Mazda BT-50 (2006–2010)
Single Cab models have a large load bed and the four-wheel drive versions offer excellent payload and towing capacities.
The driver benefits from a good driving position and all four-wheel drive models have a height adjustable driver’s seat as standard.
Reliability is a key Mazda strength and this carries through from the mechanical parts to the quality of the cabin’s build.
The 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine offers more power and better fuel economy than the smaller 2.5 unit, and the 3.0-litre comes with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Not restricted to 50mph on two lane roads and 60mph on dual carriageways (can do 60mph on two lane roads and 70mph on dual carriageways).
Recalls 13-10-2010: Automatic gearbox may not perform correctly due to shift cable cracking and breaking.
Only 2 stars for passenger protection in Euro NCAP tests. 3 stars child protection, 2 stars pedestrian protection.
Neither of the two engines on offer in the BT-50 could ever be described as refined or quiet, making longer journeys more of a chore than in many rival pick-ups.
Ride quality of the four-wheel drive models is far from the class best, while the two-wheel drive BT-50 suffers from poor ride and handling in all conditions.
The Mazda BT-50 feels like a generation behind its contemporary rivals for comfort, handling and general on-road poise.
Clutch and dual mass flywheel failed on an 18 month old 2010 Ford Ranger (same as BT-50) at 44k miles.
30-10-2019: Significant Court Action Filed Against Mazda in Australia. AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION v MAZDA AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED. "This proceeding concerns unconscionable conduct and false or misleading representations by the Respondent (Mazda) to the individual consumers identified at Annexure A (the Consumers) who purchased faulty Mazda motor vehicles (the Vehicles) and attempted to exercise their rights under the consumer guarantee provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (the ACL) to obtain a refund or replacement vehicle, but were repeatedly refused refunds or replacement vehicles and pressured to accept lesser offers made by Mazda only after multiple failures of the Vehicles and repeated attempted repairs." Specifically: repeated engine warning light on 2014 Mazda Neo (Mazda 2); repeated adaptive headlight failure on 2016 Mazda CX-5 4WD; repeated power loss in 2013 Mazda CX-5 diesel; repeated low oil pressure warning in 2013 Mazda 6 2.2 diesel SW; engine problems with 2017 Mazda BT50 pickup; jerking and loss of power from 2015 Mazda CX-3 4WD; repeated rough idling and multiple warning lights in 2014 Mazda 2 Neo. Full Concise Statement here: https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/ACCC%20v%20Mazda%20Australia%20Pty%20Ltd_Concise%20Statement.pdf