1996 Mazda B3000 Review

1996 Mazda B3000 SE 3.0L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Manual
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

This is a very good truck

Faults:

Timing belt broke or worn - replaced at 60,000, 120,000, and 180,000 miles.

Ceiling reupholstered.

Alternator replaced at 100,000 miles.

Fuel tank had to be replaced.

In-tank fuel pump replaced at 140,000 miles.

Replaced shocks at 180,000 miles.

Seats starting to wear badly.

Between seats container disconnected.

Odometer replaced 86,000 - stopped working after got stuck in the mud.

Cosmetic front-end repair when a new 2007 Mustang knocked the truck across the street (the Mazda was parked).

General Comments:

This has been a pretty good truck. It has seldom left me stranded, and had no issues when I bounced it off a retaining wall in Houston after a rainstorm, and I was able to drive it to work after a shiny new mustang hit it head-on and knocked it across the street when the truck as parked on the side of the street.

It does not accelerate too fast, but has great hauling capacity (although putting half a ton of fence posts in the bed and driving for an hour killed the performance of the shocks).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th November, 2010