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Somewhat Costly To own
By palmettophil on
2001 Mazda B-Series 2dr Cab Plus B3000 SE 2WD SB (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Had the car since it was new and now has 70000 miles on it. Had to replace the factory tires at 25000 miles and did not think much of it. I use this for light duty personal use with no off road or hauling. The original ball joints cracked at 40000 miles and were upgraded to better ones with grease fittings. The transmission was rebuilt at 69990 miles. The steering wheel cruise control was replaced due the disintegration of the original equipment (Common across ford and Mazda trucks).
The vehicle has always run well with about 17 MPG local and 22 MPG Highway except for the review issues stated. It is a comfortable truck with a nice interior and sound system.
The automatic electronic transmission is common across Mazda/Ranger and Ford Explorer vehicles. It has been efficient by I personally know many people who have had to rebuild the transmission prior to 70000 miles and I mean easy miles with no towing or off road use. They can definitely improve this with the Explorer since the Rangers and B series trucks are being phased out.