1987 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1987 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carInfiniti G20

Summary:

This Z is all I need

Faults:

I replaced all the suspension, brake master cylinder, pads, discs, and tires.

I need to give it a tune-up, new oxygen sensor, and transmission (grinding in the second and third gears).

The stereo was old school, and didn't provide what I wanted, so I installed a unit myself and rewired.

General Comments:

Even though my Z has had quite a few of replacement parts, and is in need of more, this car is the best car I've driven and owned. Other vehicles I've had are: Chevy Lumina, Nissan Altima 99, and '93 Infiniti G20 (P.O.S).

The Z is in great shape on the outside and inside. T-tops are used regularly, and it has proven it is a bad ass on the roads. Move over, the Z is coming through. Handling rocks, and I always get commented about it, it feels so good to own a Z.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

1987 Nissan 300ZX GS 3.0 Naturally Aspirated V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Naturally Aspirated V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

To quote the people who made this site the car is a

Faults:

Fuel pump, had a short next to the gas tank, had to resoldier the connection and then seal the connection (with hot glue) to keep it from shorting again.

Alternator went out on the way back from buying the car. I believe its bearings locked, as it had been sitting for a while (a month maybe?) and I heard a belt slipping when I got the car, but all of the belts were tight, so the alternator, obviously, wasn't turning. It was VERY hard to find a replacement, as well as very expensive.

Also, the fuel gage doesn't work properly... I may need to clean the fuel gage sending unit to get it to work properly.

General Comments:

The aftermarket exhaust on it was interesting sounding.

The aftermarket spoiler made installing a new antenna a pain, and since the power antenna for those things are expensive, I decided to go with a non-powered replacement.

The engine itself performs admirably for a car of its age. It's surprisingly strong as well, I have no fear taking it to red-line and a little beyond.

Its handling is a bit soft for a true sports car, although the springs may be a little shot, or something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

1987 Nissan 300ZX Coupe 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

The best 80's import money can buy

Faults:

Timing belt replaced at 113,000.

Light body rust.

General Comments:

The non-turbo model may not be as quick as a mustang or vette, but she still packs quite a punch.

The car feels like it's perfectly balanced. You won't find anything else on the road that corners as well as this does.

The interior is in great shape. The seats are very comfortable. The T-Tops are a blast. The view from the driver's seat is unbelievable.

Rust is slowly creeping in after 15 years. The body looks great and reflects the balance of the car's handling. Everything is proportional and extremely pleasing to look at. I my opinion, this is one of the best overall body designs I've ever seen.

This is a great car if you can get your hands on one. She'll treat you well if you take care of her. Expect to sink some money into the car. Not because you have to, but because you just can't help it. With some work and a few upgrades, this car will last another 15 years or more and still hold its appeal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

9th Dec 2008, 01:20

Yeah, I have a 1987 300 ZX and I love it. All it needs is a transmission and eventually I would like to completely restore it.

The car has no rust on its body or underneath. I was thinking of painting it maroon or forest green, both would be metallic paints. Which one should I choose? It has a black leather interior, and the car is currently silver.

1987 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 non turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

A serious head turner everywhere it goes!

Faults:

Nothing very major wrong with the car over the past 15 years. I had a problem with the driver's side power window, but it was only a switch. The driver's information center on the digital dash hasn't worked since 1990, but who needs it? The front suspension had everything replaced at 75K and they must have left something out because it has not had highway straight line stability since. Leather interior must be of the cheapest quality - durability is simply horrific. Brakes are a commonly replaced item on this car. Also, the fog lights never work.

General Comments:

My parents got me this car when it was new and I was 19 y.o. Let me tell you... this car (bright 'tomato' Red / t-tops / dark Grey leather) gets more looks now then it got back then, and it got a lot back then. I love the attention it garners. The dash is gorgeous. It has the neatest digital tachometer that I've ever seen. The climate control has all these l.c.d. graphics on it. The radio is huge with a 20 band graphic equalizer on it and 'steering wheel controls.' The seats are electric with a power lumbar control and yes, everything still works (with the exception of the above-mentioned items). It was a rocket in its day, however, a new Cavalier would out perform it now. It still feels just as powerful as ever; cars have simply gained so much in the respect of power these days. In closing, I have contemplated selling it many times over the years, but I never seem able to do so. I have had other cars along with it since 1991, so I am able to overlook the claustrophobia-inducing interior dimensions. (I am being serious - I've put on weight over the years and the car is so snug for me that I only drive it with the windows down and t-tops out to avoid hyperventilating.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2002

9th Dec 2008, 01:26

So did you ever race a cavalier with your Z?

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 18 reviews