1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Z24 from Mexico

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Z24 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Very strong, unstoppable

Faults:

First of all, the paint job is simply the worst I have ever seen in my life, it is awful.

Next the alternator stopped working and while I went home to get a battery to get the car moving, somebody stole my spare tire. But that's all human mistakes.

The sound of the engine is horrible.

The driver seat is extremely uncomfortable.

The tires look awful in such a big car (my mistake, though).

The panels of the doors are rotten.

The car is slow, and I can't seem to find an appropiate looking steering wheel for it.

Very thin tires plus the car's height make it feel really unstable.

General Comments:

Despite everything that I wrote under "gone wrong" the car runs pretty well.

The engine and everything is in great conditions.

Good transmission.

Economic, does not spend too much gas.

Very strong, unstoppable.

A bargain.

It is so dependable, that it used to be a team car for off road competitions, including the Baja 1000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2003

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup d 2.4 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Rocky

Summary:

Low cost, high efficiency

Faults:

I've had to change alternators regularly.

Problems with carburetor, choke sticking.

General Comments:

This is one of the most reliable trucks I have ever driven. Its good for off-road, but I'm sure the 4x4 model would be a little better.

It is still a very reliable truck and a good first truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2003

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup King Cab DX 2.4 Carb 4-Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 Carb 4-Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Good transportation truck and light hauling

Faults:

The Carburetor had to be replaced when I bought it.

It needed new Tires when I bought it also.

I have had Electrical problems with the instrument cluster (Nothing major though).

I have had to replace the alternator at 200000 miles.

The A/C Compressor is currently bad on the vehicle.

The Transmission had to be rebuilt at 246111.

Engine had to be rebuilt at the same time as the Transmission.

The Shocks had to be replaced at 210000 miles.

The Front End (Steering) had to be replaced at about 215000 miles.

The Recliner mechanism for the driver's seat is stripped out (it is being held up by an old milk crate).

The interior is in a bad state of repair.

The truck got wrecked (and repaired) at about 244000 miles.

General Comments:

The truck has been in reality, even though the truck has had to have a lot of help in getting it back up to good running shape, a very good truck for me. The only thing that I don't like is the gas mileage that I get (15 miles to a gallon).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2003

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup 720 King Cab 2.4 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles

Summary:

The most reliable trail runner you can find for the year and price

Faults:

Nothing mechanical has gone wrong with this truck since I have had it.

General Comments:

I love this truck. I got it in 2002 with only 64,000 original miles, one owner. The truck has no dents, rust, anything. Within the first week I had it, I installed a bush guard (2 Desert Fox Fog Lights mounted), skid plates, roll bar (4 KC HI-lites mounted) 31" Super Swamper TSL's, and a 3 inch a/c body lift. I have run this thing around on the trails keeping up with all the other trucks without a problem. Currently I am only running 31's. A small problem was putting them on with the lift because I had a little rub with them. Not too much though. Within the next month will come a 3" Suspension lift, and that should eliminate any problems. A friend of mine put 33" inch tires on his 720 with a 3 inch lift and minor fender trimming. Another problem I had is a noticeable loss of power with just the 31"s.. Yet this truck is still very reliable, and without a doubt, one of the best trucks made in it's year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2003

1985 Nissan 720 Pickup 4X4 Sport Truck NapsZ from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission NapsZ Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carDatsun PL620 2.0L

Summary:

A love hate relationship

Faults:

Starting at around 55,000 miles, it developed an electrical fault that would blow the tail light fuse. Problem chased out to a wire rubbing against the frame, near the fuel tank.

At 110,000 miles, the head gasket blew. Interesting the difference between the 2.4L motor and the old two 2.0L in that the 2.4L motor will burn a hole between the cylinders, and the 2.0l blows the gasket out into the water jacket. I have also replaces the alternator three times. I learned a good lesson, don't buy a rebuilt alternator from a discount retailer. Get a good one from your Nissan dealer. The extra expense is worth not having to replace it again and again and again...

General Comments:

This Nissan 720 has all in all, been a really good and reliable pickup. It may not be the most comfortable, but it has cost me less to operate over the last seventeen years. What with the rising costs of new trucks, my old Nissan is now getting new seats and a paint job. I think I'll get at least another ten good years of service out of her, and then I'll hand it over to the kids. Maybe...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

25th Oct 2002, 17:42

Nice survey! I like how you actually described your details on your truck and how you try to help other people know what could be wrong with there trucks. that's cool! I also have a 720 pickup truck ST, but it's an 86'! well anyway... just keep truckin'!

27th Nov 2002, 15:45

My experience with the Nissan z24 pickup truck began in 1985. My parents bought the little blue pickup with 3 miles on it. The truck had an automatic 3 speed, and no air-conditioning or power steering. The truck served my family's construction business for 6 years without incident. The only maintenance was the normal like: Oil changes and tune-ups occasionally. Then the truck was past on to me in High School. That's when the trucks future changed. I slammed it to the ground 3 inches. I used 4-inch blocks in the rear. Turning the suspension torsion bolts lowered the front. Aftermarket wheels added a nice touch. The truck at that point had 250,000 miles on it with the original engine and transmission.

My sister ended up using the truck for work. The truck lasted up to 270,000 when the transmission and engine needed over-hauling. When I moved out and attended college the truck was put out of business. The Nissan was left in our family's garage for about 3 years. I was married in 1998 and bought a Honda Civic VTEC. With my wife and I going to work I needed a second vehicle. I looked and looked for a used Toyota or any import truck, or car I could find. With no luck my mom mentioned that her Nissan truck was going to be given away. I immediately jumped on the opportunity. My wife and I loved racing so the truck was a viable option. So our focus then was to build the truck. This time I researched everything. I wanted to make the truck fast. Now that we had the racing bug I could not keep myself from building the truck to look good and go Fast. So I rebuilt the transmission and motor. A crane Cam with 267 lifts 287 duration was added, a Red-line Weber Carburetor Outlaw, Hooker racing headers, open cat, and a upgraded ignition. In the works are a racing torque converter, Nitrous kit, and slicks for the quarter mile. This truck has served the family well. The time has come to make it a superstar. With all the imports racing now like Honda's, and Toyotas Nissan's are in the background with only Skyline GTR making the runs. Toyota trucks are at every racing event. I think it is time for the Nissan truck to come out and play wouldn you agree?

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