I keep reading that the 82 280ZX is slow and was a disgrace. I am here to tell you that she is the best car I have ever been in. My 82ZX is my baby. She is old, but she can hang with some of the best out there on the road. I fell in love with this car when my dad had the turbo version with the t-tops. Now I have mine, long live the Z.
I have always wanted a 280ZX from the time they were new. Finely got a 1980 ZX in 2002..350,000 miles, loose suspension, 17 mpg, used no oil and a re-builder title. Loved it. Sold it.
Just bought a 1983 ZX with only 75,500 miles, tight, new upholstery, carpets, paint... looks like a new car.
They are fun, fast, quick...all you could ask for.
I just bought a 1983 280ZX off my boss for about 400 bucks. Which was a steal.
It has all the options digital gages, t tops, turbo, five speed, leather seats and it's all in great shape. There's a couple of rust spots, but not noticeable.
This car sat for about 9 years and I slapped a new battery on, and to my surprised all the electrical gages, lights, everything worked.
The only problem is that it needs a starter, 70 bucks new. Damn good car for the money; I love it!!!
I paid $8200 for my 1982 280ZX 2 plus 2 and felt it was a steal back in 1987 with just 40,000 miles... mint white no rust body with red interior and dark glass tops. Had a lot of nice compliments. It cost more to insure than my Vette, however I needed a back seat for the kids, so the 2 plus 2 fit the bill. Good luck.
I bought an 83 280zx for 300 bucks, and the only thing wrong with it is the hood, but besides that, the car is running good and the best thing is EVERY THING WORKS.