Go Back   Infamous Nissan - Hardbody / Frontier Forums > Model Specific > Hardbody Forum (D21)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2021, 12:52 AM   #1
Bradyb123
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Location: OR
Posts: 7
Vehicle: 1995 nissan d21
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Thinking of buying a D21

Theres a 1995 4x4 king cab automatic for sale, with 176k, for 5k. I saw one in Washinton state, so hopefully no rust. That seemed to be one of the biggest issues I was seeing online. Car complaints didnt have anything, and i dont know of anyone who has/had one.

So i was just curious at to some common issues to look for. I've always liked the look of these, and driving a smaller truck. In the PNW they're pretty much perfect, alot of Tacoma's though, so you end up paying "toyota tax" and I'd like to avoid that. I did it with my tundra from the midwest and the frame was literally falling apart, and I still owed on it.

Any advice would be great.

Thank you.
Bradyb123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 01:05 AM   #2
Deerhurst
4/86 SE-V6 2 tone 4x4 HB
 
Deerhurst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,374
Vehicle: 1986.5 SE-V6 4WD D21, 2003 Audi A4 Avant 3.0 Quattro
Thanks: 891
Thanked 903 Times in 822 Posts
Default

I am extremely biased against any automatic tranny but that's up to you. All personal preference.



On the V6 the biggest thing is the timing belt. If you don't have proof it's been done, do it. Belt and tensioner.



The automatic hubs suck. They work fine when new but eventually have issues. Depending on where you are in OR I have a set of MM hubs you can have as long as the spline count is the same. I don't remember if that had changed on the V6.


I often see good little hardbodies and pathys around oakridge/Eugene area.



Other than that they are pretty solid trucks. No special issues outside of the normal things you get with any vehicle. Use good parts, stay with NGK plugs and wires, do oil changes and change the timing belt and it'll last a long time.
__________________
1986.5 SE-V6 4X4 D21 Hardbody
Pacesetter Long Tube Headers
Morimoto Mini D2S HID Projectors and Hella 500s
VG33i
Deerhurst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 01:32 AM   #3
89'HBV6
Ol'school Geek
 
89'HBV6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Washington State
Posts: 481
Vehicle: 89' D21 KC SE V6 5spd 2WD - 87' D21 KC SE V6 5spd 2WD
Thanks: 499
Thanked 123 Times in 106 Posts
Default

Welcome Brady... get it. Things break, on everything, they are repairable. Rust is normal in the PNW, on many vehicles... that's just how it is. I call it "Patina".

Deerhurst covered it. I guess we're presuming the D21 you're looking at has a V6? There are some things that need regular/timely maintenance.
89'HBV6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 02:10 AM   #4
Bradyb123
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Location: OR
Posts: 7
Vehicle: 1995 nissan d21
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Thanks for the quick responses!

Deerhurst- Thank you, yeah I'll have to see about the hubs. I'm jumping the gun a little bit, but I want to be prepared if I go look at it.

I'm out in SW Portland.

Sorry, I should have specified. Yeah it's the 3.0 V6. From what I was reading they sound pretty bulletproof. I had the 4.7 in my tundra, and they kinda sound like the same thing. Bulletproof, but need to stay up on the timing belt.

I guess I'll have to see what exactly it looks like. The vehicle is in Longview, and between work and traffic on the bridge and their hours, it's going to be a saturday thing, if it's still around. But if it's not, atleast with this knowledge I can know what to look for.
Bradyb123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 02:18 AM   #5
89'HBV6
Ol'school Geek
 
89'HBV6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Washington State
Posts: 481
Vehicle: 89' D21 KC SE V6 5spd 2WD - 87' D21 KC SE V6 5spd 2WD
Thanks: 499
Thanked 123 Times in 106 Posts
Default

Yep, the 3.0 was made for decades. Just need to maintain the timing belt, water pump and pulleys/tensioners.

Keep us posted, once you've seen it. GL.....
89'HBV6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 03:23 AM   #6
dvdswan
Super Moderator
 
dvdswan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 5,222
Vehicle: 96 HB
Thanks: 168
Thanked 757 Times in 668 Posts
Default

Bite the bullet and just buy it.

Just check it over like any other vehicle you would think about buying.
__________________
Dave
96 HB XE
SAS'd D44 3-link on 35s
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2618002
dvdswan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 03:54 AM   #7
Deerhurst
4/86 SE-V6 2 tone 4x4 HB
 
Deerhurst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,374
Vehicle: 1986.5 SE-V6 4WD D21, 2003 Audi A4 Avant 3.0 Quattro
Thanks: 891
Thanked 903 Times in 822 Posts
Default

The 3.0 was used in everything from the W/D21 to the maxima to the quest van.



Brady, you are about 3hrs north of me.
__________________
1986.5 SE-V6 4X4 D21 Hardbody
Pacesetter Long Tube Headers
Morimoto Mini D2S HID Projectors and Hella 500s
VG33i
Deerhurst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2021, 04:26 AM   #8
Bradyb123
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Location: OR
Posts: 7
Vehicle: 1995 nissan d21
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Sweet, thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

I'll keep you guys posted and let you know what I find.
Bradyb123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Thanked by:
89'HBV6 (02-24-2021)
Old 02-24-2021, 11:44 PM   #9
cadillacdude1975
The Gear Jammer
 
cadillacdude1975's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Age: 48
Posts: 10,293
Vehicle: 87 VG33 Pathfinder SE 4x4 & 87 D21 SE
Thanks: 430
Thanked 1,300 Times in 1,182 Posts
Default

Just do it.
cadillacdude1975 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 10:18 AM   #10
XoXSciFiGuy
 
XoXSciFiGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 3,026
Vehicle: 1997 D21 King Cab XE 2WD, 1998 Pathfinder.
Thanks: 196
Thanked 565 Times in 512 Posts
Default

There was a 2004 Xterra with all the goodies and 112K miles on it for sale the other day. For $5,500 at a car lot, which means it probably sold for 5K, maybe a bit less. Had all the stuff the Gen 2 came with, including the Fosgate stereo system.

Just saying. Everyone is saying 'buy it,' and sure...it's probably an okay deal and all. Go over it with a fine tooth comb before you do, though. Bring flashlight with you. A good one. One good question that I ask people when they are selling a car is, "Why are you selling this (nice) truck?" Catches people by surprise, and if they are hiding something, you can almost always tell by their flimsy answer. A GOOD answer would be, "I love this thing but I really need the money right now..." Or maybe, "My wife is having a baby..." Or even, "I just bought a new car and can't afford to keep both."

If you aren't absolutely sure after checking out this truck that the owner is representing it right, keep looking. I would recommend finding a four banger king cab, either a 96 or 97 because those years came with the plug in for a code reader. A bigger bonus than most people think.

I used to sell cars. I even sold one to a spy once, no kidding. I was DAMN good at moving iron back in the day.
__________________

1997 King Cab XE, 5-sp, canopy, AC/PS, KA24E, 128,000 miles. Need a technical manual? Drop me a message. Chilton's for amateurs.

Last edited by XoXSciFiGuy; 02-25-2021 at 10:27 AM.
XoXSciFiGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Thanked by:
89'HBV6 (02-25-2021), PorknBeans (02-27-2021)
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.