1985 Nissan 300ZX zx 3.0 non-turbo from North America


A thriller of a car


Air conditioning blows hot when accelerating.

Electronic dash went out.

Minor leak in T-tops.

Driver seat coming apart at seams.

Gas gage not working accuratly.

Radio replaced.

Slight hesitation when cold.

General Comments:

My car is a blast to drive. I have had many comments from people who once owned a 300zx and missed it dearly. The car handles well in corners and seems to have enough power to keep me grinning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

12th Sep 2004, 09:59

For you're a/C blowing hot air. Try checking your air compressor under right headlight.

1985 Nissan 300ZX V6 3.0 from North America


One of the best cars Nissan ever made


My transmission blew at 160,000 miles.

T-tops leaks only in a heavy rain.

Exhaust fell out of car at 161,000 miles.

General Comments:

A car with this type of mileage performs better than I could have expected.

A serious eye catcher to this day.

I haven't found anything in the same class as far as style, handling and reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2003

1985 Nissan 300ZX 2+2 from North America


Great car if taken care of!


Recently, we had a problem with the parking lights coming on while it was sitting. The power would be drained out of the battery, and it'd have to be charged to be driven anywhere. We had to replace the signal switch in order to fix this problem. The battery also had to be replaced because it had been totally used up.

The pulley for the air conditioning unit (I believe that's where it belongs) is also making a high pitched squealing noise every once in awhile, and is about to have to be replaced also.

Before we bought it, the water hoses busted and ruined the wires to the radio, so we had to replace it. That was quite a bear considering you have to take the passenger side seat out and part of the dash in order to put a new stereo in.

General Comments:

This car gets great gas mileage (about 27 mpg) and performs very well when driven. Steering is absolutely wonderful, stays tight as long as it is aligned correctly. Power driver seat and power windows are a couple of other great features of this classic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2003

1985 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 3.0 liter turbo from North America


An absolute gas to drive!


The rack and pinion steering system failed and had to be replaced twice. This cost roughly $1,800 each time.

The adjustable shocks eventually wore out at about 115,000 miles. I lived with the terrible ride for the last 10,000 miles or so, hoping I would find replacements at a reasonable price.

Seals around taillights and rear quarter windows dried out and leaked, but were easily repaired.

A fusible link broke once, causing the car to die on a freeway. This was difficult to diagnose because it was intermittent, but simple to fix once we found it.

The stereo was wonderful when new, but died completely after 7 years, and would have been outrageous to replace with an OEM system. Fortunately, acceptable substitutes were widely available.

The leather seats eventually came apart as the thread in the seams deteriorated.

General Comments:

The engine/drive train was bullet-proof, and the handling on dry pavement superb. The turbo gave awesome acceleration. It was great fun to drive around town, and a pleasure for long trips. I owned the car for over 13 years, and there were no mechanical problems at all for the first 7 of those years, so I consider its reliability quite good for a performance car. The body held up very well, with only traces of surface rust near the end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

1985 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 Liter from North America


A sports car without the money of one


Radio has poor function with very low volume.

The air conditioning compressor locked up. Extremely expensive repair cost.

One of the brake lights blew out randomly.

Front Dash has started to crack minimally after 131,000 miles.

Washer fluid system stopped working since I purchased the car.

General Comments:

Bad handling during wet conditions. Back end will swing out from behind you in both stopping quickly and accelerating quickly.

Performes very well in dry conditions. Tight handling, short throw transmission, and all around fun to drive in respectable driving conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

27th Aug 2002, 04:32

I am sorry to inform you that the bad traits you have mentioned go with 1) a 15 year old used car, and 2) the wet pavement syndrome is from owning a short bodied sports car, I recommend learning to feather the clutch when on snow/wet pavement. Unfortuantely I learned that early on with my 86 300. However there is the upside of chewing everything from 5.0 litre mustangs to Z-28 camaros though.