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Mazda BT-50 XTR long-term test: Part 4

By Matt Raudonikis, 11 May 2016 Reviews

Mazda BT-50 XTR long-term test: Part 4

Our resident BT-50 scores some high-class driving lights from Lightforce.

Our BT-50 has been out on loan again, this time with the crew from Trade-a-Boat magazine who had a fishing trip to some coastal location.

They only just got back, but they reported the Mazda towed the 2.5-tonne boat up through Gippsland with ease, in comfort and remained economical. If only the fishing was that good, hey guys? More on that next month.

Before the boaties took it away we couldn’t resist fitting a set of Lightforce’s new DL230HTX driving lights to the bullbar. The BT came with a set of Lightforce Genesis spotties, which are great lights.

Mazda Bt-50 Lightforce Genesis spotlightsMazda should be commended for offering such top quality products as a genuine accessory. And it’s an Australian product, too! But these HTX lights are the next level up.

The HTX combines the broad beam lighting of an LED lightbar with the far-reaching beam of HID lights. The 20 LED chips are wrapped around the 70-watt HID light, so there’s no need to have both round lights plus a lightbar on the front of your car.

Lightforce headlightsYou can even run either the LEDs or the HIDs on their own, or switch them on together for the ultimate performance. Initial impressions are that the lights are amazing, but we’ll have a more extensive test of the Australian-made lights soon.

The lights were fitted by our good mate and local Lightforce distributor Phil Cochrane down at Ontrack Automotive in Ferntree Gully. Phil did the EFS suspension upgrade on our project HiLux give-away (March, 2016) and knows his stuff, so we had no qualms letting him loose on the Mazda BT-50. Fitting lights posed no challenge for him.

Lights fitted to Mazda BT-50Around town the BT continues to be a great commuter. Ideal for chucking the BMX in the back to get away for rides, hitting the 4x4 tracks on quick weekend drives and just getting about the city. The versatility of a double-cab ute is unmatched and the Mazda, with its relatively big 3.2-litre diesel engine and six-speeed auto, provides a great balance of performance and economy.

4x4 Shed
Total kilometers: 13,647 KM
Date Acquired: November 2015
Price: $63,645 (inc extras)
KM this month: 2145KM
Av fuel: 10.9L/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.
Check out part 3 of the Mazda BT-50 XTR long term test.