1996 Nissan D21 Pickup
*** Wholesale to the Public: This D21 Pickup has extensive frame corrosion and prior frame repairs, it has failed VA State Safety Inspection and will need to be trailered off of our lot. Please see the photos and full article for a more complete description of the defects shown.
Nissan's D21 chassis is one of the most recognizable utes to emerge from the land of the rising sun. With a worldwide reputation for being rugged, reliable, and undeniably unstoppable, these Japanese pickups are a real gem to come across and examples like this well loved 1996 are a great option for those looking for a no-frills utility vehicle! Offered up with a measly 94k verified/documented miles, this truck is in good mechanical condition, although the body has seen better days. Finished in Anthracite Grey Metallic (KK0) the paint is in good nick. The body, despite its various dents and dings, still manages to turn heads, with trick extras like a factory bull bar with massive fog lights, rear style bar, running boards, aggressive fender flares, and sweeping OEM rainguards stealing the show. A set of stylish 15" off road alloys are wrapped in beefy Bridgestone all terrains and really get this truck where it needs to go. Did we mention the Sorex rear receiver and tow hitch? With notable defects like a sizable ding in the front bumper and hood, cracks along the rainguards and fender flares, and spots of corrosion throughout, it's safe to say this truck wasn't a garage queen, but it's surely capable enough to use as an off-road vehicle here stateside. Snag this durable Japanese Classic before it's too late.
The interior is simple in design, and plenty spacious and comfortable for what it is. The factory tweed upholstery has held up well over the decades, showing only some very light staining and bolster wear from day to day jaunts along Japanese trails. The dash is in good nick, save from some adhesive residue from prior accessories, and houses a slate of power options to make the drive a bit more accommodating. An aftermarket radio works as expected, playing sufficient quality sound throughout the cabin, and the climate control unit functions as well, although the AC is inoperable. The rear bench offers ample head and legroom for two rear passengers, and the driver benefits from fully operational power windows, locks, and even power folding mirrors. An aftermarket keyless entry system is on the ready as well! Overall we have nothing but good things to say about the inside of this truck, and we've even retained the factory carpeted floor mats and owner's manual for your pleasure!
The rugged D21 platform is simple and well built. Unlike new vehicles, its design is as analog and straightforward as it gets. The 2.7L turbo diesel is a fine option, especially compared to the anemic gas motors that were received in the US. While the TD27 isn't the fastest mill around, it starts up just fine and will accelerate to highway speeds without hesitation. The automatic gearbox makes the drive more leisurely while still being extremely capable, thanks to a selectable transfer case. 4WD works as intended, and a low gear option is on hand if you choose to crawl through the holler. We replaced the fuel filter to get her running right, and she'll have no problem tearing up the trails with its eager new owner! We did want to note some holes in the factory exhaust, and you'd benefit from replacing the tie rods in the near future as well. Other than that, this one runs and drives superb, the tires are knee deep in tread, and this hearty hardbody is ready for a new lease on life stateside!
*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.