Your AutoClassics Mazda Bongo Friendee inspection checklist Engine You will find one of three engines in a Bongo. Heavily used Bongos will often have worn-out front seats, but they generally tend to weather the years rather well. Anything attached to it would be at risk. Some parts are can be transferred from the old head. If the coolant gets too hot, your Bongo could overheat again. When seals dry out, they leak and the gas will escape. Check that the leisure battery, if fitted, has enough charge in it.
Spare parts and accessories, both new and used, are available for the Bongo. In fact, the body was the best part of it. This shows the general condition of the Bongo when it was sold at auction in Japan. A sticky thermostat can cause the cooling system to overheat. The switch can get clogged with dust. Check the brake fluid and windscreen wash while you're there.
There are a team selling piles of rusted crap dressed up. It affects the cold-start function. Remember that, while a big bill is a right royal pain, we are running incredibly versatile vehicles with almost no depreciation, one year's worth on a newer vehicle can be well over 2 grand. How do people know when to give up and sell? Some have picnic tables incorporated into the back of the seat. Check the temperature gauge when driving uphill. These are rarely changed until they fail, and many have been on the Bongo for 10 years. It releases pressure and coolant.
I carried out a major service and replaced coolant hoses and pipes, radiator and water pump. It must be fitted professionally by someone who is fully conversant with the procedure for draining, bleeding, and refilling the coolant system. The steering should be light, not heavy or notchy. You'll struggle to bleed it. The fumes are waxy and you don't really want to breathe them in, so also wear a protective mask. Even whole rear light clusters are £80 which I don't think is that bad. Please or to join the conversation.
Dont buy cheap ebay heads there are a lot of chinese copies and you will do the job again, something none of us like doing. This is the Mazda Bongo Facebook group I set up: We've put together a comprehensive Mazda Bongo buying guide. It should be refurbished or replaced. The Bongo's seats were refinished in leather by Paul. Unless the tank was leaking, I'd keep my money in my pocket, and work out how to check the level on the discoloured tank. I want to see what the rust situation is like.
I suspect the best solution, which fortunately happens to be the most economical is to get it repaired. The design of this tank is an important part of the cooling system. While there are a handful of rare 2. Is that the only rust on the vehicle? Take it on a long road test, incorporating hills. I once had a customer request the cambelt changed but not the seals, as she was on a tight budget.
The Bongo and Freda are also susceptible to corrosion rusting of the rear cross member. This means the mounting point is weak. In both engines, look inside the filler for a milky substance, which usually indicates head gasket failure. I found a video that shows you the basics on Waxoyl undersealing. If it is corroded, many can be welded and repaired, so you can factor the cost of repair into the purchase price. Is it worth using an egr blanking plate?.
After dying they almost looked new! If the valve is broken, it can be replaced. I too could not see any obvious signs of a leak and after a pressure test at the garage it turned out to be a cracked cylinder head, i did find out that the bongo is also prone to head gasket problems at this time. But I recommend fitting some new parts: New head bolts; Old bolts usually stretch and won't tighten fully again. Check the camshaft oil seal is in place. This light completes the electrical circuit; the roof won't operate if it's not lit.
We can source and supply Discounted Car Mazda Bongo Cylinder Head Parts and Cylinder Head Spares to you, no matter where you live. Don't overfill the system and monitor when filling. Me and the other half regularly bugger off in ours and camp by the sea etc. Carry out the usual under seat and under bonnet checks. But you can ask to see the 'auction sheet'.