Datsun 720 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1982 Datsun 720 2.2 from North America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance306435 miles

Summary:

The best truck ever made

Faults:

Have had this truck since 1982, and it has tripped three times and now has 306435 on its fourth time around, and has never had any engine work. I'll never find a truck to ever get this mileage without engine problems.

General Comments:

Best truck I've ever had, and still driving it everyday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2009

1983 Datsun 720 king cad 2.2 liter gas from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter gas Manual
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carSaturn l100

Summary:

OK

Faults:

Head gasket blew. I was going to fix it, but have decided to sell the truck. it's an 83 model, so its not perfect. it was running good till the head gasket blew. email me at.

Jeff01v6@earthlink.net.

I am in north carolina.

General Comments:

Just would like to sell the truck.

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

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

1983 Datsun 720 Pick-up 2.0L Gas from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L Gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 miles
Most recent distance259000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Possibly the best, most useful vehicle all around that I've ever owned

Faults:

Rust starting in front of wheel-wells and both sides of the bed (between where the top and bottom panels of the bed meet), and surface rust spots on the front of the hood and tailgate. Surface rust mostly from previous dings/scratches in the paint.

When I bought it, both ignition coils were bad, and battery was charged backwards, but that was easily fixed.

Leaks oil from the rear main seal - something I'll be fixing in the next year or so.

Blows blue smoke on rare occasions.

In cold weather the doors wouldn't close properly - fixed with WD-40 on the mechanism.

Also in cold weather, the parking brake cable sticks, won't release properly. I just reach under the truck and pull on it :-).

It idles wierd, racing sometimes then slowing down.

The low and medium fan settings stopped working - fixed by pulling out the old resistor by the fan, and re-soldering the "fuse" connection. Also replaced the fan when it started making terrible squealing noises.

Timing was off when I bought the truck. Mostly fixed by changing spark plugs and replacing the cap and rotor, then adjusting the distributor cap again.

Doesn't get as good of gas mileage as it should: somewhere around 19-20 in the city, 24-26 on the freeway. I think there's a vacuum or gas/air mixture issue.

Rubber floors are starting to wear through to the metal. Thinking about buying/making carpeted flooring.

During one of the coldest days of the year the handle for the tailgate busted off. I'm still trying to fix it so I don't have to find a new one.

Toppers to fit this truck without drilling holes in the bed are HARD/impossible to find.

Struts, tie rods and various joints on front end are weak. Wind or turning sharply will rock the truck from side to side easily.

Occasional starting issues in extremely hot weather. Also, running out of gas is bad. Requires pouring gas directly down the carburetor to get gas back into the lines again.

General Comments:

The heat is great in the winter time, and the original A/C actually WORKS, and it's COLD!

With regular maintenance, this truck never stops running. It'll make it to 300,000 miles easy.

Pretty comfortable ride, though it's a little noisy on the highway. Very little sound-proofing in these old trucks.

Installing a new radio was a bit of a pain - standard DIN radios are a tad too deep, even with an adapter, so I had to custom install mine in the glove-box. It works great, and makes for good thief-deterrent. Speakers on the walls below the dash were an odd size, and I had to custom-build a sub box for behind the seat, but the sound is good. Makes up for the extra road noise.

Despite the many quirks of this truck, It's been one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. More than a year now, including several loooong trips (1000 miles or more), and I've had to do very little to it.

The rust is going to be an issue in Minnesota, more than in Washington where I got it from.

It's a little truck that wants to be big. It's light (I use 4 or 5 sandbags for driving in snow), but it'll carry/pull a lot for its size. I've towed several large cars/vans, as well as pulled a boat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2006

26th Oct 2006, 18:56

Thank you for your information. It was very useful.

28th Nov 2006, 15:58

This is way too funny. I just bought the same truck and everything that you said, mine did. I was like this is too weird.

The problem I am having right now though is that my alternator won't stop breaking, but all in all I agree it's a wicked truck.

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