The Mazda BT-50 is a sure bet for any drivers looking for a vehicle that combines power, performance, safety and comfort, and has been on Australian roads for years. Read the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Mazda BT-50 for a run-down on the specs, tech features and safety, and find out why Mazda may be competing with Elon Musk in the near future!
Mazda is one of the most popular automotive brands on a global scale and although they originally started out as a machine tool manufacturing company, they now produce roughly 800 000 vehicles per year. Founded in 1920 in Japan as Toyo Cork Kogyo LTD, the shift to automobile production came with the Second World War, where a large number of manufacturing companies prioritised the production of military items, including military vehicles, and in 1931 the company began producing weapons and decreased automobile production.
When the Second World War ended Mazda picked up automobiles again and in 1960, they produced the first four wheel drive, the Mazda R360. After the Mazda R360 came the P360, and both were incredibly popular in Japanese cities, earning a competitive reputation, which paved the way for Mazda’s entry into the global market, including Australia. Now, Mazda Australia has been servicing Australians for over 40 years and although they don’t manufacture or assemble in Australia, they still offer high-quality automobiles to the country.
While the all-new range-topping BT-50 Thunder will probably be the latest ute update from Mazda for the next few years, they still have some interesting and innovative projects in the pipeline. Most notably, their venture into the electric vehicle space. Competing with the likes of Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles, Mazda aims to introduce 13 different electric vehicle models by 2025, including three three full electric vehicles, five plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and five ‘conventional’ hybrids.This venture is followed-up by Mazda’s commitment to create a fully dedicated electric-only platform by 2030.
Mazda’s commitment to offering top-of-the-range, high-quality vehicles is definitely carried through with the Mazda BT-50, especially the most recent rendition, the Mazda BT-50 Thunder. The BT-50, with 6-speed automatic or manual transmission, has achieved the ultimate combination of power, performance, comfort, aesthetics and safety and is a familiar friend to Australian drivers. All BT-50’s are fitted with a 3.0 litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine delivering a maximum torque of 450Nm.
With a fuel capacity of 76 litres this ute boasts 7.7L/100km fuel consumption which makes it one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in Australia. The BT-50 has a braked towing capacity of 3500kg and a payload capacity of 1196kg, paired with four-wheel drive, this vehicle is a powerful workhorse. All BT-50’s are equipped with 18 inch alloy wheels, two-tone for ultimate style, and anti-slide side steps.
The BT-50’s are fitted with an electric roller cover that is made from weather resistant aluminium, and can be electronically controlled through the remote central locking of the vehicle. Stepping inside of the BT-50 the driver is welcomed by an expansive centre console, premium leather seats, dual-climate air conditioning, multiple USB ports and an impressive infotainment system.
The Mazda BT-50 has no shortage of impressive technological features and is kitted out with many of the same features included in competitor vehicles such as the Ford Ranger or the Toyota Hilux. First off, the BT-50 offers Remote Engine Start on all automatic GT models, and this essentially allows the driver to start the vehicle without actually being inside of it. All through the keyfob, the driver can start the engine and get the air conditioning blasting on hot days, or start the heater on cool days so that you can step into a warm and cosy vehicle for your daily commute.
If you are in a cooler environment and you’re hit with those icy winter chills, the GT models are also boasting heated seats! Could you get any more luxurious? Drivers of the BT-50 can also sit back and enjoy an 8-speaker surround sound system that includes two roof speakers, for an immersive audio experience. These speakers are the perfect match for the BT-50’s wireless connectivity, geared for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This means that you can listen to the latest music, give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call or drive to a fresh location using the built in GPS system.
Following the GPS is an easy task thanks to the 7-9 inch touch screen and LCD multi-information display which delivers crystal clear imagery, in full colour, to the driver. This LCD screen is also where the reverse camera will be displayed, showing you exactly what and who is around your vehicle and if it is safe to reverse.
Our readers will know that at Wrong Fuel Rescue, safety is our main concern and we think that it should be yours too when searching for the perfect vehicle. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should have to compromise on other aspects such as performance and comfort, there’s nothing wrong with having your cake and eating it too in this instance. Thankfully, the BT-50 is the full package and the perfect combination of safety, power and comfort and has actually been awarded a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating which is the highest rating that an ute can get.
