Datsun 260Z Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1975 Datsun 260Z 2+2 L26 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission L26 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired292000 kilometres
Most recent distance292000 kilometres

Summary:

A classic Japanese GT car!

Faults:

Rust, rust and more rust.

Seats torn.

Poor weather stripping.

Radiator corroded.

Seals leaking.

Other general wear and tear.

General Comments:

This car was not well looked after. It apparently spent most of its time near the ocean. It had heaps of rust in it, but I'm slowly restoring it.

Otherwise these are great cars. Even with nearly 300,000km it runs beautifully! Original auto trans is shifting nice and smooth. These are beautiful looking cars and I would reccomend them to anybody looking for a original '70s GT car! Blew away 911's of their time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2005

1976 Datsun 260Z Coupe 2.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Fun to drive and great to look at.

Faults:

With my Z being almost 30 years old, and poorly maintained, I had a fair amount of work done to the car bring it back to a good standard.

Generally speaking, 260Zs have a tendency to rust if not maintained. Mine was no different with rust in the battery holder, the floor and the tailgate. If you are looking to buy one always get one with as little rust as possible. Reconstructive bodywork is expensive and/or hard work.

The engine and drive train was also quite tired and needed work. Fortunately Datsun ran the a common motor in numerous cars from 1969 till 1983, giving you many options to scavenge parts from.

The radiator and head was an issue with my car. One of the previous owners had put tap water in the coolant system, this resulted in much corrosion of the head. The radiator was also in very poor condition for similar reasons. Both were replaced.

I also replaced the distributor with an electronic one (no points). This made the car run a lot better and is one less thing to worry about when tuning.

The air con was also dead - now removed.

General Comments:

The 260Z is a great looking car and now quite collectible. It has that classic curvaceous shape that never goes out of fashion. Don't be surprised if some people mistake it for a European exotic.

Even today it still remains a quick car, and is also fun to drive with good handling provided by the independant suspension.

Avoid the 3 speed auto though, that slows the Z substantially. I should know as I swapped my car over to 5 speed manual as soon as I could.

Coupes are better looking and harder to find than the 2+2 model. The 2+2 is still a decent car though so don't discount it, the longer wheel base provides some advantages.

The value of Zs is continuing to climb. I've noticed also that the number of wrecked Zs has dropped significantly over the last few years, perhaps indicating that the daily beaters Zs have all been driven into the ground. Rarity can only drive the value up further.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2005

29th Jan 2005, 10:01

For someone who seem's to know as much about Z's as you do, it is surprising that you chose a 260Z, generally considered to be the least desirable of the first generation of Z's.

4th Sep 2006, 09:46

I owned a 260 Z between 1979 and 1984. In those days it was a real head-turner. It was though a real pain to own! Just 5 years old when I bought it from a Datsun Dealership it was badly corroded on the door skins and in the non-draining boot sumps behind the rear wheels. It had been poorly re-sprayed, but even so, looked fantastic in its metallic blue paint. The diff was clunky (they always are) and it just peeled through rear wheel bearings. I hung on to the Hitachi carbs (totally uncontrollable) and had to fiddle with tuning almost every week. Eventually it had a body re-build, but continued to be a mechanical nightmare and I got rid after 5 years. Performance by modern standard was poor. Road-holding was diabolical and stability at speed non-existent!!! Oddly though, I have just bought a restored 260Z and love it! Maybe a mid-life crisis.

5th Apr 2007, 02:04

Most conversions I've heard of change the gearbox to a modern RB suitable box, and modify the original mounting.

Probably best to go to hybridz.org and talk to the experts.

10th Mar 2008, 21:08

Wheres the best place to get a five speed manual for the 260? where did you find yours?

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 9 reviews