Possibly a social comment, I live in a poor area, there are loads of D22s working hard around here, in and area where youngsters whose families have lived for 4 or 5 generations to be outbid by incomers, and we are working our trucks to pay the mortgage and feed our families a D22 may seem like history to you, but is here and now to me!
Actually the debate was about media opinions and how they are percieved!
I have owned a D22 for almost 11 years, I use it for working, I have no need or desire for Bluetooth, built in sat nav, screen controlled heating etc, I am quite happy turning a dial or flicking a switch.
I just want a truck I can get into and start up first time every time, and get where I want to go, and do what I want to do,
I only bought this one because of Nissan's previous reputation for long life and reliability, also the fact that it had a blown up engine and was dirt cheap, at the time I was unaware of the D22 engine fault, after being a member here for almost 11 years, and learning about all the problems succeeding models have, this is the LAST Nissan I will be buying.
I will be joining the Isuzu gang.
Isuzu and Toyota have what I want, reliability, long lives and no inherent manufacturing defects.
Re: Media reports, most are written by car journalists that would rather be testing a Porsche or Ferrari and that have probably just got out of a Top of the range Mercedes, they have NO idea what qualities a good working pickup needs, they know a working man will probably never read their piece, but someone wishing to jump on the pickup lifestyle bandwagon will, hence their piece will be coloured by how many LED's it has, the quality of the USB sockets, the number of cup holders etc etc.
IMHO that is why Isuzu score so poorly in the press.
Or you could do what I do, I joined our sister site for Isuzu owners about 8 years ago (when I still lacked trust in my D22) and find out what they suffer with (sticky front calipers is common, that's about it for generic faults), and stop and chat to every Isuzu driver you come across, most would never swap manufacturers.