Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
59.1% pass rate
from 6,300 tests in 2020
(15% better than other 2003 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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 16% fail on Brakes
    • 9.0% fail on Brake performance (13% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Service brake performance (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Rbt (61% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 4.1% fail on Service brake performance (69% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.0% fail on Service brake imbalance (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.079% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.032% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.016% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (26% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (23% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (78% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 2.5% fail on Parking brake performance (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Rbt (46% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 2.2% fail on Parking brake performance (47% worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.016% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.048% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.048% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.98% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (42% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Rbt (sp) (43% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.84% fail on Service brake imbalance (30% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance (82% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.032% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.40% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.032% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.1% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.1% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.063% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (77% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Cable (77% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Lever
    • 2.7% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Anti-lock braking system (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.54% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.54% fail on Lever
    • 0.40% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.35% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.063% fail on Pedal (76% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.25% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.063% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.032% fail on Valves
    • 0.032% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.016% fail on Other components
      • 0.016% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.016% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.016% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.016% fail on Leaks
    • 0.016% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.016% fail on Leaks
  • 16% fail on Suspension (10% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Springs (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Coil springs (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Coil spring (45% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (38% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage ball joints (27% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.29% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (90% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.048% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.016% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms (72% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Suspension arm (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Ball joint (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes (96% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.51% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.44% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Sub-frame (77% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.44% fail on Shock absorbers (68% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Wheel bearings (82% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component (76% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint (84% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.079% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.048% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (48% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (41% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (39% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (60% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp (18% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (63% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Headlamp levelling device (93% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Stop lamp (64% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (36% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Electrical equipment (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Horn (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.079% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.41% fail on Direction indicators (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Flashing type (83% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Side repeaters (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Individual direction indicators (90% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (90% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (90% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (90% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.048% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.016% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 7.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (25% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Chassis (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Chassis condition (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 2.4% fail on Integral vehicle structure (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.016% fail on Strengthening plate
      • 0.016% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 2.1% fail on Exhaust system (44% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Body
      • 0.11% fail on Other body component
      • 0.095% fail on Panel
      • 0.032% fail on Body condition
    • 0.24% fail on Floor (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Fuel system (84% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on System
      • 0.016% fail on Pipe
    • 0.079% fail on Bumpers (66% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Undertray
    • 0.032% fail on Cabs
      • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.016% fail on Transmission
      • 0.016% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.016% fail on Joints
    • 0.016% fail on Seats
      • 0.016% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.016% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.016% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 7.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Seat belts (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Prescribed areas (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Condition (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Attachment
    • 0.37% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags
      • 0.13% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.7% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (46% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.079% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.079% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.063% fail on View to rear (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Mirrors (81% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 5.6% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (32% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Exhaust emissions (30% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Spark ignition (19% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.9% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (46% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.73% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.063% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.048% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.048% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.24% fail on Compression ignition (82% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.079% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (66% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.016% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.016% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.016% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.016% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.24% fail on Fluid leaks (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Engine oil leaks (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.016% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.016% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.016% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 3.1% fail on Tyres (57% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Condition (40% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Tread depth (65% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Size/type (85% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 1.3% fail on Steering (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Steering linkage components (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Track rod end (83% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.016% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.016% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.60% fail on Power steering (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Pipes and hoses (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Other components
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.016% fail on Pump
      • 0.016% fail on Rams
    • 0.095% fail on Steering gear (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.079% fail on Steering rack (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Operation
    • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.016% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.63% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.63% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.21% fail on Road Wheels (55% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Attachment
    • 0.016% fail on Condition
  • 0.016% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.016% fail on Anchorages

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