A Great Truck!
I bought this truck new in 2004. It has served me very well, even though it is lightly used. It is reliable, comfortable, and a solid truck.
my first mazda
ive had this car for 6 months it runns great it has 64k m. ive done some mods. to it ive changed the rims and it looks sharp the radio in it is ok just fm and am but u can always replace it its will go pretty good when u start flooring it havent toped it out yet but im going to soon its nice
Vehicle with dealer problems
I bought the 2004 Mazda B2300 (in 2006) because the previous vehicle I had was a B2300 and it held up extremely well. Since 2004 was the last year the 2.3 liter engine would be available with an extended cab, I felt I was getting an updated model of a vehicle I truly enjoyed driving. Its been disappointing. The miles per gallon is incredibly impressive. Its rated at 29 mpg on the highway and I'm getting over 32. However, since we lost our Mazda dealership and I have to drive almost 2 hours to got to another one, dealer inefficiencies are eating up more time than I have to donate. Its still under warranty and they do provide a loaner, but on at least 3 occasions, they haven't been able to fix it and it cause me to have to drive back to their shop to bring the loaner back, thus wasting lots of time. Let's see, the dealer messed up replacing the transmission fluid. I could tell the difference even be- fore I got it off the lot. The dealer said it was the way these transmissions are supposed to act. Due to work, I couldn't leave it at the time and had to return 2 weeks later for fluid changes, which eventually led to them replacing 2 or 3 synchors. Then, when the truck developed a lean to the left, the North American parts distributor sent the wrong rear leaf springs and I had to leave it over night again. Now, I have a grinding noise between 2nd and 3rd gear which the dealership can't seem to find, so even though its under warranty for another couple thousand miles, I'll have to leave it with them so they can figure out why its grinding. Then there's a "thumping noise" coming from under the vehicle which the dealership can't hear, and it will require leaving the vehicle up there and more driving for me in their loaner vehicle. I can't blame Mazda for the loss of time for me to get to and from their dealereship. Nor can I hold them responsible for normal wear and tear. I can, however, hold them responsible for providing the right parts, finding the problems and repairing them in a reasonable amount of time. Would I recommend anyone buy a 2004, B2300 (ext. cab) pickup? Probably not. It does get incredible mileage for a small pickup, but the irritation of North American Mazda sending the right parts or advising the dealership of the right parts to use, based on the VIN number has been enough to drive me to other brands.