1988 Mazda B2200 Cab Plus 2.2L from North America
Great reliability at minimal cost
The only thing that has gone wrong with it was that it started overheating.
When it is cold, it idles fast.
If you don't run the engine every day it makes a tapping noise for a while. One person told my that it was a tap-it which means the engine is adjusting itself.
I bought the truck from my mechanic. I didn't like it at first glance, but after the test drive I decided to buy it.
My mechanic had rebuilt the engine just before I bought it. The reason that it was rebuilt was because it had a cracked head and it had very low compression.
The truck runs great. It's great on gas mileage and the oil consumption is moderate.
My only worry is that it idles fast when the engine is cold, but the idle does slow considerably after running about two minutes.
The seats are uncomfortable, but there's nothing a little foam rubber and seat covers can't fix.
When I took it in to get a chassis lube they told me that the suspension was sealed and that there was no way to get grease into the suspension. The lube tech told me that the suspension was greased at the factory.
Due to the sealed fitting, when the suspension gets too noisy for me to handle, I'll have to replace the suspension.
All in all, the truck has great power, it gets great gas mileage, and it is very reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2002
27th Aug 2002, 11:35
I have just recently bought an 1989 B2200,and it is a great little truck. It is good on gas, and runs fairly well except for a stalling problem when it is cold. it does have the valve tapping as was stated somewhere on this page. The instruction manual says that this is normal for a few minutes when the engine is cold.
As to the few problems I have with it, The front passenger brake caliper sticks and causes the rotor to overheat. In fact, I just finished replacing it today. and as I said before, the engine doesn't always idle correctly. I intend to have the computer looked at.
My recommendation is that this is a great truck that wouldn't let a potential owner down.
8th Mar 2007, 16:02
I have a 1993 b2200 with only 87,000 k the valves make noises when I started in the morning; I saw white grease under the oil cap. I guess the additive that I used before clogged my lifters. How can I clean the inside of my engine without clogging my oil pump? Do you know and additive can help me with this problem? Thank You. firstname.lastname@example.org