Friday 12th April 2013
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Why not write a review about your experience of the Nissan D21? If you have ever owned one and had to replace any parts we would love to hear about your experience of this vehicle and how the replacement parts performed. Write your review in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Nissan D21 Overview

The Nissan D21 is classed as a compact pickup truck which was produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturing company Nissan. This vehicle was in production from 1986 to 1997 and replaced the Datsun 720. Nissan was known as Datsun up until 1985 when it changed its name to Nissan, and this to the introduction of the D21. In the USA this pickup truck was known as the Nissan Hardbody and competed with the likes of the Toyota Hilux. The D21 is known to be a very reliable vehicle which performs well, both on and off road. They are well capable vehicles which have some good powerful engines for carrying heavy loads and performing well off road. The plastic parts of the interior are known for breaking and failing over time but they do have a comfortable and spacious cabin. Does this sound anything like your experience of the D21?

Nissan D21 History

The Nissan D21 was introduced in 1986 and was a very popular vehicle worldwide. The D21 had a slightly different appearance from its predecessor, the Datsun 720. The main difference was the headlight design and body shape. There were many different engines available over the lifetime of this vehicle, with different engines being available in different worldwide markets. In 1993 there was a facelift which gave a new, fresher appearance and some minor interior alterations. The following year saw a major interior update being made. The Nissan D21 ceased production in 1997 and was replaced by the Nissan Frontier.

Model Types

Double Cab
Crew Cab

Fuel Economy

The Nissan D21 was available in the following engines: 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.4 or 3.0L petrol and 2.3 or 2.7L diesel engines. The diesel engines were the most economical and offered around 25mpg. Which engine did you have and how did it perform economically? Remember to think about the fuel type, age and engine size when considering fuel economy.


The Nissan D21 was available in 3 or 4 speed automatic and 4 or 5 speed manual gearboxes depending on which version. Which gearbox did you have and how did you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Nissan gearbox parts where you can have a look for the D21 gearbox parts you need for your vehicle.


If you are looking for Nissan D21 parts then Breakeryard can help you find the right parts at the right prices. Our comprehensive network of UK Breakers has parts available for all makes and models at incredibly low prices. You can either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the D21 parts page to locate the exact parts you need for your vehicle.