Mazda BT-50 2013 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda BT-50 2013 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Did the 2013 Mazda BT-50 come with an engine cover?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2020

We contacted Mazda specifically on your behalf, and its response is that only some grades have an engine cover. Ones that do not are the base XT, while the XTR and GT versions do have a cover. We hope this helps.

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

Answered by CarsGuide 4 May 2020

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 2013: Motor problems

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Jun 2019

Is it something new, or has it always been this way? I’m wondering if you’re just feeling the diesel engine, which works best at lower engine speeds. Rev it too high and you’ll lose the effect of the diesel torque. It could simply be that, or it could be an electronic problem. Have a mechanic run a diagnostic check on it to see if there is a problem.


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Mazda BT50 2013: Jumping out of fifth gear

Answered by CarsGuide 17 May 2019

It is a relatively common problem, and it’s made worse by towing in 5th gear.

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Mazda BT-50 2013: Burst heater hose

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jan 2018

It’s hard to believe there was no warning before the engine blew. The engine would not instantly overheat the moment the coolant was dumped and there would have been some signal to indicate all was not well. If Mazda are refusing to talk to you, you could take it to VCAT and make a claim.

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Mazda BT-50 2013: How many rear spring leaves?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Jun 2017

The main pack has three leaves.

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Mazda BT-50 2013: Engine failure

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Apr 2017

It's most likely an intermittent fault with a sensor. By restarting the engine you are rebooting the computer, which is a sign of a fault in the engine management system.

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Mazda BT-50: Will a canopy crack the tub

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Aug 2013

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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