Datsun 240Z Review from Australia and New Zealand

1971 Datsun 240Z HS30 L28

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission L28 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


I wish cars were still made like this


The only problem has been the distributor's electronic module, which was not a standard item on a 240z, but was on the later 280zx.

General Comments:

The 240z is a heavily underrated machine, especially in Australia, although general opinions are changing.

Excellent handling with minor modifications and improvements.

Very reliable. Can always get it to start and runs like clockwork.

Extremely satisfying to drive, I've never driven a car that's more fun; even high power output turbo's.

The only downside to a 240z is the cabin and original seats. They look great, but are not very comfortable when old and saggy. I about to fit some Recaros.

The fumes in the cabin can be a problem, but replacing all rubber seals around windows and hatch and rear tail lights will greatly reduce this problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2005

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review