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Mazda BT-50: Will a canopy crack the tub

Asked by Ralph Nelson

When I picked up my new Mazda BT-50 3.2-litre twin-cab ute with a tub, the dealer told me that there were some issues with 'cracking' in one of the corners of the tub if a 'non-Mazda' canopy was fitted. A reputable 4WD outlet said that if it was 'cracking' it was due to unsatisfactory workmanship because they had not heard of it on any other vehicle, and their price was $1300 cheaper. My dilemma is which canopy to go for. If I choose, say ARB or such, Mazda will refuse liability for the tub cracking, whereas their tub will be covered by all warranty. Have you heard of the tub cracking?

Answered by CarsGuide

9 Aug 2013 Graham Smith

We have seen a number of reports of the tub cracking on the BT-50 and the Ford Ranger, but we haven't had any reports from owners ourselves. Take a close look at the design of the ARB canopy and then get your Mazda dealer to show you what Mazda does on its approved canopy to avoid the tub cracking issue. Also check to see who actually makes the Mazda canopy, it's likely to be one of the local manufacturers anyway.

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