1975 Datsun 280Z Reviews

1975 Datsun 280Z 2.8 In-Line 6 from North America

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 In-Line 6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

Turns heads wherever I go

Faults:

My dad parked the car for a little more than 10 years (he's the original owner). As you can imagine, it came to be quite a bit of work when we finally decided to restore it. The worst part was the dashboard, but back then the plastics weren't as advances as they are now. That was really our biggest problem. Since we've had it restored and on the road, the only thing that we've had to fix are the rubber parts of the suspension as well as the front and rear shock assemblies.

General Comments:

Amazing car. I love driving it and it truly is my dream car. Solid engine, solid tranny, solid suspension, solid everything! Amazing Car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

1975 Datsun 280Z 2.8 Liter strait 6 from North America

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 Liter strait 6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Best car made in the 70's

Faults:

Wire broke off temp sensor.

General Comments:

Very good car. Not to big on power, but handles great and can keep up with older Mustangs and the import crowd's cars. It needed a V8 so that's what I'm doing to it.

It's a sports car so it's not going to ride like a Cadillac.

Very good first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2005

1975 Datsun 280Z 2.8 liter, fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter, fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

One of the best sports cars of all time

Faults:

Car was utterly reliable. No issues.

General Comments:

Got this car from a next door neighbor--my second car. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the car had been wrecked and somewhat shoddily rebuilt. The frame wasn't quite straight.

Even with these issues, the car was a blast. This was a technological marvel in 1975: Bosch electronic fuel injection. Datsun made a smart move by choosing fuel injection to solve emissions problems rather than tacking on emission devices to a carburetor. The fuel injection improved performance and fuel economy without ANY emission devices. Yep, other than a PCV valve, both the '75 and '76 non-California 280z had no emission devices in stock configuration.

I think this was one of the most comfortable cars I've ever driven. You sit rather low in a well with a high transmission tunnel. For me, at 6' the high transmission tunnel was great to rest my leg against.

There is an incredible amount of room to work in around the straight six engine. It was absolutely amazing--very easy to get to just about anything. Changing the oil was a breeze!

Performance was quite good for 1970s standards. The suspension was independent on all four wheels--handled nicely. Lots of aftermarket performance parts were and are available for it.

Really, overall a fantastic car. So much so that when I sold my '75 280z to get an '81 Mazda RX-7, I dumped the RX-7 and got a '76 280z. Maybe one day I'll get one again if I can convice my wife!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2004

11th Apr 2004, 13:42

STEVEN: I own a 75 and I agree with every thing you had to say. I would rate mine a ten of ten in every category. how ever there should be a section to describe how it feels to walk up to it in a parking lot just knowing it is yours. a section for how many people will lag beside you just to have a look and a section for how many phone # are written back words on windows with lipstick. in 79 they broke the mold.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews