1986 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE 2.4L from North America
It's a nickel and dimer
I bought the truck in 2000 for 2 grand. On the test drive, the clutch went out. That was a sign saying don't buy me! After the owner replaced the clutch, we bought it.
Drove it for 40,000 miles. One day decided to go on a hunting trip, and was traveling up this hill, and the truck lost all of its performance. 30 miles from home; decided to drive it all the way there. The truck hardly idled, ran really rough. When we got home, 3 days worth of pulling the intake off and the exhaust manifold, and then the head to check if it was a head gasket. Came to see it was the number 3 piston; half of it was missing; I was running on three cylinders.
After that I decided to put a motor in for $2,300. 2,000 miles later the tranny went; there's another $2000.
OK, so after that is all said and done, electrical problems!! Went through 3 alternators in 4 months. Took it to a shop, and one of the wires on the plug that plugs into the back of the alternator was snipped. Had that soldered back together.
A couple days after everything was squared away, I had just got done adjusting the brakes, and was going to a party, and the driveway was steep down hill and gravel. My brakes locked up, and I slid right into a big tree, imprinting my license number on it. 300 dollars in body damage, and I was on my way again.
Now I'm trying to sell it. It's been through a lot, but I think it's time for someone else to take over the throne.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th February, 2005
Well it sounds like the truck you bought had been severely abused and mechanically neglected. Most of those are common problems with abused vehicles. If you can find one in good shape, I do believe it would change your mind.
My 86 2WD 4 cylinder has over 500000 miles (odometer died at 527000). I've had to replace gaskets and seals, and some electrical components, but at the end of the day, she runs just as well as when she rolled out of the factory.