1993 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1993 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Navara 3.0 V6 petrol/LPG from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol/LPG Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired239000 kilometres
Most recent distance458000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A ripper really, considering!

Faults:

Fuel pump failed @ 240,000Km - replaced with an external Holden unit ($550 cheaper).

Lower ball joints and Castor bar bushes @ 300,000Km. Shockers @ 325,000Km.

Front brake pads @ 335,000Km, rears soon!

1 x Injector replaced @ 390,000Km others removed and cleaned.

Water pump seized @ 418,000Km.

Rear spring shackle bushes @ 427,000Km.

Starter motor @ 428,000Km.

Gearbox getting noisy now in 3rd and 5th gears.

Drivers seat collapsed a while ago!

Some rust appearing in rear body, and door window trim area.

General Comments:

Engine has had no repairs since new, runs like a dream, blows no smoke, starts first time hot or cold. I always use full synthetic oils, change engine oil @ 20,000Km, BUT I change filters every 5000Km. I Generally use Shell Helix Ultra.

Lots of squeaks and rattles!

Bad draught from vent in drivers door trim!

Occasionally blows instruments fuse, which stops alternator charging the battery!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2008

1993 Nissan Hardbody Pickup King Cab 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 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)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired34500 miles
Most recent distance203000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Many thanks to the wonderful people who made this truck!

Faults:

Clutch relay inhibitor switch has been replaced twice, but it was a relatively inexpensive part at under $150, and the Nissan dealer serviced it.

One rear jump seat broke in the early years of ownership and had to be replaced, and I believe the dealer did this at no charge or minimal charge as it was still under warranty.

Everything else has been just routine maintenance - replacing brake pads and tires, getting belts tightened, oil changes and tune ups.

General Comments:

I bought this car 2 years used looking and running like new, and feel that I have gotten more than my money's worth out of it! The cost to own it and operate it has been minimal, but the reliability has been maximum. It has really retained its value. The only thing on it that doesn't still work is the original cassette tape deck!

I have followed my mechanic's advice on 2 points, and this has probably helped keep it running so well for so long. I always use mid-grade fuel, and I change the oil every 3000 miles.

The extended cab has been like having a truck with a trunk, as it provided adequate space for stowing gear. The truck bed has been a good size for hauling, moving, and even sleeping once a camper top was added. The rear jump seats in the extended cab are too small for long trips or large passengers, but okay for a quick trip if needed. The driver seats are comfortable enough, and still in great shape after 15 years.

The engine runs pretty quiet but starts with ease in heat or cold, has enough power for a 4 cylinder, and accelerates well. Turning radius is a little tight and stiff, but decent for a truck. After all, it's not made to be a race car!

Gas mileage was only about 20 miles to the gallon, but okay for a truck. It may have been a little better with the camper top, and the manual transmission. The clutch has been exceptional. Friends are in awe of the fact that it still shifts so smoothly and has yet to need replacement!

After owning this truck for 15 years, I cannot say enough good things about my Nissan pick-up. Although only a little 4-cylinder, it has gotten me across the country on road trips without worry, taken me over the mountains on gravel roads, down to beautiful rivers and valleys. I sold it tonight just under blue book value, and with new tires and regular oil changes, the next owner will likely drive it for its next 100,000 miles of adventures.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2008

1993 Nissan Hardbody Pickup EX 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

Excellent vehicle. Must buy!

Faults:

All sorts of minor stuff over the years... Mostly exhaust parts, and fuel system stuff, but nothing major.

I religiously changed the oil every 2000 miles, which helped it run great all the time. Flushed the radiator regularly also, and changed all filters at spec. intervals... truck had no major problems. Ever.

Simply a great machine. Right after getting new tires one time, I saw a Ford Ranger that belonged to my buddy, and decided to sell my Nissan and get an automatic 4x4 Ford Ranger. Worse mistake I ever made. Will never buy another Ford product. Going back to Nissan!

General Comments:

As above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2008

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 32 reviews