1995 Nissan Hardbody Pickup SE 3.0 V6 from North America


Very dependable small truck!


Front ball joint at 120,000.

Tune up at 115,000.

Tires at 110,000.

Leaky gas line around 120,000.

General Comments:

Wish I still had this truck, mine was a rare V6 manual 2wd Kingcab. I haven't seen another one, usually all the options or none. This car had great bucket seats with a small standard steering wheel and strong gearbox. There was no doubt that you were in gear, smooth clutching and power steering. I liked it a lot. I wish they still made trucks this size, it wasn't trying to be a big truck, just right. Highway cruising was nice with its longer body and plenty of power.

My friends all loved the truck, it was so boxy, the V6 had pull that non-car people aren't familiar with, and I could hang the tail out whenever I wanted to. Many a person learned to drive manual in this beast.

By far the best piece on this truck is the body; the door makes a satisfying "thump" when you close it. The interior is basic, but was robust; nothing budged or wiggled.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2016

1995 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE 3.0 V6 from North America




Nothing so far, it starts every time and runs like a top.

General Comments:

Handles, rides and sounds OK, it's sort of loud, bumpy and floaty. But it is fun to drive, kind of car-like, with a nice size bed on the back.

Really like the V6; I typically get around 20 in the city and I recently got 23 MPG on a trip with no weight in the back. On the trip back, there was a 500 lb motorcycle in the back, and the power was fine, but it brought me down to 19 MPG.

The interior is a little outdated, but in new condition here 20 years later. The 5 speed is still tight and very easy to drive.

I like this truck better than the last 2 S10s I've had, and it reminds me of my old 1986 4Runner.

I plan to keep this 2wd 5 speed V6 pickup for as long as I can; it holds all the characteristics that most people need in a pickup, without many of the drawbacks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2012

1995 Nissan Hardbody Pickup XE 3.0 V6 from North America


I love my truck; it is very reliable


My Nissan Hardbody pickup has been an excellent vehicle. The only thing I have had to replace is the starter motor at 128,000 miles, and front brake calipers at 130,000 miles.

General Comments:

My truck drives like a truck, the ride is rough, it handles well, and the four wheel drive system works flawlessly. I do wish it had a symmetrical four wheel drive setting however for the use of full time four wheel drive. My 1990 Jeep Cherokee had that option and it was a great feature.

The truck is very hard on gas, it is geared very low for towing and work use, causing it to get only 17 mpg. I do wish it had a little more get up and go, but it picks up speed just as quickly loaded as it does empty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2011

15th May 2011, 20:38

Good review on a great truck!!!

1995 Nissan Hardbody Pickup SE 4 cylinder from North America


Awesomely reliable


Both door locks plus tailgate latch have been replaced.

AC compressor blew at 180,000 miles.

Heater blower motor about the same time.

Have replaced the alternator/voltage regulator twice.

Two sets of shocks.

Brakes lines rusted and replaced at about 230,000 miles.

Other than that, only basic maintenance - brake pads, tires, tune-up parts, belts, oil changes.

General Comments:

I have posted before here about this truck. I love it. Now, at 262,xxx miles the darn thing just keeps on going and going and going with most parts original. This truck has taken me deep into Mexico twice, up to Canada several times, it has hauled a kit car, snowmobiles and jet skis, in fact it has hauled just about everything from tools and ladders to dirt, gravel, countless dogs, Navy Seabees, paint, furniture, lumber, groceries, cats, kids...

The bed and wheel wells are starting to rust out because I'm in Michigan and don't garage it. I've not replaced a single front end or suspension component in 293,xxx miles except for shocks, and it needs some work in that regard. It's a second vehicle now, so putting money into it is not a priority... but this is the most unbelievably reliable vehicle I have ever owned (I've owned plenty!) and it will probably outlive me. It doesn't even burn oil in between oil changes (I am anal about 3-4,000 mile oil changes.) Dead of winter, middle of summer - we turn the key and it starts up and does the job.

Locks and latches appear to be a weak point - I just spent $140 on a drivers side door lock (part only) because every latch/lock on this truck went bad by 200,000 miles. Rubber seals around the windows and doors have never been replaced so it's windy-noisy at highway speeds now. Doesn't seem worth it to spend the money on fixing the AC. Also even in its heyday, this little 4-banger motor had a hard time with long grades and hills. You know it's bad when loaded semis are passing you on upgrades!

But overall, I have gotten my money's worth out of my little red truck ten times over, and it's still ready to fire up and go to work! Ten stars for reliability!

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

Review Date: 6th May, 2011

1st Aug 2011, 13:25

Go bang on the frame by the rear wheel wells with a hammer, tell us what happens.