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
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"handling" 23 reviews
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"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"expensive part" 7 reviews
"heavy car" 5 reviews

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fbk43 writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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This is a two seat sports car, way before it's time.

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Not family practical

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So Very Much A Sports Car, Anywhere, Anytime — Nothing, it is close to perfect today. Especially if you understand it is 25 years old and still a super machine. It was so before it's time. It set the race between the European folks and Nissan. All the others had to readjust their thinking the day the 300ZX came to town.

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

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Gabriel writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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Great looking car that stands the test of time, good handling, good profile, low stance, decent power

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Wished they had offered the twin turbo in 2+2, a little less weight would have been good too

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Good Car But Not As Great As The Twin Turbo 2 Seater Was — I got this as my second car and it was my dad's. He had done the basic intake, exhaust, ECU but also done wheels, springs, shocks, and lower control arms/tension rods. So it was good handling car with decent power. But needed more. In the end, it was just drinking gas too much for me.

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

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Nara writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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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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poohman1975 writes:
1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr 2+2 Hatchback Review
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Everything

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Nothing

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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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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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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:
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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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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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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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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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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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1986 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

Clean By lilgus05

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.... Read More

My Z By Darlinter

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 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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