1983 Datsun 280ZX Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1983 Datsun 280ZX 2.8 Inline 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Inline 6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carMazda RX-7

Summary:

Legendary Z Car, excellent bargain and fast too

Faults:

Replaced starter.

Replaced water pump.

General Comments:

Very reliable car.

Fairly fast, turns many heads. It is a sharp looking car, but looks faster than it really is.

I have replaced a few items in the 4 years I have owned the car, but all items replaced are normal wear and tear for a car with 150 K miles on it.

Have raced the car a few times (Rally cross, Auto cross). Does well, but doesn't corner as well as an RX-7 (my older car), but it is faster off the line.

The car has many extra features, considering it is an 18 year old sports car (power locks, windows, mirrors, cruise, buckets, AC, talking dash, T-tops, FI OHC 6 cylinder, 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 wheel independent suspension, etc...)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2001

28th Feb 2001, 23:20

ZX's rule for ever. Paint it bright yellow with a full body kit and you'll get even more looks, that's what I'm in the process of doing anyway.

17th Mar 2001, 09:27

280zx - great car, I own a late '83 model. Goes great even though it's done a few too many k's (even miles). Starts first time every time!!

29th Apr 2001, 21:51

Not as fast as it looks? hehehe

If you have a non turbo, find a 3.90 rear end with a 5 speed and have fun =)

If you have a turbo cut the muffler off "still quiet", add a K&N intake "PVC piping of course", add a pick and pull I/C 80 bucks from a junk yard and up the boost to 12-14PSI. You will smoke Mustangs/Camaros all day long with fuel problems. I've run 14.1s on street tires spinning out of the hole, with a new fuel pressure regulator and slicks it should hit mid to low 13s easy.

Man I love Zs! =)

Signed,

Just another Datsun lover.

Got boost?

1983 Datsun 280ZX from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carChrylser Jeep

Summary:

Fun, fast and forever!

Faults:

This car had sat in a garage for several years when I got it.

Rear mirror fell off in head.

Wiper motor and linkage replaced.

Steering column makes great thunks with sharp turns.

Cruise control died.

Rear defroster does not work (issue with window).

Rear side window fell prey to a golf ball.

A lot of knobs needed to be replaced.

Dashboard is cracked in several places.

Drivers side T-top is coming apart.

Rear carpet is beat to heck.

But it is fun to fix up and just super on the freeway here in DC.

General Comments:

Most fun car I have owned. It has the quickness to make DC driving a breeze. It looks good. I always get comments from folks about how they wish they hadn't sold theirs years ago. A classy, classic car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2001

1983 Datsun 280ZX 2.8 inline six from North America

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 2.8 inline six
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

The starter motor was replaced a total of three times since I've bought the car. Right headlight malfunctions. Otherwise, a great car!!

General Comments:

A wonderful automobile!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 17 reviews