Since purchase new I haven't had one single mechanical problem with this truck. If your truck shakes at highway speeds check your tires and alignment. If your engine is too loud, get a muffler or repair your exhaust system.
My favorite feature is that it's got no special features. It's a 4 cylinder, 5 spd manual, gets good mileage. It's easy to change the oil and filter.
I have had this truck for 7 years. No big problems at all. Wiper switch failed and the odometer quit at 72000. I am at 98,000 miles so far and see no reason it won't go 200k. Just change the oil every 3500 miles and it'll treat you well.
Non boring style.
Seats sit too low. Truck is very bouncy on rough road. Do something with the suspension. Also the radio reception is awful. Especially AM stations.
A few minor items were fixed by local dealer during warranty period. My only repair expense - air control for engine intake $52 part that I replaced myself nearly 2 years ago. Tires were replaced by Firestone/Bridgestone under warranty @ 18,000 miles no charge, I'm still on those tires. Original battery is still good. Please tell me of a more reliable, low operation cost pickup truck.
Average 27.8 to 30.3 mpg. That's great! 800 pounds in bed, no problem. Comfortable interior. Good sound system. I like the storage areas behind the seats & the glove box plus console storage areas. Full size spare. A/C & heater work great.
A SVO supercharged 5.4 V-8 with AWD would be a good option. I'm thinking about buying a salvage Mountaineer for the running gear & powering with a 5.8 V-8. All of this would just bolt in. Wonder if it would hurt the fuel mileage. The B-2500 chrome badges will remain.
Overall has been reliable. However has annoying things that have failed. The odometer quit at 72,000 miles, the passenger seat lever snapped at 68,000 miles, and the windshield wiper turns on once in awhile all by itself.
Small but cozy. Excellent gas mileage for a truck (27mpg). Surprisingly good in the snow as long as there is weight in the back and snow tires for a 2wd.
I like to listen to talk shows on AM radio. The reception has been poor. Mazda 1-800 help line is a joke.
I have owned this truck for 5 years now and have had zero problems. It plows through snow, has good acceleration, and the interior is still in awesome shape. I had it rust proofed and the paint sealed so it looks like it did 5 years ago. When I am ready to sell this truck, someone is going to get very lucky. My only gripe would be that the 3.0 V6 engine is a bit of a guzzler. I get around 17-21 mpg. For being a 4x4 that is fairly high off the ground, it handles very well and has a tight turning radius. This has been a great truck.
Dependability. Beauty. 4X4 capabilities and interior quality