1980 Datsun 310 GX from North America - Comments

12th May 2006, 11:51

WOW Datsun 310GX...It was also my first car GOLD with the gold interior. One thing that was hard to get use to was the location of first gear... low and left on the stick. Shifting into second was always an adventure as sometimes you'd end up in 4th gear.

One thing I always thought was funny was the buzzing sound when you put it in reverse... the first time I drove it with my buddie he couldn't stop laughing.

Great little car and I abused that poor thing and kept coming back for more.

Andrew.

2nd Aug 2006, 20:13

I purchased my 1980 Datsun 310 back in 1993. It had only 8,900 miles on it. The car was never registered for the road, and spent its life on a horse ranch. I bought it for only $250.00 and repainted it white as the original red paint was faded out. I put over 160,000 miles on this car and did very little repairs on this car (yes, a new clutch and a head gasket, but they were very inexpensive).

In 2003 the engine shook, rattled, and died on me. So I parked it and my son said he would like to fix it, but it slowly was taken apart and never saw the roadways again.

This little car was the best cost per mile car I have ever had. I have owned over 48 cars including D.K.W's, Woseleys, Singers, Hillmans as well as as Fords and Chevy's, so my statement is not said lightly.

Mike.

12th Dec 2006, 10:53

Hi, I am parting out a 1981 datsun 310 GX. It runs excellent, but the rear frame is broke. E-mail me with your needs at: Margaretanddaniel@primus.ca

Cheers.

21st Feb 2007, 11:00

Great Car. This was my first car that I purchased new. I owned a 1979 version of the 310GX Silver w/blue interior. Never had a single problem with the car. I owned it for 5 years and put 250,000 miles on it. It looked and drove like the day I bought it. I wish I still had mine. Great gas mileage, poor braking. Fun car to drive hard in mud and snow.

25th Jun 2007, 22:33

I used to own a 1980 310GX. It was the first real car I owned. I bought it in 1984 when I got out of Navy boot camp. It had 69K on it. I drove it for almost 5 years racking up over 155K on it when I sold it over in Italy back in 1988.

It was a great car. The AC cranked, it had a sunroof too. The seats were really cool too. Mine was blue with blue interior. The seats were blue with red stripes on them. I got over 40MPG on a trip with it. I drove it from FL to MA 5 times.

I often think about it. I was talking to a friend of mine at work and found out he used to have one too. That made me do a quick search and I found this board. I figured I'd post on here as well.

27th Jul 2007, 21:55

I got a '79 Datsun 310 GX hatchback in 1985, as my first car, and ADORED it. Unfortunately, it broke down in 1994, at a time that I just couldn't afford to repair it, so I gave it away in return for my folks giving me a car of theirs that ran, and I've regretted that ever since... I still dream of that little Datsun. The only problem I had with it was that on really rainy days, flued would get under the distributor cap and stall it out. If I was able to dry out the cap, it would start right up again. I sorely hope to someday love a car the way I loved that one.

12th Feb 2008, 19:26

To all of US Datsun people. I had one back in the 80s. I painted it and had a mural on the hood of my car. I won 1st prize at a couple of car shows. I still have a few parts left if any one is interested. The parts will be FREE to any of my Datsun brothers /sisters. I will send pics to anyone who wants to see my car that I did. My car is in Datsun heaven now. May it r.i.p (rust in peace)

Todd Bridges Bucksport, me e-mail at tiffs_tackle@verizon.net

28th Feb 2008, 16:38

Hi...I just happened come across this site. I bought an '81 310 GX in 1986 (I think) and had it for ten years or so.

Best car I ever owned. I'm sorry - did I say 'car'? It was also my pickup, and a jeep - I usually had the passenger seat out and the back seat laid down. Always had fishing gear, a couple of guns, targets, ammo etc in the back. It was serving as a 'sport utility vehicle' back when Paul Hogan was plugging the "Outback" as "The world's first sport utility vehicle"

I liked the fact that it had a plain old non-computerized motor. Even a non-mechanic like me was able to replace the water pump, and the starter. Nowadays I'd need to be trained at Star Fleet!!!

Now I have a very bare bones '82 310 which I bought at a yard sale a few years ago for $400. This one has no hatch release inside, no rear wiper, no nothing. Miss my old one.

30th May 2008, 19:38

I have a 1981 310 GX gold over gold Datsun that I love! Too bad for me, just after I bought her, a nice lady in a very big hurry tried to run over me from behind. I am trying to find someone out there with a good rear bumper for the 310 Sedan, not coupe, as well as the passenger side tail light assembly and the passenger side rear quarter panel. I was lucky enough to find mine in an estate and paid $2k. It had 38k original miles on it in September of 2007 when I picked it up. Before I met the nice lady in the SUV, it was darn near perfect. Anyone with any 310 GX sedan parts, please let me know. I want to make her right again! I'm at tpfenton@everestkc.net. Thanks!

30th May 2008, 23:27

I just bought a 1980 Datsun 310 GX with 99,000 miles on it. Still waiting to register it, but gonna teach my soon to be wife how to drive a stick shift in it. Hope mine runs as well as all you people say.

31st Dec 2008, 15:58

Wow, thanks for the memories...

Got my first 310 GX from my little sister when she found something newer. It was showing some rust and wear but still slogged out the miles for quite a while. Then one night I got violently rear-ended by a drunk guy and still drove it even though the impact damaged the body right up to the roof. It made the trip to Atlanta from Cleveland and back without a hitch. Oh, I never ended up getting a dime from the accident, nor did he get a DUI charge.

Anyway, my motor was still good and I had installed some newer parts that I was hoping to use on another 310. I saw an identical one, silver w/red interior 5-spd, at a local import repair shop that looked really nice. I asked the business owner about it and he said, "You don't want that, it's got a bad engine!" Scored it for $100, swapped engines and drove it for about 5 years.

The greatest thing about my 310 was its hauling ability. I've shocked people by loading things like a 500 lb. fitness machine in the back. Once I went to a woodworking store to pick up a planer and stand I had ordered, then decided to buy a 6 inch jointer while I was there. They brought it out on a forklift and thought I was crazy when I backed up the Datsun. One stood there screaming while another helped me load for the hour drive home. My wife and I laughed the whole way because of the looks people gave us. I suppose it looked real funny because it drove like a boat with the back end so low.

Aah, the memories...