About the Mazda Bongo Friendee engine and Ford Freda engine

Buy the Mazda Bongo Friendee Service Repair Manual

Mazda Bongo models come with a turbodiesel 2.5L, a 2.5L V6 petrol engine or 2.0L petrol engine.

Mazda Bongo 2.5 litre diesel engine

Bongo Diesel Engines:

  • 2.5 L turbodiesel (Ford Ranger Pickup engine in the UK)

Mazda Bongo 2 litre petrol engine
Bongo Petrol Engines:

  • 2.0 L RS-V I4
  • 2.5 L RF-V V6

Most Mazda Bongos are fitted with a turbodiesel engine.

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Buy the Mazda Bongo Friendee Service Repair Manual

The 2.5L V6 is shown below.

v6 petrol engine

Fitting a new Bongo Engine

If you need to replace your Mazda Bongo engine, don’t worry, it’s not too pricey!

We have seen companies offering a full supply and fit service for under £1,000.

Engine fitting Procedure

  1. Remove and install Engine
  2. Replace Timing belt and Timing Parts
  3. Vehicle Test (20-100 miles) depending on job level


Low mileage engines are usually available and pre-tested before supply. Also consider rebuilding and reconditioning your existing Mazda Bongo engine with brand new genuine (OE) parts. This option can often work out cheaper.

If you go for a reconditioned Mazda Bongo engine then following components of your existing engine must be free of cracks and or damage and capable of being re-machined:

  1. Cylinder head casting including camshaft, lifters and valve guides
  2. Cylinder block casting
  3. Crankshaft
  4. Connecting rods

If you are unsure and not very technical you may need to get the engine inspected to see what the best option is for you.