1986 Nissan 300ZX User Reviews

1986 Nissan 300ZX Review Ratings

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  • 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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Rachel writes:
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nice engine, turboed, good condition, fun ride, T-tops, fast, only has about 60,000 MI

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two seat car.

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Good Car — Loveeeee this car. (: It`s old BUT it`s in pretty good condition for being an `86. Pretty much is a muscle car. I like the sound of the engine. It has a nice grumble noise. Only issue is that the brake light wont go off..but hopefully it will get fixed soon. Oh and its turboed (: downside..only a two seaterrr. It also has T-tops.

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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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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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Nate writes:
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trailer trash. hedious, loud, fast, fun to drive, t-tops for the mullet club, 257,000 miles and still runs. hit a deer at 80mph and still runs. and what a beauty she is.

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car over heats, draws cops near, lost licens driving car due to "loud engine roar of speeding car". car drives like a boat, weighs a crap ton and has little crappy breaks for the car. nothing works the way it should. with all this being said, the best $800 i ever spent.

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Dont Know What This Means — the car is wonderfully white trash. could not have asked for a more horrifying car. man do i love this car.

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mover writes:
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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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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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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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Steve writes:
1986 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr STD Review
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5

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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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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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1984 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

My Daughter, At A Very Young Age, Called It "the Black Car". The Name Stuck. By SmittieZ

I like everything about it. The only thing I don't like is my wife annually asking me when we're going to sell it! Seriously, I have 700+ hours of labor of love in this car - even so far as three coat... Read More

1984 Nissan 300zx By aicsusa

GREAT CAR! I have a 1984 300zx and I am the original owner. I also have a 1990 300zx and a 2003 350z. I still love driving this car after 29 years. I still drive it just about everyday. I will truly m... Read More

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1985 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Ageless Coupe Styling Lots Of Fun Without Today's Horsepower By Reconmaster

I bought this out of an old woman's garage at the right price. Even though it was an automatic, the turbo spooled up and put you back in the seat. It has been a trusty date car over the years. I have ... Read More

"hear Me Coming Then I'm Gone" By Cale

I like everything really. Fun to drive, fun to be seen in. The whole package is a pretty good deal. Anyone who drive a car like this will enjoy every commute everywhere. great gran touring car, can't ... Read More

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1987 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Miami Nissan 300zx Adventure By PedroDelCorto

This car was my first Nissan Sports car back in 1987 bought it off the dealer cash 0 miles. I have loved driving this ever since. It has amazing looks even now. It always ran smoothed and I love the... Read More

Awsome Style And Power By Les

performance was great with the 3L V6 turbo my best 1/4 mile time in stock form was 15.6 sec which isnt too bad considering how heavy it was it also used to drift quite nicely also great car overall Read More

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1988 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Ive Put In The Hard Work And Cash Now You Reap The Rewards By Eric

the steering and susoension is something ive never expierienced before. backseats were bit small but id rather have them then not. fun to upgrade whether its something engine related or style.if i di... Read More

88 300zx Turbo Vroom, Vroom By Dano999

Nice car with lots of balls. Low to the ground. Great cornering abilities. Unfortunately parts whether OEM or aftermarket are hard to find for these cars. Looking to start replacing some parts on t... Read More

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1989 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Beautifully Designed Powerful Sportscar. By John

The timing belt had to be replaced at 312,470 miles. Before this happened, this car was extremely low in maintenance costs. And the powerful acceleration from this 22 year old motor has embarassed man... Read More

Twin Turbo Says It All By Jason

1989 nissan 300zx tt fairlady, Performance - acceleration, braking, top speed, twin turbos kick in with instant acceleration. comfort with bucket seats in front and back. targa roof, all electrics. ov... Read More

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