1990 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 8 of 9

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo 3.0L TT from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0L TT Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

They stopped making it for a reason

Faults:

The Turbo died at around 93k, it was a very expensive fix, which came out to be around $3000. They say the Turbo lasts for 70-80k.

Crappy wheel bearings have hit ABS on my car, $100 fix.

Did the Camshaft Timing belt at 70,000.

General Comments:

After 65,000 miles, the car just starts going down hill right away. Even for the later years.

All in all, the car was great when it was young. A popular magazine once said "buy this car for the first 65,000 miles, then get rid of it".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

13th Dec 2002, 00:56

You are such a typical American. A sophisticated, high performance car is going to need regular and expensive maintenance if it is going to last the distance. If you are after a place to consume McDonald's while driving down the Interstate, that you can thrash and neglect, buy a Lincon Navigator, or something equally as hideous. The Fairlady Z was not intended as just a suburban hack.

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo V6 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 3.0L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Powerful car, that breaks down

Faults:

Turbo 92,000 (expensive).

Gearbox and transmission 107,000 (expensive).

Fuel injectors 123,000 (expensive).

Various electrical, that were not very expensive as well.

General Comments:

High performance, can't handle the load?

One of fastest cars I have ever owned, but requires a lot of work to keep it running. It becomes expensive very quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th September, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Faults:

AIV valves, TWICE, once at 64k, the other at 116k.

Transmission went at 122k.

Turbo at 89k (and acting odd again).

General Comments:

I won't lie to you, this car is sweet when it's running well, it's fast. Reliability on the other hand, kinda iffy. I know many will say it's not true (they must be lucky), but two of my friends also have these cars, only slightly newer.. and the same problems occur.

Comfort could be a little better as well.

Don't get me wrong, I like this car, but I won't be very sad when I let it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Cool. Lots of car for the money

Faults:

Replaced the drive train in 2000 because the car had developed a growl and extra vibration. Only about $900 to repair, though.

Replaced front struts and tie rods last year, as well. Had problems with new Nokian NRV tires - handles great but developed bumpiness, especially when cold. The car is very sensitive to minor tire balance or alignment variations; keep things tuned up!

Otherwise, this car has been extremely reliable and enjoyable. The engine has been flawless.

General Comments:

This is a fun car! I'd love to have the turbo for the extra acceleration, but I drive mostly curvy state highway roads which are ideal for this car (ride's a little harsh on Vermont dirt roads, though. Stick to the fast pavement!)

T-tops are a nice feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo Coupe 3.0 V6 24v DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 24v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Faults:

Valve cover gasket needed to be replaced.

O2 sensor had to be replaced.

Throttle position switch had to be replaced.

Power transistor unit had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is very responsive and solid.

The car, equipped with Bridgestone Potenza series tires, is very predictable.

Braking is not as good as one would like and should be upgraded for spirited driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX Non-turbo 6 cylinder, twin cam 24 valve from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder, twin cam 24 valve Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

It's fast, attractive, and reliable. Enough said

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch and the center propeller shaft bearing. Both were cheap operations, and would happen with any other car.

General Comments:

It eats gas, but I love it. It's very fast (especially if you work on the exhaust) and takes turns like no other.

It has very good leg room, a perfect clutch, and a perfect trunk for that double 12 inch woofer box that every ZX owner should have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX TT 3.0 twin turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

Little red rice rocket

Faults:

Nothing bad has ever happened to this wonderful car.

General Comments:

This is truly the perfect car, it carries the Z heritage on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2001

1990 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 liter 24 valve N/A from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter 24 valve N/A Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres

Summary:

With looks and performance... It's a winner

Faults:

Only problem with the car is the manual transmission, synchros in 3rd and 4th are grinding occasionally.

One headlight blew.

General Comments:

Very good Japanese sports car.

For a non-turbo I have found this car to be very quick and handles very well.

The 300ZX really gives you the feel of a true sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2001

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