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1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carDatsun 720

Summary:

A solid performer for the money

Faults:

This little truck has truly been a gas it up and go type of vehicle. Hopefully, it will continue to be.

80,000 miles replaced alternator and fan belts.

90,000 miles replaced the front brake pads.

105,000 replaced spark plugs, plug wires, for the first time along with rotor cap and button.

110,000 miles transmission tail shaft broke. I pull a 16 ft low boy trailer loaded with a small tractor. Over loaded, yes, and the transmission takes the brunt of the load. Found a used one in a junk yard. 200 bucks for the transmission and several hours of labor and I was back on the road. I didn't replace the clutch. It still had wear left in it.

120,000 miles the starter relay on the passenger side fender wall started acting up. The coil was good, but contacts were a bit charred. A little prodding to get the relay apart, using the wifes finger nail file to clean up the contacts, wrapping the relay housing seal in electrical tape and I'm up and running again.

172,000 miles and It's way past time for rear brake shoes. Plugs, wires and rotor cap / button would probably help a bit on power to.

General Comments:

Other than the above, the truck has proved itself flawlessly. Great air conditioning, great comfort in the cab and well thought out dash. Continuous mileage of 16 -25 miles per gallon depending on usage. The rear end has developed a growling for the last hundred thousand miles or so, but continues to work just fine.

It still uses no oil, and is very easy to maintain. Other than the usual bulbs, wiper blades, air / oil filters, tires, etc, there is little to maintaining one of these vehicles.

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

19th Dec 2003, 16:11

Is this a V6 or 4cyl?

10th Dec 2004, 08:43

I replaced the front half shafts (had a leaky boot which I did not attend to) and timing belt at 100,000 miles. At 145,000 miles, the rear end growled, but I replaced two bearings and it is now fine.

1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE 2.4L 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Gas chugging midget

Faults:

Severely bad gas mileage.

General Comments:

Can't get 200 miles out of a full tank. Replaced 02 sensor after Emissions light came on. Brought it to a mechanic who gladly took my $100 to turn the light off and apparently do nothing else. 10-12 miles per gallon...seriously.

Problem free regardless of that. Never lost power or ran rough. Dependable transportation just costly in the petrol department. I'm jealous of all the other Nissan truck owners who received nothing, but class A pickup.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2003

27th Apr 2005, 08:16

Try replacing the Fuel pump, air filter, plugs and wires. These relatively inexpensive thing should help with your gas millage.

1994 Nissan Hardbody Pickup EX 2.1 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.1 Liter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

Defines the phrase

Faults:

My dad drove it for 2 years before I got it, but right after he gave it to me, the starter went out. It only cost me about 80 dollars to fix, and it really wasn't that difficult to do myself.

The starter has gone out twice since I've been driving it.

The driver's side of the bench seat is getting pretty badly torn up.

General Comments:

I've lowered my truck 3 inches in the back and 4 inches in the front. This only cost me 30 dollars because you can lower the front torsion bars for free as long as you have a ratchet set.

I put a set of 225/60-16's on it along with some Chevrolet Z71 wheels. The wheels themselves only set me back about 220 dollars. That includes me taking them to a machine shop to get the inside hole machined out so the brake hub would fit through. That's a serious bargain for wheels and truly makes it look a LOT better.

I've also put clear lights all around it and put a K&N air filter in. Before I got the new tires, which give it much better grip, I could easily take V6 Mustangs and Civics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2002

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