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MG MGA MOT Results

84.9% pass rate
from 498 tests in 2020
(44% 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.

  • 7.2% fail on Brakes
    • 6.0% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 3.6% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.80% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt
          • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.60% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 1.0% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt
          • 0.80% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.20% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.80% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.60% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
      • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.60% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.20% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.20% fail on Valves
    • 0.40% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.20% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.20% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.20% fail on Cable
  • 6.0% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (55% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.40% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 1.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.20% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.0% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.0% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.60% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.20% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.20% fail on Switch
    • 0.80% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.40% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.20% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.20% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.40% fail on Electrical equipment (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.20% fail on Horn
  • 4.2% fail on Visibility
    • 3.2% fail on Washers
    • 1.0% fail on Wipers
    • 0.20% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
  • 2.4% fail on Steering
    • 1.2% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.2% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.60% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.60% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.40% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.20% fail on Steering column
    • 0.20% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.20% fail on Universal joint
  • 2.4% fail on Suspension (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.60% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.40% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.40% fail on Springs
      • 0.40% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.20% fail on Spring saddle
        • 0.20% fail on Fixings and fixing bolts
    • 0.20% fail on Axles
      • 0.20% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.20% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.20% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.20% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 2.0% fail on Body, chassis, structure (71% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.40% fail on Tank
      • 0.40% fail on Pipe
    • 0.60% fail on Transmission
      • 0.60% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.40% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.20% fail on Joints
    • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.20% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.20% fail on Body
      • 0.20% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.20% fail on Seats
      • 0.20% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.20% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 0.80% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.80% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.60% fail on Transmission oil leaks (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 0.40% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
  • 0.20% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.20% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.20% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.20% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.20% fail on Prescribed areas
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