1984 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1984 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 turbo from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

This car blows me away everyday

Faults:

Replaced clutch at 135000.

New thermostat was required at 139000.

When fuel gauge gets to 1/4 tank, it drops to empty.

General Comments:

I bought this car from the original owners, a married couple in their 50's.

It was always garaged and still shines in its glorious burgundy w/gold pin stripes.

The turbo whistles magically.

This is my fourth Z car; including a 1970, 1973, and 1983.

Next is a 1996 twin turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2006

1984 Nissan 300ZX non Turbo 3.0 non turbo from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 non turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles

Summary:

A small car with enough power, styling, and individuality to make it a joy to drive.

Faults:

Minor body rust.

Driver side valve cover gasket.

Muffler replaced new one and cutout.

New rack and pinion.

New passenger tie rod.

Battery and terminals.

New brake pads front and back.

Windshield and seal.

Fuel filter, hoses.

Thermostat and gasket.

All new belts.

All new radiator hoses and clamps.

New headlight.

Clutch slave cylinder.

Spark plugs and wires.

Alternator.

Strut tower mounts.

New shocks and struts.

New carpet.

New clutch.

Seat covers.

New speakers and CD player.

New dash.

Horn relay.

New rear brake calipers.

General Comments:

The odometer was replaced by the last owner so the mileage is incorrect, but as a guess the car probably had over 125,000 miles on it total.

The car is not the fastest car out there by far, however it is a joy to drive.

The handling improved dramatically after the installation of new gas shocks and struts.

With the size tires that come on this car make it handle the curves like a champ.

The small size makes it fun in traffic.

It is quick and nimble.

Will provide a small kick in the pants upon acceleration when pushed.

The 3.0 liter V6 engine makes nominal power, but is enough to provide me with the thrill of driving.

The little ZX also has enough power let me throw a few doughnuts in parking lots when the time comes.

The driver seat has many ways to change the comfort of the ride, much like a modern luxury car, the only downside is that is is all manually changed. Such as the front of the seat is an air bag that is comfortable, but must be inflated with a small hand pump.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

28th Mar 2009, 10:26

I agree. I compare my Z to riding a motorcycle! I think the weather has to be nice, when the t-tops come off and the radio gets just past comfortable, it's time to kick back and cruise. 25 mpg. Only room for two people. Pull over and wait for the snow plows to clear the road - wait for the cloud burst to pass - and enjoy the company of two. Otherwise you can fishtail, and spin completely out of control - and make my surviving Z just a little bit more rare as you wrap yours around a tree! If you see a "cherry" Z in your local want ads and you spend $2k or less - it will be the best fun money you'll ever spend!

1st Dec 2009, 19:36

I have an 1984 300zx for over 15 years and love it more every day. It has a few things done in the motor, but considered stock. Secret ratio on the rearend does 140 plus, non turbo, not bad for a 25year old car. It has nothing envy in a new car, stays up with the best of them, even the 350z.

6th Feb 2010, 13:05

I just purchased my first Z. It's an 85 white with t-tops. It doesn't run yet, but it has no leaks and minimal body rust. I paid $500. I haven't drove it yet and I'm already addicted.

17th May 2012, 04:32

I just bought an 84 turbo with a 5 speed manual. Paid $600, and only needed a battery, 1/2 quart of oil, ignition switch and starter.

To my surprise it started right up after sitting for two years. I've only got it around the block, because the reg is out for 2 years, but that will be fixed on Monday.

Trust me, those t-tops are coming off, the radio is going up, and I just might go for a cruise around Lake Berryessa (California).

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews