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dont ever get one cause you going to pay big time. epic motor failure
epic motor failure with only 165000 k , no warning always serviced , just limp mode pull over dead. a used motor was $13000 . Mazda is selling Australia a terrible motor.dont buy this ute you will be sorry.
Purchased in November 2018 for A$30,000.00.
Reliable and strong off-road
BT-50 2017 model XT: Added a lot of off-road modifications and found this 4x4 to be strong and reliable and goes everywhere with is rear locker as factory standard. Tows our two 16.3 hand stock horses easily. Very good low range, it's a real low range giving excellent control through the manual gearbox. Excellent downhill engine breaking. The BT50 crossed the Madigan Line through the middle of the Simpson desert and didn't get stuck once with Toyo R/T 285/75R16 at 18 psi and they fit beautifully on this car.
Disappointment in Mazda Australia, but totally satisfied in Wanneroo Mazda(big 5 stars
My BT50 displayed traction warning and jammed in 3rd gear Auto.
On inspection was advised of an inherent problem with auto gearbox on BT50 and Ford Ranger. valve body requiring total replacement of gearbox, which Mazda Aust. have agreed to replace on other BT50s.
Mazda Aust requested many tests by dealer over several weeks, then refused to replace because of age
7 years and kms 129000.
Another problem raised was a coolant leak which was repaired on recall several years ago, also refused.
Also another common problem the Turbo Intercooler Hose ...
BT50 Wheel Nuts Problem
The standard wheel nuts used with BT50 alloy wheels will wear over time (see photo below).
This wear is caused by the rattle gun used by tyre shops.
The rattle gun wears the chrome cover on the nuts.
Once worn it can be difficult or impossible to get the 19mm wheel brace onto the nut when trying to change a tyre.
My solution was to purchase new nuts from wheelmods.com.au at a cost of $42.00 delivered.
- BT-50 Mk.2 4x4 3.2L Turbo Diesel XT (2011-2020)
- Verified purchase
As good as any, great support from Mazda so far 5yr warranty is a plus
The Bt 50 has been great, after talking to Amarok owners and Hilux guys they are all much the same. Mazda has come to the party with the 2 issues I had with the car. vinyl Floor replaced due to a tear, and DAB radio reception issue fixed.
Returns 10.5l/100km urban and 11.7l/100km on road at 110 kmph with 4 swags on canopy roof .
Purchased in January 2019.
Bad quality, cheaply made, highly fuel use and turbo lag.
Bought new 2017. A few months in the trim started to fall apart. Sub par plastics bubbling and peeling. According to Mazda this is considered normal wear and tear and NOT covered by warranty . Car broke down in central Australia ( power train light) resulting in a 1500 tow bill. Not covered by warranty Because the car had been modified (reversing camera) . Light is still on but car drives( 2 k fix ) . Massive turbo lag making roundabouts and fast takeoffs not safe. Chassis paint has all but washed off. Thin paint scratches to easily. Gear stick...plastic came off( actually replaced under warranty). Fuel use between 12 to 14 liter/ 100. Mazda seem to be marketing themselves as a premium brand but suffer from rude, unhelpful staff unwilling to honour their warranty. Cars are made cheaply without any quality standards. Will be purchasing a alternative brand next time.
Purchased in June 2017 for A$43,000.00.
- BT-50 Mk.2 4x4 3.2L Turbo Diesel GT (2011-2020)
- Verified purchase
DPF issues, 2017 BT50
Car has been at dealer for 3 months with DPF blocked issues, get it back next day Mazda Australia ring and say fixed issues but are willing to buy vehicle back, for ridiculous amount once I remove all accessories and return to factory spec. I said no, car is good set up the way I like it, and they say fixed issues. 2 weeks later DPF reads 210% blocked again back to dealer a few more weeks, I now say buy back or replace, Mazda Australia is now saying my accessories are causing DPF issues, no problems with car until after 75k on clock, most acces...sories fitted at stealership when purchase new. Mazda Australia now not returning calls, advised car is ready for pick up again, but not doing any more tests on vehicle until put back into factory spec, this includes remove suspension, rear canopy etc until in factory spec do they can determine issue with DPF, yes really remove rear canopy, electric brakes, tow bar etc as this may be affecting DPF. Mazda Australia you are on some good drugs or absolutely just taking the p!$$ out of your loyal customers. Car has had no issues at all until battery went flat and replaced at 72k, I have explained that to Mazda but apparently that’s not the issue. Mazda BT50 good car, Mazda Australiapoorservice, customer respect
Purchased in July 2017 for A$50,000.00.
