1983 Datsun 280ZX 2.8L Straight 6 from North America
I've got my Z, don't need anything else
The car was parked in a muddy driveway for about 7 years and sank a good deal into the mud, took a new computer to get it started.
Computer had to be replaced ($200)
Alternator is bad, battery constantly dies.
Wheel alignment is screwy and tires needs balanced.
Some minor leaks around the T tops.
Can you say rust?
Most of that's fixed now though, didn't cost very much as I got a bunch of friends to help me.
I bought this car and a parts car with a turbo for 600 dollars. Now, about 7000 miles later, this car hasn't let me down once.
Absolutely incredible. All the electrical system was working just fine after 20+ years. This car has gotten looks, nods, and a few challenging ricers that got too scared to step up into the 100+MPH range.
Can't go wrong with guys telling you that they wish they had one and girls telling you what a big front end it has.
The people that complained that this car isn't "fast" should think again, and moreover, this car should be restored and owned more for what it is, a Datsun, the car that started the import industry. Enough said.
I've also got a 1000 dollar Trans Am (305 v8) and modded the hell out of it, and that is my "fast" car. Because butchering the original engine to trade for a 350 is just inhumane.
All the features from computer voice to racing style gauges to dead on handling makes this car truly a timeless machinery ahead of it's time.
Truly a college student's dream come true. I've got my Z, don't need anything else.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2005
You bought a car that was sunk in mud for seven years?
83 may seem old, but I've got an 82 with nearly 200,000 miles and it runs like a champ. You're right that it is an antique, but the thing is, these things have a reputation to run forever and they are an awesome deal for the money if you can find a good one. Mine basically found me instead of the other way around. One day it was just sitting outside my parent's office and two days later it was mine.