First car and keep it for a long time
Guy I bought it from said it came with good tires so I figured I was good for another 30,000 miles. Nope, right front tire gave out, but after putting goo into it, I was able to go another couple of weeks. The truck is like Christine, man, just ran on that tire for weeks. I brought it into Pay-Less Tires and the guy couldn't believe that I had been running on that tire for so long.
Needless to say, there was never a breakdown. My truck pulled me through until I got him (that's what I get from the vehicle; not a she) in and got the tires changed.
Engine light came on at 60,000 and there's nothing you can do about it. I bought the oxygene sensor myself, saving $60, but my mechanic couldn't change it out; it's a special Mazda only tool. Took it into the dealership, and they were cool about putting in the part that I bought.
Problem is that, weeks after the garage thing took place, they sent me a notice telling me that more work had to be done to my vehicle. Never did say what that was. I forgot it and went on with my truck, purring like a kitten.
Haven't had any problems since that 60,000 mile check up and I'm on 75,000. So what was so freaking urgent?
Man, I love this truck. It's cheap and it's pretty. Nothing you can do for performance enhancements, but it never, ever goes wrong. Keep up with the regular maintenance schedules and you got it. I think that this will be a truck that will be missed - just because it is so maintenance free. You got this little monster that will help you move, pick up a bed or a table, or zap you up into the moutains. Little cost at all. Drop a couple of 75lb bags of sand into the back of the bed and you're good for snow.
What do you say? There aren't many vehicles that get that much respect. Problem is, with this little truck, there aren't many who have owned one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2002