Are you the proud owner of a 2.5-liter Mazda Drifter? It’s possible that your Mazda isn’t operating at its optimum level. In order to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, Engine Finder gathered the following complaints from real car owners just like you. That way, you’ll know everything there is to know about your Drifter. By being well-informed, one is able to quickly spot any potential problem before it turns into a more serious issue.

Engine Finder has no desire to malign the Mazda Drifter 2.5 or paint a poor picture of it. There is no doubt in our minds that this car is as reliable as any other in its class. Some severe and some less serious flaws with the 2.5 Drifter have been brought to our attention by the tongues and fingertips of its owners.

Here are 5 Common Mazda Drifter 2.5 Diesel Problems:

1. Loud Engine

Due to its reputation as one of the quieter diesels of its time, the 2.5 should not provide a problem. If your Drifter is making a lot of noise, you shouldn’t immediately take it to the mechanic to have the pump and injectors replaced; instead, you should have the oil in your car examined and changed. Every car is serviced at the same time, thus some workshops have a single drum of oil on hand to use when necessary. This is incorrect — any competent technician or mechanic will know otherwise. Because the 2.5 prefers thicker oil, don’t use anything thinner than 5W30 or 0W30 in your vehicle. You’ll need a heavier oil, such as 10W40.

If you’ve changed your oil and it’s still making noise, bring your vehicle to workshop and have trained technicians take a look to see if there’s anything wrong. Changing the injectors in some people’s engines addressed their ticking noise problem, so if that’s the solution to your loud engine, have a certified mechanic handle it.

It’s possible that the copper “top Hats,” which are inserted before the injectors are mounted, are to blame. It’s not uncommon for them to come out when the injectors are taken off. Being constructed of copper, one of their duties is to serve as a sound buffer, reducing the sound of an injector. Make sure the copper “top hat” issue is addressed by an expert.

2. The engine is smoking and has a misfire

Check the glow plugs in your vehicle. Owners who experienced shaking (missfires) and smoke coming from the back of their vehicles had this done, and the problem was remedied.

3. Engine Won’t Start

Do you have a problem getting your Drifter to start? This could be for a variety of reasons. The glow plug light refuses to light up from time to time, according to certain users. This is a concern because pre-combustion chambers necessitate the use of glow plugs. Do an inspection on the glow plugs.

Alternatively, there may be an issue with the availability of fuel? Only a thorough examination can reveal whether fuel deprivation is the root of your car’s problems.

Additionally, a malfunctioning fuse, relay, or the wiring connecting them to and from the pump could be to blame for a pump’s inability to start. Even the regulator may have a problem.

Finally, the newest models feature an anti-theft immobilizer on the back of the pump, which if it fails, will cause the pump to not start.

If your car won’t start, take it to a mechanic who specializes in automobiles. We’re in a position to fix this.

4. Trouble with the Gearbox

The 4th and 5th gears may be problematic for you. Is your box whining while shifting into these gears, and if so, what may be the cause? While in 4th or 5th gear, some owners reported that their gearboxes began to make a loud whining noise. Gears won’t fall out or anything like that. This was likewise limited to specific loads and speeds.

It has been argued that (a) driving in 5th gear below 80 km/h and (b) towing anything in 5th gear is a sin. If you’re going over 100 km/h, you should only use 5th gear for highway cruising with nothing attached to the back.

These are preventative ideas; the issue is a whiny 4th or 5th. Should the complete gearbox be replaced if this is the case? It’s worth noting that the 5th gear’s bearing cage was initially composed of plastic, for example. Replacement bearings contain a steel cage, which makes them far more resistant to cracking when the needle rollers are dropped all at once. When comparing the two choices, it is important to take into account the significant cost difference in having the gear/s replaced rather than the complete gearbox.

Another option is to change the oil and load the transmission with 75W-90 or easy-shift oil. This may extend the life of your gearbox by a few thousand miles.

5. Glow Plug Issues

In other cases, the owners were forced to change the glow plugs on a quarterly basis. In addition to being expensive, this is also completely out of character. Glow plugs aren’t meant to be replaced that quickly. A probable explanation exists for this. As soon as your car’s engine is running, the glow plugs may stay on for up to 10 minutes. Engine control units are in charge of determining how long the glow plugs remain lit after starting up the engine. A defective device will keep them on indefinitely, causing the plugs to overheat and fail.

All of the problems listed above aren’t exclusive to the Mazda Drifter 2.5; you can own a Drifter 2.5 and never have any of the problems listed above. Visit a nearby workshop if you feel any of these conditions are present and have them checked out by a professional.

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Drawing from extensive expertise in the used car parts industry, Craig Sandeman has established himself as a trusted authority in automotive repair. He possesses a deep knowledge of the challenges encountered by individuals seeking reliable car parts, making him a highly sought-after expert in this field.


Potential issues, causes, and solutions have been identified in the above article based on the experiences of car owners and repairers, as well as web materials such as forum blogs and technical support bulletins. This data is supplied exclusively for the purpose of reference. Only appropriately qualified persons should perform repairs and/or changes on your vehicles.

While it’s important to keep in mind, it’s also important to note that the amount of times anything is mentioned here should not be seen as a sign of its reliability or frequency. Various owners, driving in different ways, and caring for their vehicles in distinct ways will cause two identical vehicles to perform differently.

As previously said, this material is supplied primarily for reference reasons; nonetheless, we hope that by doing so, we will be able to supply you with essential knowledge that will allow you to make informed decisions whenever you encounter any of the aforementioned setbacks.

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