1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Reviews from North America - Page 9 of 9

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Hardbody 2.4

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance207000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

This has been an outstanding truck

Faults:

Cluster switch (twice).

Speedometer cable (twice).

Distributor.

Speedometer needle works some of the time, but the odometer is accurate.

Normal maintenance on batteries, brakes, and tune-ups.

General Comments:

This truck has been hit by 3 deer and after having the front bumper, hood and grille changed, is still running well.

At 207,000 it still has the original clutch.

It still only burns about a quart of oil between oil changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2001

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Extended Cab 3

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

A great 4x4 for a good price

Faults:

The piston rings burned out, but that was my fault because I buried the front end under 4 foot of water in the New Mexico wilderness. I came out the other end though.

I also had to replace the interlocking hubs, but again just a product of rough handling and four wheeling.

General Comments:

I love this truck. I have never owned anything else, but who would want one with what the 86.5 can handle. I have put it through some really nasty places, and it has come out of the vast majority of them. It isn't the most comfortable ride, but it's a 4x4 and it does what it is supposed to. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2000

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 3.0

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 3.0
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10

Faults:

Fuel pump, alternator, endless tires, CV joints, A/C pump, leak in windshield, multiple belts for the engine, exhaust system, brakes, timing belt just to name a few!

General Comments:

My god, never EVER buy a 1986.5 Nissan Truck, not only do they fall apart and look ugly, they aren't reliable at all. Rust builds up like crazy no matter what you do, and settling for a cheap white paint job makes my truck look like white out... and since I'm such a fool, I invested money into getting a bra, tunnel cover, fog lights, light covers, ground effects just to make it look good, I didn't fool anyone... it still looks and runs like junk!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 1999

24th Jun 2001, 22:00

Well you must have gotten a lemon if there are any. My beautiful Nissan Hard-body is a 1986 1/2 and it will outrun full size Chevy trucks with the 350 vortech! That is in the 1/4 mile run and mine is factory with 256,000 miles on it.

6th Sep 2001, 23:53

I have a 1986.5 nissan hard body which just clicked over 286,000 miles. It is still running great with the original engine, transmission, and even the original clutch. Maybe you should try waxing it once in a while because my paint is just fine. Oh yeah, that's original too.

1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 2.4L

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.4L
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Water pump and alternator had to be replaced at 235,000 and 239,000 miles respectively. Plastic sliding rear window latch broke off years ago. Plastic molding around interior cracked. Seat on driver side split, maybe due to occupant :)

General Comments:

I LOVE THIS CAR! It more reliable than any other car I've owned, and I've owned this since 1986.5. If I knew what I know now, I would have purchased 2 more at the same time to use when this one dies, next millenium. It's not a powerful machine, nor a luxury ride, but it makes it up in reliability!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 1999

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 36 reviews