1979 Datsun 280ZX 2.8 liter inline 6 from North America
Watch out, it's a lot slower than it looks!
The fuel injectors were dripping.
The dashboard exhibits large cracks.
The fuel pump and fuel pressure.
Regulator were leaking.
The fan clutch did not work.
The car overheats in traffic.
The valve springs are weak.
The differential mount snapped.
The air conditioning is very weak.
I have found that owning a 280ZX is a very disappointing automotive experience.
Many owners claim that their Z cars are wonderful driving machines, however I have not found this to be the case.
Repairs are very costly, and the car continues to break down on a regular basis.
The straight six offers mild performance and should be able to keep up with a Chevrolet Caviler.
Because of the poor fuel mapping and lack of an oxygen sensor, the car is prone to run rich. At night, fumes can be seen rising from the tailpipe.
Gas mileage is poor when taking into consideration the displacement of the engine.
I have found the 280ZX to be a very costly car to keep on the road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd October, 2002
7th Oct 2002, 00:22
I disagree with what he had to say about the 280ZX's being bad cars. I own a 1979 Datsun 280ZX and it has its little problems, but you say it can't keep up with a Chevy Cavalier. I have been known to smoke the heck out of a souped up mustang 5.0, and also a Pontiac Grand Am. My personal opinion is that you got a car that is near the end of its life and you need to get the engine and stuff repaired or replaced. Mine has almost 300k on it and it isn't showing a lack of power. If you were to put some money into that car, you will be pleased with it. From the sounds of it, the car has bad compression and problems with the cooling system. Just rebuild or replace the engine and call it good. Just don't knock the Z cars, they have been around since the 60's or 70's.
3rd Oct 2002, 16:15
Sounds like the previous owner drove, or ran it into the ground, or didn't keep it maintained. You'll most likely have to completely overhaul the engine and drivetrain if you want to give the car a fair judgement.