1985 Nissan 300ZX from North America
Fun, but frustratingly unreliable
Engine fire from leaky injector.
Countless electrical failures and intermittent issues.
Cooling system corroded.
I bought the car because I lusted after it, even knowing the cooling system had been badly neglected.
It was fun to drive, but the electrical system was a nightmare. The power windows failed (bad switches), the security system went insane (bad solder connections in the modules), ignition coil failed, and the low side connection on the coil after that became intermittent, causing the car to stall every few minutes for two months before it stayed bad long enough to track down.
The ECU decided the engine was not running, and shut down the fuel pump every minute like clockwork, and many, many more. I wondered if it had been a flood vehicle, but never saw any sign of flood damage.
I found out it had been recalled for problems in the fuel distribution system, but it had never been taken in... I learned all that after the engine fire.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th August, 2010
17th Aug 2010, 11:15
Okay, you bought a high mileage car you knew was totally neglected and had major issues and now you are complaining about it? You should have purchased a well maintained example that had none of the issues you are experiencing. I love cars, but never would I invest any cash into a car I knew was not taken care of. Sports cars are typically driven harder on top of it and therefore require tons of maintenance in order to keep them running well.
6th Aug 2011, 23:31
I bought my 1985 300ZX in Sept, 1984 (today is Aug 6, 2011). I've got about 300,000 miles on it. I had the injectors replaced twice by Nissan (once it burned while it was at the dealer for service!), both times under warranty, and I've replaced the alternator twice and the water pump about as often as I changed the timing belt. It's a great car, and it still causes people to look and point - it's a classic!
I'm sorry to hear that you got a bad car that someone neglected.