2003 Mazda B2300

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of the 2003 Mazda B2300. Base trim shown.

2003 Mazda B2300 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Mazda simplified the lineup of its compact pickups in 2002 and began referring to them simply as the “Truck,” rather than calling them B-Series, as before. A four-cylinder engine powers the B2300 series, while the B3000 and B4000 versions are equipped with V-6 engines. All three are closely related to equivalent Ford Rangers.

For the 2003 model year, Mazda’s B2300 pickups come in base trim with a regular cab and in an SE trim level with an extended Cab Plus configuration. A newly styled hood deflector imparts a tougher look. A new in-dash ashtray is installed, and selected models get a driver’s vanity mirror. The front bumpers gain new black caps. A new manual-transmission version of the B2300 Cab Plus is now available.

A sliding rear window is standard on all models. An SE-5 package that includes styled steel wheels, a CD player, air conditioning, cloth seats and carpeted floormats is available for the B2300. A bed extender is optional. An electronic-shift hub lock system replaced the previous pulse vacuum setup for the 2002 model year.

Ford, which holds a controlling interest in the Mazda company, builds the B2300, B3000 and B4000 compact pickups. For many years, the two companies have shared other products and components.

Exterior
The B2300 pickups come in two sizes: as a regular cab and a Cab Plus extended cab. Both have 6-foot cargo beds. The Ford Ranger comes in the same sizes, but it is also available as a regular-cab model with a 7...
Vehicle Overview
Mazda simplified the lineup of its compact pickups in 2002 and began referring to them simply as the “Truck,” rather than calling them B-Series, as before. A four-cylinder engine powers the B2300 series, while the B3000 and B4000 versions are equipped with V-6 engines. All three are closely related to equivalent Ford Rangers.

For the 2003 model year, Mazda’s B2300 pickups come in base trim with a regular cab and in an SE trim level with an extended Cab Plus configuration. A newly styled hood deflector imparts a tougher look. A new in-dash ashtray is installed, and selected models get a driver’s vanity mirror. The front bumpers gain new black caps. A new manual-transmission version of the B2300 Cab Plus is now available.

A sliding rear window is standard on all models. An SE-5 package that includes styled steel wheels, a CD player, air conditioning, cloth seats and carpeted floormats is available for the B2300. A bed extender is optional. An electronic-shift hub lock system replaced the previous pulse vacuum setup for the 2002 model year.

Ford, which holds a controlling interest in the Mazda company, builds the B2300, B3000 and B4000 compact pickups. For many years, the two companies have shared other products and components.

Exterior
The B2300 pickups come in two sizes: as a regular cab and a Cab Plus extended cab. Both have 6-foot cargo beds. The Ford Ranger comes in the same sizes, but it is also available as a regular-cab model with a 7-foot bed. The B2300’s front suspensions consist of double wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizer bar, while semielliptic leaf springs are installed at the rear.

Styling differences between the Ranger and Mazda’s compact pickups center on the grille. The Truck grille has horizontal bars instead of Ford’s eggcrate appearance. Regular-cab models ride a 111.6-inch wheelbase and measure 187.5 inches long overall; Cab Plus models have a 127.5-inch wheelbase and are 201.7-inches long overall. Two-wheel-drive models have 15-inch wheels, and 4x4 versions ride on 16-inch tires. Options include side step tubes and a soft tonneau cover.

Interior
All models have a roomy cab with a three-place bench seat. The Cab Plus versions add a pair of vinyl, fold-down rear jump seats. The B2300’s dashboard is laid out like the one in the Ranger.

The front seats have a fold-down armrest with an exposed cupholder, and storage pockets are installed on the front seatbacks and jack cover. Air conditioning and cruise control are offered as optional features.

Under the Hood
The engines in all three of Mazda’s Trucks are the same as those used in Ford Rangers. The B2300 is equipped with a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. It teams with either a standard five-speed-manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic.

Safety
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard. A key-operated switch can deactivate the passenger-side airbag.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 1/29/03

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Great, economical truck

by conrand from WI on April 27, 2012

Sharp looking, good performance, decent gas mileage...overall good performance trucks. For a small size truck...you get a lot of performance. Read full review

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never failed

by cars of the past from las vegas, nv on April 15, 2012

one of the best buys we ever made... bought this great littlittle truck when new... easy to maintain and never a problem with any major issues... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The B2300 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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