Originally Posted by Baja820
Yeah Nissans are defiantly cheaper. also ive heard the KA24 motor is better than the 22RE because of the timing chain not stretching.
I had a 97. Other than having the common problem of timing chain clatter (the tensioner is hydraulic), it was freaking bulletproof.
If you want 4WD, it shouldnt be hard to find one with the clutch LSD in the rear. That is a pretty rare option on the 2WD however, but they are out there. I had one. My only complaint was that it was VERY tail-happy in the rain when pulling away from a dead stop. It did fine off road and in the snow though, so I cant complain too much.
As previously mentioned, they are dead nuts easy to work on. If I were buying one now, the main things to look for are body/frame rust and the condition of the underbody for a 4x4. Also, my dad has a '93 still, and with age, the driveshaft bearing/rubber (post transmission, right after the U-joint) has a bad habit of splitting and relieving itself of duty. His squeaked until we got a new one pressed on, and that wasnt an easy job. Also check the CV joints. They are notorious to crack and tear with age/abuse, and they arent much fun to replace.
Dont plan on buying one for gas mileage. I regularly got around 23 on the highway, around 18 in the city. My dad seems to be around the same, even with the 4WD lag. You can
get away with pulling a small trailer, however, I wouldnt recommend it. With any kind of appreciable weight on the trailer, the truck struggles because it just doesnt have the power/torque.