We purchased a Lemon!
Purchased our Bt 50 and have had nothing but trouble since we purchased it..Including a Timing chain tensioner. new motor. Numerous other small problems.and now requires a new gearbox(automatic transmission)
Sick of being let down since purchased..Has always been serviced regularly. And well looked after never been off road..We were hoping this was going to be our last big purchase in our twilight years..Please could you give us a reason to buy another Mazda?Cheers.
Purchased in March 2014 at Bairnsdale for A$54,000.00.
Up to 21.6L/100km around town. Most I've had for 70L of fuel is 480km which was Sydney Goulburn return trip driving sensibly yo try and maximise economy Very disappointed. Been battling with Mazda since for 14 months. Sometimes as low as 330km for tank of fuel. Not good when I'm trying to run my business. Also big problem with radio reception both FM and DAB. Wish I hadn't bought it now.
Purchased in December 2018 for A$56,000.00.
Fuel consumption not good
Sold my old F250 which had the 6T/Diesel in her. Used 11/100 around town and 12.5 towing "real " loads.
This thing uses 14-15 around town with me driving like an old woman with just me in it.
Recently got down to 11.7/100 freeway.
Purchased in March 2019 at East Coast Trucks for A$38,000.00.
I am making oil
My 2018 BT50 oil level on the dipstick is increasing in height. This means diesel fuel is entering the lubricating oil in the sump. This creates premature engine wear as the lubricating oil is diluted. The solution the dealer in Mildura gave me was to change the engine oil. Not happy as it does not fix the problem.
Purchased in January 2018.
No responsibility by Mazda
I bought a new Mazda BT 50 two years ago when I retired. 12 months later this is the front drivers seat. About 4 months ago I decided to ask Mazda if this was covered under warranty but head office said they wouldnt replace it as it is normal wear and tear. Bit hard to believe after only twelve months as I have had Previous cars and never had this problem. Obviously Mazda doesn't use quality material. Really disappointed that Mazda wont recognise that there could be a fault.
I purchased my BT50 Boss 4x4 in 2010 in Darwin. I have maintained a 10,000 km servicing schedule ever since and now have 267,000km on the clock with no major damage replacement needed. I would certainly buy another if I ever sell this one. I have towed a 23ft caravan and recently a camper trailer and have had no issues at all. The km include majority highway driving with some off road and towing.
Purchased in June 2010.
Just a work horse
Picked up one for a steal it rough as previous owner used it for a plumbing buisness fleet car so imagine the working part where looked after engine seems strong at 295000ks I am towing a bobcat and heavy load in the tray most days going to throw everything at it to see how long it last with regular services ill re write a review in the next few months
Purchased for A$2,000.00.
Sway bar rubbed through cv boot on left side . Mazda not interested.obvious design fault but Im out of warranty even though its only done 34k. New models have been changed?....
20,000km in and going well
Almost went with another ute however pleasantly surprised with the smooth ride. Fuel consumption not great however it's not a small hatchback. Has power when needed and taken off-road a few times and performed well.
- BT-50 Mk.2 4x4 3.2L Turbo Diesel GT (2011-2020)
- Verified purchase
The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly!
I thought I'd wait a few years before I submitted a review to see how it fared. You'll also find a lot of the mechanical and interior features are similar to the Ford Ranger as they share the same engine/gearbox and similar dash components. It's gone now, so time for a review! (sorry it's long, but it's pretty in depth).
