I bought it new and still have it. 66,000 miles on the odometer. It still looks new, except for some small dings. I wanted a 6 cyl. instead of the 2.4 liter 4 cyl., but the 6 cyl was not available in the 97 model due to some EPA requirement.
Rust free body. Never replaced any mechanical or engine parts, except for regular maintenance items and wear and tear parts, like tires, brakes, a battery, plugs, air and oil filters, and distributor parts.
Too late for improvements on an 11 year old truck, but Nissan did a pretty job as is.