Mazda 2.3L engine with 5-speed manual consistently returns 28 MPG around town and 32+ on trips.
Interior and exterior have held up well over the past 6 years with only the steel wheels showing minor rust. I haven't had to replace the battery, bulbs or most other normal wear items indicating to me that Ford quality is the real deal.
I just had the front disc brakes serviced after 65,000 miles and the rear drums look like they will last another 50,000.
The only issue I've had is with a clutch leak. The problem surfaced under warranty and was repair only to resurface 30,000 miles later. 60,000 mile transmission service appears to have helped.
Plan on keeping this truck at least another 5 years. It is too bad Ford is discontinuing this model in 2011.
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