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Car reviews - Mazda - Bravo - cab/chassis 4x2 utility

Brakes

Mazda logo22 Feb 2002

By STEVEN BUTCHER

WHILE Holden and Ford build large utilities with disc brakes all-round, the Bravo, like most light commercials, has discs on the front and drums at the rear. The dual-circuit hydraulic vacuum servo-assisted brakes use a tandem master cylinder to control the front ventilated discs and the rear drums, with the added help of a load sensing proportioning valve at the rear. The load sensor helps distribute the braking force to the appropriate wheel and avoid brake lock-up. There are certainly a few points of view on the drum versus disc debate when it comes to rear brakes. The truth is that they will both stop you. But the feeling through the pedal is that the relative pressure you need to apply to stop is greater with drums - hence the doubt that you will stop. The Bravo does stop well, although unloaded you need to press gently to avoid a rear brake lock-up - even with a load sensor.

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