1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup Overview

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2 Dr B2500 SE Extended Cab SB
2 Dr B2500 SE Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr B2500 SX Standard Cab SB
2 Dr B3000 SE 4WD Extended Cab SB
2 Dr B3000 SE 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr B3000 SE Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr B3000 SX 4WD Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr B4000 SE 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr B4000 SE Extended Cab SB
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4 Dr B2500 SE Extended Cab SB

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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 5 reviews

Great Compact Truck! by Amanda
 — This truck performed great. Acceleration was great - partly thanks to the manual transmission. Braking and handling were fine too. Very sturdy quality - nothing had broken when my lease ended at 78... Read More
Great Truck But Take Something Else If You're Going On A Road Trip by clintonics
 — I had this truck when I was in my early 20's and i loved to take it out in the sand. It was all stock I didn't wheel seriously but it stayed well on top of the sand, never bogged down and was a re... Read More
Good Truck For Small Jobs by Arvis
 — Good truck doesnt bring any trouble handles well whish it was bigger. If its a 5 speed it is a lot of fun to drive still will beat many cars off the line i couldnt get it to go past 115 but off li... Read More

1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup Overview

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1998 Mazda B-Series Pickup

The Mazda B-Series compact pickup trucks received a complete makeover for 1998. For starters, the standard cab was lengthened by three inches, and the exterior received a more streamlined look that many drivers and critics thought was more attractive than the Ford Ranger's, on which the Mazda B-Series was based. In addition, a new four-door extended cab was added to the lineup, the front suspension and steering were updated, the frame was stiffened, and the base engine was upgraded to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant, which generated 119 horsepower.

In all, the Mazda B-Series trucks were available in 10 different variations, including standard or extended cabs with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Trim levels included the base SE and the higher-end SX packages. And perhaps most importantly, the trucks came with a choice of three engines -- the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, plus a 150-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a 160-horsepower 4.0-liter V6.

While the power provided by these engines, especially the V6's, were adequate for many drivers, some noted that overall the engines lacked in power when compared to those offered by Mazda's competitors, such as Toyota. Of course, the Toyotas also cost more, which made the Mazda B-Series trucks somewhat more attractive to buyers on a budget.

Standard features for the B-Series trucks included a five-speed manual overdrive transmission, power brakes (anti-lock for the rear wheels), dual airbags, power steering, an AM/FM radio, and intermittent windshield wipers. Options included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, a cassette player, and a CD player.

By this time in its history, the B-Series had built a loyal following among drivers, many of whom stuck with the vehicle through the model years. Reliability, handling, styling, and comfort, as well as a high build quality, were some of the reasons drivers came back to the B-Series again and again. Some noted that the vehicle's payload capability was not as large as its competitors, but for drivers in the market for a durable, reliable light truck, the B-Series seemed to fit the bill.


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