I had a ranger before the mazda and they are about the same inside, look alikes by ford. Bought this little truck when gas was $4 a gallon and the astetics of the truck i like but i only get around 15mpg with it is a auto but my ranger 2.3 was around 20. I have to run supreme in mine or i get the "pinging" when i am on the highway. Was alittle disappointed in the lack of power in the 3.0. But i love the truck but i think i am going back to a diesel. Same mpg but bigger and the differance between supreme and diesel is about .10. Little sluggish on the hi-way. Overall i say that it is a good little truck for what it was made for. My dad road in the excab for 500 miles. he is tuffer than i am.
I like the shape of the body verses the ranger of the same year. THe mazda sets a little higher off of the ground, for a 2wd, than most other trucks.
little more room and better fuel ecomony. Power could be increased as well
This truck has exceeded all of my expectations for a small truck. We've hauled heavy loads over mountain passes, frequently taken it off-road and even commuted in it for a few months. It's comfortable and reliable. I was a Ford girl, test driving Rangers, when I found this truck for a better price. I have no regrets.
Roomy cab. Nice security extras (I can turn on the dome light from across the parking lot at night). VERY reliable.
I didn't like paying an arm and a leg to replace the microchip key (original owner had lost the spare) ... and it doesn't have an ashtray.
Getting ready to sell this truck, but it has been a very good vehicle for the past 5 1/2 years. Constant engine pinging forced me to use premium fuel (as per Mazda recommendation); O2 sensor went out early, but fixed fine. Didn't handle great in windy conditions. My dog loved riding in it!
Roomy interior; liked the space behind the front seats (never used the jump seats); nice body styling.
This truck has never been back to the
dealer. We do oil changes as
necessary as well as other
maintenance. The only dig are the two
jump seats as they are quite
uncomfortable although the truck was
not bought for them. We have loaded
lots of dirt, towed trailers, and
generally treated this truck like a
truck and have no complaints.