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Old 08-30-2020, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Just bought a 1996 Nissan Pickup with 40,000 miles on it.

So here I am in this forum. I wanted to say hi and reach out to see if anyone has any advice they can give me on my new acquisition.
I picked this truck up from a nice older woman who wanted to sell it to another woman. So I'm a 33 year old pickup owner and I am in love with this truck. She's beautiful and has been kept inside most of her life. I've been fixing up little issues on her including an evap code but nothing too major. I want to keep this truck forever but I need to use her as well.
So if you have any advice to give or suggestions to offer on my journey feel free.
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:27 PM   #2
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Dont buy made in china parts from autozone-oreilys-abc etc.
Try to only buy made in Japan. Its hard takes some effort but worth it. The parts just last longer.

NGK spark plugs only
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Fram oil filters are Timing Chain-Guide Killers

I only use Gates Belts For AC-Alt-Power steering

Change my oil every 3000 miles
I have a 95 single cab 4cyl standard with 298,000 its my beater and a 97 ext cab 4cyl automatic with 183,000.

Love the trucks easy to fix and they last,
Made in Japan Not China.. China parts dont last
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:26 PM   #3
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I'm a newbie hardbody owner myself and have nothing to offer other than what a great buy that truck of yours was. Definitely a keeper! May you get many happy miles out of it
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:56 PM   #4
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That’s a damn awesome truck!
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Old 08-30-2020, 11:19 PM   #5
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Congrats on the sharp looking truck.
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Old 08-31-2020, 12:05 AM   #6
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Welcome to IN, nice score on the truck!

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Nice find.

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Old 08-31-2020, 02:00 AM   #9
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That IS a nice truck for sure. Everyone's tossed you their advice. Here's my two cents:

1) Don't buy any rebuilt starters that came from China. EVER.

2) I change my oil every 1,500 miles using Quaker State with (first) a quart of HyPerLube into the crankcase, then the rest with the oil. I go a half quart above the recommended amount.

3) Stay up on the maintenance and the touch up stuff. It's okay to be a LITTLE obsessive about it. If you don't have seat covers, GET some.

4) Lucky you. 1996 and 1997 models are the only ones with the plug for a code reader. Brother, you just saved yourself a lot of trouble on any diagnosis. Get a code reader from Amazon for about 30 bucks.

5) Don't beat the truck too hard. A teeny-tiny bit is okay occasionally, but don't drive it like it's a Porsche.

6) Regular Cars dot com has a funny review on the Hardbody HERE. They said this about safety on the D21: "As far as safety goes, just don't crash.." Just means all you have is thin doors and a single airbag. And who knows if a 25 year old airbag will work anyway.

7) That mileage is unreal. You did good. Well, more than good.

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