1989 Mazda B2200 Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1989 Mazda B2200 SE-5 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual

Summary:

This is a very strong truck, and I plan on keeping it for a long time

Faults:

I own an '89 Mazda B2200. The engine has 172,000 miles and misses while driving. I am in the process of putting a new engine in it, but it's a slow process.

I need a reman. head and was wondering if anyone knew where I could get a good, but not expensive one? I am putting a header, Weber carb, and 2 1/2" pipe with a Borla muffler. I need a good head because I am planning on running now when I get the bottom end of the engine finished. I also need to know if the auto trans. rear end has a higher gear ratio, because 1st gear sucks. I would appreciate any info anybody can help me with.

General Comments:

If anyone has any info, please e-mail me at tweeter7768@hotmail.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

15th Mar 2003, 09:12

I have been looking into the turbo thing for a while. So, I need a MX-6 turbo motor, ecu, and what kind of tranny do you use and what kind of rear end? The b2200 motor I have milked every little bit out of a 60,000 mile motor. SLOW. I need the turbo. Do you guys know if the motor mounts line right up?, etc.

14th Jul 2006, 09:57

Hi I owned a 1989 Mazda b2200 for a long time. I was having problem with carb + head + ecu. To start the engine had 213k miles, so I rebuilt the engine, got a new head from a Carolina machine shop, went to a salvage yard & found an 86 Mazda 626 with EFI setup, installed it with A MEGASQUIRT EFI controller. The cheapest setup I have installed & it works very well. Does not required fusion/engineering to work with.

1989 Mazda B2200 SE-5 2.2L gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2L gasoline Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired184000 miles
Most recent distance194000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

A good little truck that will run forever if you take care of it

Faults:

Fuel pump a few times (not sure of the mileage).

Exhaust system around 130k, basic tune-up stuff.

General Comments:

My dad owned the truck before me, and my neighbor before that, so I know the whole history of it. No serious problems ever with it.

Replaced the fuel pump a few times (My dad was throwing parts at it).

Engine smokes really bad at startup every winter (gone once it warms it's gone).

The clutch is original (yes, 194k miles) and the engine runs damn good, but the lifters are noisy during the summer.

My only complaints are that the manual steering is unbelievably stiff. and the other thing is that the truck is S-L-O-W! No power at all.

Great gas mileage for the most part.

It's never had a serious breakdown when my neighbor, my dad, or myself owned it. The older Mazdas (before Ford re-badged Rangers as B series trucks (93 and newer)) are good solid little trucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

2nd Mar 2002, 00:07

I own an 89 B2200 with 240,000 miles, I put every one on and I've loved every mile. I still drive it today and would have to agree that it's a good truck and has more room inside that those remarked B series in the 93 models.

Looking for a good trouble shooting web-page for the little things that happen to a truck with so many miles, anyone got any directions?

Thanks

Harry at sgtgreen@yahoo.com

1989 Mazda B2200 LXI (Super Cab Pickup) 2.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A good solid truck, a faithful friend

Faults:

Replaced the clutch, brakes.

Rebuilt head at 140,000 miles.

Overheating problems at 150,000 miles, possibly due to a bad fan clutch.

General Comments:

Good economy for a pickup of this size.

Underpowered of course, goes up the mountain passes at about 50 when empty.

Nice design on the engine and mechanical stuff, good thinking makes it relatively easy to work on.

Excellent quality in the work and materials. I am impressed with Mazda!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2001

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 21 reviews