1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 4 cylinder from North America


Great little truck!


Well I wrecked it, but it still starts right up.

For me being 17, it was cheap. I only paid $350 for it, and all it needed was a basic tune up and a new battery.

Then the starter went out, but that was an easy fix.

Then the alternator went out; another easy fix.

General Comments:

For being an almost 30 year old truck, I give it a 10/10!!!

Great first truck for a teen!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2015

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 SE 4X4 3.0 V6 from North America


A very tough little truck


I put a clutch in it recently, brakes, and just preventive maintenance.

The speedometer is reading about 10mph slow.

I've noticed that the front-end is sagging on the driver's side. I'm pretty sure it's the torsion bars.

General Comments:

I love this little truck. I painted it a few years ago, not knowing the SE V6 DECALS WERE obsolete.

I've been offered 4000 for it. It's absolutely the best, most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. I wish I could find roll bars and a grille guard for it. It was a good investment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2014

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup D21 SE 2WD 3.0 V6 from North America


Awesome. Too bad Nissan stopped making them in 1997


Typical things for a 26 year old truck.

Brakes, timing belt, water pump, radiator, all hoses and belts, front main seal, shocks, battery, alternator, wipers, A/C condenser, A/C high pressure line, A/C o-rings, A/C drier, starter, starter relay, valve cover gaskets, plugs, wires, dist cap and rotor button, washer fluid pump, misc interior trim items, tires, new rims, wired in trailer power wires. The list goes on and on.

I got the truck for 500 bucks, and I have probably put 1500 in time and parts in this truck. Best vehicle I have ever owned hands down.

You can't kill these trucks. I live in Chattanooga TN and the truck was manufactured right up the road in Smyrna TN. This truck is 99% rust free. The only rust is in the wheel wells of the bed, and it's very minor.

I'm looking to buy another. They are so reliable. This is one of the best vehicles ever put on the road.

General Comments:

Needs to have the top end rebuilt. Fuel mileage has dropped a little, but man it has almost a quarter million miles on the drive train and is still chugging along.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2013

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 4x4 SE 3.0 V6 from North America


Best "bang for the buck" purchase in my life


At 13 months, the power window on the driver's side quit working. Nissan replaced it at no cost, even though it was 1 month over the warranty.

Oil pressure gauge never worked, even though it was replaced once.

Replaced drive shaft twice.

Rusted fenders and box.

Driver's cloth seat worn right thru.

Single lifter tapping away for the last 100k kilometers.

Changed plugs and air filter 155000 kilometers ago, and still passes BC air care easily every year.

I have owned about 15 vehicles since I started driving in 1963, and this is by far the very best vehicle I've ever owned.

Absolutely no complaints, and I'm still in love with this truck even after 26 years.

Fits like a glove.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2013

1987 Nissan Hardbody Pickup 2.4 petrol from North America


Keeping it 'till the wheels fall off...


Speedometer is reading 10km/h above actual speed.

General Comments:

It's a great little truck. I am a handyman so I often have to truck away yard/construction waste as well as heavy appliances. While this truck is not very powerful, it has not let me down at all.

The Extended cab is great as I get to keep most of my tools in the back if I need the box for cargo.

My friend is over 6 feet, and he finds it comfy enough to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2013

6th May 2013, 09:26

My company bought about 60 of those Hardbodies back in the 80s. No radio, no air, 2.4 engine, all blue, automatic transmissions. Very basic trucks.

The abuse those trucks took from the field workers, was in one word, crazy. They ran those things into buildings, cement poles, other vehicles, walls, concrete barriers, telephone poles, you name it, they ran into it or over it. But those trucks wouldn't die, no matter what was done to them... they kept running and running.

The company finally auctioned them off for peanuts. Most of them were running good, and could have run another 20 years. They then ended up replacing them with Ford Rangers, which weren't bad trucks, but were slower (V-6), harder to drive in tighter spots, and even though they were bigger extra cabs... had very little room inside. But that is progress for you.