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Old 06-06-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hey guys so first post to the forum and I'm switching to trucks after 6 years of tuners (86 Toyota MR2, 90 240sx, and 87 RX-7). I'm really excited and I'm set on getting a D21 as my first one. I'm completely new to 4x4 so I'm wondering what do you guys think of this one here??


https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/c...605654512.html


I'm a bit worried because the miles are high but from what I've been researching that won't be much of a problem because these trucks are dependable tanks from what people tell me. I'll probably do some light trails and offroading. So I'm opting to not get a lift, although where I live I think I'll need a lightbar and a brush guard. What do you guys think should I pull the trigger?
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:46 AM   #2
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Hey guys so first post to the forum and I'm switching to trucks after 6 years of tuners (86 Toyota MR2, 90 240sx, and 87 RX-7). I'm really excited and I'm set on getting a D21 as my first one. I'm completely new to 4x4 so I'm wondering what do you guys think of this one here??


https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/c...605654512.html


I'm a bit worried because the miles are high but from what I've been researching that won't be much of a problem because these trucks are dependable tanks from what people tell me. I'll probably do some light trails and offroading. So I'm opting to not get a lift, although where I live I think I'll need a lightbar and a brush guard. What do you guys think should I pull the trigger?
Miles are high, but not THAT high. There are a few considerations here. First, WHY is he selling that nice truck? I would ask him that first thing if you see him. This is a good way to break the ice, and get sellers off that 'firm price' crap.

Interior looks okay. It's 4WD with the six. What can you afford to pay? It will cost money to improve. Always be suspicious of anyone who states the flaws on a vehicle, yet tries to tell you the price is firm. It's generally bullshit because they don't want to take any loss on what they already threw into the truck.

Take a good look at the truck. Go underneath it, check under the hood, try to work all the electricals and controls. Take it for a test drive and put it in 4WD and make sure it works without any funny noises, excessive smoking, or knocking. Put in in reverse and give it a bit of juice, then stop, put it in first and see how it goes. If everything passes, make him a cash offer a bit lower than he wants, leave your number and name with him, and go home. You have to be ruthless sometimes with these things. Economy is good, but people right now are still reluctant to part with their cash.

You see the truck below? I got that for $2,500 a couple of months ago. Just saying.

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Old 06-06-2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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I reckon price is spot on. Really give the trans a good test, rebuilding that 4wd could be a bitch. Hopefully syn or res chimes in here for some specific advice.
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Old 06-06-2018, 01:22 PM   #4
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Price seems good to me. Miles don't seem very high, either. There's no way I'd even think of selling mine for $3000, and I'm at 262,167 miles (at last fill-up). I'd laugh at you.

Brush guard is going to be hard to find. Even when you find them, the Nissan versions are mostly for looks. If you bang into something, they are going to bend and crush your hood - making a more expensive repair.

Oh, I've got a brand new brush guard (still in the box, unassembled), if you want to buy it.
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Here are some to put your truck find into perspective:

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ct...603829302.html

https://waco.craigslist.org/cto/d/93...600776375.html

https://texarkana.craigslist.org/cto...582127814.html
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Old 06-06-2018, 01:36 PM   #6
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If I really like and want something. I usually pay the $50.00 - $100.00 and have it put up on a rack and have a local shop give it a once over. If seller refuses run away. Most honest folks will not object to this. I like the truck. Just like mine but a year newer.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:17 PM   #7
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I think the price is good. I'd bet he's getting a lot of interest. Those windows don't look tinted, especially for Phoenix. Needs pictures of the drivers seat bolster and the rest of the truck. I'm not sure if you're in the valley or not but if it's close enough, I'd go take a look. Make sure it's a desert truck and not one imported from northern Arizona. Crawl underneath and look for rust/make sure the fasteners aren't rusted. Interior parts that color might be harder to find than the usual grey/blue. There isn't a contact number to call or text, just Craigslist email.

I see brush guards on Pathfinders at the Pick N Pull on a semi regular basis, most are damaged but if you're patient you'll find one. I looked for a long time but I was being super picky. Use Row52 to search for the current inventory.

It took me over a year to find my truck, I wanted the V6, 5 speed and the round dash and I finally found it. It pays to be selective but nice 4X4's with the V6 don't come around very often.

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Old 06-06-2018, 04:03 PM   #8
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1st of all WELCOME!
I noticed the ad says the pass door lock, probably not the cylinder (but take it) I am guessing its little yellow clip inside the door that's broken.. go drive it! check it out and let us know... before its gone !!!
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and above everything else, ASK ABOUT THE TIMING BELT SERVICE!!! a broken timing belt on the V6 is a death sentence. also know that the V6 engine is notorious for exhaust studs breaking, so be prepared for a tick from an exhaust leak under the hood. there are a few other possible quirks to deal with, but those are the main two that potential buyers need to know.



only 190K? shit that engine isnt even halfway used.


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If you like it, buy it. The price is good, the mileage isn’t bad at all. Like Caddi said, ask about the timing belt. That is the life of the VG30. My dad’s 95 VG30 has 380k and counting.
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