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


22 Feb 2002

MAZDAS revision of the linkages on the B-Series five-speed manual transmission has improved the shift response and taken away most of the gearstick vibration of the previous model. The ratios are well spaced to match the engine's torque and power characteristics, and moving through a busy city intersection can be done without the need for a rapid first-to-second shift. Second gear on the petrol model tested had a very tight shift both up and down, and was an annoyance when the engine and gearbox were cold. Mazda has had no recalls on gearboxes for this model in Australia so it should not become an issue - given the large number of vehicles already in use. Gear ratios are: first - 4.415, second - 2.636, third - 1.597, fourth - 1.000, fifth - 0.875 and reverse - 3.776. Final drive ratio is 3.727. Gear ratios differ for 4x4 petrol and 4x2 models. Automatic transmission is available in Single Cab/Chassis Petrol 4x2 and Dual Cab Utility Petrol 4x2 models only.

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Mazda's four speed auto has a fourth gear lock-up function to reduce transmission loss, and a manual over-ride to lock-out fourth gear and prevent repeated gear changing during certain driving conditions

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