Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2001
62.0% pass rate
from 2,763 tests in 2020
(20% better than other 2001 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 2001 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 8.4% fail on Brake performance
      • 3.9% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.9% fail on Rbt
          • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.072% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.072% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 3.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (28% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (27% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.036% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.036% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance (49% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt (54% worse than other 2001 cars)
          • 2.3% fail on Parking brake performance (53% worse than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.036% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.036% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (50% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp) (51% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.72% fail on Service brake imbalance (55% better than other 2001 cars)
          • 0.54% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.036% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.036% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.54% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.4% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 3.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.4% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.036% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.0% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.0% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.036% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.036% fail on Lever
    • 2.4% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (43% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system (64% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (3 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (7 times worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.72% fail on Lever
    • 0.36% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.29% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.22% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.072% fail on Pedal
    • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.22% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.036% fail on Reservoirs
  • 12% fail on Suspension (35% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.0% fail on Springs
      • 2.9% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.9% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.036% fail on Mounting
      • 0.14% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.0% fail on Anti-roll bars (42% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage (120% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.25% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (78% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.072% fail on Pins and bushes (84% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.036% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.036% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms (70% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Suspension arm (2 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint dust cover (83% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.036% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.76% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.58% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.11% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.43% fail on Shock absorbers (69% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings (78% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.072% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.036% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.072% fail on Other suspension component (87% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (45% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (35% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp aim (34% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Headlamps (40% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp (35% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.8% fail on Position lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (33% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp (73% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.43% fail on Horn
      • 0.18% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.54% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (63% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp (63% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp (67% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Switch
    • 0.51% fail on Direction indicators (80% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Flashing type (80% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Side repeaters (64% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Individual direction indicators (87% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.11% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 8.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 8.0% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 7.9% fail on Spark ignition
        • 6.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (75% worse than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.98% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (70% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.51% fail on Emissions not tested (52% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.072% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.072% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.29% fail on Compression ignition (69% better than other 2001 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.072% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.036% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.036% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.51% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Engine oil leaks (71% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.036% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 5.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (41% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Seat belts (99% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Prescribed areas (160% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Attachment
    • 0.69% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (53% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Airbags
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility (41% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Wipers (33% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Washers (44% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.072% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.036% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure (56% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Exhaust system (55% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Chassis (84% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Chassis condition (86% worse than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.036% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.25% fail on Body
      • 0.14% fail on Panel
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
    • 0.22% fail on Floor
    • 0.072% fail on Fuel system (89% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.072% fail on Doors (84% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
      • 0.036% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.036% fail on Door condition
    • 0.036% fail on Seats
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.036% fail on Undertray
  • 3.4% fail on Tyres (51% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth (55% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Condition (48% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.90% fail on Power steering (130% worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Pipes and hoses (4 times worse than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Operation
      • 0.18% fail on Other components
    • 0.36% fail on Steering linkage components (87% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Track rod end (88% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.18% fail on Steering gear (80% better than other 2001 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Steering rack (79% better than other 2001 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.072% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.036% fail on Steering column
  • 0.69% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.65% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.036% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.036% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.036% fail on Speedometer

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