I purchased my manual 5 speed 2.4L in August of 2000..... about 17 years and over 200K later she's still rollin strong. It's a 4 banger as at the time of purchase I had a 40 mile commute to work, and...
I purchased my manual 5 speed 2.4L in August of 2000..... about 17 years and over 200K later she's still rollin strong. It's a 4 banger as at the time of purchase I had a 40 mile commute to work, and that was before I knew about the legendary status of the KAE24. I test drove all the "small" trucks and this felt like the best bang for the buck.
It's been used and abused and done things a 4 Cylinder prob wasnt meant to. (Used as a work truck, towed a 17' boat, etc) It's been hit a few times (3 times in a parking lot, and once stopped at a traffic light) and takes a lickin.... it has some rust, but after 17 years of living by the beach and loading it up with salty surfboards and fishing gear, that's to be expected I guess
Since I've owned it, outside of basic maintenance I've just replaced the front brakes, alternator and crankshaft pulley (harmonic balancer) and was able to do all that myself. AC is currently not working, but I think that was from me not running it for awhile.
My friends laugh as they know I've become attached to a beatup little 4 banger truck (they've all had multiple cars since Ive purchased this one) but you can't stop my lil burro!
Just changed the plugs and it'll still chirp tires in 2nd gear :-)
I'd say I've gotten my $$ worth and my next truck will be another Nissan (a v6 for towing purposes) .... I just hope it rivals the dependability of this one, and that's why I havent pulled the trigger yet