I would buy another early Nissan any day
Both rear wheel cylinders were leaking when I purchased the truck. Replaced at 73K, along with new brake shoes and resurfaced drums.
Shocks replaced @ 73K.
Both CV shaft boots were torn when purchased, replaced both shafts at 73K (my fault, should have put new boots on right away)
U-joint on drive-shaft replaced @ 75K.
Thermostat replaced @ 76K.
Starter replaced @ 78K.
There are some funny noises coming from the transmission, I suspect throwout bearing is going out.
Timing chain rattles a bit on startup, but goes away after a couple minutes.
Every once in awhile, it will puff a little smoke out on startup. I suspect valve seals are worn? Not a big deal, because oil consumption is very little between oil changes.
Overall, this truck has been fantastic. Not the most exciting thing to drive, but it has never left me stranded and starts all the time.
Has more power than my previous Toyota pickup.
4 wheel drive works great!
Recently hauled almost 2000lbs. of stone in the back box, and it performed like a champ! I just had to keep it slow, and take it easy.
I can see that rust is showing up in various places. A couple rust holes are starting to show up in box. The rear wheel-wells are rusting (who's the genius that designed the factory wheel flares that trap dirt and water?)
Be sure to regularly spray out the insides of the frame! It's a boxed design, and dirt gets trapped in there and will clog the drain-holes!! This is very important. I've seen many people neglect this, and they wonder why the frames are wasting away.
Do the general maintenance on these trucks, and they will last forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2006