1977 Datsun 280Z User Reviews

1977 Datsun 280Z Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
"quality" 2 reviews
"cost" 2 reviews
CONS
"handling" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Ari writes:
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why wouldn't you

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none

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Best Era Of Z's — the Z lives up to its fame, its light body weight a mere 1020kg with its 2.8L straight 6 and fully independent suspension make it great. who doesn't like the body styling. (nothing more needs to be sayed about the Z)

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Holly writes:
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Fun and sporty

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If you have a family this car isnt for you

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Its The Best Little Car Ever — This car is a sporty car, with a straight 6 in it. It handles nicely on the roads and is fast because it is so little. It is a two seater, gets about 20-22 mpg city wide and 25 highway mpg. I had it painted because if you find them they are usually in bad shape on the body.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Corey writes:
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fun to drive, economical for a sports car, rear wheel drive

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It doesn't have 4wd.

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280z A Classic In It's Own Right — For a two seater, this is one of the best sports car buys. It's proven reliability lives on to this day and many more ahead. There is plenty of acceleration that continues well past freeway speeds. It's handling is second nature. It's shape is classic. With the manual steering, you become one with the road. The seats are low and there is so much leg room that you can stretch out your legs on long drives. This car is 31 years old, solid, fast, easy to maintain, rarely needs repair, and when it does, parts are easy to aquire. This car is all about fun! I can't wait to drive it through wine country to get to work in the morning.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cary writes:
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classic style & lines; almost looks & drives like an Italian sports car from the late 60's

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still has gunk in the gas tank that clogs fuel filters / body parts don't last long in Ohio over the yrs

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Best Little Sports Car For The Money — classic Japanese entrance into the mid size sports car in the 70's. Little beast handles awesome for its age; the suspension was way ahead of its time back then. Straight 6 motor stills pulls hard for a 2.8 liter. I have a turbo kit I plan to put on it soon. And, of course, its a stick :-D

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Eric writes:
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Cheap parts and easy to work on

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OEM parts are getting scarce

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Fun And Cheap Little Car — Amazing cars, the history alone speak for itself. While by today's standards they aren't the fastest, it's is still quick. Parts are cheap and relatively easy to find. It's easy to work on and is fuel-injected so it's reliable.

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Alberto writes:
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an orig datsun Z Car - stunning desin, super low and sporty driving position - fast

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Tin Worm / Flintstone floors - not as direct or tactile as the orig 240z - big bumpers and emissions equipment diluted the performance and look

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1977 Datsun 280z — better than m first 240z in that it's fuel injected so you didnt need to fiddle with the choke on cold mornngs and you didnt smell ike a gas station attendant after long drives but it was more refined and (to me) less rewarding to drive even if it might have actually been a bit faster ...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Viko writes:
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Incredible hanlding

Cons

Fear to wreack it

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Oldschool Power! — Great handling, great power (for it age) but could have more power... i'm thinking on fuel injection and a turbo =D it looks great! its a beautifull car, but a 240z would be better... its an old car, it has 32 years already, so, yes, it need some repairs... there are some parts where the rust starts to come out... it a expensive car to drive, itas a inline 6 cylinder with 2 carburetors... so, yes, a gallon doesnt give you a lot of milleage. its is very fun to drive on corners, and drifting =D and also its a kind of atention hore XD

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Allen writes:
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It's damn sexy and fun to drive.

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They're getting older and harder to find.

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There Are Two Kinds Of Car Buffs - Those Who Love Z's & Those Who Envy Them. — These cars are becoming more scarce everyday. They were built from 1975-1978 and were the first Z cars to have fuel injection. They weighed about 2700 lbs. with 145 hp. That doesn't sound like a lot of power, but it's enough for a car that size and with the handling capabilities it has to be one of the most fun I have ever driven. I got mine in 1992, and still own it. I am in the process of replacing/restoring a lot of the engine and suspension parts right now. It needs a little TLC since it has nearly 250,000 miles on its 31 y.o. frame. I joined a local Z club (Emerald City Z Club) about 7 years ago, and since then I have learned so much about the heritage of the Z and Nissan - formerly Datsun in the U.S. I've enjoyed my Z for many years, and hope to continue enjoying it once I get it back on the road. It has certainly never won any awards for having the best paint job or coolest stereo. But, I've accumulated a large number of cosmetic and performance parts over the years. I have major plans of resto-modding the car to retain the cool old school factor while spanking a few new Hondas & Toyotas. I'm heavily influenced by the look and performance of the Z cars in Japan. Someday I will achieve the goals that I've set for my Z, but for now I'm just taking it as I can get it.

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Bob writes:
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Lower relative cost, good reputation on quality, acceleration, styling

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Handling was very poor

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Nice Looks For Something That Drives Like Buick — Drove it when I was thinking of getting a sports car in 1977. Compared to the Porsche 928, this thing drove like a Buick. It was a bit more affordable, though, and had the reputation of holding up well. It had slightly better acceleration than the Porsche.

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Bob writes:
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Lower relative cost, good reputation on quality, acceleration, styling

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Handling was very poor for a "sports" car

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Nice Looks For Something That Drives Like A Buick — Nice looks for something that drives like a Buick - Drove it when I was thinking of getting a sports car in 1977. Compared to the Porsche 924, this thing drove like a Buick. It was a bit more affordable, though, and had the reputation of holding up well. It had slightly better acceleration than the Porsche.

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1979 Datsun 280Z Reviews

Poor Mans E-type By Tommi

this is a 1980 ZX280. i bought it when i was 17 and i didn't know anything about cars or restoration. it turned out that it was "repaired" with body filler and painted over. i realized i can't manage ... Read More

Fun To Drive By Andy

it was a ok car i had a blast driving it. I like the independent front and rear suspention on the car and it was a 5 speed so it was a fun little car. It got great gas mileage and it was a very un kno... Read More

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1978 Datsun 280Z Reviews

A Blast From The Past, Fun Car To Drive. By gds1

this car is a joy to drive and be seen in. it gets great gas mileage and starts right up every time. there are no leaks under the car and it is garage stored. after a few paint fix up areas and one... Read More

One Of The Best Vehicles Ever Built! By Gracey15

Bought 280z out of showroom February 2, 1978. Still have it to this day..orginal. has 178,000 km and runs like a top. Have always kept it stock. Fun car to drive. Parked it in the garage the last 20 ... Read More

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1976 Datsun 280Z Reviews

A Great 1st Project Car By Michael

My care ist still a work in process. I plan to try to finish it up this summer. I'll paint it orange w/ 2 white racing strips and put on some extra modifications. My engine is running lean right now... Read More

Freakin Awesome. By Micah

awesome. It runs nice, despite ALOT of miles. thirtythree years old, about to be painted a legit orange. brakes squeak a little, but thats about it. Fun to drive, and just about as reliable as any ot... Read More

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1975 Datsun 280Z Reviews

Old Z By Austin

Its an old car, you cant expect it to keep up with every new sports car. But with that being said they offer an amazing piece of history at a descent price. Tons of fun to drive, not real high on the ... Read More

My Baby By Mike

well i love driveing it and watching ppl stare at me as i go by or ask me questions about it.. I hate trying to find weather stripping for my duel moonroofs. Fun car to drive has lots of pep and hasnt... Read More

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