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Mazda BT-50 XTR long-term test: Part 3

By Matt Raudonikis, 07 Apr 2016 Reviews

Mazda BT-50 XTR long-term test: Part 3

Only after you’ve driven a car for some time do all the downsides become clear. But with the Mazda BT-50, the good still outweighs the bad

They say you’ll never know how many friends you have until you own a ute, a car trailer, or both.

We proved that theory when one of our associates at MOTOR magazine spotted our BT50 in the carpark at a time when he was moving house. The timing was right for us, as we had five wagons on test for this issue, and so the BT was available for furniture-shifting duties, a task it handled with ease.

We also used the time we had the wagons at hand to get a 10,000km service done on the BT50, a relatively basic, routine service.

Mazda BT-50 XTR side rearWe had one fault to ask the service department at Brighton Mazda to attend to – a niggling rattle from under the car that has been there since we took delivery of the vehicle. It is a tinny rattle that can be heard at idle from outside the car and sounds like it’s coming from an exhaust heat shield or something similar.

This seems likely after the trip the Mazda did in Central Australia before we got it. Despite the rattle being easily audible from outside the car, the technicians at Brighton were unable to find its cause.

Maybe times have changed, but when I worked in the workshop of a new car dealer, if a mechanic tried to send out a car with such a rattle, the foreman or road tester would have kicked his arse, whether the car owner had noted the problem or not.

Mazda BT-50 XTR side -frontAside from these happenings, the BT has been serving commuter duty, which it has done without trouble or complaint. You just need to be wary of the big ute’s size when parking in suburbia, a task that isn’t helped by the fact the reversing camera image is in the rear-view mirror and not the in-dash screen.

While we’re mentioning the screen, it’s great for sat-nav on and off road but is almost impossible to see in daylight, requiring you to shield it by hand to get a handle on what’s on screen. I don’t know if it’s the material used for the screen or simply that the angle of it catches the sun, but it’s a crook design.

Mazda BT-50 XTR sideFirst world problems, I know. It’s lucky such problems are offset by the great size and performance of the BT.

4x4 Shed
Total kilometers: 11,502 KM
Date Acquired: November 2015
Price: $63,645 (inc extras)
KM this month: 927
Av fuel: 11.2L/10KM

Check out part 1 of the Mazda BT-50 XTR long term test.
Check out part 2 of the Mazda BT-50 XTR long term test.