1994 Mazda B2300 Reviews

1994 Mazda B2300 No Clue 2.3 Gas from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 Gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles

Summary:

Perfect for someone who needs a vehicle to count on.

Faults:

The Manual Transmission need to be rebuilt.

The Throwout bearing had to be replaced.

Just recently the alternator pulley went out.

It has needed new brake pads.

General Comments:

My sister drove this truck while she was in college and put a severe beating on it. But it still runs like a champ. After my sister didn't want it anymore it became my dad's daily driver not bad since he works about 4 miles away. It gets babied a lot since we don't take it over 60 most of the time, but it has been on the expressway doing about 85. I now have inherited it and it's my baby.

For only 98 horsepower it sure can get up and move.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2007

1994 Mazda B2300 Pickup 2.3 Liter from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A great pickup for a true man

Faults:

Nothing outside of the standards (tail light bulb, air filter, wipers etc.)

General Comments:

I took a chance and bought this pickup at a used car lot about one year ago for $2k. It had 115K miles at the time and the condition of the bed indicated it had seen some hard work.

Well it has now been over a year and 15K miles and this truck hasn't had one single problem. I am confident in it getting me from point A to B and running smoothly in 100 degrees or -10.

Its not the most comfortable without power steering or AC, but for a guy who drives a lot and needs to lug things around, it gets decent gas mileage (average 24), parts are cheap (filters, bulbs) and is very reliable. If you need an inexpensive pickup and you don't have an ego to worry about, I recommend the B2300.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2006

1994 Mazda B2300 Base 2.3 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles

Summary:

Baseline Human Transportation

Faults:

Replaced Mass Air flow sensor (truck will not stay started)

Water Pump Leaking/Replaced.

EGR Valve replaced.

Door handle broke, but still works.

Heat shield on catalytic converter rattles.

Replaced clutch and throw bearings.

Timing belt/chain broke.

Driver side coil on the bench seat broke and rip in seat.

Broke rear leaf spring.

General Comments:

This truck is great if you need a reliable no frills truck. I purchased the truck brand new in '94 and problems did not arise till '04. Some service could have been avoided with regular service intervals.

The vehicle was purchased as transportation to and from college. Great highway gas mileage. 23-30 mpg.

Gets me from A to B and sometimes C.

Does very well in the snow at slower speeds and if the rear is weighted correctly. i.e. not to much, not to little.

All around decent truck for the price and aside from all the recent problems should be a decent vehicle for years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2005

1994 Mazda B2300 ec 2.3 gas from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 gas Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 miles
Most recent distance216700 miles
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

For the high mileage the truck has been very reliable

Faults:

The throwout bearing in the clutch "threw out" taking the clutch with it for a tune of $800.00.

The a/c needed a charge and the mechanic told me the thermostat must be bad because the temperature gauge would barely come up past cold. I replaced the thermostat with no change in the gauge reading. However, since that time my gas mileage went from 28 mpg to 20 mpg.

The brake light will not come on unless the pedal is pushed to the limit of the stroke and there doesn't appear to be any adjustment for this problem.

General Comments:

I am actually looking for advice if anyone else has a Mazda pickup and knows who I can contact or how I can fix these problems (gas mileage, brake light adjustment)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th September, 2004

3rd Aug 2005, 03:32

Did you replace the thermostat with one that opens at the OEM temperature? Often what will happen is a thermostat is installed which opens at a lower temperature (meaning the engine runs cooler). This can be good or bad, depending on engine/use. In your case, the engine might not be getting up to a temp that is ideal for combustion. Thus, you need to use more gas to make the same amount of power.

Something to check. You can always talk to Mazda or Ford and ask them what the OEM thermostat is rated at, and then cross reference that with your replacement.

31st May 2008, 13:15

The thermostat is not the problem, it is most likely the coolant temperature sensor for the computer. If the computer thinks that the engine is colder than it actually is, indicative of a bad sensor, the program adds more fuel to the engine. This will be worth your while to check, gas is expensive these days.

19th May 2009, 13:40

Where are the sensors, I know there's 2, but I can't find the one in the manifold.

21st Nov 2011, 21:25

Did you ever find the manifold sensor? I can't find it either.

14th Dec 2011, 01:34

I have a 1994 B2300, and I had the same problem with the temp gauge. I changed everything, and the problem was the temp sending sensor. It is located just above the oil filter, toward the back of the motor. It has a L type connector with a single wire on it. Hope it helps. Good luck!!

5th Nov 2012, 16:38

How can I change the temperature sensor in my 1994 B2300 Mazda truck?

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews