Review: Mazda Bongo (1994 – 1999)


Popular MPV import that's well suited to a camper van conversion. Versatile cabin layout and well equipped.

People trying to sell abused and tired examples for over-inflated prices. Some badly converted campers.

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8 April 2013

Glow plug failures becoming common on 15 year old Bongo 2.5 diesels, leading to poor starting and lots of smoke when they eventually fire. Glow plugs may snap when trying to extract them, escalating... Read more

Mazda Bongo (1994 – 1999): At A Glance


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What car has a lot of boot space and does good mpg?

I tour for a living and my Golf Plus 2.0 TDI is about to die. I need something with more boot space than the Volkswagen Golf, but don't know whether to go German again or do what everyone is telling me to do and go Japanese. I want to spend a maximum of £5000, whilst still wanting to get 55+mpg. However, I don't know whether to buy petrol now with the rumours of the government imposing taxes on diesels in built up areas. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
Japanese and hybrid. You might find a Mk II Prius that hasn't already been snapped up by a taxi driver, but it will have done a fair few miles and the one thing that goes wrong is that the waterpump fails. I wouldn't go for a Japanese diesel import such as a Bongo.
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