In terms of the safety features fitted on the BT-50, all models come standard with the latest safety tech including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). Lane Departure Warning will analyse the markings on the road to assess where the lane is, and will be able to detect if the vehicle is veering out of the lanes and will then send an audio alert to the driver letting them know and giving them time to get back to the centre of the lane. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is a life-saving feature that kicks in if the vehicle detects a hazard (stopped car, pedestrian etc), and it will then automatically apply the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision.
These both assist with avoiding accidents, and so does the Blind Spot Warning which uses sensors around the vehicle that will alert you if there is anything in your blind spot. The next clever feature is Automatic High Beam (AHB) and while this may not sound too important it has actually saved countless lives. Many accidents happen each year due to driver distraction, whether it be the drivers own fault, or whether it be because an oncoming vehicle had their lights on so bright that the driver couldn’t see the road and ended up veering off. AHB combats this and will automatically adjust the lights to match the surroundings, dimming them if a vehicle is oncoming, and lifting them for a clearer view of the road when needs be. The final safety feature on the Mazda isn’t so much a feature but is rather hardware, and that is the 8 airbags around the vehicle which protect both the driver and the passengers.
When deciding on an ute there are many things to look out for and the specific features of each vehicle are certainly important, but it is also necessary to look at the brand or company you are buying from, and what they offer their customers. You can have a remarkable vehicle but if you can’t get it serviced and can’t get any spare parts, then what’s the point? Most leading auto-mobile companies, such as Ford, Nissan and Toyota offer commendable packages and services to their customers, and Mazda is no different with an array of customer-forward offerings.
First off is the warranty, with Mazda offering an unlimited kilometre 5 year factory warranty, and a 6 year panel protection warranty. This means that if you do find a fault in your vehicle or if anything needs to be repaired/replaced, your warranty will cover most instances and you won’t have to foot the bill. In the spirit of staying on budget, Mazda also offers Mazda Finance which allows you to choose from a range of financial plans, such as Mazda Assured, or a Mazda Finance Fixed Rate Car Loan. Mazda even offers Mazda Premium Roadside Assistance which means that a member from the Mazda team will be able to assist you at your beck and call, whether it be a flat tyre, flat battery, or even an accident.
Wrong Fuel Rescue has rescued hundreds of Mazda BT-50’s over the years and is proud to be Australia’s most trusted, quickest and cost effective solution to getting your BT-50’s fuel tank drained and back on the road. With our Australian based call center and skilled roadside assistance mechanics located across the country, we are the best solution for all Mazda BT-50’s models. If you have put petrol in your diesel Mazda BT-50 or diesel in your petrol vehicle, simply remain calm and wait for Wrong Fuel Rescue and our timely service to get you back to work, your off-road adventure, or your family.
Adding the wrong fuel to a vehicle can happen to anyone at any time, and Wrong Fuel Rescue is here to help. To avoid adding the wrong fuel to your Mazda BT-50, our best advice at Wrong Fuel Rescue is to always double check the pump before filling up. Below are some indicators from Wrong Fuel Rescue that you should be wary of as they can increase the risk of adding the wrong fuel to your BT-50:
1.Filling up at a different fuel servo to your usual one – don’t assume hose colours are the same as your local servo and always double check
2.Switching between brands, different hose/nozzle colours
3.Swapping between cars (using different fuel) at home or work – it’s easy to ‘forget’ which car you’re filling and which fuel it needs
4.It’s a new car using different fuel to your old car
5.You are distracted by your passengers while filling up
6.You are in a rush
If you are a proud Mazda BT-50 driver, you should be prepared for a wrong fuel scenario by understanding the Wrong Fuel Rescue warning signs to look out for.
1.A loud knocking sound whilst driving or whilst the engine is idling
2.An excessive amount of smoke coming from your exhaust
3.Slower than usual acceleration and reduced performance
4.Your engine warning light may illuminate
5.Your engine may stop altogether
6.Your car struggles or fails to start
1.Your engine misfires causing your vehicle to feel like it is jerking down the road
2.Excess smoke from your exhaust caused from unburnt fuel (diesel)
3.Your engine cuts out
4.Your engine won’t start no matter how many times you try to turn it over