Mazda Bongo is a kind of cover van and a pickup truck, which has been originally manufactured in Japan since quite a few decades back. They have engines both on the front, middle and rear side. It’s named after Bongo, which is a kind of African antelope species. These cars were never officially imported to the UK but were widespread throughout Japan. They became quite popular as camping vans, and soon enough made their way into the UK market.
Motor dealers in The UK realized that it was time to bring this utility, well-equipped, used, yet right-hand drive vehicles into the country. It came into the UK in large numbers around early 200’s, and there’s been no stopping yet. They are now very commonly available in the second-hand market and gives good value for your money. So, you can definitely think about investing in Mazda bongo motorhomes and Japanese MPV Specialist with 14 years of experience shall help you with all of that. They are well-known motor dealers in the UK and sell directly imported vehicles from Japan after they have gone through special checks and final touches.
Spot the common problems and fix them up:
The Mazda Bongo is pre-owned people carriers which are officially manufactured for the Japanese home market. You can get your hands on one in the UK with the help of companies that offer Japanese import cars for sale. They have a great electric elevating roof, maximum headroom, useful storage space, additional sleeping area etc. making it perfect to be used as a home or for camping. But, they also come with some hitches — and if you can spot them, you can surely avoid them with regular maintenance.
- Head gasket: One of the most common problems that can arise is with the head gasket. Lift the bonnet and look inside the header tank and if there’s little oil, the head gasket will fail. Also, look inside the oil filler and if you find a milky substance, the gasket has failed. The cause may be a coolant hose that can balloon or crack, leading to eventual overheating and should be renewed.
- Disk brakes: Needless to say, the Bongo’s disc brakes will eventually stick together if there’s no periodic servicing. This can be fixed by unfixing the two slider bolts for each one of the calipers and greasing them. Also, clean the brake pads.
- Suspension sounds: Anti-roll bars are the ones who are behind the suspension sounds. At the front end, the drop links suffer due to wear and tear and need renewing; while at the back end, the D-bushes crack. The lower ball joint of the suspension is mostly the first thing to wear out, so check that out first.
- Rotting: Bongo’s don’t generally rust too much, but the back wheel arches have higher chances of crumbling. You can avoid it best by undertaking preventive care. You should keep the arch clean and lip and spray it with under seal.
- Dry runners: A sliding door that has dry runners will obviously be hard to open and close. In such cases, you should apply grease to the runners found on the top, bottom and along the rear side of the Bongo.
- Power steering: It’s probable that the power steering becomes stiff and the rack starts to leakage of fluid. Dirt can choke up the steering joints too. So, you should make sure to check the joints and pipes from time to time.
- Electric elevating roof: Make sure to have the gearbox settings on the park and keep the handbrakes in the on position. Press the button that’s situated on the underside of the roof, and when lowering the roof, make sure to press the safety button once which is situated inside the roof.
So, these were the most common problems that you would come across as a Mazda Bongo owner. Make sure to give a check every now and then, and now that we have told you where to look, with regular maintenance, you are sorted.