1979 Datsun 280ZX Reviews

1979 Datsun 280ZX 2.8 gasoline from North America

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

YeeeeeHaaaaa!

Faults:

Regular oil changes, valve adjustments, spark plugs, fuses, etc.

General Comments:

This is the best car that I have ever owned, and to be honest, I can afford almost any car on the market.

This car handles better than my 30K dollar BMW Z-3, and is not exactly faster than my 66 Mustang with a built 302, but has superior engineering.

I can keep up with anything on the freeway, even a 50K German car.

The braking is a little bit substandard, but is reasonable.

I got this car with the original mileage and had never previously driven one of these cars, and can only describe it in one word; "FUN". I look for an excuse to drive this car. "Yeah, honey, I would love to go pick up some Tampax for you, but I have to drive 50 miles or so" would be my typical response.

It goes thorough the gears like ripping a silk scarf, all the way up to 130 MPH plus. I took it on a winding country road, and can attest, that if you enjoy driving, this is a great car for you. You can even maintain it yourself as there is no computer to reset when you do an oil change. This car is a work of art, for sure.

The Japanese at one time, really had it down. The car handles like it is on rails, and rips through the five gears. On a country winding road, on the freeway, or racing against someone my daughter's age in a Honda, this car kicks butt.

My car is fully stock, save for the rims, and is absolutely awesome. I have owned many cars and have paid tens of thousands more for inferior vehicles.

I have some guys that will maintain the car, and have been working on Z cars for 30 years. They say that my car should last another 200,000 miles before I have to replace the smooth 2.8 liter motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2010

30th Apr 2010, 16:08

Your engine should last long. That engine, if I am not mistaken, belongs to a family of inline sixes that was first made by Prince Motors (as in, 1968 Prince Skyline) under license from Mercedes Benz before they got acquired by Nissan.

Is yours the Sports Coupe or the 2+2?

10th Apr 2014, 22:28

I agree. I own the newest 370Z and several 280ZX's, both NA and Turbo. The 370Z often sits in the driveway while I take the 280ZX out for a rip - especially the turbo version. A very impressive car when repaired to its original condition...

1979 Datsun 280ZX GL 2+2 Coupe 2.8L EFI Inline-6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8L EFI Inline-6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance85300 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Attractive, but unversatile and unreliable

Faults:

When I first got it, it required a full cooling system overhaul and a major service, cost $1700.

At 83000kms, the head gasket went, so a new one + a reconditioned head = $1100 later.

Even after the above was sorted, it would stall after a certain amount of time of driving it, leave it for a couple of minutes and it would start up again as if nothing happened. The coil was replaced, but the problem kept persisting.

Starter motor was replaced at 85000kms.

A/C didn't work.

The tuner knob on the radio didn't work neither did the tape deck.

General Comments:

This car used to be my late grandads car, and it sat in his garage doing bugger all for the better part of 10 years, hence all the repairs done to it.

It didn't have many electrical issues, but mechanically, it wasn't as reliable as I had hoped.

Its performance wasn't as good as I had hoped as well, but then again, it was only an automatic.

But considering the problems it had, I think I paid too much for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 8 reviews