1987 Mazda B2000 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1987 Mazda B2000 SE-5 2.0 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170756 miles
Most recent distance178645 miles
Previous carChevrolet Truck

Faults:

Front brakes went out at 171,000.

Bed started to rust at 172,000.

Valve cover gasket replaced at 172,000.

Rip in seat.

Fan switch stuck on vent.

General Comments:

Quick little truck for a 4-cylinder.

Out handles my Chevy pickup I previously drove.

Great on gas mileage.

Would never sell I wish I had 2.

Too bad its not made my Mazda and they now look like a ranger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

1987 Mazda B2000 LX 2.0 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carFord Ranchero

Summary:

I will own this truck till the wheels fall off

Faults:

Replaced fuel pump at 50,000 miles.

Replaced starter at 90,000 miles.

Replaced idler arm at 100,000 miles.

Replaced shocks (Due to lifting truck for larger tires) 100,000.

Replaced clutch at 120,000 miles.

Replaced clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder at 120,000 miles.

Replaced cylinder head at 130,000 miles, this was due to a faulty thermostat.

Air conditioning quit at 150,000, it was converted to 134a with no parts replaced. Still blows cold.

Replaced starter at 180,000 miles.

Replaced front brakes, rotors and all bearings at 185,000. Was not really necessary, but I had already bought them so...

Radio will not hold presets.

Windshield leaks from a bad repair for rock damage.

General Comments:

I have owned this truck from new. I perform all maintenance on it. Oil changes every three thousand miles with a quality filter.

It has never left me stranded.

It has never failed to pull or haul anything I have asked it to do. It has towed loaded car trailers, hauled hay and rock.

The dash and center console are still full color and not cracked The seats have not broken down.

It is a fully equipped, the cruise control and power steering have never given me a moments trouble.

I have over sized tires (P235, R15) it still pulls strong and has better ground clearance for trips to the fishing hole. (2 wheel drive)

I am so happy with this truck I bought another so I could have some serious garage time with this one. I want to bring her back to the way she was.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2004

1987 Mazda B2000 SE5 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A tough machine that will handle a fair amount of punishment and neglect

Faults:

Clutch slave cylinder rebuilt at 85,000 miles.

Thermostat and radiator had to be replaced at 90,000 miles.

Piston rings needed replacement at 100,000 miles, probably because of overheating from bad radiator.

Electronic ignition module in distributor failed at 120,000 and had to be replaced.

Water pump started leaking at 150,000. Diagnosed and replaced at 160,000.

Fuel pump leak noticed, and fuel pump replaced at 165,000.

Clutch master cylinder rebuilt at 170,000.

Gas tank removed and cleaned of rust. Carburetor dismantled and cleaned of rust and varnish at 174,000.

Bench seat driver side tear and foam loss. Replaced with bucket seats.

General Comments:

This little truck has been a powerhouse. I have driven it over mountains, and on long road trips. It sat for several months in my yard while I drove my Camry, so I had to clean out the gas tank and the carburetor, but once I did, it got back up to speed, literally!

I rebuilt the engine back in 1998, and there was less than 0.0005 inches of wear on the pistons, cylinders, and crankshaft! Currently, there is a mystery oil leak, which may be some oil pan bolts that got broken when they were tightened a bit too much.

Fortunately, despite an electronic gizmo here and there, this year model is relatively easy to work on. When properly tuned, timed, and cared for, that little 2 liter 4-banger can get off the line and good. More importantly, it can haul like the Little Engine that Could, when you need it to. It once carried all the bricks excavated from an 18th century brick-lined well halfway across the town of Poquoson.

After my 1997 Camry threw a rod, this truck has been my only vehicle. After putting some time and money back into it, it has kept me able to keep moving. I hope and plan to get at least 300,000 miles out of it in total, and the goal seems realistic, seeing how little wear there was on the engine innards when we had it open.

Driving a 1986 Toyota Tercel, and the 97 Camry, I got spoiled by gas mileage around 30 miles per gallon. The 20ish MPG this gets is a bit more expensive, but not too unbearable.

All in all, a little trooper that has held up over the years. I have grown quite attached to it, and plan to drive it for many years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

8th Nov 2005, 11:03

I Just bought a B2000 and it seems like a good truck, but I still have to replace the fuel lines and do some body work on it, but otherwise I think it is great. totally agree that this is a keeper for a truck.

11th Jan 2010, 05:53

I recently restored a '85 Mazda b2000 se5. This is an exceptional vehicle. Can anyone send me a pic of theirs?

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Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 16 reviews