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Mazda BT-50

Mazda might be able to claim one of the longest lineages for the BT-50 – that is, if it hadn’t had three separate names over its history.

The B Series ute was Mazda’s first foray, way back in 1964, which was replaced in 1992 by the well-known Bravo. By then, Mazda’s ute had grown from its workhorse roots to a series of two- and four-wheel-drive utes, with the choice of single and dual cab configurations. With the advent of the BT-50 in late 2006, Mazda updated the name, style and performance of its ladder-framed ute.

These days, a pair of diesel engines work across a range of body styles and drive configurations, with prices starting at $29,060 for the BT-50 XT (4X2) (5YR) up to $63,250 for the BT-50 Boss (4X4).

Mazda BT-50 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda BT-50 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Mazda BT-50 2013: Does blanking off the EGR valve harm the engine?

    You’ll almost certainly cause the dashboard to present you with a `check engine’ warning light, Brett, as blocking off the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve is an intrinsic part of the vehicle’s emission controls. Having the vehicle go into limp-home mode is a very real possibility as well.

    But perhaps more financially damaging would be the consequences of being caught driving the vehicle with a blocked-off EGR. The government takes a very dim view of anybody disabling any part of a car’s emission controls and the fines for doing so can be huge.

    However, I know this is a real issue for many owners of modern turbo-diesels. The problem is that soot from the exhaust gas is mixed with oily fumes from the crankcase and then ingested by the engine as part of keeping emissions down. But the mixture of oil and soot can form a black gunge that can block the intake system. Really, though, blocking the EGR is a fairly clumsy way of getting around this. My advice would be to fit an oil separator which should keep the oily mist from the crankcase ventilation out of the equation.

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  • Mazda BT-50 2010: 4WD icon shows up on the dash

    I’ve hard of this before and it usually seems the cause has something to do with the wiring that controls these warning lights. It could either be a bad earth or a broken wire, but in most cases the symptoms are the same; a flashing 4WD indicator light when the vehicle is in two-wheel-drive. I’ve also heard of dud ABS sensors triggering the same, or similar, warning lights on the dashboard.

    These vehicles use servos to engage four-wheel-drive (unlike older vehicles which used a manual lever pulled on by the driver) so there’s a level of electronics involved. And that always means potential problems as the cars age, particularly a vehicle that may have seen its share of rough stuff over the years.

    The best advice is to have a Mazda specialist interrogate the on-board computer, at which point the car should give up all its dirty little secrets, including why it thinks it’s in four-wheel-drive when it’s not.

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  • Mazda BT-50 2013:

    This is, indeed, a known problem with Ford (and other) automatic transmissions. The layout of your transmission uses the engine’s coolant to cool the transmission by running a transmission fluid line through the radiator. And yes, when that line fails, the coolant mixes with the transmission fluid. That leads the transmission to fail mechanically (the coolant doesn’t lubricate the transmission) as well as the coolant destroying the transmission’s computer.

    By insurance, I take it that you took out an extended mechanical insurance policy when you bought the car, because general car insurance won’t cover mechanical failures such as this. Given the get-out clauses with which some of these policies are riddled, I’m not surprised that you aren’t covered for the full cost of the repair.

    Mazda increased its factory warranty to five years/unlimited kilometres in August 2018, but when your car was new, it was covered for only three years. I’d still be giving my Mazda dealer a call, though, as you might find the relatively low kilometres you’ve covered might convince them to make a pro-rata offer for part of the repair costs. I wouldn’t hold my breath, but it’s got to be worth a try. And, no, I don’t consider 98,000km to be a reasonable distance for a modern transmission to fail.

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  • Mazda BT-50 2013:

    This is, indeed, a known problem with Ford (and other) automatic transmissions. The layout of your transmission uses the engine’s coolant to cool the transmission by running a transmission fluid line through the radiator. And yes, when that line fails, the coolant mixes with the transmission fluid. That leads the transmission to fail mechanically (the coolant doesn’t lubricate the transmission) as well as the coolant destroying the transmission’s computer.

    By insurance, I take it that you took out an extended mechanical insurance policy when you bought the car, because general car insurance won’t cover mechanical failures such as this. Given the get-out clauses with which some of these policies are riddled, I’m not surprised that you aren’t covered for the full cost of the repair.

    Mazda increased its factory warranty to five years/unlimited kilometres in August 2018, but when your car was new, it was covered for only three years. I’d still be giving my Mazda dealer a call, though, as you might find the relatively low kilometres you’ve covered might convince them to make a pro-rata offer for part of the repair costs. I wouldn’t hold my breath, but it’s got to be worth a try. And, no, I don’t consider 98,000km to be a reasonable distance for a modern transmission to fail.

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Mazda BT-50 Towing Capacity

The Mazda BT-50 has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2016 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
See All Towing Capacity for Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda BT-50 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $29,060 and going to $63,250 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $29,060 $63,250
2019 Ute 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,980 $41,360
2019 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,980 $49,992
2019 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,980 $56,990
2018 Ute 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,950 $44,990
2018 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,950 $49,990
2018 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,950 $51,920
2017 Ute 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,500 $38,990
2017 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,500 $41,990
2017 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,500 $43,990
2016 Ute 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $14,999 $39,990
2016 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $14,999 $44,440
2016 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $14,999 $44,440
See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs

Mazda BT-50 Colours

  • Titanium Flash
  • Jet Black
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Cool White
  • Blue Reflex
  • Aluminium
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda BT-50 Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2018 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2017 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2016 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

Mazda BT-50 Wheel Size

The Mazda BT-50 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x70 R16 for Ute in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2018 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2017 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Wheel Sizes

Mazda BT-50 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda BT-50 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs for 2020