Many modern double cab bakkies are quite awkward to get into at the front because their windscreen pillars are angled too steeply. The access to the rear, however, definitely shows the NP300’s age! However, the Nissan does come with dual airbags and ABS braking. The warranty is excellent at 6 years/150 000 km, but a service plan is optional. Crucially, though, it's not overly flashy or aggressive. It's a small, cool, capable truck. Road & Track participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. In a way this is reassuring, as somehow the unsophisticated Nissan engenders a feeling that things are so firm because it is meant to last for a long, long time. Acceleration through the gears is quite good, but one must keep in mind that at 98 kW the NP300 is some way off the more expensive Double Cab 4X4offerings and should be compared rather with mid-range bakkies in other ranges. © Copyright 2020 The Car Trader (Pty) Ltd. See, a big part of what makes a vehicle cool is what it projects to the world. It looks like something out of an Eighties action movie, outlandish and exciting with its crazy paint and modifications. At the National speed limit in fifth gear (top), it is revving at just under 2 500 rpm in top and this makes for good usability on the freeway, as the diesel is right in the sweet spot of its power band at this speed. Trucks were small and utilitarian. However at over 1 700 kg un-laden, it is no lightweight! Instrumentation consists of a 100-mph speedometer, a tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline, and gauges for coolant temperature and fuel level. Too big for many trails and relegated to desert running, which isn't possible in much of the country. One also realises, however, just how essentially good-looking the NP300 still is. The gear lever is particularly pleasant to operate, as is the clutch action, and the ratios on the five-speed gearbox offer easy suburban pottering at low revs. Acceleration through the gears is quite good, but one must keep in mind that at 98 kW the NP300 is some way off the more expensive Double Cab 4X4offerings and should be compared rather with mid-range bakkies in other ranges. As far as stability goes, it is good, with acceptable straight-line stability even though the steering system doesn’t exactly impart a modern cutting-edge crispness. And now that there's a spotless example for sale on Bring a Trailer, you have a rare shot to own one. The Nissan NP300 is not too bad in this regard, but one does find that you sit with your knees bent at quite a steep angle behind the wheel. The Bugatti Bolide is a Lightweight Track Monster, Mercedes-AMG Black Series Was Built for Records, Why The Hippest Man In Streetwear Loves the E30 M3, Introducing Shop R&T, Road & Track's Online Store, The Ram 1500 TRX's Gas Mileage Is Hilariously Bad, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Back Nissan named its truck after its double-wall bed and Toyota couldn't be bothered to come up with anything more creative than "Pickup" as its model name. The more expensive Navara uses a more refined 140 kW 2,3-litre diesel. The 2.5 TDi, the top diesel-engined model which we had for test, uses a 98 kW direct-injection four-cylinder turbo diesel that offers up 304 Nm of torque. Despite Ford's success in off-road racing and long history of making desert trucks, many associate the Raptor more with the bro-dozer culture of lifted trucks haphazardly modified to look intimidating, even if that means tipping over on rough terrain. The Raptor struggles similarly, too. With 98 kW and 304 Nm of torque the Nissan has reasonable performance for a Double Cab 4X4. Most, if not all states require motorists to have some level of auto insurance.
If your car is totaled, you will have no way to recover the loss. This will prevent motorists from signing up for insurance and then canceling the policy to save money and still have the card. But this rather indirect steering is one of the old-school charms of the NP300 and never really bugged us. However, you have to remember to switch the lights off as there is no warning buzzer!! It's in your face, in your rearview mirror with its marker lights, intruding into your parking spot with its flared fenders. Not as fast or powerful as a Raptor, but far, far cooler. To celebrate, Nissan made 1000 "Desert Runner" edition Hardbodies, complete with a fantastic retro livery, big tires, a bed-mounted spare tire carrier, and a blacked out light bar. The Nissan NP300 Hardbody is not fitted with a trip computer that displays fuel consumption readings. It is finished in Platinum Gold over tan cloth and powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. Our test model was fitted with a special off-road package that included such items as a bull-bar and snorkel, and it has to be said that these attracted lots of attention. The six-digit odometer shows just under 75k miles. There is not much in the way of lag with this turbo diesel at very low revs. Access through the rear doors is very tight, and legroom is limited. Here you might like to view our following reviews: GWM Steed 5E, Isuzu KB 250 D/C and Mahindra Pik Up. We didn’t have the Nissan on test for long enough to conduct tank-to-tank tests, but consumption should be very reasonable as the engine’s power band is well matched to the gear ratios. The infotainment system, added in recent years, is not complex at all, and contains the two essentials, that of navigation and a rear-view camera. Everyone wants to save money on auto insurance, and if that is the name of your game, you will want to get the absolute minimum that your state requires. Safety is a bit of a prickly point with the Nissan NP300 Hardbody pick-up. 5 Hummer Is Back With a 1000-HP, $113,000 EV Truck. If you are already covered under a health insurance plan, it may not be necessary to get additional medical coverage with your auto insurance. The price of R445 600 for the Hardbody Double Cab 4X4 2.5 TDi is, however, reasonable for a Double Cab with a strong diesel engine and very good off-road performance. The Ford F-150 Raptor is one of my favorite vehicles on sale. One thing that is lacking is a diff lock, which is strange as the early versions of this bakkie in 4X4 form were fitted with rear diff locks. One thing about this earlier design is that it accentuates just how cumbersome modern Double Cabs have become. The Nissan Hardbody… Other additions that you will have to consider include towing, comprehensive coverage, theft, extra liability, car rental and a number of other options your agent will be happy to show you. For that lifestyle, it's hard to beat the Nissan Hardbody Desert Runner. The NP300 engine noise settles a bit once things warm up, and then it’s time to notice other aspects of the drive in general. But it's also overkill, a massive truck complete with ample signs of fragile masculinity. It will run to 100 km/h from standstill in about 14 seconds and on to a top speed of between 160 and 170 m/h. There’s a lot to be said for a proven design being kept on in production, with all the early faults that most model ranges suffer from attended to, and all the rough edges ironed out. Parking in underground parkades is much easier in this NP300, because the nose is shorter and more visible than in most modern double cabs. That does not necessarily mean that you are going to have great insurance, though, because it will most likely just be liability. Nissan has been building trucks since 1933, but it was the 1980s that brought iconic Hardbody the U.S. The dashboard is very much a plain-Jane blast from the past, but the quality of the mouldings is very high. Fuel Consumption. No insurance means no tags. As the Nissan D21 hardbody continued to develop, some changes were made which opened the door for some particularly outstanding model years. This 1997 Nissan Hardbody King Cab XE 4×4 was first delivered to Round Rock Nissan in Texas, and it was acquired by the seller in 2016 and subsequently relocated to California.
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