Mazda Bongo Health Check Inspection

We are widely recommended as a leading Mazda Bongo expert. 

Mazda Bongo Friendee & Ford Freda Health Check Inspections are now carried out at our Plymouth garage, in response to customers’ requests. 


Mazda Bongos (and Ford Fredas) were produced from 1995 and even the newest are not that new anymore. As any vehicle ages, parts wear out; nothing lasts forever.


New owners or potential owners are usually aware of the quirky design of thiis vehicle, and its possible complications.


The problems I see most on Mazda Bongos in my workshop are with the steering, suspension, brakes, under body corrosion, roof operation and cooling system.

The Bongo has a fairly unusual cooling system, which needs regular maintenance. Those left unchecked can suffer split hoses and corroded pipes, with potentially wallet-damaging consequences. A new coolant hose is not expensive; a split coolant hose could easily result in damage to the Bongo's cylinder head or engine and cost in excess of £800. 


The majority of the expensive Bongo cylinder head or engine damage I have seen over the past 12 years could most likely have been prevented by routine care, and by spotting a potential problem before it got worse. Which is easy for me to say, because I’m a Mazda Bongo specialist, and I know what to look for. 


During a Bongo or Freda Health Check Inspection, I look for problems.


I start by road testing your Bongo. I’ve driven hundreds of Bongos so know how they should handle and sound. If a Bongo doesn’t feel right, or makes unusual noises, these are good indicators of problems.

After road testing, I check for diagnostic fault codes and make a note of any found. As fault codes can still be stored after a fault has been rectified, I then clear the fault codes. If a fault code reappears, this shows that the fault is still present on the Bongo; I will advise you if I think the problem is actually present.

I check the operation of the Bongo's air conditioning and heating system.

I check the operation of the raising roof (where fitted).

I lift both the driver and passengers seats, to check hoses and vacuum pipes.

I open the bonnet and inspect more hoses and the radiator.

I raise the Bongo on the ramp to check known corrosion areas, suspension and the braking system.

And finally I check the last of the Bongo's coolant hoses and pipes.


If I find anything wrong with your Bongo, I give you honest advice, whether it is an urgent problem or something that will need attention in the near future.

This is also recorded on the Inspection report.

All the checks are advisory and they don’t guarantee a trouble free Bongo ownership. 


An Inspection can be carried out on all model diesel and petrol Mazda Bongos and Ford Fredas.


I recommend my Bongo Inspection for a newly purchased vehicle.

It can also be carried out before you go on holiday or travel far.

It can accompany a Service and is added to the Bongo's Service History.

If your Mazda Bongo is for sale, it can go some way towards reassuring a potential buyer.


A Mazda Bongo Health Check Inspection costs £60 including VAT.

If you would like more areas of your Bongo inspected, please contact us to arrange this at extra cost.


You will need to book a Bongo Inspection in advance.

To book:

EMAIL  Or Phone: 01752 403400 Mobile: 07471 002034

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