July 10, 2016 - It's been a few months since I gave the truck a really good cleaning, so I took a couple of hours today and gave it a wash, compounded out some light scratches, scrubbed the bed, and shampooed the interior. The Mazda has been running fine on the originals, but i decided it would be a good idea to replace them. One complication turned out to be unique wiring plugs. The truck got new factory floor mats earlier this month - otherwise, it continues to run and drive great after nearly 17 years! I actually started to return them, but decided to check out the picture on the ad first. If it does then you have a plugged or bad injector. So I ordered a new cover off of eBay last week and it was waiting for me when I got back from a car show yesterday. She worked a little on hills, but made the trip with no fuss, no overheating, and about 17 mpg! This acknowledgement constitutes my written consent to receive such communications.
Plus, the Mazda lights are harder to find, so I figured I'd get them while I can. Thanks to the 4x4 suspension, the truck sits higher than usual - I went airborne and did a full 360-degree rotation sideways, landing back on my wheels in a parking lot next to the road. However, access to the horns was really tight. The last time was right at 60K miles back in 2008. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. The fit and finish are excellent, and it is very solid feeling. And the truck rode and handled well with them, so I am hoping to get the same service from this new set.
The dealership, Hampton Mazda, was terrific - I had bought the 2001 as part of a year-end-clearance deal, but they sold me the 2002 hot off the delivery truck for the same price. It can and will haul a small boat and or jet ski's just fine. Unhook wires, slide the radio out of the old panel and into the new one, and hook it all back up. When I wrote the tire purchase in the truck's service log, I noted that I've driven it only 4,000 since October 2005! The mileage sorta crept up on me again, and I checked the logbook to discover that the oil has not been changed in nearly 9,000 miles! They are now simply called Mazda Trucks. A turn of the key confirmed the engine was cranking noticeably slower, thought she fired up quickly.
With the house work and the Sonata currently in the body shop, the truck is getting a lot more use than usual. A blip of the throttle to clear air blocks did nothing. The slight clouding makes it look old. January 5 , 2007 - The replacement cover showed up in short order, but weather and other activities kept me from getting it properly fit until today. Another reasonably warm and clear day gave me the chance to get the truck back together. This was a lot of work, but I probably saved the cost of the Sonata's new tires putting the fuel pump and filter in myself! They're reliable as hell and tough to match. At least, until I check the service log and discovered I had not changed the oil in almost 10,000 mile! The truck got something different this time - Quaker State 10w30 full synthetic.
Oh, and 20 pounds of absorbent. Head and leg room is limited but adequate for a 6 ft. That also gives me a chance to check out the underside clean and solid and scrub down the inside of the wheels and tires. . Everything else I have done to this truck has been scheduled maintenance, or in my case since I all ready had the timing cover off to replace the gasket I went ahead and replaced the timing chain and sprocke.
It should serve you will until you trade up, and will likely hold value. October 17, 2008 - The Mazda has been flawless for seven years - she hasn't been driven too hard, given less than 60K on the odometer since 2001, but she's never so much as hiccupped. I had a lot of trouble finding replacements on eBay until I did a parts number comparison and discovered that the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-series trucks use the same parts. So it should be good to go for another year. I was lucky to catch it now instead of the next time I wanted to use the truck on a cold morning.
The new horns are Fiamm, and as it turns out, the original Ford horns are also by Fiamm! Febr uary 28, 2017 - The Mazda has had a puny-sounding horn for many years now - the low note quit working leaving just the tinny high note to signal with. And when I pulled the old ones, they were a mix of gray and black - the orange indicated the 1 plug. No cracking, no dry rot and though it was a bit low after many years of neglect, all it took was a quick boost from the compressor to get it back to full pressure. January 1, 2012 - Further troubleshooting has pretty much pinpointed the fuel pump. Do not downvote based upon truck preference and be cordial, we are all here for our love of trucks.
TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. For once, an 'easy' job really was, and I got the whole thing knocked out in about 30 minutes, including time searching for tools. So I turned her off and then saw the pool of oil around my feet. It cranks fine, just doesn't do anything else. Multiple attempts to drain the tank have been thwarted by internal anti-siphon baffles, so I had to do it with a full tank.