I normally do long kilometres, highway, dirt roads and through snow. So if it's going to rattle apart, I'll make it! I purchased the 2014 GT series (leather seats, Bose stereo etc) and a manual gearbox as a dealer demo (2000km...on the clock). I wasn't too concerned with leather seats but that's what was in the demo model that I drove. I actually thought the leather seats would be hot in summer and cold in winter but nothing could be further from the truth. Lets start with the good stuff: Interior: Came with leather seats (drivers side electronic adjustment). You should moisturize them periodically - I think I did it 3 times and they still looked fine after 4 years. The interior is very spacious (I'm a sales rep and found the front area to have a lot of room for moving around). The back seat lifts up and you can store quite a lot of stuff on the floor. With the back seat down, you could put 3 blokes in the back and it's not so squeazy! There's three mounts for child restraints behind the back seat. Also, there's lot's of hidy holes (the centre console had a split storage compartment which I found handy), cup holders in the centre console and the doors and two compartments underneath the back seat, This model came with electric windows and central locking, The Bose stereo could play a HDD and could index every single song on it (400GB as long as it's formatted in FAT32). If your file and directory structure was clear (i.e. Band/Album etc), you could browse easily through it or hit random and it would spit out a random collection. Bluetooth connectivity is included (easy to connect and you could play music through it, use google maps). The sound was clear when talking on the phone however Mazda (in their wise wisdom), turned off text messaging. It did however have speech control (again, not that I used it). Those leather arms rests on the door...mmm, So comfy! There's Dual climate control (which I never used) and the aircon worked pretty well (except if it was a stinking 40+ day, then it just worked). The large side mirrors are handy (I found on quick trips, I didn't need to add mirrors when towing the van), The odometer had revolving info (odometer, A+B trip, fuel until empty, fuel economy, average speed). Once the fuel light comes on, you have about 80Km until you run out. Engine and driving:
Purchased in February 2015 for A$51,000.00.
Unreal towing smooth and comfortable
I use this 2018 bt50 for everyday driving and purchased mostly for towing horse float as towing capacity is 3500kg, tows like there is nothing behind me it is an Auto and just cruises up and down the highway and hills, love it
Purchased in March 2019 at Mazda Coffs Harbour for A$60,000.00.
Motor seized after 20000 klms
Brought a new Mazda BT 50 with $20000 worth of accs ($70000) in May 2018 . Done 20000klms , had 1 service ,driven sensibility with one long trip -minimal towing . Booked in for 2 service when engine seized and blew up on freeway today . Oil and coolant blew everywhere all over car and road , smoke poured out of engine for 30 mins . Absolutely gutted as a new car actually blew an engine at 20000klms - with no warnings or lights on instruments on Panel ..How can you possible blow an engine in a new car after 20000 klms of a serviced and well m...anaged car ? There is just no quality control with new cars these days - criminal when you are forking our $60000 to $70000 .Owned 4 Toyota’s before this went to Mazda this time as I wanted a 3.2 litre and was recommended - maybe a mistake . I await a response from Mazda as the Ute sits idle at dealers and I sit car less at home ! A new vehicle replacement would be nice ! It will be interesting if Mazda stands behind its products ! I’ll keep you informed of Mazda’s response !! Warren Absolutely gobsmacked Yagoona Nsw
Mazda Bt50... Bloody brilliant..
I bought a new 2018 xtr with all of the towing options to tow a 3 tonne caravan and the family around Australia for 12 months...
It was perfect... Amazing... And didn't miss a beat. All laden with 6 tonne it still pulled like a freight train. We even went off road and pulled the van through severe bulldust that was so deep I couldn't have walked through it... The bt just kept pushing through with half throttle. We were aMazed at how good it was.
We only bought the bt initially as it was 15 grand less than the Ford ranger but it was worth it...
Just sold the bt after 30 000km and only made a small loss..
I recommend the bt50 to everyone I meet who needs a tough ute and towing power.
Purchased in April 2018 for A$50,000.00.
Questions & Answers
recently brought BT50 3lt BOSS second hand ,drove well started easy when warm but can't start when cold ,changed fuel filter and bled injectors but still refuse to start ,could it be glow plug problem? or any other problem we should look at
Hi. We recently bought a Mazda BT-50 second hand and it had missed its 100,000 klm service. We cruising along and it simply shut down with the engine/battery light on. It restarted ok but the RACV mechanic thought the engine oil pressure was low and there was an engine knock? He said we need a new motor? It is in the Mazda shop but unable to be looked at for 5 days. Any advice or possible outcomes besides a new engine would be appreciated.
How do I lock the doors on a 2014 Mazda BT50 while I'm driving?
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