1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup EX 2.4 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra


It's a good truck, but get a good mechanic


Installed a clutch kit bought off eBay with the wrong pilot bearing, which ruining the transmission.

Installed a used tranny, and then put in an Exceedy clutch, but the mechanic never told me to replace the main seal, which now leaks. Now the transmission been out 3 times and she slips after 2 hours of use.

Be smart and go original from Exceedy off ebay, and do not try to save 50.00 with someone selling a kit for cheap. It was actually a great kit, but came with the wrong pilot bearing. Which ended up costing me hundreds and it's still not right. I had to purchase a used tranny; that's not all that great.

Installed a relay switch, visors, plugs, oil change every 3000 miles.

New brakes and and tires at 159,000. It still has its original shocks and the tires wear good surprisingly good, but not great.

It's a great reliable truck, but as I once read before, do the clutch right the first time and all will be right again. I've spent 500.00 for that wrong bearing and purchasing a used transmission, and still need to pull it out for like for the fourth time, but I just don't care anymore.

I had a 1986.5 and I thought it to be a better truck. It had the water pump go out at 245,000 miles. My brother was unaware he was seizing the engine with no antifreeze when on an outing

Also the 1986.5 had like a 500.00 driveline job, so I'm sure I got screwed, but I would be checking that first if I were to get that year again. I abused that truck so much I think it was as good if not better than all the many Hondas I've driven. It was bulletproof.

The seats stink and the junkyard never has used part for it.

General Comments:

I want a car now. At least I have not had one person ask me to move their stuff yet. When it does it's going on sale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2008

25th Feb 2009, 00:21

Tsk tsk, don't blame that amazing rig for your mistakes. With that truck there certainly is NO REASON to get a good mechanic...

1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE KA24E from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission KA24E Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance251000 miles


This truck has been heaven on earth


The water pump went at 240,000 miles.

The starter and battery were replaced at 165,000 miles...that's it, except for front brake pads, spark plugs, filters, belts and tires... every other part is oem.

AC/Heater works like a charm.

This truck would go another 250,000 miles if not for the rust on the main frame members.

Fenders and pickup bed are rust free.

I would keep it forever if I could and all for a mere $11,000 and it gets 25 mpg consistently.

All I do is drive it and change the oil and filter every 3000 miles.

General Comments:

After 13 years of wear and tear through all 4 seasons of driving in the northeast weather with stop and go city traffic (NYC), commuter traveling (90 miles a day), with highway and country back-roads. This truck is a true Hardbody. Never leaving me on the side of the road, it makes the Energizer Bunny look like an Edsel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE 2.4 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles


Reliable except for serious rust problems


The truck is a basic no frills truck, not very comfortable, but very reliable with two exceptions-the brakes and rust.

I have an ongoing issue with the brakes dragging under moderate to heavy use - it is better since I replaced the caliper slides (were rusted stuck), but still happens sometimes after harder stops. May just need new calipers.

The major issue though is the rust. The frame is all rusted (no holes yet) and the box is rusting from the inside out. I highly advise anyone in the Northeast or other snowy areas not to buy one of these trucks. If you live where there is no snow and no salt, I recommend the truck because it has been pretty reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th August, 2006

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 25 reviews