Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2003
58.1% pass rate
from 6,280 tests in 2017
(14% 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.

  • 18% fail on Brakes (8.8% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (26% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Front wheels (120% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Rear wheels
      • 2.7% fail on Parking brake performance (37% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Brake imbalance (76% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Service brake performance (53% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.016% fail on Gradient hand brake
      • 0.016% fail on Brake operation
    • 4.6% fail on Hub components (44% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Brake pads (43% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.80% fail on Brake calipers (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (31% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Components (43% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Pipes (35% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Hoses (69% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.016% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.92% fail on Leaks (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.048% fail on Operation
    • 1.9% fail on ABS (87% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.89% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.89% fail on Condition
    • 0.83% fail on Restricted movement (190% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Service brake control components (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Pedal (68% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.032% fail on Condition
    • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.016% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings
      • 0.016% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.016% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 17% fail on Suspension (19% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Component mounting (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Subframe mounting (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Spring mounting (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Coil springs (37% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Condition (39% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Location
    • 3.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (36% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Linkage condition (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (47% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Condition
      • 0.016% fail on Presence
    • 1.4% fail on Suspension arms (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.56% fail on Shock absorbers (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Condition (60% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Front suspension joints (76% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Wheel bearings (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Front (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Rear (95% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.096% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.032% fail on Condition
      • 0.032% fail on Attachment
    • 0.048% fail on Sub-frames (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.016% fail on Torsion bars
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.016% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.016% fail on Condition
    • 0.016% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment
    • 0.016% fail on Axles
      • 0.016% fail on Axle beam
    • 0.016% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 14% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (46% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Position lamps (21% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.29% fail on Rear lamps (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on All position lamps
    • 5.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (29% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim (66% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Stop lamp (64% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Headlamp (60% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.016% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 0.40% fail on Direction indicators (86% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Flashing type (86% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Side repeaters (74% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Individual lamps (92% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on All direction indicators (83% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Battery (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Horn (73% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.13% fail on Rear fog lamp (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Fog lamp (91% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.080% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.064% fail on Hazard warning (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Switch
    • 0.016% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 8.0% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 7.7% fail on Seat belts (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Condition
    • 0.33% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (78% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 6.1% fail on Driver's view of the road (33% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Wipers (22% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Washers (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Windscreen (67% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.048% fail on Mirrors (87% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 4.9% fail on Tyres (46% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Condition (28% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Tread depth (60% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.080% fail on Size/type (76% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 3.4% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (53% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Body condition (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Vehicle structure (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Chassis (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Seats (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Drivers (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Passengers
    • 0.016% fail on Speedometer
  • 3.2% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (58% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Emissions (33% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Exhaust system (62% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Emissions not tested (49% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Fuel system (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Cap (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Tank
  • 1.5% fail on Steering (71% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.68% fail on Power steering
      • 0.56% fail on Pipes and hoses (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
      • 0.032% fail on Operation
      • 0.016% fail on Rams
    • 0.64% fail on Steering system (86% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Track rod end (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack (87% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Ball joint (84% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.048% fail on Steering control
      • 0.032% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.016% fail on Steering column
    • 0.048% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.032% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.84% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.84% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels (46% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Attachment
    • 0.080% fail on Condition

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