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03-08-02, 09:04 AM   #1  
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Opinion Requested?

I was looking into buying a used light pickup truck. I'm looking at 3 models in particular: Mazda B-Series, Ford Rangers, and Chevy S-10's. I asked around and people said they're all fine trucks. However, you guys on here work on cars all the time and I was wondering if any of the above mentioned trucks have any 'fatal' design flaws that I should be aware of? Yes, I'm aware that this isn't a repair question and probably won't get any replies but what the heck I posted it anyways.

Your opinions and advice are appreciated.

 
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03-08-02, 09:19 AM   #2  
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The Mazda B truck IS a Ford Ranger in most years.

Personally, I do not like Ford products. They tend to be problematic and complicated for no reason whatsoever. There's a reason they are not the #1 carmaker in my belief. Great ideas and so on, but poorly executed . I also think the small trucks on the whole are cheaply made.

As for the S10, it depends on the year. They are very crude and rough but get the job done. I know people with both the Fords and the GM models.

I would go with a full size GM truck, but that's just me . Nice and simple, easy to work on, parts are cheap, etc.

Stay away from the Mazda as the trim parts are unique to it and marked up accordingly. You gain no benefit, again, it is a rebadged Ranger in most years.

My .02. It also depends on the years in question we are talking about as well.

 
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03-08-02, 09:58 AM   #3  
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My 2 cents

Stay away from Ford. I know a guy who has a Mazda B truck that has 430,000 miles on it and still runs strong with the original motor and trans. But parts for it are way expensive. On the S-10 it depends on the year.

 
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03-08-02, 11:26 AM   #4  
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Again, depending on the year of the B truck it IS a Ford .

 
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03-08-02, 05:47 PM   #5  
Well, Joe, you KNOW what I'm going to opine here - Toyota. Got 160k on mine and runs great.

Frosty, you ask for opinion around here and I can GUARANTEE you'll get some! LOL

 
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03-08-02, 07:21 PM   #6  
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MY TWO CENTS ALSO!

THE 1994 S-10 TRUCKS AND NEWER WITH THE 2.2 LITER ENGINE HAS HAD SOME HEAD GASKET PROBLEMS. LOOK FOR LEAK AT DRIVERS SIDE REAR CORNER. USUALLY LEAKS TO THE OUTSIDE. MY 1991 S-10 WITH 2.8 HAS 173,000 MILES ON IT AND STILL RUNS GREAT!!! I'M A BELIEVER. GOOD LUCK!!!

 
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03-08-02, 11:49 PM   #7  
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Hi; Rule one: Don't be in a hurry. Wait for that low milage, looks good, sounds good truck. Look at the oil, Smell the ATF, Is the automatic shift Smooooth. I only buy from private parties. If it has a hitch, what did they tow. lol...

 
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03-09-02, 08:04 PM   #8  
i would say that tonyhi probably gave you the best advice i dont see why people buy a vehicle for the same price and on is low mileage and the next one is over 100,000 and you will have more problems with the higher mileage vehicle, and i dont see how a mazda b2200 or b2600 which stands for cubic centimeters would even have any parts or even be related to the ford ranger which came with the 2.3l, 3.0l, or 4.0 depending on age they are nothing alike.

 
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03-09-02, 09:24 PM   #9  
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BeJay:

As mentioned DEPENDING on the year, the Mazda B truck and the Ford Ranger are the same. Any years the B truck has the 2.3, 2.5, 3.0 or 4.0 in it, it is sharing the Ford components. I believe around 1994 or so this starts.

It's easy to determine if you have a Ford built B truck. The door jamb sticker says, "Manufactured by Ford Motor Co for Mazda".

You'll also see a lot of parts with Ford logos on them .

Through 1982, the Courier that Ford sold was a Mazda product .

 
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03-10-02, 08:44 AM   #10  
I agree with Joe F. look for the decal. As they are very similar.

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03-10-02, 09:31 AM   #11  
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ISUZU ALSO BUILDS A TRUCK THAT SHARES LOOKS AS WELL AS COMPONENTS WITH THE CHEVY S-10,

 
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03-10-02, 10:12 AM   #12  
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look at dodge pick-ups. best in all catagorys. i repair all kinds of vehicles and this ones the best.

 
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03-10-02, 10:18 AM   #13  
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I think it depends.

Maybe if we're talking old 225 or 318 Chrysler products . But fo the most part, Chrysler products are lackluster, cheaply put together and problem ridden. They are also a pain to fix at times.

The best thing to do is to go with what YOUR experience says. Any used vehicle is a risk, no matter who it is from.

I happen to think most mini pickup trucks are light duty cheapies compared to their full size brothers, but I'd have to agree with Dan on the older S10s. They are rough and crude and the early 700R4's will puke out, but the 2.8 will go forever. Noisy and loud, but will go and go .

 
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03-11-02, 08:17 PM   #14  
You're always Best Dressed when you wear a Bowtie!

 
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03-11-02, 08:25 PM   #15  
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i agree with joe and dirty dan, drive with the big boys

 
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03-12-02, 06:30 AM   #16  
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Lol. See the USA in your Chevrolet

 
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03-15-02, 08:32 PM   #17  
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Well you're not going to believe this, but I guess it's just one of life's little ironies. Here I post a message on here a few days ago asking about your opinions on trucks, while my car ('88 Ford escort) is running perfectly well. I honestly had no intention on getting a truck right away but eventually I had planned to. Ok, so a few days go by after my original posting and I drive home for spring break. On my first night home, while sitting at a red light, my 2 passengers and myself get to test 14 year old seat belts as a Ford F-150 slams into the back of my little Escort. Fortunately, there were no injuries, aside from my broken heart. Suddenly, I am in the market for a new vehicle (perhaps i should say 'newer') as the price to repair the damage exceeds the overall value of the car. It's all being taken by his insurance company, so i'll have my big fat insurance check soon. I thank you all again for the truck advice as it will soon be put to good use.

 
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03-16-02, 11:24 AM   #18  
Don't forget to wear a neck brace whenever you are face-to-face with their insurance guy; does wonders to loosen up the old checkbook.

 
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03-16-02, 10:46 PM   #19  
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Whew! As long as you're Ok Frosty.

The car can be replaced and an 88 Ford is not worth saving anyhow . You'll find something better and less troublesome to replace it.

Cars are cheap, life is not!

 
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