Rare SE5 Pickup: 1990 Mazda B2600i 4X4 – SOLD!

Nov 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

December 28, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

November 27, 2021 Update – In a newly-posted listing, the private seller just lowered their asking price from $7,995 to $7,500.

While Mazda’s B-Series pickup eventually became just a rebadged Ford Ranger, the company’s initial offering, known as the B2600i, was of its own creation and a decidedly good small pickup. This rare 4×4 SE-5 model originally listed in November 2021 on Craigslist in Orlando, Florida is the top trim level offered for this small imported pickup and comes with the preferred manual gearbox, listed for $7,500 (the original ask was $7,995). Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his B2600i priced within reason, as a “High” grade version of the model is valued at $8,300.

The wave of imported small pickups in the 1980s is likely responsible for the resurgence of this vehicle demographic in today’s marketplace. For years, the pickup truck space has been dominated by large, expensive offerings best suited for work in grueling environments; after the demise of the Ford Ranger, there were no small-scale pickups left to fill the void. The Mazda was a home run when introduced in the 1980s, earning top marks for reliability while the four-wheel-drive model was decently capable off-road. The SE-5 trim was representative of the rad-era, and not unlike Toyota’s SR5 package, adding tasteful decals and other cosmetic touches to let other drivers know you sprang for the top-of-the-line offering.

The Compu85 YouTube Channel provides this 1990 Mazda truck commercial:

This Mazda is said to be a rust-free Florida truck with no obvious modifications aside from what looks like a set of aftermarket wheels. The seller has made numerous mechanical improvements, from new shocks, tires, and ignition components, as well as some cosmetic repairs in the form of replacement carpeting and door panels. The 2.6-liter four-cylinder engine is fuel injected and said to run well, and it was also treated to new drive belts, a battery, and fresh fluids. While the two-wheel-drive Mazda pickup still pops up for sale with some regularity, this 4×4 model is a rare find, especially in rust-free condition. Good luck with the sale if you bring this tidy Mazda pickup home.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“No trades, no financing, private sale, clean Florida title in hand.  1990 Mazda b2600i 4×4 5 speed manual transmission with the 2.6L 4 cylinder efi..truck runs and drives excellent, have cold ac and hot heat..recent full tune-up fresh oil change, new oil and fuel filters, new spark plugs and wires new coil, new distributor cap and rotor, new drive belts, new battery, a new set of 235/75/15 tires, new shock absorbers set,,..complete new carpet and door panels… southern truck all his life..ZERO rust..clean carfax in hand.., all original paint.

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  1. Rare SE5 Pickup: 1990 Mazda B2600i 4X4 – SOLD!

    Truck was bought by me and wasn’t as nice as the listing makes it sound but it was a good deal. I’m working any mechanical problems out now and will be driving home to NY in a few days. The seller does have a few other “little big trucks” but look over them like I did and call him out on what isn’t correct. He’ll most likely say if you don’t want to pay for it that he will just export it for way more money but it’s not true. I’d rate the sale/seller an 8/10, the description a 6/10. I looked at numerous trucks of his and was there for 3 hours. Only towards the end did he start to get “fidgety” but I don’t think he anticipated two people that are very mechanically inclined to show up and know more than him about his collection, with all due respect. Only time will tell. If anyone has any interest I’ll try to check back to this website periodically. I found this truck on Craigslist/Facebook by the way. Two separate prices for what it’s worth.

    • Rare SE5 Pickup: 1990 Mazda B2600i 4X4 – SOLD!

      Hi Zachary, congrats on the purchase, and thank you for the update. Please keep in mind that all of our “Craigslist Classifinds” are blogs of cars already for sale on Craigslist; we are not another channel of advertising of those, merely we’re pointing out the cars for sale as a lead for our readership. Consequently, our descriptions of Craigslist Classifinds blogs are solely at the mercy of the pictures and descriptions posted by the seller. It’s good to hear you spent that much time looking at the truck before purchase; if potential buyers cannot look at a vehicle that long, then we highly recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection to get an unbiased assessment of a car.

      • Rare SE5 Pickup: 1990 Mazda B2600i 4X4 – SOLD!

        Ohh no I fully understand and wish I knew about your blog site a long time ago. I actually found it when I did a generic internet search for “1990 b2600 blah blah…” regardless I appreciate what you guys are doing and it helped me out and most likely will continue to help. That’s why I wanted to follow up with a brief statement about my experience with the seller (previous post was 100% about my experience with the seller and has no reflection of this website) this way future users of this website will possibly contribute and further improve an awesome website I’m glad I stumbled upon!!! Thanks again guys and hope this helps future users!! (Sorry for typos/Grammatical errors)


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