Styling on the b2300 are nice. I bought
this truck because of it's automatic
transmission. What a mistake, it has a
clunk when it shifts gears. In one 140
mile trip, it did this 165 times. The
dealer tells me this is normal, madza
refused to do anything. Also it is the
ROUGHEST riding truck I have ever been
in. Hitting a rough section of highway
is an adventure. I have 250 lbs of
weight in the back and run 25 lbs of
air in the tires to try to help this.
This will be my last madza (ford)
purchase. Anybody who considers buying
one is a poor misguided soul.
styling on the bed fenders.
a different transmission, better dealer
support, try building a truck one can
be proud of
This is my first truck, and I love
driving it. I went with the Mazda
because of the warranty (50,000 miles,
as opposed to 36,000 on the Ranger or
S-10). The suspension is a little
tight, but that's not really a bad thing
in a city like mine where the streets
are a little rough. Running the A/C
hurts the power a bit on the 2.3 liter
The vehicle was a delight to take in the rough, even though it was two-wheel drive, I could take it anywhere. It had a good ground clearance, and low rev torque. It's downside is it's transmission. The Ranger series has always had problems with the transmission and when I bought this Mazda I thought they had cleared that problem. Not so. After 7K miles, it began to have trouble shifting in and out of second. It got to the point that I had to skip the gear. After the replacement if immediately took care of second but fourth was now the troublemaker.
Low end torque.
Excellent ride height.
Excellent range of options.
More reliable transmission.
Coil spring swing-arm suspension.(Like that of the off-road race truck.)
Bring back the 2.5l.