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Car reviews - Mazda - Bravo - dual cab 4x4 utility


11 Feb 2002

MAZDA'S 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.

The diesel engine revs low around town, operating between 2000rpm and 3000rpm with short times spent at 3500rpm, so it is generally a quiet rumbling sound you hear from the engine and not a pained loud rattle. It pulls out of corners well and second gear take-offs are possible and practical even on a slight slope.

The 4x4 models use a manual shift, aluminium housing transfer case to drive the rear and front differentials. The transfer case is standard configuration and offers 2H, 4H, N and 4L. Shifting in and out of 4H can be done on the move, though the front axles are controlled by Free Wheeling Hubs which must be engaged manually. The Bravo is very comfortable off-road and can handle most, if not all, terrain that its bigger cousins can.

Gear ratios are: first - 4.250, second - 2.356, third - 1.428, fourth - 1.000, fifth - 0.827 and reverse - 3.656. Final drive ratio is 4.444. 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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All turbo diesel Bravo 4x4s are fitted with a harmonic balancer on the rear tail shaft to reduce vibration

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