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Nara writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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5

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If you can appreciate something special.

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Affording to keep it.

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Great For Me, Maybe Not For You. — Performance is phenomenal, put your foot down if you dare. Being a 20 year old car it's had many problems, but preventative maintenance is as always the best way to go. I haven't gone past anyone who could resist staring yet, and has been mistaken for both Lamborghini's and Ferraris. Incredible fun, and much class. Girlfriend loves it of course. Only downside is fuel and repairs, both have been a small fortune, and most mechanics refuse to work on it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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Everything

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Nothing

poohman1975
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Awesome — It has great looks and turns heads everywhere I take it. It is fairly comfortable for a sports car and has decent front seat leg room. Maintenance needs to be performed utilizing OEM parts, aftermarket parts do not seem to mesh well.

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

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Louise writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Awesome fun to drive, stunning looks, people ask questions about it.

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Expensive to run and maintain, would make a very impractical shopping trolley.

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300zx Twin Turbo - Grey Import — "once again beautiful, so sleek and tight and shimmering that it still looks great ten years after it went away" - Automobile magazine. The 300ZX was produced from 1989 to 2000 when it the VG30DETT engine was killed off by pollution legislation. This amazing ten-year run is a testament to how far advanced the model was for its time and even today does not seem dated. This car is not the fastest 6-cyl off the line but when the turbos kick in it really gets up and moves. Thanks to the performance at high revs and boost it is perfect for overtaking, tearing past anything anything doing 100km/h. Factory horsepower for the Twin Turbo is 300HP (220kW) and this can be greatly improved upon with some modifications. There are highly modified VG30DETT engines putting out 1000BHP. The braking is fine, particularly with better pads but they're getting to the age where fresh discs and caliper rebuilds are worth doing. Which is also a great opportunity to upgrade them to ventilated discs and paint those calipers. The build quality is very good with only minor problems like vinyl peeling off interior parts and the tweed trim looking a bit grubby if the previous owner was a pig. The VG30DETT engine is strong if treated right but very unforgiving of bad treatment. Oil changes are extremely important as there is a tendency toward seized turbos and spun bearings if the lines become clogged or if the oil loses its lubricating properties. The engine runs very hot and while this is normal it doesn't leave any room for neglect of the cooling system. An engine rebuild costs in excess of $5000 and is inevitable if the car has been neglected or overboosted and thrashed. So if you want to buy one check everything under the bonnet and have a compression test done to make sure you're not buying something that needs a rebuild straight up. You'll also need maintenance money left over because it's likely there will be other expensive issues that will come up in an inspection. The performance also comes at a price - whatever that may be at the pump - because it consumes an average 20L/100km and much more if driven hard. With stock suspension and fast cornering you can feel the heavy (1610kg) mass threatening to break away. With a set of coilovers and some wider wheels the car is transformed into something that handles like a go-kart thanks to its low centre of gravity and wide, aggressive stance. This makes it a hell of a car for the backroads, just not for the speed humps. Considering that the normally aspirated version sold for $87,000 in 1990 a good twin turbo example is a bargain today at around $10,000+. Instead of rapid depreciation your money is instead spent on maintenance for a car this age. This means it's a great buy for a car enthusiast who can do at least some of their own work but a really bad choice for someone who doesn't know much about cars and doesn't want to learn. They are an impractical car to drive around town so if you are driving around a lot in traffic then they are a poor choice. In parking lots the body gets bashed by speed humps and badly positioned kerbs and they are not the easiest car to get into a small parking spot. The cargo area is also small, as are the back seats, so they are definitely not a family car.

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Oscar writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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4

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The looks and the Z community are awesome.

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Parts are so expensive

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My Frist Car, I Love It. — A great car that was way ahead of its time! Has a timeless look and is really fun to drive. Every time you accelerate, it will pull your head back. A head turner that gets you many compliments from strangers. Everyone always asks if I would sell.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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yadasaki writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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It's a fun car to drive, just not an everyday commuter car.

