Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2008
72.8% pass rate
from 5,709 tests in 2020
(33% 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.

  • 14% fail on Suspension
    • 6.8% fail on Springs (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 6.8% fail on Coil springs (45% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 6.8% fail on Coil spring (45% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (65% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Linkage ball joints (47% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Linkage (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.68% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.54% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.18% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (7 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.070% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.053% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Shock absorbers (47% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Suspension arms (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Pins and bushes (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint dust cover (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.23% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.16% fail on Wheel bearings (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.088% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.018% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.070% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.053% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.018% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.035% fail on Other suspension component (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.018% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.018% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.018% fail on Macpherson strut
  • 7.4% fail on Brakes (22% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.6% fail on Service brake performance (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Rbt (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 4.2% fail on Service brake performance (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.68% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.018% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.30% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (86% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Rbt (sp) (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (51% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Rbt (sp) (50% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.21% fail on Service brake imbalance (52% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.053% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Rbt (86% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.018% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.088% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components (28% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.65% fail on Brake discs and drums (45% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Brake discs (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.018% fail on Cable
    • 0.42% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.18% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.12% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.11% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.053% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.053% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.035% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.018% fail on Lever
  • 4.5% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamp aim (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp aim (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.58% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Position lamps (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Position lamp (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Stop lamp (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Direction indicators (93% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Flashing type (93% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Side repeaters (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.088% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Rear fog lamp (84% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Rear fog lamp (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Electrical equipment (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Horn (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 4.1% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.053% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.035% fail on View to rear (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Mirrors (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.018% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.4% fail on Tyres (66% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Condition (61% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Size/type
  • 1.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (66% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Spark ignition (46% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.91% fail on Catalyst emissions (37% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Emissions not tested (61% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.018% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.018% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 0.053% fail on Compression ignition (97% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.053% fail on Fluid leaks (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Engine oil leaks (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 0.72% fail on Body, chassis, structure (87% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Exhaust system (77% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.070% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.070% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.053% fail on Chassis
      • 0.053% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.035% fail on Fuel system (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Tank
      • 0.018% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.035% fail on Doors (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
      • 0.018% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
      • 0.018% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.018% fail on Door condition
    • 0.018% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.018% fail on Transmission
      • 0.018% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.018% fail on Joints
  • 0.37% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Seat belts (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition
      • 0.035% fail on Prescribed areas (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Airbags
      • 0.018% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.26% fail on Identification of the vehicle (51% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Registration plates (51% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.14% fail on Road Wheels (73% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Attachment (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Condition
  • 0.053% fail on Steering (98% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.018% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.018% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.018% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.018% fail on Power steering
      • 0.018% fail on Operation
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