I was beyond shocked to find out that my engine was no good after my timing belt broke. My 1996 Mazda B2300 SE extended cab pickup broke the timing belt at engine idle. The mechanic informed me that the 2.3 liter engines in these pickups are considered to be interference engines, which means when the timing belt breaks, the pistons will destroy the and bend the valves in the engine, making the engine useless.
Though I have only owned my B4000 for a
few months, I love it! I did my
research based upon these types of
reviews and then went shopping to find a
used truck. It took a while but when I
found my B4000 LE I jumped on it. It
performs just as others have claimed.
Basically, works as advertised and then
surprises you with a little more.
Interior features and electronics. I
really suggest buying the models with
all the nice stuff since it works so
well: i.e. stereo NICE!, alarm and door
entry NICE! ergonomics NICE! Wiper
Minor irritation in shifting from 2nd to
3rd when on cruise control. Wants to
downshift, a little too sensitive. But
hey! it is a used truck and I love it.
I bought this truck with 17,000 miles
on it, and it now has 96,000. Other
than normal maintenance, I haven't had
to make ANY repairs to this truck.
Very well built and very reliable.
This is my 2nd Mazda B-Series truck -
first one was a B2300, this one a
B4000. Very impressed by both. My
only 2 complaints- I would like to see
better gas mileage (4.0L V6), and
recently there is a slight transmission
slip between 2nd and 3rd gear on the
I bought this truck used about 2 yrs
ago to tow my 17ft boat (2500 lbs). I
had my doubts as to if it would have
the power I needed. This truck has
proven it's worth. Not only does it tow
good but it actually drives better with
the load. The truck is very tight and
agressive to drive and the jump seats
in the back are great for the kids.
Knock on wood I have had no probs with
it. The jump seats are definantly for
kids only but they are fine for my 10
and 6 yr olds to make a trip to the
lake. I do get a howling noise that
nobody seems to be able to find. I'm
not too concerned because I think it's
a exhaust prob not drive train.
Small truck that can handle heavy
loads. Although it's a Ford Ranger in
disguise, It looks different than all
those Rangers on the road.
Plastic cover that hides the seat
controls gets kicked when getting in
and out and mine finally broke off. And
if you set anything on the seat (i.e.
cellphone,wallet,...) with the armrest
down, you can expect it to fall into
the back. No complaints at all.
Incredible capacity for such a samll
truck. I carry 1500 lbs in the bed and
it will still do 107 MPH. Good
Handling. Great gas mileage of about 21
MPG. Very agile sterring, comfortable
seating.I enjoy it more than my $45000
Ford Excursion that I traded in for it.
The fuel economy with even a heavy load.
Remove the governer that shuts engine
off at 4500 RPM