We bought this PU new. It has been one of the most reliable vehicles we've ever owned. We have used it and abused it for 12+ years, it's still running and still looks great, with only routine maintenance. Just recently began having air conditioner issues and oil and transmission leaks. I'll have it repaired and keep driving it! The odometer stopped working four years ago, at that time it read 180k, so I'm sure we're well over the 200k mark. This little truck was so worth the money we spent on it!
Fun to drive, great for household and garden hauling.
Bought this truck new. Serviced every 3000 miles. Three kids used it as first car. No major problems...brakes, ac compressor, 1 seat release handle, oxygen sensor (@102k miles!) only items replaced, plus normal maintenance. Pulls a large pop-up pretty well; a small one like it isn't there (4.0L / V- 6). My third Mazda truck... figure it's good for at least another 25,000 miles at least. This one is actually a Ford Ranger but $3,000 lower cost and better warranty.
Performance, fun to drive, very dependable.
Sturdier seat-back releases (handles break), larger engine option, and a softer ride.
Great small truck. AC replaced under warranty the only problem in 113,000 miles. Brakes last 50K, factory shocks replaced at 60K. Cups tires on front but current Michelin's have 60K and should last another 15K. Brakes are weak, probably a result of the 31x10 tires. Still gets 16mpg in city and 20 on highway, same as when new. I have been very satisfied with this vehicle.
Very good off road, have driven in heavy sand and thick woods, never had a problem. Tows boat and camper well and can put the boat in on just about any ramp. Comfortable seats, make long trips very well.
Stronger brakes. Better access to the extended cab area, third door.
After year of buying Japanese cars I
was leary of an American-made truck.
But Mazda/Ford offered the 4 door
option, and I really wanted the extra
doors. I have very pleasently
surprised with the quality and ease of
use, and lack of problems with this
truck after 53,000 miles!
There is no A/C button! The A/C comes
on automatically ONLY when specific
choices are made for the direction of