This is a two wheel drive, with limited
slip, and a cap on the back. In the
winter I put 3 or 4 sixty lb bags of
sand over the rear axle, and I get
everywhere I need to go. Only unusual
maintenance has been replacing spark
plug wires, twice. Have 135000 miles,
and I don't want it to ever quit, my
favorite vehicle in over 40 years of
Handling and acceleration. And the
security shade you can pull over the
area behind the seats. Why doesn't
anyone else have this?
Drivers seat could use a seat (not
back) tilt adjustment.
I bought it new and it has been a very
good truck. Nice balance of price +
performance, affordable but
comfortable. Ride is truck-like when
unloaded. I replaced the stock
(premium) stereo and speakers, which
lacked clarity. This truck is really a
Ford ranger, with Mazda trim.
The only repairs I had were a bad 02
sensor and EGR sensor at about 60K
miles. The brake calipers tend to bind,
and had to be rebuilt twice.
A 4.0L with only teens for MPG should
put out more than 160HP. 225 ft/lbs of
torque is nice for towing, but
acceleration is just ok. I modified the
exhaust/intake and put in a better cam.
Now it is quite peppy, maybe 190-200hp.
good value. good towing abilities. Very
Apparently, they improved both HP and
gas mileage with the 4.0L DOHC engine.
Stock paper speakers stink.
I purchased my Mazda B4000 when it was
2-years old. I have had no problems
with it other than simple, cheap fixes
that are standard with the vehicle, and
it is now 2002. The truck accelorates
more than powerful enough (you might
spin your wheels from time-to-time!),
and the AC will freeze you to death. I
live in NC and I have driven to
Florida, Texas, and West-Virginia in my
truck, and I didn't worry one bit about
not making the journey. I now have
170,000 miles on the truck. I plan on
keeping this truck until the wheels
fall off, which at this rate, won't be
for another 20 years. I love this
model/year truck and would recommend it
I love the premium sound system that
the truck came with, along with the
simple dash design. The truck has nice
bucket-seats that fit you like a glove.
I would add the feature that makes the
lights dim out when you shut the door.
Also, an option for a sunroof would be