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1998 Mazda B-3000

  • 1998 Mazda B-3000 Base Extended Cab Pickup

    Base Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $15,895
  • 1998 Mazda B-3000 Base Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $16,945
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1998 Mazda B-3000 Review

A great compact truck for business or pleasure.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 is a pickup, based on the Ford Ranger, which is available in either two- or four-wheel drive and as regular or extended cab models. This is the year Mazda sought to differentiate the B-3000 from the Ranger, especially in terms of styling. Although reviewers may not be enthused by its power, drivers of the B-3000 get the satisfaction of easy handling and operation on almost any road conditions. Passengers can expect a comfortable ride and plenty of room, especially in regular cab models.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-3000 SX Regular Cab, Mazda B-3000 SE Regular Cab, Mazda B-3000 SE Extended Cab

What's New

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 gets a few a few notable improvements. Fresh exterior styling, highlighted by wider headlights and a larger front grille, was implemented in order to give the truck a more unique look. The interior of the regular cab model is enlarged to provide more room for passengers. A new four-wheel-drive system has been added to improve the overall driving experience.

Exterior

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 regular cab model has approximately a 188-inch length, 70-inch width, 68-inch height, and 112-inch wheelbase. The extended cab model is 14 inches longer. The B-3000 features trailer towing preparation, chrome front and rear bumpers, a large chrome grille, externally adjustable door mirrors, a rear platform step, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on its cabin, rear, and side. Power door mirrors, two-tone paint, and a bed liner are optional. The truck weighs 3237 pounds and sits on 14-inch wheels.

Interior

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 regular cab model is roomy enough to fit three passengers, while the extended cab model can accommodate five passengers. In the front, there is a 60/40 split cloth bench seat with driver and front passenger height-adjustable headrests and a fold-down armrest in the center. On the floor, there is a console that includes a storage box and two cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains large gauges that are logically arranged for clear readability, conveniently-located controls, and a partial console. Extended cab models have seating for two in the rear. The B-3000 features front reading lights, a passenger vanity mirror, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, power door locks, and a CD player are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 comes packed with a three-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Maximum towing capacity is approximately 1500 pounds.

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and leaf springs. A new rack-and-pinion steering system enables predictable response and precise control. Engaging four-wheel drive, accomplished by twisting a knob on the dashboard, enables easy travel on slippery surfaces.

Safety

The 1998 Mazda B-3000 is equipped with anti-lock brakes on its rear wheels. A four-wheel anti-lock brake system is optional. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-3000: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built tough
  • Good handling
  • Passenger room on regular cab models

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster V-6 power
  • Absence of third door
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Rear seat comfort on extended cab models

Sum Up

A great compact truck for business or pleasure.

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