1998 Mazda B3000 Review

1998 Mazda B3000 extended cab 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carSubaru Wagon

Summary:

Great except for small details and customer care

Faults:

Came with lame Firestone tires. Same tire that was recalled on Explorers, but no joy for B3000 owners (at least not until well past the point of need).

All 4 ball joint boots disintegrated & it looks like I have to buy the entire control arms to replace them! I've kept several cars well over 100,000 miles & never seen this problem before.

Doors are sometimes hard to unlock with the key.

Dome light sometimes won't go off (I've heard this is due to a faulty switch in the door). I think there is a timer that prevents battery drain, but a real pain when driving at night.

General Comments:

My 4 cylinder Subaru seemed to have more power pulling a small sailboat.

Good handling, size, interior. So-so fuel economy.

Could have been a great truck with a little more attention to detail & some customer support from the dealer & manufactirer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review