We love a Throwback Thursday at mazdabongo.com, and this week we’re taking a trip back to December 2006, again to our former Mazda Bongo conversion days. Which Motorcaravan magazine visited us at our Surrey base to review an AVA Leisure Mazda Bongo Full Conversion – one of the favourite models we worked on.
The magazine described the Mazda Bongo as, “One of the best-equipped Bongos in the country.” It had a 2.5-litre petrol V6 engine and two-wheel drivetrain, with the post-1999 facelift body. The handsome white/grey body featured colour coded door mirrors and blacked-out rear side windows.
Perhaps one of the most high-tech features was infra-red remote control engine start and stop function (swit swoo). Meanwhile, the kitchen area doubled up as a storage shelf, with hidden storage beneath. A two-burner hob sat in a cradle, which the reviewer said was the ‘cleverest’ he’d ever seen. When stowed, it sat on a wooden plinth at an angle, deep in the heart of the unit, but when required it rotated upwards and outwards.
Other features included a polished stainless vertical fridge, stainless-steel sink unit and halogen lights controlled by an LCD control panel, which also provided information on battery condition and water levels, and isolated the water tank when required.
There was also air conditioning, electric hook-up as standard, and the 6ft by 3ft 7in bed was simple to assemble and super comfy. Alongside these handy features, one of the most most impressive parts of all was the tailgate awning, which served as a dining area / dressing area / general storage room.
We look back on our Mazda Bongo conversion days fondly, and are thrilled to still be bringing you Mazda Bongo and Ford Freda parts all these years later! To check out our extensive range of Mazda Bongo maintenance products, visit our shop.