1978 Datsun 280ZX Review

1978 Datsun 280ZX 2+2 from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Previous carMazda B2000


Gotta have another!


Air flow sensor went out at 117,000, at the time, it was over $700.00 for a new one.

General Comments:

I bought this from a drug-dealer on the run for $200.00, with less than 70,000 miles. Outran the cops twice, (I was drunk!), hell of a car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2006

13th Jul 2006, 10:02

They didn't make the 280ZX in '77 boss.

4th Aug 2006, 17:24

There was in 1977, a Datsun 280Zx. I have one in my garage. The one I have is the California special edition. The CA Department Motor Vehicles will assure you a 1977 edition was produced. Or am I paying fees for a ghost?

6th Aug 2006, 13:35

Paying fees? It was only $200! I had a 1982 white 280zx 2+2 that I purchased for $8200.00 in 1986. The biggest advantage of the 2+2 was the insurance was half if I had a 2 seater. I also owned a 75 Corvette at the same time and its insurance was less at the time even with the Datsun being a 2+2. Areas to watch are rust and the ac otherwise they are pretty trouble free.

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