Datsun 280ZX Review from Australia and New Zealand

1979 Datsun 280ZX GL 2+2 Coupe 2.8L EFI Inline-6

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8L EFI Inline-6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance85300 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Attractive, but unversatile and unreliable

Faults:

When I first got it, it required a full cooling system overhaul and a major service, cost $1700.

At 83000kms, the head gasket went, so a new one + a reconditioned head = $1100 later.

Even after the above was sorted, it would stall after a certain amount of time of driving it, leave it for a couple of minutes and it would start up again as if nothing happened. The coil was replaced, but the problem kept persisting.

Starter motor was replaced at 85000kms.

A/C didn't work.

The tuner knob on the radio didn't work neither did the tape deck.

General Comments:

This car used to be my late grandads car, and it sat in his garage doing bugger all for the better part of 10 years, hence all the repairs done to it.

It didn't have many electrical issues, but mechanically, it wasn't as reliable as I had hoped.

Its performance wasn't as good as I had hoped as well, but then again, it was only an automatic.

But considering the problems it had, I think I paid too much for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2008

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review