Reliable and utilitarian vehicle that is a little slow and likes gasoline
Original (Mazda-built) manual transmission stopped working at 133,500 miles.
Once I hit 135,000 miles, many minor things needed replacement: motor mounts, fan clutch, power steering pump, radiator, and thermostat.
Interior (vinyl floor and seats) is very resilient and still is in great shape.
With the 300 it's slower (but it is heavy with the extended cab, long bed and 4 wheel drive), but that's been the only thing that hasn't broken on me. She's a stinking tough motor.
Sometimes I just can't handle the whine of the power steering pump. There are other clunks and shudders you just need to accept when driving an older rig.
You don't really drive it; you persuade it. A bit like riding a whale.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd June, 2010