1978 Datsun 280Z 2.8L I-6 from North America
Not the fastest, not the most comfortable, but if you want to "feel" the road again, buy a Z
I drove this car from North Carolina to Massachusetts in under 10 hours. I don't think I ever dipped below 100mph. A day later it wouldn't start and I noticed the crankshaft pulley had snapped. After that I just ran into more problems that were probably caused from beating an 18 yr old car to death for 10 straight hours. I sold this car to a friend who had had the under carriage rot out while it sat for a year. This car held up great in NC, but couldnt deal with the winters/salt of MA.
There's a reason Z cars are sought after by auto-crossers. These cars can handle, and 170 HP in a 2800lb car will push it pretty well, get it up over 220 hp and you've got a serious machine. My car didn't have power steering or power brakes and I swear the road has never felt the same since I lost it. You really feel like you're driving, and keeping it under he speed limit becomes a problem! The one issue I have with this car is that there is only one place supplying parts for this car, and they are REALLY expensive. $500 for a 4 core radiator?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th January, 2006
10th Aug 2008, 19:20
All '77 280Zs came standard with power brakes but were not available with power steering.
1st Sep 2009, 19:55
I'm not sure what you mean about parts being expensive; most parts are available for next to nothing.
23rd Jul 2010, 23:01
And aside from the rust, nothing really goes wrong...
It is now a 32 year old vehicle to be fair.