If you are going to purchase a B2300 or Ranger with the 4 cylinder, don't. Get the V6 instead. Same gas mileage, but the V6 is half the headache. Problems are: The 8 plugs. 5 are easy 3 are extremely difficult to say the least. The head runs hot and burns valves. NO power, takes a mile to get to 75 mph, with AC on 1&1/2 miles to get to 75 mph. Can not carry much load. It is not a good construction truck with the 4 banger. If you need a rebuilt head they are hard to find because they all have been burned up and can not be rebuilt.
Update: With 240,000 miles, 1 engine rebuild, 4 rebuilt cylinder heads, Replaced Radio/CD player, new carpet, needs painting, Replaced heater core, and the A-C is not working. I still feel the same about Ford's 2.3 ltr. 4 cylinder(with 8 plugs) is crap. No acceleration, burns the valve seats, over heats, and you have to pull out the whole dash to repair/replace the heater core.
New Update: Head gasket blew again. Took head off and there are 8 cracks that I can see. Another rebuilt head if I can find one.
The B2300 is not the biggest, baddest truck out there. But for light hauling, home renovations, or city deliveries it is easy to maneuver and easy to park. Gas mileage is okay. Unfortunately, my wife is so fond of driving it to the garden store and the big-box outlet mall, I never see my truck anymore.
Low-maintenance, most mechanical parts are identical to its twin, the Ford Ranger, so parts are fairly cheap and easy to find.
The 2.4 liter engine can be a bit sluggish - not a towing vehicle by any means, but fine if you're just hauling stuff in the bed. Body parts are more expensive than its Ford Ranger cousin.
This truck has been great so far. I love the gas mileage and nice looks. The inside is much roomier than would be expected. The truck lacks a little power, but that's to be expected. If you're looking for power you shouldn't have gone with a four cylinder in the first place.
Truck is good. It has tons of low end
grunt, but the top end suffers unless
you go aftermarket parts. There have
been a lot more appearing lately. You
can go to rangerpowersports.com if you
want more power and info about
features. I do think the interior
plastic is cheap though, but everything
else is durable and utilitarian. It is
the best handling truck I have ever
This is my second Mazda extended cab
truck. It does exactly what it was
designed to do. It's very low-
maintenance...the build quality is
excellent for the money. Routine,
periodic maintenance is all it
requires. For these reasons alone, I
would consider buying another one.
The V6 engine has been problem free, as
has the whole truck.
Maybe a smoother operating floor
shifter...other than that, can't think