1986 Nissan 300ZX User Reviews

1986 Nissan 300ZX Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 32 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • 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:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 18 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews
"weight" 2 reviews

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mover writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX Review
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lots of fun

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not really

mover
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Yeahaa — not much to say,.. lots of fun to drive, a real headturner, pure summer fun with the t-roof. i use it only summertimes and store it for the winter. mine is 100% original except a nissan sportsuspension. corners like bolted on the street

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

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Kyle writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX Review
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it's paid for and ready to mod

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It's hard to find parts.

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This Car Is A Blast. — Performance is awesome for a car being almost as old as I am. I like that they under built this car leaving me all kinds of opportunity to mod. I have changed the digital dash coloring. It look's really good, I've started to acquire a taste for the body style but plan on putting a front fascia on to flatten it out more like a 87-89 front end. Picked this up for $1,200.Gas mileage is amazing for a turbo v-6. This car is a blast and handle's almost as good as my WRX did.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tom writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr STD Review
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Lots of power,decent looks,plenty of cargo space, cofortable front seats,pw,pdl,t tops, quiet interior, power heated mirrors,lumbar controls,great sound system,good stopping power,alloy,wheels steering is good,interior styling is good controls well placed.

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Lots of plastic,fragile hard to find plastic, digital insturments which require a power supply that poops out @163,000 miles and requires this hard to find part,too many relays solid state electronics,inappropriate component placement that requires dash removal and for two components heater removal,things that are expensive are made cheAP and cheap stuff is expensisve or labor intensive.

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Nice Layout,sylish Looks,power To Spare. — Hard to find parts. Overview a must drive for non z owners a turn of the key and smell of burned fuel,and a clutch drop as this machine winds through first gear,as you are pushed in deep in the seat,and second is a throw away, and you ask yourself this is a import? Note: I smash on mustangs and tuners w this base model car, turbo is yet unexplored territory.................. Zcon next year.......... Fingers crossed. :-D

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

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Darlinter writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Review
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Car as far as power goes, my engine is performance built and looks awesome really turns heads she's definitely one of a kind in my eyes. I didn't pay to much for her and I've built a bond with my Z that most ppl would kill for

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Allot!

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My Z — No real room for my kids but then again she's a sport car not a sedan right lol but because of former owners she's got a ton of rust, was a tn car, and I've had to tear her apart and fix all of it

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

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Spencer writes:
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Fun and easy to work on compared to most other cars, fun to drive, looks awesome

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Requires more maintenance than your average car and some TLC

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Awesome Car For Not A Lot Of Money — Performance: So much can be done to these cars is sick! Great for beginners looking to learn how to work on cars. Plenty of car for new drivers and those looking to get their feet wet on track days and other events while keeping things inexpensive. Build quality: These cars are made to be worked on. That being said, it will likely get expensive always having someone else work on it for you. As long as general maintenance is kept up, there really aren't any major problems. Appearance: Finding one in excellent condition is difficult (more than a 20 year old car!) but the styling is very sporty, and it comes with a nice interior. Cost to Own: You can expect ~18 MPG in town and 23-25ish on the highway, not great but not really that terrible either. Parts are not too expensive and nothing major (generally speaking) goes wrong as long as simple routine maintenance is completed in a timely manner. You can pick one up anywhere between about $1500~ $3000. No more than 3k if it's stock usually. Fun Factor: An absolute BLAST to drive! For a production model car, this thing rocks. Buying, or engine swapping one to turbo (NA2T) is an excellent choice for getting the most "Bang for your buck" as this takes it to a little over 200hp. This is still not a high number by any means, but it still feels good when roll into the throttle and hear the turbo hiss as you tear down the highway.

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Chad writes:
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reliable, good fuel economy, quick

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cost of repair, limited amount of knowledgable technicians to fix it.

