Just got this truck from some friends of the family, they stripped everything out of it and used it to haul hay and horse manure. After cleaning it up (not an easy job) and doing an all round tune-up, oil change, etc. Worked great and ran beautifully, even passed emissions after sitting for years in the desert and hot sun with gas that was many years old. Couldn't imagine any auto could run as great as it does considering the punishment it has been through.
I drive one of these and it is a very reliable truck. My only complaints are the engine is very underpowered and the gas mileage is kind of a joke for a 4 cylinder. Maybe this is due to the fact I have an automatic transmission and the motor has nearly 300000 miles. I think this is a perfect first truck and a much cheaper alternative to a toyota or ford.
My stepdad has an 86 Nissan hardbody with 383,000 miles.
I just changed the original thermostat. With the exceptions of the hoses and belts, master cylinder, everything else is original. The truck still runs great and doesn't smoke a drop.
I bought my 1987 Nissan truck brand new, and it's been my only source of transportation for 23 years now, has about 188,000 miles. The 4 cylinder / 5 speed is fairly easy to work on and do most all of the maintenance myself. It is a great truck.
Z24 5-speed 2 WD. I'm 16 and this isn't my first truck but it's been the best. Looks wise, there's nothing to look at, the body's shot but the motor and tranny are awesome. Plenty of power and shifts smooth.
My D21 Z24 5 speed has 87000 miles on it. I bought it almost new 25 years ago. I have had the clutch go out, water pump go out, replaced the thermostat, it's on the third set of tires, and still on original brakes. The truck gets 20 MPG in town and 24 on the highway.
I repainted it for $1700. From what I can determine, this truck is going to outlast me. What makes this truck so nice is its size. The tailgate is much lower to the ground than the new trucks, so it is easy to load. I never thought 25 years ago I still would have the same truck, but it is bullet proof.