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.028% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.55% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.55% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.5% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 1.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.028% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 1.1% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (3 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.67% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.67% fail on Lever
    • 0.64% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.36% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
    • 0.25% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.11% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.028% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.028% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.028% fail on Valves
    • 0.028% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.028% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.028% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
  • 13% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (49% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 13% fail on Exhaust emissions (55% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 13% fail on Spark ignition (66% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 12% fail on Catalyst emissions (89% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.22% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.19% fail on Catalytic converter (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.028% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.22% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.055% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (92% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Compression ignition (76% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.055% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.028% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.44% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (4 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Engine oil leaks (69% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.028% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.028% fail on Undertray
  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (26% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Headlamps (53% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Headlamp (64% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (23% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (26% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (37% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Position lamp (38% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.1% fail on Stop lamp (77% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.61% fail on Horn
      • 0.25% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.028% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.64% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (56% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Rear fog lamp (56% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Rear fog lamp (56% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Switch
    • 0.55% fail on Direction indicators (77% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Flashing type (77% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.19% fail on Individual direction indicators (88% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.055% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.028% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.028% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.028% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (36% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage (120% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (85% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.028% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 2.6% fail on Springs
      • 2.5% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.5% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.14% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms (65% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Ball joint (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.36% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes (95% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.50% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.055% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.055% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.47% fail on Shock absorbers (60% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.028% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.11% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.055% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.028% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.028% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.028% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 5.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (46% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Chassis (55% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Chassis condition (57% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (45% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.36% fail on Body
      • 0.19% fail on Panel
      • 0.14% fail on Other body component
      • 0.028% fail on Body condition
    • 0.28% fail on Fuel system (62% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.028% fail on System
    • 0.17% fail on Seats
      • 0.17% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.028% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.14% fail on Floor
    • 0.083% fail on Doors (85% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.055% fail on Door condition
      • 0.028% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.028% fail on Door condition
    • 0.055% fail on Cabs
      • 0.055% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.028% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.028% fail on Transmission
      • 0.028% fail on Belts
  • 5.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (20% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Seat belts (62% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (98% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Condition (90% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Attachment
    • 0.50% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (68% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Airbags
      • 0.17% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.028% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 5.3% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Wipers (21% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (43% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.055% fail on View to rear (83% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Mirrors (83% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.028% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.028% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.1% fail on Tyres (45% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth (49% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Condition (39% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Size/type
  • 1.5% fail on Steering (64% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Steering linkage components (74% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Track rod end (72% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.028% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.67% fail on Power steering
      • 0.47% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Other components
      • 0.083% fail on Operation
      • 0.028% fail on Pump
      • 0.028% fail on Rams
    • 0.14% fail on Steering gear (87% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Steering rack (86% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.028% fail on Steering play
      • 0.028% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.94% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.94% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.028% fail on Condition
  • 0.028% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.028% fail on Speedometer

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