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A little shaky when driving, but what can you expect from a 1990 car.

yadasaki
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Fun Drive — I like it, some days are better than others but on those good days driving it i feel more alive than ever. Good car to own for a little while. Not too bad on gas either, even though it'll only take premium. I've enjoyed having this car a lot.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jean writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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5

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fast, fun

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injectors are a common problem so dont get one if you dont like doin your own work

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Love It — Can't be too specific yet. trying to get her put back together. once i get the money planning a RH TT clip from Japan. When i got her obviously she wasnt in top condition if i got her for a grand. already replaced fuel pump, cleaned out fuel tank, new injector, plugs, wires, battery, alternator and belts. also the front bumper is replaced and put 350z rims on. have grand plans for her. cant wait to see her finished.

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

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Rob writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX Review
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4

Pros

T-Top.  V6 twin turbo performance

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Not much space, expensive parts and repairs

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Entry Level Performance Motoring. — My entry into performance motoring. It was a 2 seater. Performance was not too bad but not great. 0-100km/h just under 6 seconds. Was unmodified (except exhaust). Good sounding car, not too bad looking although a little dated now. T-Tops were fantastic. Easy and quick to remove, didn't leak when on. Took up quite a bit of room in the boot when off though. Boot space was actually pretty good for this type of car - much much more useful than in my Supra. Brakes were good for a spirited drive on the open road, but not up to track work. After about 3 laps on a medium speed circuit they were cooked. V6 means fairly expensive to repair as there is two of most/many things. Also being a quite short nose means the engine bar is rather cramped. This makes work on it fairly expensive (or difficult/annoying if you are doing yourself). Has HICAS which seemed a little gimmicky to me. Not sure if mine wasn't working properly but just seems like another thing to go wrong and offered marginal benefit. The SWB was quite difficult to slide controllably as it tended to snap quite aggressively. Not sure if the 2+2 version shares this trait.

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

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Kellen writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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If you're going to buy one, do proper maintainence first.

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Hate? Nothing!

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Buy One, Do Proper Maintainence, And It Will Last — I have beaten Z06 vettes, Shelby GT500s, and 600cc street bikes. The potential for bolt on power is there for these cars, and theyre relatively cheap to buy. Just make sure you do the maintainence. It is a very fun car to drive, and I get compliments on it everywhere I go. Most people can't believe the car is 20 years old.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Marcus writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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4

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it's fun, fast and a looker

Cons

it's old.

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Overall A Good Car, But Only Buy One If You Want A Sports Car, You Do Have To Make Sacrifices. — For a non turbo the car is fast, the breaks are very good, even in the winter. It has a hint of under steer, but will corner with the best of them. The car is a challenge to work on, but that just makes the driving experience all the more rewarding. Being 21 years old it has it's squeaks and rattles, but with my aftermarket exhaust, you can't hear to much of it. the car is a looker, especially if you have the rear spoiler on it. I get about 20mpg on premium gas, (that's part highway part city). I have had to replace the fan belt on it and some other odds and ends but nothing serious. the car is a blast to drive especially with the roof off.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kyle writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Handing
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5-speed Manual Transmission with nice short shifts
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Age >< Things are starting to show wear, but the repairs are fairly easy to do with basic mechanic knowledge.

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Timeless Design And One Of The Best Engines Ever Made. — The VG30DETT Engine is with out a doubt one of the funnest engines, and while the engine bay is very compact, everything is easily accessible. The engine responds well to modifications, and the body is such a sleek piece of art. Lots of technology on the inside, including a two-stage electronic controlled suspension, all-wheel steering with the HICAS system, and power everything. Considering it is an 18 year old car, that is outstanding.

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1995 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

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1994 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Awesome By tbrown02

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1993 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Black Beauty By Sterlingm32

It's a fun car to drive and zip around in. Looks really nice too. The good is it is a sporty little car that still looks excellent. The lines on it are modern enough to still be in style. The in... Read More

Elder Z Does Not Disappoint. By Chris

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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

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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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