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1997 Nissan Truck

Nissan Truck Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 134 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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Msrp was half what toyota

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

Rescuing Toyotas is fun ~ I have owned ALL brands of full size trucks, and both Toyota and Nissan in which my 97 Nis is my third. This one I won't be getting rid of... EVER! It is amazing what this truck can do with 130ish horsepower. I've pulled out every make and model from mud, sand, snow and everything in between and that all done with a completely stock Nissan! This is hands down the best truck I have ever owned and probably the reason they made only cosmetic/minor mechanical improvements in the 14 years of making it. As I’ve read in some of the reviews, this truck being named a poor man’s Toyota is absolutely absurd. No Toyota has ever matched any of my Nissans PERIOD :) Cheers

Tough truck

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

My 1997 Nissan truck has been one of the most dependable, reliable vehicles I have ever owned. The only problems I have ever had in 10 years of ownership are the alternator failed last year and the vehicle speed sensor failed about 2 years ago. One strange original problem was the truck leaned to the right, I also see many others like that. It turned out the torsion bar was not correctly adjusted from the factory, very easy to fix. I have to admit it does have a bumpy, stiff ride and it not the best on gas mileage, around 19 mpg.

Pretty good value in 4

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

I bought this truck new and drove it about 150 miles round trip to work for four years before I finally moved closer to my job. It has been very dependable and easy to maintain; I service it every 3,000 miles and try to keep it reasonably clean. I don't take this truck off-road and have only had to use the 4 X 4 for emergencies like ice and snow storms and it has been perfect: I often have been a shuttle for others who are stuck in the parking lot frozen to the ground. I haul stuff to and from our little country home and it really is a pleasure to have for all those little jobs.... every time I think about selling it I stop and remember all it has done for me, and that's it!

Nissan p/u

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

Excellent vehicle, never a problem, just change the oil every 3000 miles.


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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

I have already invested more money repairing this truck with 67,000 miles and after having owned it for about 1.5 years, then I spent on a Civic with 160,000 The check engine just turned on for the 3rd time in the two years I have owned it. First was the O2 sensor, second was the evaporator. It just went on a third time and I have not had it checked out yet. I need to have the timing chain, guide, and cover replaced [about $800]...apparently this is a problem inherant to Nissan 2.5 L engines which Nissan never recalled. Plus there is a radiator leak and the power steering pulley is going bad.The gas mileage does stink and the truck is underpowered.

Not so good

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Truck XE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

This vehicle has been one problem after another. I bought it thinking it would be a reliable 4WD vehicle but I have been let down.

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Gas Mileage


  • 15
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  • 18
  • highway
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