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 am a 16 year old, and this 2009 Christmas I got this truck. It is so nice, the interior is amazing! So i get it and my steering wheel buttons are missing, I don't mind at all. I can live with that. Anybody know where I can get those? Lets get to the point. I'm 16 I take the truck out a day later and wreck it! I shattered the factory mazda rim it came with! Where can I find this rim?! I need new bumpers and quarter panels! If anybody can help me with this I really would appreciate it! This truck is amazing and super nice! I would recommend it to the pope!
I purched the truck brand new, drove for almost 5 years(92k). I was lucky I purchased extended warranty. During the ex-warranty period the transmission gone 4 times, dash board lights gone 3 times, fog light gone 2 times. I never abuse this truck. When the 4th time tanny broke(not clutch), the dealer have a investigation team to check anything I did wrong. They found manufacture problem. Later I trade in for Honda Sub. Now I'm satisfy with my car.
External sporty sharp design
Needs to improve performance especially transmission.
Purchased this truck in 05 it had 80000 miles when I purchased it. It has proven to be the very dependable and has only required a few repairs. I had to replace 4x4 hub on the front but as I regularly am off road this is just a minor repair. This truck is a little under powered for heavy loads that approach its weight limit but it pulls my 19 foot bass boat and camping trailer just fine. This truck is perfect for drivers who do not need a full size truck and need a daily driver.
An awesome truck, I can't say enough! Fun to drive, reliable and a good looking. I bought the truck new 10 years ago and at 160,000 miles it's still going strong. When I go to sell it, someone will be getting a great deal. Besides normal maintenance, oil changes and brakes I cannot complain. Rear wheel drive can present some problems during inclement conditions. For the money the Mazda truck is a great value and I would buy another in a heartbeat, although I wish they would update their body style (not much has changed within the past 10 years).