1986 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1986 Nissan 300ZX V6 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance79600 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 230E

Summary:

A superb turbo car

Faults:

The coolant or radiator fluid has leaked, but has been fixed.

The shocks have to be replaced now because of excessive drifting.

Other than that, that's about it.

General Comments:

This car is seriously one of the best cars you will ever drive.

It is incredibly fast and can take just about anything including an Acura Integra GSR.

The v6 Turbo kicks in nicely and when it does, it's just about unstoppable.

Excellent car, great buy, and a super quick machine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

1986 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 from Peru

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74500 miles
Most recent distance91600 miles
Previous carDodge Spirit

Summary:

Best driving experience

Faults:

During the time I owned my 300ZX, I had to replace only the Injectors, costly, but gave the engine a new performance...

General Comments:

Considering that the previous owner didn't take care of it, the restoring to original condition was tedious, but the result rewarding.

It's perfect if you like an expensive car performance for a very low investment.

I previously owned turbos, but this one has a lot of punch, without being turbo.

The cockpit is more comfortable than you will expect from a car of its size, with lots of space.

Finally, the thing I like the most, is that I like every time I get into it to drive, which is not something you can normally say of any car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

1986 Nissan 300ZX GL 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

Best thing on wheels

Faults:

Oil sending unit keeps going bad starts out great when cold, then drops as engine heats up.

Replaced engine at 10100 because someone borrowed it while I was out of the country. She did not pull over when the temp light came on, blew the small hose on the front of the engine.

Replaced with a 3.0 from a Pathfinder from Japan total cost for job was $2800. She paid $2300 of it.

Replace Master cylinder and brakes and rotors at 90000.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned.

It is fast I have had it up to 130 a few times, and sold as a rock at those speeds.

Love the ride and the seats are wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2003

1986 Nissan 300ZX V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired328000 miles
Most recent distance359000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

I would buy another for sure

Faults:

Oil sending unit.

Blew engine.

General Comments:

For me this is a very nice car, being 22 and only owning a Toyota, it was a big change, but I love my car. The only thing I wish is that I could find upgrades for it.

It hugs corners - I have had it up to 135mph and it feels like I'm still doing 75. Up here in Montana it's nice to have high speed limits like that for cars such as this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

1986 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

A high performance dream machine

Faults:

My Z has been a great car however it does require a little maintenance. I have changed the oil, spark plugs, and the filters since I have had it. The AC doesn't work, but that's quite common for this year car for some reason. The CD player I had installed was rather expensive to have installed because of the space they had to work with. A little wear in the inside, but nothing bad.

General Comments:

The car handles like a dream, it won't back out of a turn for anything.

As far as acceleration is concerned she's very quick.

The interior is nice and fits like a fine tailored suit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

1986 Nissan 300ZX V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Fast, reliable and classy

Faults:

Oil pressure sender blew out.

Muffler fell off.

Tape deck broke.

General Comments:

I was a little leery about buying a Nissan, what with their spotty reliability record, but I've been very pleased with this car all-and-all.

First of all, this isn't a little rice-rocket, it's a solid little sports car with a lot of pick-up. I get a kick out of flying by bald-headed teenagers in Hondas that they've pumped $2000 into in my 16 year old car that requires no modification at all. I've gotten the Z up to 120 MPH, though admittedly, since it is such a low-slung car you feel every bump and crack in the road at those speeds, which just means you've got to know what you're doing if you want to push this car to its limit. Its very comfortable as well, with cushy seats complete with adjustable back-support.

This car is amazingly reliable. I haven't had one major problem since I bought it, outside the muffler (which can't really be blamed on the car, considering the poor conditions of the roads I'm forced to drive on), and after a long, hot day of driving the oil pressure sender blew out (not really a big deal). The main annoyance is the crummy stock stereo unit, which, as I understand, is a common problem with the entire line of Zs. This isn't too big a problem, except you have to (as I understand it) have some major re-wiring done to install a after-market head unit which is not cool. Beyond that the car has a tendency to get a bit hot on especially hot days, which is solved easily enough by using heavier motor oil, and the transmission is a bit on the clunky side, which, considering the age of the car, is to be expected.

Admittedly this isn't a road-trip car, I wouldn't expect this to last on a cross-country trip, but that's not the point, it's a fast and cheap little car with a lot of power that's also a lot of fun to drive and is perfect for somebody on a low-budget who doesn't want to be caught behind the wheel of a Civic or an Escort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

30th Nov 2003, 23:37

On the contrary, I have taken my 1986 300ZX on many road trips (i.e. New Jersey to Florida) and find these cars very comfortable. I also have never dreaded driving the car at any point during the many trips that I have made in it. The seats are great and the arm rests are wonderful.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 25 reviews