Nissan 280ZX Review from Australia and New Zealand

1982 Nissan 280ZX 2.8L

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres


Built too well!


The only major problem was a blown head gasket... probably due more to lack of correct coolant and/or blocked radiator.

But generally the car body/engine/gearbox/diff bulletproof. Built like a Sherman tank.

General Comments:

When I first bought the car back in the early 90's it was quite a head turner.

Into the new millenium it had been overtaken by many other cars.

However for reliability, looks, value for money there would be few other cars like it.

I've owned about five or six. They are just about indestructible... I drove one off a mountain and completely totalled another car that chose to turn across my path, with relatively minor damage to mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review