Datsun 280ZX Review from South Africa

1983 Datsun 280ZX 2+2 T-Top 2.8

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired318000 kilometres
Most recent distance319859 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

280ZX, my favourite ride of all time!!

Faults:

The dash is cracked above the speedo, my cold start is failing, it has a clutch fluid leak inside by the pedal area, and worn out shocks.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this car. I live in South Africa, and my dad got his hands on an 1968 Camaro, and that's where my passion for muscle cars got started.

And now I've got an Japanese muscle car, absolutely no complaints except for the above. This car is in great condition, and has no rust on it. I am the youngest owner of the car, previous were 50+ years old, and they really looked after this car.

I have never raced it, and don't want to, because I LOVE this car, I don't wanna mess my baby up. The engine has a lot of kilometers on it, but damn this engine is one tough mother! It is still smooth, and sounds like a 6 cylinder symphony.

The only thing I have changed on her is the stereo; next are the speakers.

Guys, if you have a chance to get one, then do not even think, just do it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2011

5th Jun 2012, 04:56

Just a update on my car... fixed the clutch leak, sorted out the dash and overhauled the engine. Now the car is just wow! New cars can't compete. Once you drive a Z, then you will never want another car!

6th Jun 2012, 07:15

I went from a 1982 280zx to a Corvette C5 6 speed LS1. A logical progression.

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