1983 Nissan 280ZX User Reviews

1983 Nissan 280ZX Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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"power" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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Jordan2371 writes:
1983 Nissan 280ZX Review
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5

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VERY light, rides on rails

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no LSD on this one, bbut i think there was one on the turbo's

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'83 280zx — the paint i think might be original on mine, and the body is gorgeous. the 2800 cc straight-six only puts out 153 ponies from the factory, but the car only weighs 2400 lbs, so there isn't all that much to push. Another advantage of being so light is the handling, which is amazing, even on mid-grade tires. the braking is great. i have never locked the tires up (has no ABS). the grand luxury trim is LOADED with so many things that were ahead of its time. Many of the features still aren't standard on many modern cars. would recommend to any classic Asian sport scar lover!

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Michael writes:
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CLASSIC ZCAR WITH MORE POWER

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electrical systems can be a problem

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If You Have A Chance To Get One That Runs And Drives Dont Skip Out On It — great classic zcar. make sure you get the turbo motor with the five-speed gearbox. the engine is easy to work on and the car is fun to drive. I had a blast with this car when i owned mine. these cars can be had for very little money if you are willing to put a little work into them. I highly recommend owning one for anyone looking for a good "driver's car"

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

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mikloskiraly writes:
1983 Nissan 280ZX Review
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5

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Looks , comfort and operating expenses

Cons

NONE as a sports car

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Totally Awsome — There was nothing bad to say about this car at all. Handles like a true sports car, accelerated very well and was extemely comfortable on long trips. A true GT car. I am over 6 feet tall and had plenty of room.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Phillip writes:
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4

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Handling, Performance, and appearance.

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Could have better fuel economy.

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Nissan 280zx — This car has great handling, and although it's acceleration is not spectacular, its still better than your average car. My particular one is in poor condition cosmetically, but the engine runs great and sounds great. In general, though, the car looks awesome, specifically the later models. I would definitely reccomend this car, lots of fun and a great car.

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Jj writes:
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5

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HANDLING- this car does nothing but stick to the ground- mild, controllable oversteer on hard corner exits

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keep an eye out for RUST!!

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Quite Simply My Favorite Car Of All Time, Though Mechanically Cranky. — Bought the car with my debit card while i was on leave from Iraq, and immediately fell in love. Keep an eye out on the spark plugs, though if you upgrade to platinums, you will need the buy an MSD ignition box- the stock box just doesn't have to power. Get ready for compliments! There arent that many left and those that have the cars generally tend to love them. Also, get ready for "I had one back in _____"

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
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Great in the corners

Cons

low horsepower

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Worth Having — It handles great, but is a little underpowered. needs some body repair but its a blast to drive. Gas mileage could be better, but it could also be alot worse. there's alot of aftermarket support for this and earlier model z's.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Altima_35 writes:
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Bulletproof solid car. Most reliable car you will find.

Cons

Bumperbars, look shocking, although they can protect the precious panels in a 30km/h hit leaving only bumper damage.

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280zx — Fruitcups often think the 280zx is the worst car of the series. Stupidity. The extra weight gained is due to the air conditioning, and full power options. Also, engine power measurements changed from gross to net hp during the Z era. How many cars do you know were made in the late 70's that had electric mirrors, windows and surround sound? If you dont understand gross and net horsepower, should you be here?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kelly writes:
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Brakes, Suspension, Handling, Exhaust.

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Acceleration, Visibility to other motorists.

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Sweet. — Overall a great handling car with good gas mileage! Incredible cornering, and very little body roll.

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Anthony writes:
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Overall...... a sweet ass car

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NONE

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Awesome — 2.8Liter Inline(straight)-Six (6cyl.), 5 speed manual trans., 2 seater(original seats replaced with lighter racing seats), RWD, 220+ Hp, 235+ Lbs of torque

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Charlie writes:
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One of the best cars ever made.

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Um, i guess one bad thing was that it only had two seats.

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Sweet Ride — One of many sports cars my dad owned way back when. Leather seats, power everything, cassette player, A/C, powerful V6 engine, and a friendly female voice to remind you when ur door is open or "ajar".

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1982 Nissan 280ZX Reviews

Grease, Gas And Glory By WolfRabbit

Of all the types of cars I've had the pleasure (some not so much) of driving, I have yet to see a vehicle that came right off the line with perfomance like this. Nissan/ Datsun had it together when th... Read More

Don't Touch My Baby By Angel

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1981 Nissan 280ZX Reviews

A Total Lemon By choppergirl

Transmission throwout bearing went out today as I pulled into the driveway, it started screaching, that pretty much will probably be the nail in the coffin for my 280zxt. I've kept this car alive for... Read More

The Z Stole My Heart By Brian

first off this car is 30 years old and i'd have it over most cars today. it's got the whole package. it's fun to drive, not horrible on gas, and surprisingly comfortable. the acceleration is really ni... Read More

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1980 Nissan 280ZX Reviews

I Would Buy Another One By Dave

The car was almost 30 years old when i bought it and had been sitting for atleast 10 of that. The cost of replacing parts and maintaining it was not expensive. Handling and braking were very good an... Read More

Aclassic Car With Some Taste. A Good Choice. By Infiniti

well overall quality of the car is in good shape. body is straight, no major problems with it. it is currently undergoing a motor swap and undating to a 83 turbo model. should be a great car to drive... Read More

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1979 Nissan 280ZX Reviews

1979 Datsun 280zxr (1 Of 1000 Built) By Erik

It's definitely a fun car to drive. ZXR theme including all original paint and whail tail. Just added the bodykit. Engine upgrade. Mostly stock interior with a few upgrades. I enjoy driving old school... Read More

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