Was and is a great truck
Transmission failed at 74k miles; dealer fixed.
Clutch is failing; lasted 144k miles.
Differential & engine leak.
Timing belt broke at 70k miles. causing oil to leak thru the valve seals.
Major engine work at 155k miles: rings, valve job.
Oddest repair: frame break from rust caused by road salt. Welded frame for $180 in 2001.
Bought new in 1985 - Mazda skipped the 1985 model year because of a major redesign.
It was the best riding small truck on the market at the time.
It's a long bed - about 7 feet (2+ meters) - and gets about 30 mpg!
I have driven it cross-country, and all up and down the East coast. It also spent 5 snowy winters in the mountains of NC, which caused dramatic rust.
It now had 218,000 miles and is driven daily.
Was my as a daily driver for 10+ years. I gave it to my parents when I moved away; I'm about to get it back because I need a truck.
The air conditioning still works!
My 97 Ford is probably more reliable, but nobody makes a long bed mini-truck, so it's a keeper.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th May, 2004