Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
77.6% pass rate
from 4,442 tests in 2020
(40% better than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.2% fail on Suspension (28% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Springs (25% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Coil springs (25% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 5.3% fail on Coil spring (26% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.90% fail on Linkage (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.61% fail on Linkage ball joints (50% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.36% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.14% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (8 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.090% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.045% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.023% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.59% fail on Shock absorbers (60% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Suspension arms (89% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Wheel bearings (88% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.045% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.045% fail on Other suspension component (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.023% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 5.1% fail on Brakes (35% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance (34% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (36% worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance (50% worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.41% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.023% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.27% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (83% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Rbt (sp) (83% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.18% fail on Parking brake performance (74% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Rbt (76% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Parking brake performance (77% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.023% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.023% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.023% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.14% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (70% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.14% fail on Rbt (sp) (70% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.068% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Mechanical brake components (35% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake linings and pads (25% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Brake pads (26% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.54% fail on Brake discs and drums (50% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Brake discs (49% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.20% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.068% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.090% fail on Parking brake control (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Lever (71% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (78% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.023% fail on Pedal
    • 0.045% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.023% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.023% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.023% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.023% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.023% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 4.4% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (68% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamp aim (38% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim (40% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamps (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.50% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (77% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Position lamps (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Position lamp (81% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.023% fail on Switch
    • 0.47% fail on Stop lamp (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Direction indicators (95% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Flashing type (95% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Side repeaters (86% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Electrical equipment (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Horn (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.023% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.045% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (92% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Rear fog lamp (92% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Rear fog lamp (92% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 4.0% fail on Visibility (27% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Wipers
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (46% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.068% fail on Windscreen
  • 2.3% fail on Tyres (66% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth (69% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Condition (61% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Size/type
  • 1.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (52% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (51% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.90% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.72% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.023% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.045% fail on Compression ignition (97% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.023% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.045% fail on Fluid leaks (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.023% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.023% fail on Undertray
  • 0.52% fail on Body, chassis, structure (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Exhaust system (82% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.045% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.023% fail on Pipe
    • 0.045% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.023% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.023% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.045% fail on Doors
      • 0.045% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.045% fail on Door condition
    • 0.023% fail on Chassis
      • 0.023% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.023% fail on Transmission
      • 0.023% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.023% fail on Joints
    • 0.023% fail on Body
      • 0.023% fail on Other body component
    • 0.023% fail on Undertray
  • 0.36% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.36% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.25% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (71% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.16% fail on Condition
    • 0.090% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (81% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.11% fail on Road Wheels (75% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Attachment (78% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Condition
  • 0.045% fail on Steering (98% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Steering linkage components (97% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.023% fail on Steering arm
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