Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
73.5% pass rate
from 4,900 tests in 2017
(28% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Suspension
    • 7.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (64% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage condition (16 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.84% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (81% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Presence
    • 5.4% fail on Coil springs
      • 5.3% fail on Condition
      • 0.020% fail on Location
    • 0.73% fail on Shock absorbers (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Condition (45% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Suspension arms (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.061% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.061% fail on Attachment (18 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Trailing arms (83% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment
    • 0.020% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.020% fail on Condition
    • 0.020% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.020% fail on Rear
    • 0.020% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.020% fail on Component mounting
  • 7.4% fail on Brakes
    • 4.6% fail on Brake performance (29% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Front wheels (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Rear wheels (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.020% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.020% fail on Brake operation
    • 2.8% fail on Hub components
      • 2.3% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.35% fail on Brake discs (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Brake calipers (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Restricted movement (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Hydraulic systems (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Components (90% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Hoses (73% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.020% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.10% fail on ABS (72% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 4.8% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamp aim (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamps (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.020% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate lamp (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Position lamps (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Front lamps (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.041% fail on Rear lamps (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.53% fail on Stop lamp (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Direction indicators (93% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Flashing type (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Side repeaters (81% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Individual lamps
    • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.10% fail on Rear fog lamp (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Fog lamp (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.082% fail on Battery (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Horn (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 4.5% fail on Driver's view of the road (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Wipers
    • 1.7% fail on Washers (29% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.041% fail on Windscreen (89% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres (54% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Condition (53% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Tread depth (63% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Valve stem (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.71% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (75% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Emissions (45% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Exhaust system (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Emissions not tested (81% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.020% fail on Cap
  • 0.24% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Attachment
      • 0.020% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.10% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (83% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.24% fail on Registration plates and VIN (58% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Registration plate (58% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.12% fail on Attachment
    • 0.061% fail on Condition
  • 0.041% fail on Steering (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Steering system (97% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.020% fail on Track rod end
  • 0.020% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.020% fail on Body condition
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