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Timing belt breaks, engine is no good
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By chris
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1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup Extended Cab B2300 SE 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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.


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Everything You Could Ask
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By Paladino
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1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup Extended Cab B4000 LE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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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.


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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 control NICE!


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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.


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B4000 LE
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By gg
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1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup Extended Cab B4000 LE 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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 auto transmission.


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Looks, power, well-built


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alot for the $$$
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By blitz
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1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup Extended Cab B4000 LE 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Mazda B4000 LE Super Cab
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By Jeff Ross
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1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup Extended Cab B4000 LE 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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.


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The fuel economy with even a heavy load.


Worst Features

Remove the governer that shuts engine off at 4500 RPM


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