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The White Knight — I bought this car cheap from a neighbor with 135k miles. The drivetrain was bulletproof and never left me stranded. I hated the whole 2 seater thing, that got old. It got pretty good gas mileage and was decently quick. It got rear ended when it had 175k miles. And the original A/C worked even then. Nissan builds great cars but I wouldn't buy another 300ZX because they are a royal pain in the ass to repair or maintian, costly as well.

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lilgus05 writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Review
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We have fun and it drives fast. Originally got the car very cheap but now what Ive put into it Im keeping it that's for sure.

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Too many electrical problems

lilgus05
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Clean — Fun car to drive. Have had a lot of electrical problems with it lately. ever since the security light has had a steady light flashing. Other than that just fixing it up so its more enjoyable to drive. I have 5 vehicles and this one is staying the other 3 im selling.

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

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tommcmanis writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Review
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5

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Fun to drive,lots of power long legged gears,and great milage,my 2000 neon 4cyl cost more in fuel than my 3.0 v6

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Old,hard to find parts,digital display,lots of old brittle plastic,silly relay locations and control boxes automatic heat and conditioner that seem to always be broken some service proceedures require a phd in rocket science.

tommcmanis
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Great Syling,fuel Milage Is Good,,(depending How Heavy Your Foot Is) — The color,the color,the color, red boo hiss! Likes t tops good visibility allaround the std trans makes this turbo very fun to drive as i smoke mustangs,most v8s and the occasional tuner potatohead. Not to many minuses, other than standard mechanical issues not alot of shop or down time unless you buy a ground into ground z. I found this car broken and neglected, I drove it for 6months and sold it :( the person I sold it to abused it and was resold three times I have the opportunity to buy it back, once my girls back in the driveway she won't be leaving again

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

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Derrick writes:
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Good stuff.

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Its fun, but its small. although its beyond its time, some of the more basic aspects of the car are out of date (suspension and gear box)

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Fun Little Weekend And Good Weather Drivers Car. — Fantasticly fun to own and drive. Its old but it wont show it. After 25 years of service its still so much fun to zip around in. T-Tops off shifting through the gears with the faint sound of the turbo spooling up. Its not too fast but its quick enough to have fun in. Most other cars with massive power need to be driven with a much higher since of responsibility. The active dampening of the suspension is well ahead of its time and fun to mess with. It has SO many advanced features that are beyond it's time.

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

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Brian writes:
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Performance and luxuries

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Still Fun To Drive — Almost everything about this car is reflective of the era is was built. Performance still exceeds expectations and build quality is exception. To this day the appearance still catches the eyes of passer bys. This car is very fun to drive!

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1996 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

1996 300zx 2+2 Still Sexy After All These Years By krullone

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1995 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

First Glance, Whats That? Second, Third, Fourth..... Is This A 2015 Model? By kvanbibber33

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1994 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Awesome By tbrown02

Nissan was ahead of their time when designing this car back in the late '80's. All wheel steering, driver adjustable suspension, twin turbo with twin intercoolers, the list goes on. Drive one and yo... Read More

Very Good Car For Single Man To Have Fun At Night By bigboyt01

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1993 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

300zx Is A Great Classic Car By jkidd154champ

I just purchased this vehicle. I really always wanted one so now that i have the financial stability i went ahead and paid for the 300Z. I plan on doing some minor mods to this vehicle but i really ap... Read More

My Betty Boop Car By Meloney

the 300zx years 90-96 has always been my favorite car..this is my 3rd one, this one however is custom betty boop.. this car is a part of me.it has a few problems, a major wiring problems, and the alar... Read More

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1992 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

I Love It By kurtschnadey

I like the way it looks, handles , and rides. Plenty of power, and actually nice on long trips, the t tops are nice too. mpg is usually 20 around town, but gets about 25 on the highway if I can keep m... Read More

Voted One Of The Top 10 Most Beautiful Production Cars Made By Glen

Great looks, very quick even without turbo, drove like a slot car with new tires, very comfortable for two! The only thing I would have wished for was a six speed gearbox. The automatic lacked someth... Read More

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