Wednesday 24th October 2012
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Have you ever owned a Mazda Bongo? Did you have to purchase any replacement parts for the vehicle and how did they perform? If you did, then let us know about your experience by leaving your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Mazda Bongo Overview

The Mazda Bongo was classed as a van in its earlier years and is now classed as an MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) which is great for conversion into a camper van. These vehicles are produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturing company Mazda. They have been in production since 1966 and were available in different van formats and the minibus version. The modern version of the Bongo is well equipped and has a good cabin layout. As mentioned above, these vehicles make great camper van conversions. These vehicles are good to drive and worth considering for a vehicle of this type. Does this sound anything like your experience of the Bongo?

Mazda Bongo History

The first generation (1966-75) was a rear wheel drive small van available with an 800cc or 1.0L engine. The minibus version was to become very popular. The second generation (1977-83) was a mid-engined rear wheel drive vehicle and was also sold as the Ford Ecovan. The third generation (1983-99) had an all new engine range, and was available as the Ford Spectron or Ecovan. From 1994 it was also available as the Nissan Vanette.

The fourth generation (1999-present) is also available in Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan variants and is marketed as the Mazda E-series in some countries. Mazda announced this will be the last generation of this vehicle and they will be focusing on fuel efficient cars only.

The Bongo Friendee (1995-2005) is the MPV version and was also sold as the Ford Freda. This is an 8-seater MPV which is popularly converted to camper vans in the UK. These vehicles are available with the ‘auto free top’ elevating roof which means there is room for another 2 people to sleep in.


Auto Free Top
Elevator roof

Fuel Economy

The available engines for the Mazda Bongo are the 1.5, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.5L petrol engines and the 2.0, 2.2 and 2.5L diesel engines. The diesel engines are the most economical of the available engines. Which engine do you have and how does it perform in terms of fuel economy. The age, fuel type and engine size will help determine the fuel economy of the vehicle.


There have been automatic and manual gearboxes available for the Mazda Bongo. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? Have a look at our Mazda gearbox section to find the Bong gearbox parts you need for your vehicle.


If you are looking for Mazda Bongo parts then look no further. Here at Breakeryard we have these parts available at great prices. Our comprehensive network of UK Breakers has parts available for all makes and models. Visit our Bongo parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to locate the exact parts you are looking for.