Mazda Bravo warranty rectification available

Submitted: Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 12:03
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Owners of Mazda Bravo, and presumably Ford Courier, 4WD utes purchased early in 2000 may be interested to know that a number of rectifications may be available under warranty. I have had the following done at no charge and without hassle by a Mazda dealer:
1. Poor A/C cooling. Replace A/C thermostat which
was set at too high a temperature.
2. Rear suspension droops excessively under load. Replace rear springs
with upgraded units.
3. Front tyres wearing on inside. Replace lower
suspension arms and torsion bars with upgraded units.
4. Exhaust manifold in diesel engines may warp and blow past gasket.
(this did not happen to me but was close when inspected).
Replace manifold with upgraded unit.

I am very happy with my Bravo. Comfortable, economical (10l/100km) and good performance. I hope there will be no further things needed.

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Reply By: Will - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 12:31

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 12:31
Phil,
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but a friend of mine has got one of these and he loves it, but unfortunatelly, he had some of those troubles plus recently a new radiator had to be fitted and just three weeks ago his front diff stuffed up....
The diff specialist told him he has seen a few of them already...
He is now looking at replacing the ute for a Nissan Patrol.
He still insists that he loves the ute... and it is a pity that the problems are so many...
His ute was very well looked after and always serviced.
Will
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Reply By: Clarry - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 19:45

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 19:45
I had a 90 Petrol Bravo for 9 years - after 8 years, paint starting falling off the top side of the front guards, bonnet and roof (UV attack). Bloke told me it was a paint fault - wrote to Mazda - in the end they paid half of the $1200 repair. The car is still in the family - with a new head (cracked - no overheating - just cracked) and a recon computer (just went phut).. its still scooting along quite well.
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Reply By: ADM - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 21:59

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 21:59
Phil

I have a freind with a 2000 Dual cab. Since new he has had replaced a broken front drive shaft, Steering knuckle, 2 sets of front bearings, rear springs, 3 wheel alingnements, gear box and transfer case, bonnet and upper control arm bushes. As you can imagine he is about to sell it and get a more robust 4WD. This vehicle may be good around the farm but with this experience it it not strong enough for 4W Driving.
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Reply By: Kriss - Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 00:41

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 00:41
Hi Phil,
I have a 2000 courier and have had nothing but trouble with it!! If it's not in the mechanics because of a recall it's in there because something else is wrong. I personally know at least 5 other people with the same problem. 9 times out of 10 Ford have come to the party under warranty but I am still very out of pocket for the ones they wouldn't foot the bill for. I have shocking fuel problems and despite a lot of work (including a new air filter system which cost $100 per filter to replace) I still get terrible mileage. As soon as it's paid off...it's gone! NEVER AGAIN.
On a lighter note... I also know a few people who have never had a problem. I guess it's just the luck of the draw.
Cheers
Kriss
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