Mazda Bongo 1983-1999 (Gen 3)

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Mazda Bongo (Third Generation)

This topic includes the standard Bongo and long-wheelbase Bongo Brawny platforms.

This model was also sold as the:

  • Mazda E-Series (Australia)
  • Mazda Traveller (Australia)
  • Ford Econovan (Australia)
  • Ford Spectron (Australia, South Africa)
  • Kia Wide Bongo (South Korea)
  • Nissan Vanette


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Which manufacturer version do you prefer?

  • Mazda
  • Ford
  • Kia
  • Nissan
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Which platform do you prefer?

  • Bongo
  • Bongo Brawny (LWB)
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Which body style do you prefer?

  • Minivan
  • Commerical Van
  • Truck
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Which appearance do you prefer?

  • Original (1983-1986)
  • Facelift 1 (1987-1991)
  • Facelift 2 (1992-1999)
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Which powertrain do you prefer?

  • Petrol
  • Diesel
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Which drivetrain do you prefer?

  • RWD
  • AWD
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The Third Generation of the Bongo Platform.

The Vehicle was also called the Ford Spectron (Minivan) and J80 (Truck) in Asia; the Mazda E-Series (Truck), Mazda Traveller (Minivan), Ford Econovan (Utility) and Ford Spectron (Minivan) in Australia; the Kia Wide Bongo in South Korea and the Ford Spectron in South Africa.

After 1994 it was also licensed and rebadged by Nissan to be sold as the Vanette in some markets.

The Minivan Platform was also used as the Basis of a light utility Truck which was also called the Bongo.

The Single-Cab Truck Variant


The Double-Cab Truck Variant based on the LWB “Bongo Brawny” platform.

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