1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Reviews from North America

1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 4x4 SE 3.0 VGi

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 VGi 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 acquired121438 miles
Most recent distance188524 miles

Summary:

The Hardbody name is appropriate

Faults:

Fuel injectors replaced at 137,000 miles.

Water pump froze at 188,442.

High beams did not work, replaced turn signal switch and fixed problem; original lights still work.

Back-up lights went out.

Replaced timing belt.

Replaced radiator.

Replaced upper/lower ball joints.

General Comments:

One tough 25 year old truck that just keeps going.

Was in storage for 10 years. Installed a new battery and it cranked right up

Original interior takes you back to 1988, and the A/C and power steering work great.

Manual 5 speed transmission and locking hubs are the envy of my friends.

Paint job of 10 years ago still looks new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2013

1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 2.4i

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4i Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Durable, strong and tough! Best truck every made!

Faults:

The pipe after the catalytic converter, all the way to the end, has to be replaced.

All the fluids, filters, car stereo because of the humidity in Europe. Replaced battery and tires.

General Comments:

This truck has quite a history. My father bought this truck in 1989 (I was 5 years old), transported overseas to Portugal, stayed there over 17 years, and now back to Canada. This truck was abandoned in a closed garage over 17 years! When I went to Portugal to check it out, I felt like I was back in 1989. Brand brand new. Barely any rust on it, except for rims and the muffler. I had to replace the oils, spark plugs and battery (because it was not used over all these years and the place was very humid), put new gas in. I turned the key and “BAM!” It started in first try and worked perfectly. I was absolutely shocked. My father's friends said "huh? Impossible."

This truck is awesome. After 22 years, it runs like new. Some people there wanted to take it apart. Screw them! I absolutely love this truck! Now I am shopping for a new car and I feel depressed. They are all cheap, weak, small and crap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2011

1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup King Cab 2.4 liter Z24

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Z24 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired224000 miles
Most recent distance276000 miles

Summary:

Perfect

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I have a 1988 Nissan Hardbody King Cab, 4x4 with the 2.4 legendary z24 engine, this is by far the most reliable truck on the face of the earth.

This truck had 224,000 miles on it when I bought it, and has not shuddered yet.

I drove this from Idaho to Texas, and it ran like a champ the whole way. 4x4 works great and the z24 still has a lot of get up and go. Never left me walking, I have trusted this truck with my life and would any day of the week.

My buddy has a 1990 Toyota 4x4 and what a death trap, I'm scared to ride to Walmart in that damn thing. What a joke, for all you people who THINK Toyota is the best, open your eyes, the Nissan is coming, long live the Hardbody.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2009

9th Feb 2010, 20:20

I just got an 1988 Nissan truck. It has the 2.4L 4 cylinder. I was wondering if your truck had the stock fuel injectors in it? I am having problems with mine running correctly. If you are willing to talk to me about it since you have knowledge about older Nissan trucks, I would really appreciate it.

My Email is demon91@hotmail.com, so you can get in contact with me if you are willing to help me out.

1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup SE 3.0L V6

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.6 / 10
Distance when acquired156094 miles
Most recent distance156094 miles

Summary:

One tough old truck

Faults:

Radiator is on &off leaking.

Bed is held together by ratchet strap &tailgate.

Lower control arms bushings shot out.

Odamoter doesn't work.

Frame is rotting and I fixed it once.

Repainted with benjamin moore.

General Comments:

I love this truck it will hold a solid load of wood.

4 wheel has not failed me yet.

Great motor.

Came with plow setup.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Nissan 4x4 Truck 2.4 liter

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired250500 miles
Most recent distance268000 miles
Previous carNissan D21 Pickup

Summary:

Excellence

Faults:

Best truck on earth, will go anywhere.

General Comments:

By far the most reliable truck on earth, will take down any Toyota guaranteed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews