1989 Nissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

WOW

Faults:

Had to replace the fuel pump, and put on a new set of tires. Other than that, all I've done is general maintenance.

General Comments:

I bought the truck for $200, it has been very dependable. I even ran over 4 wild hogs at the same time standing in the middle of the road. I swear the truck came up on two wheels it hit so hard. I pulled over on the side of the road to check out the damage that I was sure was going to be horrendous, but to my surprise no damage. These things are tough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2016

1989 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 2x4 short bed

Summary:

Sweet

Faults:

Not much.

General Comments:

73k original miles. No major repairs. Been parked outside in the Carolina sun for its entire life, and it's almost 2-tone from the fading, and the UV/heat has done a job on the plastic in the cab.

One minor ding from a tree falling on it, never wrecked. Original bedliner. Never driven more than 100 miles at a time, and it's never seen snow or salt.

I need to put some TLC into it, get a good look at the steering arms, and do some normal engine maintenance. I plan to drive it from SC to NY this summer. This little truck has never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2016

1989 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 2.4

Summary:

Great truck. Better than my Ranger

Faults:

Needed tires, instrument cluster and fuel pump sending unit. Could not tell I was getting low on gas until the light came on.

General Comments:

The truck ran great.

A little rust above the gas door.

Wrapped the truck around a telephone pole 2 weeks ago on Monday and flipped it. Pushed the front right tire into the fender well. Crawled in it that Friday after the wreck. The truck started right up and still went into gear and moved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2014

6th Jun 2014, 17:15

How was it "better" than your Ranger?

1989 Nissan Hardbody Pickup SE 3.0L

Summary:

Excellent, wish they still built them just like this

Faults:

The throttle body acquired a vacuum leak where the 2 piece throttle body seals together.

Ripped the driver side motor mount in half.

Carrier bearing wore out.

Center drag link wore out.

Slave cylinder went out.

General Comments:

Best truck I ever owned that wasn't diesel. Great off road truck if not lifted. Just throw some meaty tires on it and go. A posi trac unit does help though. Only thing I could say is buy the 1990 model, ya get tuned port injection. Much more power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2011

1989 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Z24 4x4 2.4L

Summary:

The ultimate work truck

Faults:

Replaced complete exhaust from engine-back. $80. (I work at a muffler shop).

Replaced front brake pads and rear brake shoes. $70.

Had to give it a tune up after powerwashing the engine. Moisture got in the ignition wires. Replaced all the plugs and cap/rotor at that time. $80.

Put new tires on it. $320.

CV shaft boot cracked, replaced the whole shaft. $35.

New thermostat and cooling for preventive reasons. $30.

General Comments:

This truck is a little monster. It's super reliable and really fun to drive. It's got enough torque to pull or push an RV or small bus. Honest, I have done it. I have pulled V-8 Fords and diesels out of the ditch and pushed a short bus onto the ramp in the shop. I have even pulled a scissor lift with locked up brakes. This little Nissan has got more balls than any newer V-8 truck.

The negative is that it is geared really low, limiting your cruising speeds at highways at around 55-60 mph. Anything faster kills gas mileage. Also the short cab doesn't have much room, which means no long trips.

The biggest thing with these trucks is rust. The body just goes. The bed especially. Other than that they run forever with little maintenance. Nissan's true workhog.

I definitely recommend this truck to anyone who is looking for an all out true heavy duty small work truck, and does not care about comfort or looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010