About Nissan 280ZX
Nissan 280ZX is a sports coupé manufactured by the exceptional Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company Ltd from 1978 to 1983. It was also called as Nissan S130, Nissan Fairlady Z, Nissan Fairlady 280Z and Datsun 280ZX. The first Nissan 280ZX was introduced to North American in 1978 for the 1979 model year as Datsun 280ZX to replace the Nissan S30. Though it had only been produced for about five years, as soon as it was introduced, Nissan 280ZX received Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1979.
Since the 1979 model year, Nissan 280ZX got its name from Datsun 280ZX in American market. It was offered in two trim levels: a no-frills two-seater and a fully equipped 2+2 GL. Then in 1980, a limited edition "10th anniversary" car was released. A facelifted version Nissan 280ZX called as "Series II" 280ZX was also launched in 1982. Nissan 280ZX then was powered by a 2.8 LL28E inline-6 engine and a 2.8 L L28ET turbo inline-6 engine that could produce 180 bhp and 203 pound feet of torque. And both engines were mated to 4-speed, 5-speed manual transmission and a 3-speed automatic transmission. However, at the end, Nissan 280ZX was replaced by the Nissan 300ZX in 1984.
Nissan 280ZX Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a Grand tourer, 3-door fastback that is also capable of racing, Nissan 280ZX is really popular among youngsters. However, if you want to keep Nissan 280ZX at the prime condition all the time, you need to know how to diagnose and solve common problems on it in time:
First, transmission failure. To be honest, transmission failure is a quite common problem on Nissan models. And in Nissan 280ZX, some drivers told that it would manifest as clicking or popping noise while turning and the noise gets louder when accelerating in turns or shudder or side-to-side shake during acceleration. These excessive vibrations would not only make the driving trip unpleasant but also make it harder to control the vehicle, not to mention the vehicle would jump in and out of four-wheel drive. Moreover, clunking noise can be heard when shifting from drive to reverse. Generally speaking, the 280ZX CV joint, output shaft bearing and transfer case output shaft snap ring could be the culprits.
Second, engine failure. This is actually an inevitable problem when a vehicle is on the way of breaking down. But in order to slow down the wearing process, you should know these. Some Nissan 280ZX drivers complained that engine may run rough, stall, fail to start and make metallic sounds. What's more, the engine performance got reduced as poor fuel economy and loss of power while acceleration. If Check Engine Light in your Nissan 280ZX is illuminated, you are advised to check the 280ZX fuel tank, fuel pressure regulator, oil filter and fuel pump thoroughly.
Owning a high performance and consistent best-shaped Nissan 280ZX is not an easy will. You would realize that apart from routine maintenance, you have a lot more to complete. First of all, what auto parts and how long to maintain them. Emblem as the symbol of your 280ZX may fall off after long-term exposure to open environment with variable adverse conditions. Wiper blade is responsible for cleaning off debris on the windscreen so that drivers have a better visibility while driving, but as it is made of soft rubber, after overexposure to heat or other horrible weathers, it could break. So, for your driving safety, you are supposed to replace it at least every six months.
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