1990 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1990 Nissan 300ZX VG30DE from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission VG30DE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles

Summary:

The Japanese Corvette, that inspires a pavement shattering confidence

Faults:

PTU seems to be acting up at 157000 miles giving the car a terrible idle, and no power.

General Comments:

I've had this car for about two years now, and really have yet to find anything majorly wrong with it. It has taken the car to 157000 miles in order for something to finally go wrong.

This is a car that not everyone will like because it simply will not fit most people's personalities or budget in one way or another. Its expensive to fill up, its expensive to insure, and they are generally expensive to buy. The work they might require is expensive as well as keeping tires on it is expensive. As you can see, this car isn't cheap in almost any way. But, like the bad, there is the good.

Performance is a major plus. Even the non turbo is quite fast considering it's a 6 cylinder. When stacked up against other cars with the same liter and cylinder count, its performance is amazing. 222 horsepower is something to be proud of in a naturally aspirated car, and with many companies supporting a twin turbo conversion, its hard to pass down a cheap 2+2 model when they come along.

The appearance of the exterior is a major plus on this car as any enthusiast will tell you. If you like they way they look on the outside, Your sure to like the look on the inside.

Interior of this car is much like you would expect. The appearance is rather decieving though. You assume you won't have much room, but any model of the 1990+ 300zx has plently of leg room, head room, and seating for the two forward passengers. Any more than two people though will cramp everyone in the car, making life miserable. The rear seats in the 2+2 should be used only for storage, and emergency seating. With the forward seats pushed the entire way back, there is more than enough room for two, with lots of comfort.

Pedals are well placed, and in the vein of a serious race car. The shifter is placed well, though a little low for me, but an aftermarket shift knob allows that to change. Passengers will say that they feel as though they are in a jet.

Suspension is simply amazing. Tight corners feel like nothing, and the car's grip (with good tires) is speed inspiring.

This car is a pretty mixed bag to a normal person. They will love the feeling of the power, yet hate it when they have to seat more than another single person. This is a car built for perfomance enthusiasts. My car is modded to stage 6, and anyone looking at the interior will instantly say "this isn't made for towing people, is it?" The lack of a cd player or radio, and a low V8-like growl shouts this fact. I don't drive it to casually drive here or there. I drive it to feel the speed, test the cars and my own limits.

When stacked up against other performance cars the Z quickly climbs to the top. It doesn't need AWD with Nissan suspension. The true V6 design is a marvel and will continually surprise you and anyone you race.

After owning this car, I will always have one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2006

1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 seater twin Turbo 3.0 TT from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 TT Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

Best Grand Touring car ever built

Faults:

Normal wear and tear: clutch hydraulic line slow leak, power steering line slow leak, both happened on minus 35 C days (I have lived in the arctic for a year now) That is all.

After 240 000km still has original turbos, springs, shocks, engine, transmission. I estimate suspension and turbos will have to be done in about 50 000 kms.

General Comments:

Zero to 100km/h in 5 seconds. zero body roll. no squeaks or rattles. super stiff and flex free chassis, sharp steering. Suspension very compliant and comfortable in both modes, despite being stiff. No turbo lag. 2 seater looks better than almost anything on the road. T-top, glass roof. Fantastic seats. easy,not expensive to upgrade, mine has about 375 hp and about 280 - 290 km/h top speed. No other car feels better. I will NEVER sell, perhaps buy an NSX one day as a second car. I loved my 944 turbo, but 300ZX TT is better is every way - stiffer chassis, much faster - especially low end, more comfortable, better built, magic handling. If Porsche continued with a 944/968 it would eventually end up like this. You can drive this car around a high speed bend very, very fast and it requires no corrections, doesn't roll, you exit thinking " I could have gone faster". Credit rock solid structure, multilink suspension and 4 wheel steering HICAS. At full throttle I get wheelspin in first 3 gears.

The only car that comes close is NSX, but because of NSX high price- new or used- I would not put it in the same category.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 33 reviews