One Tough Little Truck
By Brian on
1995 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
Bought this baby new back in college. 200,000 miles and 12 yrs later, I still don't want to part with it. I wanted a Toyota, but they wanted $5K more for one. I was never crazy about the 4 cylinder, but it was all I could afford at the time. I changed the oil religiously. I towed many thousands of miles--sometimes a 3000 lb 20 foot runabout, hauled countless loads of firewood and rock, buried it over the front bumper in mud, had the back tires 3 feet off the ground, and it just keeps going. The 5 speed made the truck--keep the rpms up and she'll do most anything you need her to. Decent enough mileage for a 4x4-- 19ish, still the best designed jump seats ever in an extended cab pickup.
5 speed tranny and low gears. Very nice bucket seats. Great jump seats. Simplicity that doesn't have much fancy stuff that can break. Go anywhere in 4 wheel drive, with the front axle engaged--3 feet snow was no problem. Keep the oil fresh and gas in the tank and it'll just keep going. Tough!
No cup holders--no big deal, the center console has a rectangular storage compartment that works just fine. Valves ticked when it wanted an oil change--kind of a good thing. Paint started to flake a little after 10 years outside. If reliability can be maintained, more power would have been nice.