Clutch slave cylinder blew out upon purchase from the junkyard.
Replaced clutch master cylinder 1 month later.
The dashboard was badly cracked (I have fixed this with a dash cap)
Factory A/C works, but compressor idler bearing makes noise during operation.
Driver lower door hinge roller is badly worn.
Passenger door hinge roller is seized.
Passenger door latch needs to be rebuilt.
Low compression in #3 cylinder (makes it run rough at idle, does not affect power much)
Paint was very bad. (Since been repainted)
Rear lower differential mount is torn. (makes clunking noise upon shifting and acceleration)
Suspension bushings are dry and rotted (car still handles excellently)
Could use new shocks front and rear.
All rubber parts need to be replaced. (have since replaced all weatherstripping)
Needs new carpeting (due to water leaks from above mentioned rotten weatherstripping)
Front rotors warped at (3) 15,000 miles, I replaced them. (I drive really hard)
Original radiator finally clogged and started leaking. (replaced with modine unit)
Tire blowout took out one of the original wheels, have since found decent replacements.
Cheap parts store replacement slave cylinder blew out right before I left on deployment.
Stock 4-speed made for bad fuel mileage and lots of RPM on the highway. Have since replaced with a 280-ZX 5-speed.
Heater core and water valve need replacement.
It seems like this car has a lot of problems, but it's really very reliable.
I use it for daily transportation, and I drive it really hard.
I would confidently drive it across the country, to a drag race, and drive it back if I had the time, with no doubts of it's ability to make the trip.
I don't think any new car would hold up as well.
The car will surprise many people with it's initial acceleration, the I-6 has tons of torque.
The gearing with the overdrive transmission makes it a great highway companion, getting 25mpg@90mph. (2500rpm@90mph in 5th)
The car is extremely easy to work on, all of the modifications/repairs I have done myself with hand tools.
The seats, despite how they look, are as comfortable as an old pair of jeans.
A Great, low-cost classic that you can drive daily, though you should be at least a moderately good mechanic if you want to own one, as these cars are 27 years old at their youngest!
These cars tend to be very reliable, most problems stem from age and neglect, once fixed these cars are just as reliable as a new car, and just as drivable.
Great performance potential!
Though dealers don't make most replacement parts for these cars anymore, the after market makes many of them.
Also, many people overlook the enormous parts interchangeability these cars share with just about every Datsun/Nissan built throughout the 70's and 80's.
Many improvements can be made simply by substituting parts from a newer Nissan product, such as slave cylinders, master cylinders, transmissions, differentials, half shafts/axles, etc.
The L-series engine family is famous in competition and tough, many performance parts are made for them and shops still exist that know how to make them run strong.
Finally, you can make a REALLY fast car by swapping in a Chevy V-8! (The kit is inexpensive and allows "bolt-in" installation!