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Mazda B4000 Parts and Mazda B4000 Accessories

Eight Things to Know About the Mazda B4000

  • Despite the Japanese car manufacturer's logo on its front grille, the Mazda B4000 was actually a rebadged model-variant of the Ford Ranger. They were made in three different cities across the United States. However, in 1999, the Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant stopped producing these pickups while the Edison, New Jersey plant had to close in 2004. The St. Paul, Minnesota plant also had to stop making B4000s because it closed down in 2011 after 86 years of operations.

  • This American pickup with a Japanese logo also had a German heart. It's 4.0-liter V6 engine which could produce up to 160 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque was made in Ford's Cologne plant. No, that's not a factory named after Henry Ford's distinctive smell, Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city that gave its name to the perfume created by an Italian expatriate during the 18th century.

  • Mazda's special touch on the B4000 extended beyond just having their logo on the front grille. The high quality bowed or bubbled-out fender contours and tail light treatments could also be attributed to this Japanese brand.

  • Since their introduction to the Ford Ranger/Mazda B4000 in 1995, the Argentineans have been crying out for more of these pickups. Ford decided to listen to their demands by building a local assembly plant in Buenos Aires in 1996.

  • The Buenos Aires plant wasn't the only B4000 producer in Latin America. Up until 2006, Colombian and Ecuadorian plants also came out with badge-engineered versions of the Mazda B-Series in complete knock-down form.

  • Despite being discontinued in the United States in 2009, the Mazda B-series, including the B4000, was sold for one more year in Canada.

  • Since its debut in 1994, the Mazda B4000 has remained almost completely unchanged until its discontinuation in 2009. The only noticeable additions have been an increase in horsepower thanks to a replacement of the OHV engine into an SOHC in 2001. Instead of running at just 160 horsepower, the B4000 was then able to go up to 207 horsepower. Quite a big leap for a pickup truck that was often smaller than its competitors.

  • If you like trucks with old-fashioned spokes, then you should know that the Mazda B4000 has them on both their steering wheels and their tires. The steering wheels have three while the aluminum wheels have five.

Mazda B4000 Articles

  • Problems with the Mazda B4000 17 January 2013

    Considering getting a pickup means more than just looking at the specs that the manufacturer states. It also means looking at the truck model's history through the years as well as the problems that previous buyers have encountered. Here are some of the issues that you need to know beyond the fact that a Mazda B4000 is a badge engineered Ford Ranger:


    Size and design

    Despite the fact that it weighs 3,915 pounds and that it carries a 4-liter V6 engine, the B4000's body is too small to carry heavy payloads. Still, it's the biggest of the rebadged Mazda B-series models and it could be good for those who have minimal trucking requirements and a budget that can't go for full-sized pickups.

    The Mazda B4000's parts and accessories have also been criticized for their outdated design, especially since the pickup seems to have frozen during its mid-1990s heyday. Details such as the three-spoke steering wheels, tiny grille, and scalloped vents aren't as appealing to the buyers of today. However, because this model has already been discontinued, changing the look of the B4000 will have to depend on the buyer.


    Handling

    Older models of the B4000 will show their age because of their clumsy handling. Drivers and their passengers can experience bouncing up and down while going over rough roads. In the meantime, the steering wheel vibrates when the truck reaches 70 miles per hour or more.


    Engine troubles and TSBs

    The owners of truck have encountered several problems with the engine and the manufacturer itself has issued several Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) concerning these issues. In particular, Mazda has noticed three reasons why the B4000's engine could stall. The first is that it shouldn't be running on reformulated gasoline after a cold start. Another reason could be that there's a build-up of carbon on the EGR valve seat. Finally, the engine could stall because of a sticking idle-air control valve.


    Recalls

    Mazda has called for four recalls to certain years and model-variants of its B-Series. B4000s made in 1994 needed their manual-shift parking brakes replaced. Meanwhile vehicles from the same year with flexible holes in their front fuel lines found that the hose cracked easily. Another issue with 1994 B4000s was that the studs attaching their master cylinder to the power brake booster could also break after a long time. Vehicles manufactured on or before December 5, 2002 could also need to come into their dealerships to get a cruise control component replaced in order to prevent the switch from overheating.