1992 Nissan 300ZX Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1992 Nissan 300ZX 2+2 3.0 NA from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 NA Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance122500 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

A blast to drive, and looks good too

Faults:

The clutch was replaced at 119000 miles.

The leather seat on the drivers side is worn on the bolster.

General Comments:

The 300ZX is a blast to drive.

The weight of the car helps keep it planted solidly on the ground, but the 3.0L V6, coupled with the 5 speed manual and rear wheel drive can make that weight get up and move.

The 3.0L engine really doesn't start to move until you hit about 3500 RPM, and likes to be driven in the upper range.

The interior is well laid out, with most controls at your fingertips. However, I recommend replacing the Bose stereo with a newer stereo equipped with a remote. The stereo is a pretty good reach away if the seat is all the way back, and the remote control overcomes that.

The steering wheel does not tilt, which would have been a nice option.

The climate control works well and keeps the car at the temperature you set.

Maintenance is pricey and not for the average do-it-yourself mechanic. Be prepared to pay 30-70% more for parts and repairs than you would a normal sedan.

The 300ZX requires premium fuel, which is a drawback, however I think it's worth the extra cost because the car is so much fun to drive.

I really love driving this car, and highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2004

1992 Nissan 300ZX zx 3.0 non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 non turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

A street beauty

Faults:

I have replaced the starter and battery three times in 12 years. I seem to have had more serious problems here than most people I spoke to. I replaced the radiator and the clutch after 10 years. The exhaust lasted 12 years. The drivers seat is worn now and riped. The shifter and boot are shot also. The car need paint, but I pass on this. I have replaced the timing belt as needed twice.

General Comments:

I love this car and refuse to give it up. I am spending on average about 1500 a year in dealer repairs, but I drive it every day it starts rain, shine, snow, ice. The car has been great to own and still looks good. It handles like a go cart. I have a BMW 3 convertible that is nice to look at, but does not handle nearly as well as the Z. I intend on driving this car until the wheels fall off. It is by far the best I have ever owned. The engine is as strong today as it was 151K ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

1992 Nissan 300ZX Two Seater Twin turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres

Summary:

Behind the wheel is a nice place to be

Faults:

My timing belt auto tensioner failed at 142,000 km.

Right O2 sensor failed at 144,000 km.

My starter failed at 145,000 km.

Several electrical connectors needed cleaning due to corrosion.

General Comments:

This is a true sports car at a bargain price. I love driving it, washing it, working on it and just looking at it.

This is not the car for you if you don't have extra cash or the ability to repair it yourself.

The driving experience is awesome. It has tones of torque at any rpm from 1500 to red-line. The steering is precise and has a very strong centering feel and 50 mph side winds go unnoticed. You wish the road would never end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2004

1992 Nissan 300ZX 3.0 non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 non turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

You need to treat this car like a baby, which means it needs constant attention... and money

Faults:

It's overheated.

Bad fuel injector.

Replaced a heater core.

Replaced a thermostat.

Oil leaks.

Power window went out.

General Comments:

The car handles like it's on rails!!!

Very quick starting out.

Average from 30 to 80 mph.

Very top end fast from 80 to 100 mph. I could take on a 5.0 from this angle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2001

1992 Nissan 300ZX NA (non Turbo) 3.0L 24v from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0L 24v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405 MI16

Faults:

Minor things like tires, brake-pads and exhaust.

Alternator went at 57000 miles (I heard this is a common failure).

Timing belt needs to be replaced soon (at 60000 miles), which is expensive.

General Comments:

This car is truly fantastic, it looks very good and it drives very nice also.

The 300ZX NA is not as quick and powerful as a Twin Turbo, but is still very fast.

I can highly recommend this car.

Note: The only problem is to find a good mechanic who knows these cars inside out... most Nissan dealerships seem to be very incompetent at servicing these beauties (this is also the case for the Twin Turbo) and parts are expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2001

21st Dec 2003, 23:43

I recently purchased a 92 300ZX Turbo. Haven't checked gas mileage. If your looking for good gas mileage this isn't the car to buy. I've always wanted one of these beauties, but since I had never driven one I was doubtful. It is fast. I only drive it in nice weather. It has some problems. Heater doesn't work properly and radio cuts out when you hit a bump, but, these are minor. Love my Z!

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews