News Archive

News Archive


Hello! I’m Adrian John, and although you probably wouldn’t believe it for a moment, I actually own a Bongo! Yes, it’s true! (Ask Ian!)

Just because you haven’t heard from me since 1988 doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Oh no. For a start I have to keep the Bongo archives in order. And also, I have to present my regular show on Saga Radio!

Parp! Parp!

31/12/21: Handyman

We’ve come across an excellent website called www.handymanben.com. Bongo owner Ben gives detailed instructions on installing Central Locking and Solar Panels. Great stuff!


27/12/21: Covid Policy at Club Meetings

Please note that we have made some amendments to our policy statement regarding cancellations at our meetings. The main change is that although you can usually cancel from the meetings up to 10 days beforehand without penalty, there are some exceptions to the rule. See the Meetings section in the members area.


20/12/21: Pure Car Management

This Cheltenham based firm have been recommended by member Paul Boston and have been added to the Undersealing factsheet in the members area


19/12/21: Aircon O Rings

Some of these are no longer available. But we have tracked down some compatible parts from other vehicles and the Aircon fact sheet has been revised. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


16/12/21: Cherished Number Plate

Former club member Phill Burton had his Bongo stolen some time ago. It was used in a ram raid on a supermarket and written off. Phill intended getting another Bongo eventually but this never happened. So he is offering his personalised number plate for sale J60 NGO. If you are interested contact Phill by email phillbb@sky.com


12/12/21: Reduced Opening Hours

To help with the suppression of the new variant COVID strain we will be working from home when possible. This means that up until the end of 2021 the Bongo Fury office will only be open on Monday 13th, Thursday 16th, Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd. The office will then close until Tuesday 4th January. At all other times we can be contacted by email ian@bongofury.co.uk or by txt/WhatsApp on 07932844321. Evening Prime Minister!


09/12/21: Review

On YouTube we found an excellent recent review of a Bongo in the USA.


06/12/21: Additions

We have added 2 more workshops to the Rust Directory. 1 in Barnsley, 1 in Norwich. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


05/12/21: Latest Newsletter

Edition 73 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. It is available in both Word and PDF formats. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


29/11/21: Discounts!

Steve Varey, who runs the official Bongo Fury Instagram account on our behalf, has negotiated a discount with merchandise provider www.mycampervan.co.uk. Just enter BONGOFURY at checkout. There’s personalised Bongo cushion covers, coasters, bunting and much more.


28/11/21: Stourport

Prices and booking arrangements have been posted about next year’s Bongo Bash and  can be found in the members area.


27/11/21: Radiators

After a 2 month absence due to supply chain issues Radiators are now back in stock.


25/11/21: Pitstop Autoshop

This Norwich based garage has been added to the Garages spreadsheet placed in the members area.


11/11/21: July Meeting

Full details of our Tough Northerners Summer Camp in West Yorkshire have been announced and can be found in the members area. Booking commences on Thursday 7th April. We have negotiated discounts for this event and there will be a a pie and peas reception on Friday night.


09/11/21: Bongo Friendly Garages

The database has been pruned and amended. Some garages had closed down, some had moved, and there were other changes as well. So the latest version has been placed in the members area.


08/11/21: Password

The log in details for the members area changed over the weekend. An email was sent to all members at 1pm yesterday (Sunday). If you did not eceive it please check your spam folders or email us at ian@bongofury.co.uk


07/11/21: Change of Venue

Next July’s Summer Camp will now be held at Haworth in West Yorkshire on the dates previously published. Full details can be found in the members area.


31/10/21: Scottish Bongo Bash

Full details of our May meeting in 2022 have been announced and can be found in the members area. Booking commences on Thursday 10th February. We have negotiated discounts for this event and there will be an opportunity for a day out In Edinburgh.


27/10/21: Clean Air Zones

We have added the latest information to the CAZ factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


26/10/21: Bongo Fest South West

Full details of our second meeting in 2022 have been announced and can be found in the members area. Booking commences on Thursday 27th January. We have negotiated discounts for this event and there will be a full programme of social activities.


