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2003 Mazda Truck Cab Plus

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Mazda Truck Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 147 hp @ 5050 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Mazda Truck

  • Mazda's Truck is aging rapidly and a replacement doesn't seem to be appearing on the horizon. Though fundamentally sound today, redesigned competitors due within a year threaten to put this model on the back shelf.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Torquey engines, handsome styling, four-door extended cab model.

  • Cons

    No crew cab model available, limited lineup makes it tough to tailor for your needs, flat and flaccid seats.

  • What's New for 2003

    Two new extended cab models debut: a B2300 SE and a B3000 SE, and they include cosmetic changes like chrome bumpers and grille and alloy wheels. However, you can no longer order a four-wheel-drive B3000 Truck; 4WD is available on B4000 models only. Otherwise, only minor changes have been made to the rapidly aging Truck, such as the addition of A-pillar grab handles for the interior, thicker brake rotors for 4WD models, and the fact that the Power Package is no longer free when ordered with the Convenience Package.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Great little truck

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B4000 SE 4WD SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

Looks nice, runs great. Comfy ride; definitely "trucky," but not bouncy or harsh. Good legroom for tall people. Handles nicely in any situation. Good winter driving. Love the power of the 4- liter V6. I've towed pretty close to 3000 pounds up the Columbia Gorge, and it shows no signs of strain; spooling up from 50 to 75 passing a slow semi uphill? No problem, not even with a fully loaded trailer.




1st truck wow

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B2300 SE Rwd SB (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this truck new in AZ, no trouble with a/c, cold even at +117 degrees! It's a stick: could use more zip doing mountains, fine if you don't get stuck behind a slow truck and have to accelerate from 30 mph on 6000ft grade. Moved to Indiana, heater warms quickly, far less traction problems than full size van I drove. Not one mechanical problem, piled it high for move, over 2500 miles, very stable in winds, rain; good fuel economy with the extreme gas prices. Very nice turning ratio, good visibility overall.




Don't buy it!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B2300 SE Rwd SB (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

This is the second Mazda pickup that I bought. It will be the last! A good friend of mine sells these trucks. If not for the good deal, I'd be worse off. These trucks DO NOT HOLD THEIR VALUE. Stay away. You won't even be able to trade them in. Not great on gas and has poor performance. Also, it is the worst vehicle that I've ever driven on wet or snowy roads. I never thought I'd say it, but if you want a small truck, buy a Ford or Chevy. They actually hold their value better. I paid $16,000.00 for a 2003 and was offered $5,000.00 on a trade from the dealer that I bought it from. And, my truck is clean. Never again!




B2300 extended cab

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B2300 SE Rwd SB (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Bought it for the gas mileage,got what I expected. Not much on power, drives and rides smooth. Not had any mechanical problems so far.




Real truck

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B3000 Dual Sport Rwd SB (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Great value in todays market. No fancy "Look at Me" crap, just an honest hard working truck.




No fun to drive, but

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Truck 2dr Cab Plus B4000 4WD SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

Decent ride, uncomfortable seating if you are over 6'2", Crummy Mileage (17 HWY), Plenty of power from the 4.0L but shaky idle, 88 MPH speed limiter (dyno proven) (Mazda will only acknowledge this AFTER you buy the truck), 3,000lb max trailer weight with the 4.0L and 5 speed (read: weak clutch), A/C clutch engagement feels like you've been rear ended, Good cruise control, Gas guage is horribly inaccurate...



Full 2003 Mazda Truck Review

What's New for 2003

Two new extended cab models debut: a B2300 SE and a B3000 SE, and they include cosmetic changes like chrome bumpers and grille and alloy wheels. However, you can no longer order a four-wheel-drive B3000 Truck; 4WD is available on B4000 models only. Otherwise, only minor changes have been made to the rapidly aging Truck, such as the addition of A-pillar grab handles for the interior, thicker brake rotors for 4WD models, and the fact that the Power Package is no longer free when ordered with the Convenience Package.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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