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Mazda 323 MOT Results

60.9% pass rate
from 233 tests in 2017
(34% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda 323 is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Suspension (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 9.4% fail on Prescribed areas (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 9.0% fail on Component mounting (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 7.7% fail on Drive shafts (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Front drive shafts (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 7.7% fail on Constant velocity joints (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Coil springs (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Condition (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Location (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.43% fail on Condition
    • 2.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Condition (55 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.86% fail on Linkage condition (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.3% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.3% fail on Rear
    • 0.86% fail on Trailing arms (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Condition
      • 0.43% fail on Attachment
    • 0.86% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.86% fail on Condition
    • 0.43% fail on Front suspension joints
  • 15% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.6% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.86% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.86% fail on Rear lamps
    • 1.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.43% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.3% fail on Battery
    • 0.86% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.86% fail on Fog lamp
  • 14% fail on Brakes
    • 8.6% fail on Brake performance
      • 5.6% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.6% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.86% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.43% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.43% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 8.2% fail on Hydraulic systems (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Components (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.3% fail on Hoses (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Pipes
        • 0.43% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.86% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Operation
      • 0.43% fail on Leaks
    • 0.43% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.43% fail on Condition
    • 0.43% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.43% fail on Pedal
        • 0.43% fail on Condition
    • 0.43% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.43% fail on Clevis joint
    • 0.43% fail on Restricted movement
  • 6.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.6% fail on Emissions
    • 0.86% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.43% fail on Tank
      • 0.43% fail on Cap
    • 0.86% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 6.0% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 3.0% fail on Body condition
    • 2.6% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 2.6% fail on Chassis
    • 0.43% fail on Body security
    • 0.43% fail on Doors
      • 0.43% fail on Drivers
  • 4.7% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 1.7% fail on Wipers
    • 0.43% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.43% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.3% fail on Tyres
    • 3.0% fail on Condition
    • 1.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.43% fail on Size/type
  • 4.3% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 4.3% fail on Seat belts
      • 3.9% fail on Prescribed areas (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Requirements
  • 2.6% fail on Steering
    • 1.7% fail on Steering system
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.43% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.86% fail on Power steering
      • 0.43% fail on Operation
      • 0.43% fail on Pipes and hoses
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.43% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.43% fail on Condition
Read the Honest John Review

  • Mazda 323 1989
    Tidy looks, sweet engines and brilliant reliability. Plenty of kit in SE Exec versions. Got fuel injection from 1991.