25/10/21: 2Gether

A few owners have reported that 2Gether insurance are now only issuing vehicle insurance if your Bongo has 7 seats or less. We have yet to establish how this affects existing customers, but it certainly applies to new applications.


19/10/21: Southern Softies

Full details of our first meeting in 2022 have been announced and can be found in the members area. Booking commences on Thursday 13th January. We have negotiated significant discounts for this event and there will be a full programme of social activities.


17/10/21: Tyre Recommendations

There has been a major revision to the Tyres factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


12/10/21: V6 Lambda Sensor

With a bit of know-how you can fit an after-market alternative. Details in the Clinic.


29/09/21: Part Numbers for O Rings

There has been a major revision to the Aircon factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


28/09/21: Claire From Buxton

She’s very inquisitive and has had two Q&As published in the Clinic.


23/09/21: Confirmed

Next year’s Scottish Bongo Bash will take place between 19th and 22nd May and will be held in West Lothian. Bookings will commence in February. See our Meetings page for details.


22/09/21: The Cat

We have added some additional comments in our Catalytic Converter factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


20/09/21: Very Late Availability

We still have 2 slots available at Peak District event this weekend. See our Meetings page for details.


15/09/21: Dave’s Bongo

This has been added to the Gallery.


07/09/21: Office Closed

We are off to the Bongo meeting in Sussex and the office will be closed between 3pm on Tuesday 7th and will reopen at 9.30am on Tuesday 14th. No queries, membership applications/renewals or orders from the Bongoland shop can be processed during this period.


02/09/21: E10 Additives

In our Bongoland shop we have taken delivery of Lucas Ethanol Guard and Wynn’s Petrol Cleaner. Both will protect against long term damage caused by using E10 petrol


01/09/21: Latest Newsletter

Edition 72 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. It is available in both Word and PDF formats. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


01/09/21: Top Tip!

Allan Bugg from Allans Vehicle Services has been in touch: “Many DIY mechanics are not keeping receipts for parts. When selling their Bongo, they can’t prove its been well maintained. A good service history can make a big difference to a sale. It might be worth reminding DIY mechanics to keep receipts and a list of the work undertaken.”


26/08/21: Late Availability

Due to late cancellations we have some slots available at our Hastings, Hope Valley and Norfolk events. See our Meetings page for details.


24/08/21: Replacing The Blinds

There has been a major revision to the Blinds factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


23/08/21: Spaces Still Available

We have 1 electric and 4 non-electric pitches at Hastings, 0 at Hope, and 3 electrics at Banham. See our Meetings page for details.


20/08/21: Have You Used E10 Fuel Yet?

If so please take part in our Forum poll.


20/08/21: New Paint Code Discovered

We have added A2U to the Paint factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


19/08/21: Ethanol Protection

Further to the debate about E10 fuel some people have asked if we can recommend an additive if using E10 petrol on an older Bongo. The following 2 brands get very good reviews. Lucas Safeguard Ethanol Petrol Additive. And Wynns Total Action Petrol Cleaner.


15/08/21: North Coast 500

If you are thinking of driving this route then you should read this article from The Guardian which we have placed in the “Press” section of the members area.


12/08/21: Catalytic Converters

There’s a brand new factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area


08/08/21: E10 Fuel

We have had a few queries about this. Just to clarify. Mazda have stated that E10 petrol can be used with petrol engines introduced in and from 2002.

The part number for the engine on V6 Bongos did not change between their introduction in May 95 to their demise in August 02. Use E5 fuel where available but E10 fuel will not do any harm if you use an additive. The part number for the 2 litre Bongo changed on 17 July 2002, so if you have a vehicle with chassis number SGEW-503208 onwards, or SGE3-400091 onwards you can use E10 fuel without any problems.


08/08/21: Hastings & Hope Meetings

This meeting (9 to 12 September) is under-subscribed and we have paid for the pitches in advance. So it is now open for bookings from non-members and we will throw in 12 months club membership free of charge! Also, due to cancellations, we now have availability at the Peak District weekend end of September. See our Meetings page for details.


04/08/21: ABS

Some helpful tips have been added to the ABS factsheet. You will find all our information sheets in the members area