1985 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1985 Nissan 300ZX z31 3L V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great to cruise in, if you have a thick wallet

Faults:

Quite a lot just after I got it, but settling down now.

Injectors were leaky when I got it, and have been replaced.

Transmission went which meant pull it apart and put it all back together again.

T-tops leaked when it rains, but that wasn't such a biggy, because it doesn't rain here anymore. Still, repaired that dodgy-like.

Half a dozen valves were bent over like nothing else.

Intake manifold blew it's gasket.

Exhaust manifold was only really half hanging onto the block. Thank God the thing had melted itself together. Possibly due to the fact that the radiator was so stuffed full of dirt it was suffocating.

The water pump died and gave the engine bay a nice green tinge...

I think that's about it.

General Comments:

With all those problems, you wonder why I bothered? Well because this car is great. I love the bloody thing.

Start with the outside, except for maybe the rear, a very appealing car, (too me.) Move inside, and there's an excellent layout. All knobs and buttons are visible and within easy reach.

Whilst she has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier, she grips the road and doesn't let go, unless you really, really try.

A nice rumble from the exhaust without any work done, even though I know it's not an 8.

So take the roof off, and cruise down the windy country road and just enjoy the drive.

Don't drive too long though; she can be a bit thirsty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2005

1985 Nissan 300ZX ZX 3.0L Non turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L Non turbo Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Generally a good car that has caused little problems and is fun and comfortable to drive

Faults:

Left Rear Axle CV Joints Replaced. Tail shaft center bearing replaced as were a little worn when I purchased the car. Shockers and front struts replaced (originals were still in car).

General Comments:

Car handles extremely well. Diff ratio should be lowered as it is far too tall (in overdrive at 100kms under 3000rpm) A little thirsty on fuel unless driven carefully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2005

24th Jul 2005, 17:13

Are you sure you replaced CV joints? If your car is rear wheel drive then there are no CV joints...

6th Apr 2013, 16:31

Just a heads up - these cars do have independent rear suspension with CV joints; that's part of the reason they can be so heavy, and still handle OK.

1985 Nissan 300ZX GLL 3.0 SOHC V6 turbo from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 SOHC V6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Nissan could have made this car so much better

Faults:

High beam switch failed twice.

Had to replace rack n pinion.

Window seals have become unglued.

T-tops leak.

Exhaust system rusted out.

Mass air flow sensor went out at 60k.

General Comments:

I've owned several 300ZX's. They all have a lot of common problems, but the engines are bulletproof. I've never had a major problem with the engine on any of them. If you take care of them they'll always bring you home. Great for performance, however, pricey on maintenance. Good base car with lots of potential and a lot of power if tuned correctly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

1985 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Faults:

Replaced the clutch at 135,000 miles.

Air conditioning needs recharging.

Rear right port window was resealed. Which I was able to do myself, cheap.

Little things were replaced. For example, tires, distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs, ignition wires, battery, and all filters.

Windows had to be tinted from light carpet damage in the rear compartment of the vehicle from the heat.

General Comments:

These cars are one of the best cars I've ever owned, and driven. They are by far one of the fastest, and most reliable also. If they have been taken care of and are continued to be taken care of they will last a very long time, as will their performance. I love the body style, and the interior styling also. Nissan did a great job with these cars. In my personal opinion, if you are able to get a hold of one of these cars, or already have one, in good condition, I would recommend keeping it. They are great cars to either restore or just to have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 19 reviews