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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-03-2007, 17:09 Thread Starter
 
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hi i have just bought a mazda bongo anybody got one of these?
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U gonna tow it behind the RV?

I knew someone whose Uncle had several, and raved about them. I think they look cute, but that's no help to you

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to big to tow behind rv...lol it is a mpv/camper 8 seats and sleeps 4 electric elevating roof to form a tent on top
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Hi,
I have also just a bought a Mazda Bongo, it is a mid conversion camper. Looking forward to camping in the knowledge that I will be able to get back home to get to work, unlike my old VW Type 2 !

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There is a dedicated BongoForum and BongOwners Club:

http://www.igmaynard.co.uk/bongo/forum/

I had a Bongo before getting the Hymer.

Fantastic vehicles - the Bongo and the Hymer!
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We looked closely at several in a dealers at Poole.

We had a VW 73 Westy T2 at the time. There was more storage space in the VW although the Bongo was nicely fitted. Also all the fittings seemed a bit flimsy, once again compared to the VW.

When we asked where owners put clothes and stuff, the guy said most people take a suitcase.

We bought a 98 T4 Caravelle instead.
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Bongo versus VW T4 thoughts:

For a long time I was convinced that I should get a converted Bongo. I looked at several. Very easy to drive. The Bongo's auto gearbox is a lot nicer than the VW T4's and the cab aircon is terrific, as are the electric blinds. The 4WD ones are supposed to be great for towing.

The Bongo's electric auto free top roof is wonderful compared to the heavy manual elevating roof on the T4, which is a bit of a faff to close and get all the canvas folded inside.

I also liked the nifty electric closing on the Bongo's side door. The T4 one needs a hefty slam to close, and the noise must be a bit irritating for other campers.

The Bongo Fury website and forum is a fantastic resource - much better than the VW ones which tend to be biased towards the aircooled brigade. I find lots of useful tips on that site.

Diesel consumption is a bit pants with the Bongo, @25-28 mpg compared with the auto T4's easy 38-40 mpg. A small van should do better than that. Especially since the T4 weighs @500kg more.

If I was a solo camper a Bongo would be adequate, but the rock n' roll bed is a bit too narrow for me and the OH. The Bongo body is about 6" narrower than a T4 and that restricts the bed size. Pity (for me) that the Bongo was not bigger inside, otherwise I would have bought one.

The T4's swivelling front seats and easy access from cab to rear tipped the balance. As did the impressively solid build quality of the Westfalia conversion, which is much better developed than some UK cottage industry Bongo conversions.

Hey ho. A second mortgage and trip to Germany later, and I got a T4 Westy. I love it. I think I would have loved a Bongo too if I were single.

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Hello SD. Yes the Bongo had some elements of modernity and handling which we liked, but yes, too narrow.

My VW was a courier van in it's original state then converted by Leisuredrive with a side lift roof which on struts is easy up and down. It's still restricted compared to the T2 which had a full width R&R bed, but we manage. You're right about the slide door slam too. Swivel and access through are good as you say. I would love to have a top of range Bilbo but ain't got the cash.

Aiming for a month tour down to Italy via Belgium, Lux, Swiss and then back up through Franc, all of June in her.
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Re: mazda bongo

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hi i have just bought a mazda bongo anybody got one of these?
Yes!

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I have recently Bought a Mazda Bongo and have to say I absolutely love it! wouldn't dream of driving anything else, it's so versatile, it's a camper, an eight seater MPV has loads of room, rear seats can be folded up the side of van giving you even more space, can park it like a normal car, bought mine as a 8 seater but plan to remove the part rear seat at the back to install a camper unit also a leisure battery and a fiamma roll out awning I couldn't ask for more in a camper would highly reccomend to anybody thinking of buying one.
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