1992 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Base 2.4L from North America

Summary:

Inexpensive reliable workhorse

Faults:

At about 175,000 I had a relay switch go bad, it fired two starters...but after replaced has worked fine.

At about same miles, it started to run hot so I replaced the radiator, and though not needed I replaced the water pump, thermostat and some hoses. Now water temp is where it should be and even on a 90+ degree day running at 80 MPH you can't get it to budge.

I have run synthetic 5-50W oil in it since day one so that may have helped.

General Comments:

Other than standard repairs like break replacements etc... this truck has been a real money saver. The strange thing is, now that I am looking at the 250,000 mile stone, I have never heard form anyone else that has gotten more mile out of a 1993 Model year 2.4L Nissan truck... is mine gonna die on the way home from work today? If it does it will still be in my memory as the most reliable car that I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

18th Aug 2005, 21:52

What is the location of the relay you changed? I have the exact problem with a 1993 Nissan pickup, and think I have the same starter problem.

1992 Nissan Hardbody Pickup from North America

Summary:

Greatness!!!

Faults:

Nothing wrong with this car. Got vehicle at over 200K miles from my dad. Been through three skirmishes with other vehicles (other person's fault on each). Every time it had less damage than the other car. This time, damage exceeds value (according to insurance company). Still drives, will be using as a work truck on my Dad's farm. Won't be allowed back on the street, but keeps on going.

General Comments:

Best vehicle I have ever had. Good A/C. Good everything. Seat is not always comfortable, but hey, they weren't built to be comfortable in 1992 only reliable. And reliable it was and is. I'd recommend this vehicle for any person that is looking for a good truck to drive to work or hunt in, or play in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2004

1992 Nissan Hardbody Pickup King cab 2.4 liter 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Good truck

Faults:

The exhaust system from the catalytic converter back fell off from rust.

Brakes, pads and rotors in front, shoes and drums in back.

The power steering belt broke, and had to be replaced.

A couple tiny spots of rust, mostly around the wheel wells.

General Comments:

Good acceleration for a four-cylinder engine with automatic. It's not a Corvette, but I never have any worries when trying to pass somebody. Gas mileage is about 20 miles to the gallon, which I don't think is very impressive for a four-cylinder engine with only rear-wheel drive.

Only rear-wheel drive, but still good in snow. I don't even have snow tires, and I can drive more confidently in snow than most anything else, even front-wheel drives. It's a truck, it has high clearance, it can drive in snow where anything else will get stuck.

Handling is relatively carlike in most driving, but it could be better, it can feel very tippy just going the speed limit on curving rural roads and highway onramps and offramps. Steering is very stiff, which is fun when you're trying to have fun driving, but gets on your nerves when you just want to get somewhere. Steering is more precise than most trucks I have driven, less precise than most cars I have driven. High center of gravity, which means heavy winds can make it feel tippy.

Ride is good for a truck, bad for a car. It gets better with a load of firewood in back. The seats are better than in most Japanese cars, but I'd still prefer a big old American car with a bench seat and an armrest.

Extended cab is a good option. The jump seats in back are cramped, of course, but even adults are fine for short trips. Good for storage in back, too.

Like all the chrome, the chrome wheels, bumpers and grille. Would definitely recommend the chrome package.

Has held up fairly well, but not quite as well as I expected from a Nissan. The engine is already starting to ping a bit on the low-grade unleaded. The brakes that went were not the original brakes, and at least two sets of brakes in 80,000 miles seems excessive. My Dodge Diplomat's brakes went at 133,000, and those were the original brakes. I only had to do the front brakes on that, I still have the original drums in the back of that thing, and it stops beautifully. The Diplomat has been driven hard all its life, first by the police and then by several teenagers; the Nissan was owned by an old man for many years.

But that's a minor criticism; everything else has held up fine, it has started every time and always driven well. It's a good truck, probably the best small truck you can buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2003