1991 Mazda B2600 SE 2.6 from North America
It was so good that I searched until I could get another one like it
Rebuilt transmission at 100,000.
Uses oil - 1 qt per 500 miles started around 250,000.
Computer - about 6 years ago.
Very reliable and economical - 27 mpg with an average speed of 70-75 mph on the interstate.
Very comfortable and easy to drive.
It is the right size for most of my truck needs - I use a trailer when I need to haul bigger items.
I bought a one year old Mazda B2600i with 35,000 miles in 1992. I have been driving and using it like a hard working truck for the last 14 years. That includes frequently pulling heavy trailer loads with full bed loads of building supplies, all with an automatic transmission.
I just recently passed 300,000 miles, and on my last long trip into WV (hills) I averaged 27 mpg.
It has always been the most comfortable vehicle I have ever had. I drove 14 hours from Richmond, VA to St. Louis, MO in one day a couple of years ago, and never felt a minute's discomfort. Over the last 50,000 miles or so it has been using oil about 1 qt every 4-500 miles or so. Other than that it runs great. I was about ready to see about getting a re-manufactured engine, so I could keep running it.
I am not impressed with the way the manufacturers have constantly increased the size of the so-called compact trucks, and have not heard anything very good about the Ford Ranger replacement for this vehicle.
Other than expected maintenance items, I had to have the transmission rebuilt at 100,000 and replaced computer several years ago - very unusual for these trucks per the dealer.
I started searching eBay for another B2600i truck in the 1989-1993 range with less mileage and in better shape. I was lucky recently to find a 92 model with auto and 4X4 in a nearby city that was in practically new condition with only 97,000 miles. Now I can keep driving the truck that I believe is the right size for my needs, and will probably keep it for as long as I kept the 91. I haven't decided what to do with the 91 yet - I may keep it on the farm and keep pulling loads with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th August, 2006