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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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    Beast — here's ever been a Nissan worthy of an E! True Hollywood Story, it's the Z. It's all there: instant fame upon its debut, lots of sex (OK, maybe sexy bodywork is more accurate), an unsavory weight gain, a turn to anonymity, a wrongful death and then, finally, miraculous rebirth. Playing a starring role in all of this is the fourth- generation Nissan 300ZX. Debuting for the 1990 model year, the 300ZX was the quickest, fastest and best-handling Z to date. Even when viewed from a modern-day perspective, the top model, the 300ZX Twin Turbo, still has a dazzling stat sheet. To wit: a twin-turbo V6 engine belting out 300 horsepower, a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension and available "Super HICAS" rear-wheel steering. Depending on which published road test you look at, the 300ZX Twin Turbo could reach 60 mph between 5 and 6 seconds flat.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fast handling

    Cons: expensive maintenance  

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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    An Amazing Ride That Will Satisfy All And Rid Itself Of The Weak. — This car is amazing. The only thing holding it back would be its age. It drives so smooth and the acceleration seems limitless. It may have a measly 222 hp, but it makes it work so well. The gas mileage is not that bad as long as you can resist planting your foot to the floor to hear the wonderful sound this engine makes. This is the best car I've ever had the privilege of driving.

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

    Pros: It's a z nothing else to be said.

    Cons: If you can't drive stay away.

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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    My Twin Turbo Z — I love this cars styling and handling. I hate working under the hood. I dropped a twin turbo engine in and a manual tranny. Pain in the Butt!! Everything went ok until it came down to the vacuum system too. Im still having problems.

    Pros: Stylish

    Cons: Hate to work on it.

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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    1990 300zx Tt — I love my 300ZX. Turbo's spool up at the perfect revs and this thing moves! Had to replace injectors, but has run better than ever since then. Other than that this car owes me nothing, and i'm loving every minute i have with it.

    Pros: Power, T-tops, build quality, eye catching looks, HID Xenon headlights

    Cons: Fuel economy

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    Mechanical Problems Ruined It For Me — Quick, powerful and great handling car to be sure. Ride was pretty rough as expected, not many user amenities especially coming from a Lincoln Mark VII. T-Tops were cool, but a hassle taking them on and off and store. I would be lucky to get 20MPG anywhere with this car. Nightmare in mechanical problems. Replaced the front shocks twice in three years. I think I may have had the only automatic 300ZX in the world as it seemed nobody could fix the tranny and idling problems that popped up. Nissan dealers, Aamco...nada. After all the temporary fixes, I couldn't wait to get rid of the thing in just less than three years.

    Pros: Looks, speed, handling

    Cons: lack of comfort features, unfixable transmission problems, storage space, poor gas mileage

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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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.

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

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

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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    The Fairlady Z32 — performs well, handle like a ferrari, brake faster than a blink of an eye. the looks is awsome its a head turner. the confort is really good for a sport car lots of space. and and this for low price.

    Pros: the brake and handling

    Cons: could have more power

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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    Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo — SUPER powerful! it is a sexy car! really fun to drive! acceleration is the best RWD is alot of fun it turns heads when you drive decent on gas for a 3 liter Twin Turbo is so so so so so fun! Japanese import is unique and cool

    Pros: Speed, acceleration, Everything

    Cons: gas $$$

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr GS Hatchback Review
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    300zx N/a Targa Top — Comfortable, driving position is awesome, Not many people own one, Love the targa top, 222bhp atw is excellent but it weighs a bit so it's not at it's full potential. I love how the car was one of the first in the revolution of luxury electronics, such as cruise control, auto climate control, etc. Performance, 222bh/p ATW, 0-100 6sec, 400m in under 15sec Build-Heavy, 2-door hatch, 2 seater, targa top. Unsure of specific specs Appearance - It looks similar to the Lamborghini is a Japanese way i guess, some people like them some don't, but its defiantly a shape I've come to love. Cost - The engine bay is compact, and to do some simple things to the engine means pulling most of it apart, which is time consuming so unless you do the work yourself it can cost a bit in labor, the N/A version, which is what i have is quite reliable, the only issue i have has is cooling system hoses cracking, which have been pretty simple to fix. The car is worth around $7-11k depending on condition and year, the turbo is worth a bit more, also different options such as leather interior, hard top, and the rare soft top can also vary in price. It's not the best thing for fuel consumption but with a few mods and weight reductions it can average about 600km to 70L Fun- It's amazingly fun, especially in the wet. In summer there's nothing better than going on long road trips with the top down.

    Pros: Great looking car, Fun to drive, Different, Quick and inexpensive to buy, easily modded to gain more power

    Cons: Pretty thirsty, Cramped engine bay, Heavy

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    1990 Nissan 300ZX 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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    The Best Z — A real head turner. Loads of power and impressive drivability. The Z is major fun to drive and grips all the way to the limit. Just don't push it too far past that. I have recorded a 0-60 of just 4.8 and a top speed of over 280 k/ph (got scared) The car is of course 18 years old and has some squeks and rattles, but all in all the car is a lot of fun.

    Pros: Speed and Looks

    Cons: Gas mileage and short driving season.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    1996 Nissan 300ZX Reviews

    Lovely Car By darkmann

    As long as one sticks to the maintenance schedule, this car can last a long time. If abused, maintenance cost can be quite high. It is a two seater with limited trunk space. It is easy to mod and t... Read More

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

    This is the second Z32 2+2 that I've owned and I plan to own many more. I love driving this car and it still turns heads. I love unique cars and it's a rare occasion when I see another one of these ... Read More

    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

    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 Thomas

    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

    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

    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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