Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2005
63.9% pass rate
from 4,391 tests in 2020
(22% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 8.2% fail on Brake performance (14% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Service brake performance (92% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.4% fail on Rbt (95% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 4.8% fail on Service brake performance (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.96% fail on Service brake imbalance (60% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (55% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.023% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.046% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.046% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.023% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.75% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.75% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.66% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.27% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 3.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.2% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.2% fail on Brake discs
    • 2.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 1.1% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.41% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Anti-lock braking system (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.091% fail on Electronic stability control (75% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.27% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.068% fail on Valves (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.32% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.32% fail on Lever
    • 0.25% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.18% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.068% fail on Pedal
    • 0.091% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.046% fail on Other components
      • 0.046% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.046% fail on Other braking system component (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
  • 12% fail on Suspension (34% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (22% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint dust cover (79% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (68% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.2% fail on Springs (72% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (73% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.73% fail on Suspension arms (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint (91% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover (77% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes (96% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.68% fail on Sub-frames (89% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (65% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Shock absorbers (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Other suspension component (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.023% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.023% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.023% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 8.7% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (54% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps (48% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.5% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.068% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamp aim (57% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Headlamp aim (61% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (48% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (71% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Electrical equipment (69% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Horn (59% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Battery(ies) (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.23% fail on Direction indicators (92% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Flashing type (92% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Side repeaters (79% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Individual direction indicators (98% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.14% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (86% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Rear fog lamp (86% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Switch
    • 0.046% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.046% fail on Switch
    • 0.046% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.023% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.023% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 5.6% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Seat belts (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Attachment
      • 0.046% fail on Condition (91% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (70% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Airbags
      • 0.091% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 5.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (40% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Exhaust system (49% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Chassis (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis condition (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Strengthening plate (15 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Body
      • 0.091% fail on Panel
      • 0.068% fail on Other body component
      • 0.023% fail on Body condition
    • 0.18% fail on Floor (10 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Cabs (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas (8 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Fuel system (82% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Pipe
      • 0.046% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (79% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.091% fail on Undertray
    • 0.023% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.023% fail on Seats
      • 0.023% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.023% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 4.7% fail on Visibility (37% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (20% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (48% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (41% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (41% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Spark ignition (22% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 1.4% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (51% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.023% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.14% fail on Compression ignition (92% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.046% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.046% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.023% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.27% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.18% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.068% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.023% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.068% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.068% fail on Undertray
  • 2.9% fail on Tyres (61% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Condition (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Tread depth (69% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.046% fail on Size/type (85% better than other 2005 cars)
  • 0.73% fail on Steering (82% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Steering linkage components (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Track rod end (86% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.18% fail on Power steering
      • 0.14% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.046% fail on Operation
      • 0.046% fail on Other components
    • 0.046% fail on Steering gear (93% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Steering rack (93% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.023% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.023% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.39% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.27% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.25% fail on Attachment
    • 0.023% fail on Condition
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  • Mazda MX-5 (2005 - 2015)
    A great sports car. Incredibly nimble. Responsive steering. Easy to live with day to day. Comparatively inexpensive to run. Roof is easy to fold down.

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