Purchased new in 1999 and still going strong at 194K miles. Rebuilt the transmission at 160K because it simply wore out. New shocks at 170K and changed the oil every 5K. I am very satisfied and will buy another one, but I am hoping for a new model style soon. It is still as tight as new. I originally wanted the Ford Ranger, but it was more expensive and its warranty couldn't match the Mazda. Same truck too! Ford built the thing, but couldn't match the price. Duh!
Fun to drive. Versatile and a hard worker. Compared all the small trucks and Mazda was the best buy for me.
Do something with the roof style to make it less square looking. Maybe an electric sliding rear window.