Well i didn't see a listing for us 1989 owners so i will post here. I bought this as my very first car..and she has been nothing but good to me i have replaced 2 tires a clutch slave cylinder and a headlight but that's all i got her from a mom/pop car dealer as a fleet vehicle from a Quarry and now she hauls hay/horses/etc and she has never let me down. I think the should make cars today like they made this truck...tough sturdy dependable She ain't the prettiest thing out there but she is slowly being rebuilt from the ground up
The easy to work on 2.4liter l-4 engine and the transmission
You've got to be kidding with this section right? the hard body is perfection!
Pretty good all around truck. My transmission was rebuilt at 98,000, but that could have been a simple defect. It's underpowered with the 2.4L 4 cyl for hills but actually goes in snow and offroad a lot better than I expected. I've put the truck through its paces and it goes about anywhere you want it to, doesn't run too bad at all flatland. It doesn't get quite the mileage I was hoping for (about 18-19 mpg tops). It has had the clutch replaced and the timing system redone. She does purr like a kitty. I don't like how low the frames sit, however, because it limits your ground clearance, but for normal driving it doesn't matter. All around, it is pretty tough and reliable.
Could climb trees if you could get the wheels started up.
Improved engines for better power and fuel milage and bring the frames up higher for better ground clearance.
I bought this truck in Apr 1999 and it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. This truck will not die. Sometimes I will not drive the truck for months and it still starts in one turn. There may be more expensive trucks out there however, there are none that I would have over my Nissan. The only items I have changed in the truck after eight years are the tires, a Light bulb and the battery. I plan on having this truck at least another ten years.
My mother bought this truck back in 1995 as a bank repo. 11 years and 1 owner later, it is still running like a champ. Except for switching to bucket seats from the standard bench, nothing else has been done other than routine maintenance. I plan on keeping this pickup until it either rusts through or the engine gives up the fight (which I expect to take at least another 100,000 miles). It has no air and some rust, but is still perfect to haul the dogs and other large items as well as be my backup vehicle. Don't know if the newer trucks are as good as this one - but if they are, I'd definitely go for one when mine gives up the fight.
The fact that you can't seem to kill it!
Like another poster, my interior vents are falling apart, but since I don't have air, it's only a problem in winter.