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The generation of the Mazda B-Series produced from 1994-2000 also shared its platform with the Ford Ranger. Initially these B-Series trucks came in base, midgrade SE and luxury-level LE trims in standard- or extended-cab body styles. There was a choice of three engines: a 2.3-liter inline-4 (98 hp), a 3.0-liter V6 (140 hp) and a 4.0-liter V6 (160 hp). Transmissions consisted of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. The V6 versions offered a choice of 2WD or 4WD.
Model-year 1995 saw the debut of a driver-side front airbag and ABS as standard equipment for all B4000s and 2WD B3000s, while '96 saw the addition of a passenger-side front airbag in the upper trims. A five-speed automatic debuted for the B4000 in '97. A revamp took place for 1998 that included freshened styling, a stronger 2.5-liter four and a revised front suspension for better ride and handling dynamics. For 1999, the Cab Plus 4 debuted (essentially an extended cab with a pair of reverse-opening rear doors) as did the flashy Troy Lee edition.
At the time, we noted in Mazda B-Series reviews that the truck offered a good selection of configurations and attractive styling. Downsides included the limited functionality of the truck's rear seats and the lack of horsepower from even the top V6 engine.
Previous to 1994, the B-Series was all Mazda. The B2200 with its 2.2-liter inline-4 and the B2600i with its 2.6-liter V6 were offered in standard and extended cabs. A five-speed manual transmission was standard with a four-speed automatic optional, while only the B2600i could be had with four-wheel drive. Although these were decent trucks, the chance of finding one of these workhorses in good condition is slim, as they're well into their retirement years.
Jun 05, 2013 |
2005 Mazda B2300 Regular