1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Reviews from North America

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 SE 2WD 3.0 V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 miles
Most recent distance229000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Awesome. Too bad Nissan stopped making them in 1997

Faults:

Typical things for a 26 year old truck.

Brakes, timing belt, water pump, radiator, all hoses and belts, front main seal, shocks, battery, alternator, wipers, A/C condenser, A/C high pressure line, A/C o-rings, A/C drier, starter, starter relay, valve cover gaskets, plugs, wires, dist cap and rotor button, washer fluid pump, misc interior trim items, tires, new rims, wired in trailer power wires. The list goes on and on.

I got the truck for 500 bucks, and I have probably put 1500 in time and parts in this truck. Best vehicle I have ever owned hands down.

You can't kill these trucks. I live in Chattanooga TN and the truck was manufactured right up the road in Smyrna TN. This truck is 99% rust free. The only rust is in the wheel wells of the bed, and it's very minor.

I'm looking to buy another. They are so reliable. This is one of the best vehicles ever put on the road.

General Comments:

Needs to have the top end rebuilt. Fuel mileage has dropped a little, but man it has almost a quarter million miles on the drive train and is still chugging along.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2013

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 4x4 SE 3.0 V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Distance when acquired26 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carGMC Van

Summary:

Best "bang for the buck" purchase in my life

Faults:

At 13 months, the power window on the driver's side quit working. Nissan replaced it at no cost, even though it was 1 month over the warranty.

Oil pressure gauge never worked, even though it was replaced once.

Replaced drive shaft twice.

Rusted fenders and box.

Driver's cloth seat worn right thru.

Single lifter tapping away for the last 100k kilometers.

Changed plugs and air filter 155000 kilometers ago, and still passes BC air care easily every year.

I have owned about 15 vehicles since I started driving in 1963, and this is by far the very best vehicle I've ever owned.

Absolutely no complaints, and I'm still in love with this truck even after 26 years.

Fits like a glove.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2013

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 2.4 petrol

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres

Summary:

Keeping it 'till the wheels fall off...

Faults:

Speedometer is reading 10km/h above actual speed.

General Comments:

It's a great little truck. I am a handyman so I often have to truck away yard/construction waste as well as heavy appliances. While this truck is not very powerful, it has not let me down at all.

The Extended cab is great as I get to keep most of my tools in the back if I need the box for cargo.

My friend is over 6 feet, and he finds it comfy enough to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2013

6th May 2013, 09:26

My company bought about 60 of those Hardbodies back in the 80s. No radio, no air, 2.4 engine, all blue, automatic transmissions. Very basic trucks.

The abuse those trucks took from the field workers, was in one word, crazy. They ran those things into buildings, cement poles, other vehicles, walls, concrete barriers, telephone poles, you name it, they ran into it or over it. But those trucks wouldn't die, no matter what was done to them... they kept running and running.

The company finally auctioned them off for peanuts. Most of them were running good, and could have run another 20 years. They then ended up replacing them with Ford Rangers, which weren't bad trucks, but were slower (V-6), harder to drive in tighter spots, and even though they were bigger extra cabs... had very little room inside. But that is progress for you.

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup SE 3.0 V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance164000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

The best trucks under the sun

Faults:

Ohio Nissan truck bought January 2011.

This truck's exhaust fell off a few months after I bought it.

The locks don't work.

It had an oil leak that dripped on the starter. It used to have a grinding sometimes when I turned the key. I would back off and repeat until it started normal. After fixing the leaks, the problem has gone for now.

Heat barely works. Have to crack windows down in winter, or the windows fog up.

The brakes needed worked.

Rotted lines.

Body and bed are beat up and not level... sweet.

General Comments:

These old Nissan trucks rule.

It is a red, beat up, 1987 big cab Nissan 4x4 truck.

I have owned three Nissan Pathfinders. A gray 1995, a blue 1988, and a red 1986.

I still own the 88 Pathfinder. It is beat up and rotting from six years of off roading, and it's been sitting for two years, but it will be back.

The other two Pathfinders were scrapped without my full consent.

The 1987 Nissan truck was a worthy off roader to take over after the 88 Pathfinder went to sleep in the yard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2012

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 19 reviews