1999 Mazda B-Series Pickup B2500 SE 4dr Extended Cab SB
Mine has 450000 miles and doesn't even knock. I've totaled it and wrecked it after that. It was wrecked even worse about 8 times before I got it. Not to mention I was t boned in by a vehicle going 50mph while I was turning at a 4 way. Ruined my fender, door, snapped my spindle/hub. Dinged the cab and didn't touch the frame. Airbags did deploy so it's not worth anything to some one with half a mind but I lucked and had a friend with the same truck with a blown motor. Not to mention same color. Everyone said scrap it. I figured since its been such a bad ass little truck that has never broke down on me through the 200000plus miles it's taken me. I'll just swap everything to mine. Now it's back to the same beauty she used to be
I've been under this vehicle a lot, and let me tell you, for it being a midsize truck it is built like a brick BLEEP-house.
It's a V6, pulling a heavy mid size truck, this isn't one of those small pickups, it is a mid size truck that gets close to the same MPG as small pickups, esp. since I have the 4WD.
For a truck that is 16 years old, it is running like a beast. I was out shooting and a full size truck (Chevy Silverado) was stuck at the bottom of a hill in some soft dirt. My little truck in 4WD was able to pull the truck out of the soft dirt, and up the dirt hill, and his truck had no power the entire time.
Vehicle has great MPG, great performance (for what it is) & it's reliable
* Cruise Control
* Control (has sway bars, nice stock shocks, etc)
* Stick Shift (There's some in automatic as-well, but if you know how to drive stick, you're best off getting a stick)
* Because it's essentially a Ford ranger on crack, (i.e it's the same design, but Mazda did a much better execution, and it's more high quality) you can use tons of ford ranger parts on your Mazda
* MPG Is great, I average about 19 MPG on a 16 year old truck, and that's with MY driving (Kind of a lead foot)
*Cosmetics are BEAUTIFUL
A bigger stock exhaust would've been nice, that way you get better MPG & it sounds like a beefier truck. I'm currently in the process of installing a Gibson exhaust to improve the power if I ever need it, and improve the MPG for normal driving.
Honestly, there's not much that could improve this truck anymore, it has nice cosmetics, I don't like the clutch, just doesn't feel right when I'm trying to shift quickly, but the previous owner had the clutch worked on right before I bought it, so that may be the issue.
I have a website dedicated to my year 2000 Mazda B2500 SX, and the reason is because this truck is simply unbeatable in terms of reliability, affordability, and durability. I've put some money into getting things fixed, but I've largely been able to do all the fixes myself, from a clutch to U-joint, to an alternator, to a starter. At this point, if I had to put $1500 into it to get the transmission rebuilt, for instance (which I won't have to because it's 5-speed tranny is bulletproof), I'd spend the money. Sure I could buy a new vehicle at that point, but why? I have one of the best little trucks the world has ever seen!
Gas mileage, simplicity, cheap parts when I need to replace something, its ability to simply eat up the road mile after mile! All sorts of people were telling me not to drive it from NC to ND for my job, but I took the risk because I believed in it, and sure enough, it proved to be the little truck that could and can.
My dad bought this truck used 9 yrs ago as light general duty truck. It was the most reliable vehicle we ever owned. It became my first car in 09 when i was 16. In 9 years the only problems were a bad ignition and leaking roof, that's it! The thing was tougher than any truck Ive ever seen, a bumpy gravel road at 60 mph was a walk in the park. I cant believe a truck could get 24 mpg and it may not have much power but that's why its light duty. The 5 spd manual had perfect gear ratios. My truck was mazda ZOOM ZOOM fast but not really haha, topped out at 80. it was eventually rear ended by a truck going 70 mph but i was okay, it got annihilated but saved my life.
gas mileage, hilariously basic interior, reliability, fun to driveness
idk if mazda still makes 4 cyl trucks but if so an optional turbo for extra hp
1999 Mazda B-Series Pickup B2500 SE 2dr Regular Cab SB
Purchased this new in 1999 and it has been a perfect utility vehicle. No problems at all and has been in shop only for routine maintenance which is minimal. Still all the original systems including brakes. Just replaced the original tires. Rides smooth for a small truck and handles well in all conditions for a two wheel drive. Good gas mileage and simple systems and controls. It's a 4 cylinder (which I recommend for reliability) and a manual transmission. Paint and trim are still like new.
Carries a heavy load well, fun to drive, nimble and easy to park, looks great with better lines than the close cousin, Ranger. Simple systems and not much to break down, always reliable. The longest I have ever kept a vehicle with the lowest maintenance costs.