1993 Nissan Atlas 150
Nissan's Atlas series of light-duty pickups have a global reputation for being steadfast, reliable, highly practical, and affordable to own. This 1993 is just such a truck! Our example is fresh off a recent service and turn key ready to rock. Finished in a Jet Silver Metallic, this rig is set off by OEM rainguards, some subtle vinyl decals, and a freshly lined bed. Aside from some dings, scratches, and scrapes you'd expect for a work truck, this dedicated runabout is in good shape overall. Boasting a mere 41k verified and documented miles, this diesel-powered hauler is barely broken in. It would be ideal as a daily driver, lovable work truck, or practical around-town errand runner! Japanese Classic cars, trucks, and vans come in all shapes and sizes, and this useful, unique, and maneuverable pickup is as cool as it gets!
One thing that we love about the Atlas is its size. The cabover design lends itself to top-tier visibility and the short wheelbase makes this platform easy to wield about in the tight confines of the city. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and features two centrally mounted cupholders. A simple-to-use climate control system is at hand and can circulate air through the cabin, and if you prefer manual ventilation, the windows can be hand-cranked down with ease. The OEM audio is located adjacently but is in need of replacement with an updated USDM unit, something your local audio shop should be able to handle with no issues. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column to find the ideal driving position, and headroom is plentiful. The seats are comfortable, upholstered in an easy-to-clean vinyl. There is a center armrest that drops down and includes an integrated clipboard and an additional storage pocket. The door cards are in fair shape and the headliner is nearly mint. That's not to say the cabin is perfect, as we did want to note some small tears in the vinyl floor covering and some discoloration on the driver's seat bottom. All in all, this Nissan seems well cared for overseas and we feel the new American owner will think the same. Even the owner's manual and maintenance booklets are included with the purchase of this fine vehicle!
Unlike many American trucks built in this style, the Atlas doesn't need you to tilt the cab to access the powerplant. By propping up the front bench, the TD27 can be easily reached for simple service. Speaking of which, a fresh oil and filter service was just performed and the 2.7L churns to life care of a new 12v battery. A new accessory belt keeps the alternator charged and the little diesel runs surprisingly smooth, with lower vibration and sound than you might expect for something mounted right below your keister. The four banger is linked to a close ration five-speed gearbox. Shifts are direct and the ratios are such that this Atlas can cruise our American highways with no issue, which many don't expect! Power is fed to the rear wheels which are wrapped in new rubber. We also mounted new front tires up and performed an alignment so that they wear properly. The brakes are direct and the power steering is light and on point. The suspension is predictable and handles large and small imperfections with great confidence. Overall, the ride is much more premium than we expect something from this segment to be and we feel daily use would be stress-free!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.