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MG MGA MOT Results

84.6% pass rate
from 825 tests in 2017
(47% better 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 MG MGA is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.9% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (52% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.1% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.73% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.61% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.48% fail on Switch
    • 1.9% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamps (47% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
      • 0.12% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.5% fail on Horn
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Position lamps (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Front lamps (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.24% fail on Rear lamps (84% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.85% fail on Registration plate lamp (68% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Battery
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Lamp
      • 0.12% fail on Tell tale
  • 7.8% fail on Brakes (33% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Brake performance (36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Front wheels
      • 3.2% fail on Rear wheels
      • 0.97% fail on Parking brake performance (71% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.36% fail on Service brake performance (75% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 1.6% fail on Leaks (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Components (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Pipes
        • 0.12% fail on Hoses
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
    • 1.2% fail on Hub components
      • 0.73% fail on Wheel cylinder (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.12% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.12% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.61% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.61% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.12% fail on Relay lever
    • 0.12% fail on Restricted movement
  • 2.7% fail on Suspension (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.73% fail on Front
      • 0.36% fail on Rear
    • 0.73% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.36% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.36% fail on Condition
    • 0.36% fail on Prescribed areas (91% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Spring mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Component mounting
    • 0.24% fail on Axles
      • 0.24% fail on King pins
    • 0.12% fail on Leaf springs
      • 0.12% fail on Securing bolts
    • 0.12% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
    • 0.12% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.12% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.12% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.12% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 2.7% fail on Driver's view of the road (62% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (59% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers (61% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 2.4% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (58% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.61% fail on System
      • 0.36% fail on Pipe
      • 0.36% fail on Cap
      • 0.24% fail on Tank
      • 0.12% fail on Hose
    • 0.48% fail on Exhaust system (80% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Emissions (90% better than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (65% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Steering system (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.61% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.48% fail on Steering control
      • 0.24% fail on Steering column
      • 0.12% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.12% fail on Steering shaft
  • 1.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (69% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Body condition (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Seats
      • 0.36% fail on Drivers
      • 0.12% fail on Passengers
    • 0.24% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.12% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.12% fail on Chassis
    • 0.12% fail on Load security
      • 0.12% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.85% fail on Road Wheels (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Condition (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Attachment
  • 0.61% fail on Tyres (73% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Size/type
    • 0.24% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.12% fail on Valve stem
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