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2003 Mazda B-3000

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2003 Mazda B-3000 Review

A stylish choice if consumers want a wider range of usable torque for their daily driving needs.

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Overview

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 is like the middle child among the Mazda Truck offerings. Consumers can save some money if they do not need the power of the B-4000 and can settle for its V-6, which gives out 147 horses. Like its siblings, it also has a counterpart Ford Ranger. It's still distinct though due to some styling elements and character and has the power that consumers will look for in a truck but without the harsh and bouncy feel during the ride.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-3000 Dual Sport Regular Cab, Mazda B-3000 Dual Sport Cab Plus, Mazda B-3000 SE Cab Plus 4

What's New

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 has an SE model, which is one of the two Mazda Truck models with an extended cab. Styling upgrades are also implemented such as a chrome grille, chrome bumpers, and alloy rims. There is no longer a four-wheel-drive model. The changes from the previous versions are minimal with grab handles on the A-pillar. The Power Package does not come free when ordered with the Convenience Package.

Exterior

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 comes in three trims: the Dual Sport Regular Cab, Dual Sport Cab Plus, and the SE Cab Plus 4. All models come in nine exterior color options such as Chestnut Metallic, Classic White Clearcoat, Lapis Blue Metallic, Light Tundra Metallic, Mystic Black, Clearcoat, Performance Red Clearcoat, Platinum Frost Metallic, Sandstorm Metallic, and Sunburst Red Metallic. The interior colors come in Beige and Gray, while the six-foot bed is common to the three trims. The Dual Sport Cab Plus and the SE Cab Plus 4 are 14 inches longer than the Dual Sport Regular Cab model.

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 Cab Plus 4 has rear doors that are hinged on the back. It cannot be closed or opened without opening the front doors, while the four-door variant and the regular cab come with foldable jump seats on the rear cab. It rolls on 15-inch wheels hugged by P235/70R15 all-terrain tires, and the three trims have a good ground clearance of 7.4 inches, which helps it hurdle any potential problem on the terrain. Just like the B-2300 and B-4000, it has chrome horizontal grille and the bumpers painted in the same color as the body. The Dual Sport Cab Plus version has a rear quarter window that swings out to open.

Interior

The 2003 Mazda B-3000's interior features a split-bench in front while the Dual Regular Cab and the SE Cab Plus 4 come with folding jump seats on the rear. The layout of the dashboard mimics the appearance of its Ford Ranger counterpart. The cabin is very spacious with a leg room of 42.2 inches, head room of 39.2 inches, and a shoulder room of 53.8 inches. Standard convenience features include cup holders, console storage, and door pockets. Air-conditioning and a stereo with CD player are common issues for all models.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 has a three-liter, overhead valve cam V-6 for all models. This engine can produce 147 horsepower at 5050 rpm and can produce a torque of 179 lb-ft at 3750 rpm. It can tow a maximum capacity of 4000 pounds and handle a maximum payload of 1260 pounds. It has a good feel on the road, while the suspension system has a double wishbone setup for the front and solid live axle for the rear. The independent wheel suspension guarantees a smooth ride and good handling. The driver can clearly see the front and corners of the vehicle. It provides good ground clearance that ensures drivers will not have any problem when they go on rough roads. It also has pamper elements like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth cover for the seats, air-conditioning, and basic entertainment system to help consumers enjoy the ride.

Safety

The 2003 Mazda B-3000 offer anti-lock brake system, front airbags, and electronic brake force as standard. Basic safety provisions include child seat anchors, engine immobilizer, lap belt for the front center, seatbelt pretentioners, and headrests are all implemented.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-3000: 17/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cool styling
  • Sufficient torque
  • Four-door extended cab version

You Won't Like

  • Limited lineup
  • Lack of four-wheel-drive option

Sum Up

A stylish choice if consumers want a wider range of usable torque for their daily driving needs.

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