1990 Nissan 300ZX User Reviews

1990 Nissan 300ZX Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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"ride" 38 reviews
"power" 31 reviews
"speed" 23 reviews
"handling" 22 reviews
"brakes" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"expensive part" 7 reviews
"heavy car" 5 reviews

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Marcus writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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it's fun, fast and a looker

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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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Jean writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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fast, fun

Cons

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

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Great power and made for gripping turns

Cons

It is hard to work on until you learn your way around it

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Great Car All Around, But Be Ready To Keep Up Maintainence — Love everything except all the tight fits, the body damage, and how i can not run 10% ethanol....either race fuel or 100% gas (unless it isn't turbo). Even with my dead suspension I can out handle most cars on the road. Gas mileage isn't that bad if you can control the urge to lay into it. Stock the car is well balanced all the way around except a brake upgrade is a must. Syncros in transmission are worn badly (common problem with factory syncros). Once I get the car were I want it, I would not trade it for anything short of another Z32.

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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Kellen writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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4

Pros

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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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.

Cons

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

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Shear response, handling and looks

Cons

Expensive for insurance

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Beautiful Car, If I Could, I Would Buy A Twin Turbo One Tomorrow! — This is a great first car! Reliable, excellent handling, great over all car! For a 1990 model car it had almost twice the power of any holden or ford back in 1990. It has digital climate control, ABS, front and back disc brakes, LSD, cruise control, remote central locking, power windows, power steering, targa roof and 16" alloys all as factory standard. The Nissan 300ZX Owners Association forum (aus300zx.com) is one of the most useful car forums I have ever been a member of!

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

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

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rear wheel drive

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not twin turbo YET

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300zx — after i do the twinturbo motor swap and paint it black ill have nothin bad to say...love the rear wheel drive , the t tops, and the overall look of this car, ive replaced belts, new racing clutch and lightweight flywheel, new driveshaft bearing..and lots more

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

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Nick writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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4

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Solid sports car that is extremely durable and many ways to make good power numbers on a budget.

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Money

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Gotta Love The Fairladys!! — Look at my pictures! So much to say in a small box. The Z32 is an extremely versatile machine. Built in Japan from 90' to 99' it was a showcase of superb Nissan engineering. A car that Nissan eventually lost money on due to the great amount of input it received. The result is a cheap sports car that with some love and a decent amount of wallet can be turned into an exotic killer.

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

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Brittany writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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great car, fun to drive, sporty, peppy engine

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no cup holders

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Awesome! — Great car! Fun to drive! The perfect weekend cruiser! My 300zx was roomy inside, sporty outside, and fun. T-tops, 5-speed, leather seats, power everything. Easy to maintain. And I could actually fit a lot inside that hatchback trunk too! I would recommend this car to anyone. (No cup holders though)

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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

From every single trim level there is a wow factor not available in the early 90's. My friend and Fairlady Z enthusiast told me "If a 300zx turbo and a space ship landed on your front lawn at the same... Read More

My Fairlady By Ottello

I am currently in a AT to 5 speed conversion, also a lot of work in the engine, interior, and body. Took me already almost a year to do the rebuild. I hope to upload the new pics soon, probably in on... Read More

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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

I like the style, handling, power, room to move around but its not a good family car its good to go out and fun with and tune. The interior is not the greatest but it will work all in all i am happy w... Read More

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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

I'd always wanted one of these cars. The twin turbo versions are still pretty expensive 20+ years later, but the naturally aspirated cars are not to be overlooked. They are typically less fussy when i... Read More

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1992 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Track Car By jhermanson

This car is fun but a bit of a money pit being a 22 year old car it requires more frequent work definitely a track car or project for any z enthusiast, and value will only go up from here Read More

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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