1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Reviews

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Base 2.4 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance404590 miles

Summary:

Too bad they don't still make 720's

Faults:

One alternator at 350,000.

One starter at 379,000.

Head gasket at 394,000 - my fault as it was overheating, and all I did was turn heater on.

Have reupholstered the seat several times, but 26+ years.

The paint on top and hood came off after 24 years; the rest looks and shines like new.

Replaced rear end as complete unit at a wrecking yard; was only $75 vs 1175 to have shop fix - 1+yard gravel, 1/2 too much.

General Comments:

Quick response (yes, I DO use premium gas -- better MPG, more power -- look in owner's manual).

Very tight turning radius.

For all the hauling, this truck has NEVER been underpowered. Even with the 1+ yard of gravel, it made it to the job site!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2011

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Base 2.4 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 720 Pickup

Summary:

They don't make anything like this anymore; that's sad

Faults:

Like clockwork, the head gasket goes at 220,000k for the 2.4 (Z24). ALL THREE OF MINE WENT. I'm a bloody expert on doing the heads on Nissan Z motors. My dad's and my brother's 1981's with the 2.2 (Z22) never went even with 320,000k. 2.2 has more meat between the cylinders and more gasket.

When the gasket went, it spalled the rings in number 4 cyl and cracked the head - in only 5 miles. Fortunately I've had 4 720's and an engine I scrapped had good pistons. I put the number 4 with matched crank bearings in and honed the cylinder. I had an odd-ball 2.2l head I picked up in the wreckers a few years ago for a spare that only has 4 plugs and a knock-out for the manual fuel pump. The valves are a couple mms smaller and the combustion chamber is too, but the result is phenomenal! It's better.

I've got over 180lbs compression in every cylinder, I can burn-off the tires in first, and she'll let out a big squawk in second and third gear!

The only problem I really have is the passenger side e-brake cables; they're always seizing up and need to be replaced every couple years.

General Comments:

I've had 4! Love them! Gave one to my dad when the motor was shot, and he put the 2.2l in it when he scrapped his 81, because the body was gone. My brother also had an 81; we still have it for parts, perfect motor.

Scrapped one, kept the other blue truck, drove it for years, and finally parked it for parts for my 1985.

When I first got the 85, I got 38mpg (can) with 2 adults and a teen in the vehicle. I put a roll-bar and bush-guard, spoked mags, hood scoop, louvres and painted it bright orange with rally stripes. Kid's actually stop playing and run up to the side of the road, and wave and cheer! They never seen anything like it. High-school girls wave!

I'm gonna paint it British Racing Green this time to go with the beige interior.

I've outrun Tiburons with over 1/2 ton in the box; I didn't know he was trying to pass me till I let-off the gas!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2010

21st Dec 2012, 16:20

Hey, I currently have an 85 720, and I was wondering if you can give me some contacts of places where I can buy new body and motor parts for it? I want to give the truck life again. Thank you.

21st Jan 2013, 19:25

I too have a 1985 Nissan, and need to replace the carburetor, dashboard and odometer. Other than that, mine is still running with unknown miles. I know it has over 300k miles on the same engine. Only owner.

If you get an answer on to where to replace parts, please forward it to me as well. I want to do classic truck shows. My husband wants to junk it, so I need an answer ASAP!!!

ellenswadley@yahoo.com

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 30 reviews