Diff blew within a week of purchasing the car.
Power window switch stopped working after two weeks (easy home fix).
Power steering leaking after 2 weeks.
Front wheel bearing went after three weeks.
Heater stuck on.
Rear brake sticking at slow speeds. Mechanic has looked at it several times, and it keeps re-occurring.
On full lock the rear suspension makes a loud creaking sound.
Rear demister has stopped working.
Speedo is showing signs of giving-up the ghost.
Let's just say my local mechanic knows me pretty well by now!
This is an old car, so it's understandable things will go wrong, but after owning a similar vintage Toyota Supra for 6 years and having fewer reliability issues than this thing in 6 days, so far it's a complete disaster.
I picked this car up off a friend early in the year after my Supra was stolen. This used to be his baby, and it is in immaculate condition for a Z31 series. No rust, interior is perfect, body straight etc etc.
Starting with the positives:
The car looks great, and has a comfy leather interior and glass targa top roof. Basis for a great GT car here.
The 3 litre turbo engine is smooth and torquey.
This engine starts every time, and runs like new. Sounds great up to 4000rpm too.
Fuel economy is good on the highway.
Now for the bad points:
Car has the turning circle of a Boeing 747.
Steering rack is also very slow for a car that is supposed to be 'sporting'. Much slower than my company runabout Mazda 3.
Ride quality is poor.
Engine sounds thrashy over 4000rpm.
Steering is heavy and lacks feedback.
Slow and heavy T5 manual gearbox. Any performance pluses the engine has are taken away by the rough and long shift actions.
The heavy controls make this a very tiring car to drive for a sport luxury. It's an experience I would expect from something like a Honda Integra Type R or Suzuki Swift Gti.
The interior is tiny for such a large car.
As an owner experience, this has been inferior to the MA series Toyota Supra in almost every way. That was a far more reliable, refined, comfortable, nimble, sporty, practical and convincing classic Japanese muscle car.
A Z31 may be good for ZX enthusiast or collectors, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. I have since placed the vehicle up for sale before it loses me any more money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th June, 2011