I bought the car from an old mechanic after seeing an old fixable Mustang in his backyard from the road. He said it wasn't for sale and recommended the 300ZX he had, saying it was in great condition.
After paying for the car, I found out a laundry list of problems:
Motor mounts were shot. New ones cost $205.
Clutch went bad. OEM replacement cost $80.
Transmission mount was shot. The only place I could find a replacement at was a dealer. $120.
Shocks and struts are bottoming out and need replacement. Will cost approx. $125 (Thank God for my employee discount at the car parts store!!)
Car is starting to stutter from a stop after warming up. Needs new fuel pressure regulator and/or new fuel pump. I'll find out if a new regulator will fix the problem in 2 days.
T-Bar roof leaks slightly. That's just because the seals are old and cracking, which is understandable for a 20+ year old car.
Water pump started leaking so I had to replace it, and went ahead and also replaced the timing belt.
After the water pump was replaced, the extra pressure caused a weak spot in the radiator to fail, so I had to replace the radiator and radiator hoses and put in a new Fail-Safe thermostat to be safe. $150.
Radio antenna was broken off so I never had great reception.
Car handles beyond exceptional when equipped with wider profile tires and rims, but still, it's a small car and common sense must be used to keep from flipping. You're still not going to be able to do a donut at 100mph!!
Interior is exceptional. Great sounding stereo system, especially for being stock (just waiting for those to fail for an excuse to install Jensen speakers). I don't at all mind listening to 80's-era music in this car since it's so cool!!
Comfortable seats, lots of leg room, easy shifting, 2-seaters ARE better!
I've got a great car that I'm fixing up to be even better along the way. I can't wait to eliminate the front nose-piece and have a vertical grille!!