1985 Nissan truck advice


Old 02-10-03, 06:37 AM
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1985 Nissan truck advice

I have a friend that has an 85 Nissan truck for sale. It's white, ext cab, and he says it has the Z24 engine. It only has 70K true miles on it (this is true- I know this vehicle's general owner history) and he is the second owner. Everything is in near-mint condition since it's been garage kept since day 1- only a lil dust, no major or even obvious minor blemishes other than sheer age.

Anyhow, I've never owned a Japanese product. I know this is a carburated engine and I've had really bad luck lately with carbed engines. I've heard that the Z24 engine is the best engine Nissan ever made. Your opinion?

Anyhow, given the excellent condition of this ext-cab truck (manual trans) what would you rate it's value at (roughly, since we can't actually inspect the truck on the computer)?
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Old 02-10-03, 09:53 AM
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Depending on condition I'd pass on one of these. A Toyota truck is better screwed together, more reliable and easier to service in the long haul.

These are very light duty compared to any full size domestic of the same vintage. I'd take an S10 over Japanese iron any day, but that's me.

I'd say 1000 to 1500 bucks, but it would have to be free to convince me.

Watch out for rust and lots of electrical gazorches and figure whatever you spend on parts for a domestic, double it when it goes wrong in a foreign one .
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