by beanpole on Nov 17, 2007 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup B3000 SE 2dr Extended Cab SB
Though an excellent value used (high depreciation), there are better choices available. Truck was bought used with 60k mi, has 129k today. It is a good looking truck, with good utility for a compact. However, despite some improvements for the '98 model, the chassis/underpinnings date back to the '83 Ford Ranger. This is a very crude truck. It rides smooth only on fresh asphault. Otherwise, the truck shudders, flexes, jiggles and jolts on even the smallest bumps. The clutch grabs very late, but since the 3.0 150 hp V6 is weak, I wouldn't want the automatic. Handling is okay, but the steering and brakes are numb/totally lifeless. High dash makes this truck unfriendly for shorter folks.
by jllo on Mar 18, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup B3000 SE 2dr Extended Cab SB
First pickup I've owned which I refer to as my toy truck. Fuel pump had to be replaced then techs twisted neck behind cap; unable to pump any gas in. It was 2 years before techs were able to diagnose electrical problem. Installed 2 new different batteries as truck would be dead if it sat for 2 days. Replacement of running light relay switch, ABS module plus the door switch. Still have electrical ghosts that haunt the truck. Sluggish for a 6 cylinder drives more like a 4 cylinder.
by Genob on Mar 15, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup B3000 SE 2dr Extended Cab SB
I bought this truck new in 98.Its the
extended can V-6. I found out very
early that i had to put premium grade
fuel in this truck, or it would knock
and ping terribly. Thats a bit of a
bummer, because i bought a smaller
truck to save $ on gas. I need to have
the fuel intake changed out $700.00,
and not covered in warranty.
Overall i cant be too disappointed in
this truck. The accelaration needs to
be improved. A 4 cyl. Toyota or Nissan
blows my doors off.
Fresh styling, a revised front suspension, a larger regular cab, a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a stiffer frame and a new 4WD system ensure that Mazda's compact truck will remain competitive through the end of the century.