About Nissan 300ZX
As a member of the Nissan Z-car family, Nissan 300ZX was built by the outstanding Japanese multinational automobile manufactured Nissan Motor Company Ltd from 1983 to 1989 and between 1990 and 2000 as a sports car/grand tourer. Originally introduced as the successor of Nissan 280ZX, 300ZX was actually available in the United States from 1984 through 1996. But even being replaced by Nissan 350Z in the end after being manufactured for two generations, 300ZX had won many awards and recognition such as it was on Car and Driver Magazine's Ten Best List for seven consecutive years, winning Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year and so on.
The first-generation Nissan 300ZX was produced from 1984 to 1989 and made its debut in North America in 1984 with two special edition versions, a 50th Anniversary Edition and a Shiro Special. It was offered in two body styles, 2-door coupe, and a 2+2 coupe. During this generation, 300ZX was powered by 3.0 L V6 and 3.0 L Turbo V6, which sent power through 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. The more recent 300ZX was again introduced in the North American market as Commemorative Edition in 1996. 300ZX then discontinued the Variable Cam Timing (NVTC) and introduced the OBD II electronics. Back then, it still got power from 3.0 L V6 rated at 222 hp and 198 pound-feet of torque and 3.0 L Turbo V6 producing 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and power was applied to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.
Nissan 300ZX Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Praised for its attractive styling, power and handling performance, Nissan 300ZX is a very popular sports car. But if you take the youngest 300ZX's age into account, then you know it is a high time for you to prepare for these common problems:
First, as a sports car pursuing high performance and high speed, engine failure could be a buzz kill on your Nissan 300ZX. Worse is the cooling system failure often happens along to deteriorate the already terrible engine issue. Normally, if the coolant is not adequate, the engine will overheat a lot and stay at a high operation temperature, which is harmful to engine performance. Gradually, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues; the strange noises such as squealing, rattling or whining sounds from the engine could be seen as a signal. Finally, you will notice a major decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy, and the Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light could be activated, too. You are suggested to keep the 300ZX oil pump gasket, drive belt, radiator hose, cooling hose, crankshaft pulley, camshaft seal, spark plug and exhaust manifold gasket in good condition to avoid this issue appearing on your 300ZX.
Second, for Nissan 300ZX drivers, problems on suspension, transmission and steering systems are also very tricky to handle. Worse condition is most drivers have enough knowledge about working principle of automobiles, which could delay the trouble. Often, the suspension failure often manifests as grinding or roaring noise from the tire area, abnormal tire wear, excessive vibration while driving, steering pulling to the left and right, and the 300ZX wheel bearing, coil spring insulator, control arm bushing and sway bar bushing are the culprits. As for transmission and steering failures, you need to pay more attention to the working condition of 300ZX pinion bearing and power steering hose.
However, you need to depend on routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Nissan 300ZX to make sure you can only enjoy a safe and comfortable ride. Some electrical parts are exposed to a high frequency of usage, the 300ZX power window switch, speedometer cable, coolant temperature sensor, fuel pressure regulator, headlight switch should be maintained routinely. Other parts including 300ZX headlight bulb, door handle, fog light, headlight, wiper arm, wiper blade should be on the routine maintenance list as well.
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