This is my third used mazda vehicle. My first was a used 87 323, that I drove to college and put well near 300K on it. My second was a 86 B2000, I put 224K on it and only replaced the tires, and the a...
This is my third used mazda vehicle. My first was a used 87 323, that I drove to college and put well near 300K on it. My second was a 86 B2000, I put 224K on it and only replaced the tires, and the alternator and battery once.
I just traded out and purchased the 2004 B2300, which was a service vehicle for a dealership with 64K and in mint condition inside and out. I've had the 2300 for a few days and just love it. When your inside, you feel like you have plenty of room (I'm 6'4) and actually feel like you are riding high in a bigger truck. The only thing I wish I had was an extended cab, so I could just slip a toolbox behind the seat instead of having to buy a toolbox.
The 2300 gets excellent gas mileage, and by far beats out my 86 B2000. One thing I love about the mazda is that the motor always stays familiar, where as it is easy to do repairs if need be, plenty of room to work. I've had a ranger before and hated it, especially since I had to pull the motor out just to swap out and oil pan!
Out all all the vehicles I have owned, I love the mazdas, low maintenance, rugged, easy to work on. If you can find a good deal on any Mazda, I would highly suggest that you really consider them especially over a ford. Remember though, if you buy a mazda car it will have FWD, meaning that every few years (especially if you hit the dirt roads) your going to have to replace those CV axles and keep it aligned --- with a truck with RWD, you don't have to worry about those issues.
If you like a truck, and want something that is very dependable, then a mazda is for you!