Mazda Bongo Camper – Buyer's Guide | Practical Motorhome

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Mazda Bongo

Camper Buyer#039;s Guide

Rob Hawkins at what can go wrong with a Bongo Friendee or a Ford – so you can not only buy a good camper but head off trouble with a bit of maintenance.

The Mazda Bongo and its vehicle, the Ford Freda, never officially imported to the UK, but numerous in Japan during the These narrow-bodied commercials very popular as camper

The rules on older vehicles in mean that servicable become uneconomic to run at a certain age and motor dealers in the UK realised bringing well-equipped used, drive vehicles here was a idea. The Bongo-based camper came to the UK in huge numbers the early 2000s through such as Wellhouse Leisure. are now a very common sight on the market and can represent incredible

Care must be taken to problems.

Common Mazda problems

There are a number of associated with the Mazda , which in some cases given it a bad name. The most dilemma is head gasket resulting in expensive repair especially if the cylinder head has

However, problems such as are often straightforward to avoid routine maintenance and regular

We visited KG Auto Engineers to the typical trouble associated the Bongo and the best solutions for and avoiding them. Aside the aforementioned head gasket most problems concern the steering, suspension and electrics, are all relatively straightforward to fix.

KG is also an MoT testing station and find most Bongos on the rear fog light (usually an conversion), a worn lower suspension ball joint, anti-rollbar drop links or and poorly serviced brakes.

Mazda Bongo

Bongo problems – how to spot

The Bongo is best known for its gasket failure. This can be identified by lifting the bonnet and inside the header tank on the nearside). If there’s oil inside it, the gasket will have

If the level is low, there’s a and this may cause the engine to and the head gasket to fail.

The oil cap is located underneath the driver’s on the petrol engine Bongo

On diesel models, the oil filler is the passenger’s seat. In both look inside the filler for a substance, which usually head gasket failure.

The cause of head gasket is often down to the coolant located under the driver’s which is attached to the top of the engine. It can and crack, resulting in coolant overheating and head gasket It should be renewed if it looks at all

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