1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Z-24 4 cylinder


Better than a Toyota 4x4!


I love my truck. In 4x4 low, it drives like a tractor. I could not believe how many times it got me out of between a rock and a hard place situations. I only have gotten stuck once in the mud when I drove it in 4 ft of quicksand. Other than basic maintenance, I have the issues listed below.

1996 - the clutch went out. I was lucky that the tow truck driver had the same truck, and installed it for a reasonable fee.

2006 - The tranny started going bad as I started losing gears. Attempted to fix it by replacing parts, but buying new parts (etc. shift fork) from Nissan was over double the cost of buying a rebuilt tranny.

After the rebuilt tranny was installed, and after I put it in 4x4 mode, the differential grinds. I've taken it to shops, and all they can tell me is that the bearings most likely went out, but cannot confirm that until they take it apart, and it'll cost too much to take it apart. The bearings going out does not make sense to me, as it worked perfectly before the rebuilt tranny was installed. At this point I have been out of work from a workers comp injury, which has not allowed me to afford repairs.

A couple of weeks ago, I was about to sell it if it did not pass smog. The only thing I did was change the oil, add carburetor TX and an O2 sensor, and it passed.

Issues: Not able to lift it as high as I wanted, as my research has shown that the manufacturer that made lift kits for this Nissan stopped making them years ago. I know that I could lift it by adding spacers on top of the shocks, but it will not be the same. Wear & tear, and the crawling that I have done on this truck, has caused damage to the torque bar, so I can't lift it too high. Only have 31" tires right now, but would like 33".

If there's anybody out there that has 33" tires/rims for this vehicle, you can email me at (todlimit@yahoo.com). Also if you know of a good honest mechanic in the N. California area, give me his/her contact information to fix my differential.

General Comments:

This truck rocks!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2011

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Z 2.4


The best truck I have ever had, will keep it for the rest of my life


Nothing has really gone wrong with my Nissan.

Only thing done have been regular maintenance work, or new clutch or brakes.

General Comments:

This truck was bought new by my great grandpa, then was passed on to my grandpa, and then it was passed on to me.

It has been a great truck, and very reliable, even with 410,xxx miles on it. It is ALL original, and it is STOCK.

The truck handles and drives great. I wish the interior was a little more comfortable. BEST truck I have EVER owned!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th July, 2010

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup LX


I love it, but it needs some work


The starter went out.

A couple of belts broke.

The water pump went out.

The muffler fell off.

A couple of new hoses.

General Comments:

I have an 86 Nissan pick up. It's not a 4x4. I wish I did.

I would have to say the truck runs very well.

It's just like any other vehicle, it needs new spark plugs and belts and good stuff like that.

I am trying to figure out what I could do to make it stronger.

I'm not very smart with the motor stuff. I'm trying to learn though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2009

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup LX King Cab 2.4 4 cylinder


Japanese garbage


Clutch was out when I first bought the truck. Replaced.

Fuel line rusted in two in first month.

Never idled right at all.

Carrier bearing failed, driveshaft fell out in the middle of the road at 11 in the night. 5 months.

Rear-end chattered really bad, leaked all the gear oil out daily. Quit putting lube in and found a replacement. 6 months.

Gas tank began leaking, would only hold 1/2 tank. 6 months.

Brakes took a complete dump. 8 months.

Main bearing started knocking. 8 months.

Motor mounts broke. 8 months.

One coil went bad. 8 months.

Timing chain started rattling, then jumped time suddenly and warped all the valves. $1000 for new chain, full rebuild. 8 months.

Automatic hubs quit working. Would barely go into 4x4, then when I would put it in 2wd and back up, it would never go out. Then would go out, and come back in suddenly going down the road. 10 months.

Electricals went crazy. One high beam, would blow fuses to taillights and turn signals when fixed. 1 year.

Key switch messed up. Would stick in "Engine Start" unless manually turned back.

Throwout bearing began to go bad. 1 year, 6 months.

Timing chain jumped again when I upshifted from 4th to 3rd to go up a very mild hill on the highway. 1 year, 6 months.

General Comments:

I'm a mechanic, I maintain my vehicles fairly well. But this truck is a complete turd.

Bought this truck planning on it being efficient, weak, and reliable. It was all but reliable. 30 mpg, something broke monthly or never worked right at all. The money I saved in gas I had to buy parts for.

I never beat on the truck too hard either. It seen some very mild off-roading maybe once every couple of months, but nothing to explain how it fell apart over a year and half. Every single time something broke on the truck, I would be putting along at 45 mph in 4th gear. It especially like to break down at night it seemed.

It was fuel efficient, drove pretty well, and was very comfortable to drive and operate. Smooth clutch, gears fell into place before the throwout bearing began to go out. When I did have to do some fourwheeling, I rarely put it in 4x4 because of the transfer case. I never even spun or got stuck, ever.

Since everything is broke on the truck, it's currently awaiting a full-size 4x4 Chevy frame swap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2009

14th Dec 2009, 12:32

In fairness to Nissan (and your truck), it was 21 years old and had well over 200,000 miles on it when you purchased it.

As a mechanic I'm sure you realize that most vehicles this old would be pretty worn out and used up by now.

In any case, I wouldn't base by opinion of the make or model on your experience with one very old truck.