Comments - Japanese Tuner Icons: Nissan 300ZX

Published: Jun 28, 2012
Description: Like several other cars on this list, the 300ZX has a history which stretches beyond the years when the import tuner trend was the big. But the 300ZX has one of the longest and most iconic histories, ...
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Mark Reider Jun 28, 2012
I loved this car (300ZX) back then. I did own a 240SX in the early nineties, sweet car, she was a lot of fun!
Mark Reider Jun 28, 2012
Yeah! and gas was only a dollar a gallon too. Nissan should take the 370Z and twin turbo charge it, call it the 370ZX.
Shawn Griffith Jun 28, 2012
You know what my favorite part about this car is? The Twin Turbo models only got 13 MPG. Back when they had their priorities of building a car in the correct order.
Mr Two Jun 28, 2012
jap cars of this era were over engenired (built to tune) this car would piss all over a 370z
Phillip Greene Jun 28, 2012
Whatever 300zx is legend it was one of the fastest cars of the time, 370 is just a n/a v6 "sports car"
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
@Phillip the 300zx beat the 350z, not the 370z.
Phillip Greene Jun 28, 2012
Really? cuz were im from winning is winning so 300zx> 370z, old>new (same model)
Zach Pate Jun 28, 2012
Was one * I apparently didn't sleep enough.
Zach Pate Jun 28, 2012
Yep, Jeremy and Hammond argued about how older cars are better than today's. That one was race they did.
Zach Pate Jun 28, 2012
@bader, too gear uk did a drag race between a 350z and a 300zx and the 300zx won, but that doesn't mean much.
Micah Lau Jun 28, 2012
"The original Z car has become a classic in recent years"?! How about for the past few decades.
Jacob Keith Miller Jun 28, 2012
I like these japanese tuner icon category stuff
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
Probably because of safety. Horrible on roll overs I would think. But them again, so are convertibles. I wish they would come back. Or make a targa top 370Z.
Carlton Sofocusedon Green Jun 28, 2012
Why no more t tops anymore?
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin Jun 28, 2012
They should bring the T-tops back
Johnny Francis Jun 28, 2012
One of my favorite cars. Seein them on the road makes me just think back to an awesome time
Ghaith AL-sharari Jun 28, 2012
I had one of these but a blacked out one and they were fun to drive
Cody Gillard Jun 28, 2012
i would buy this in a heartbeat
John Serely Jun 28, 2012
That color looks great!
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
That looks awesome!!! Don't like the intakes beside the headlights though. Everything else is awes
Patrick Schalk Jun 28, 2012
Now that's sexy. Love that these came with t tops
Jordan Jackson Jun 28, 2012
This one looks pretty good, the only thing I would do appearance wise is paint the red rings on the wheels black, nice car tho
Dale Schroeder Jun 28, 2012
These have a lot of tuning potential, but they're also notorious for overheating if you push them too hard and don't compensate properly.
Description: It was the car which had the look of a sleek European sport coupe but for a fraction of the price, and it sold it such large numbers that seeing one on the street today isn't so uncommon. After t...
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Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
All S30s (240z, 260z, and 280z) are basically the same car with different engines, it's not really necessary to differentiate the 260z and 280z from the 240z.
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
on second thought, it does deserve to be forgotten...
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
what about the 260z carbuzz? i know it was terrible (because of US emissions regulations), and by far the slowest z car made, but it did exist...
Description: A turbocharged model was offered, but there had been a turbo 280 ZX as well, so this wasn't anything new. The big changes came in 1990, when the second generation of the 300ZX, known internally ...
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Eric Michalak Jun 28, 2012
I owned two mid 80s models a while back. Both beat to hell. The '86 still ran though. Super fun and very fast. Easy to kick the tail out and keep under control.
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
That's why they had to stop making the 300zx, it had become to expensive for the original Z market to afford. With the 350Z they sacrificed a bit of performance to go back to the roots of being an affordable sports car.
Michael Page Jun 28, 2012
You are talking NA vs twin turbo. The new Z's are inexpensive sports cars, like the originals. The twin turbo version was very pricey in its day
Yousef Khorsheed Jul 22, 2012
My brother has the exact same 300zx
Ashley Lopez Jun 29, 2012
I always thought the G37 came out in 2008 since in 07 there were some G35s that had the updated body style of the G37 but they still had the 3.5 liter engine.
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
You're right, my bad. I know the G37 came out in 2007 and they're built on the same platform so I just assumed the 370Z came out in the same year.
Ryan Cardone Jun 28, 2012
Correction Bob, the 370Z was introduced in 2009.
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
This is the 300zx, the new ones (since 2007) are 370z's.
Carlton Salmon Jun 29, 2012
Is that blue car a Mazda Montrose Coupe?
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
I always hated the middle inserts people put on them like that. The only one I have liked is the TwinZ one, where it is pretty much just a cut, not anything like this.
DeUahn Wells Jun 30, 2012
I wanna say its a 510...not positive though.
Micah Lau Jun 28, 2012
Can anyone identify the car whose front left corner you can see in the bottom right of this photo?
Zach Sullivan Jun 28, 2012
I could easily find a bunch of better picks on Google
Logan Delony Jun 28, 2012
This is not the easiest job, you know give them a break
Zach Sullivan Jun 28, 2012
wow carbuzz had really been screwing the tuner spotlights they pick the riced out cars and this wtf.
Byakka Hirakawa Jun 28, 2012
Really?? I meanreally carbuzz Its not the prettiest car, but there r better looking ones
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
wtf carbuzz, you couldn't find a better pic of the z31?? lolz;)
Ben Mueller Jun 28, 2012
Fun project right here!
Description: However, there was often a perception that it was some great leaden thing, and this simply isn't true. It was a bit heavier than a Supra, and a bit less powerful, but neither of these were by a v...
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Description: Engine internals were solid and over-built in the way Nineties turbocharged engines tended to be. It could hold 400 horsepower safely without any need to upgrade components. Bored out and with forged ...
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Aaron Crisp Jun 30, 2012
Ohh my bad, I thought you said Eclipse for some reason. Still respect haha both 4 bangers though.
Aaron Crisp Jun 30, 2012
Colby you're comparing a Z06 to two FWD cars... VR4 is AWD, known for its crazy launches. Not bashing your car or anything.
Joel Hope Jun 30, 2012
So is my civic. Beats veyrons at the lights cause I added a coffe can exhaust.
Colby Church Jun 30, 2012
I bet he wouldn't take my 455 horsepower 2001 Corvette Z06. I raced a 580hp neon SRT4 and a 550hp Mitsubishi Evo and they couldn't keep up. I doubt he would either. My car's gearing and torque are just perfect for stoplight drags. :)
Mark Reider Jun 29, 2012
When this 600hp VR4 pulls up next to you and revs the motor. You can here the huge after market turbos spooling up, then dumping through the waste gates. It's an Awesome sound. It was just funny to see the surprised look on the Vette driver's face.
Mark Reider Jun 29, 2012
Mikey, why would that not be fair. The Corvette's brand new and the 3000GT VR4 is dated and weights at least 7 to 8 hundred lbs more. It was a very close race, but the GT just crawled away from the Vette.
Aaron Crisp Jun 29, 2012
@Michael The top of the line 3000GT VR4 was not FWD, but AWD. The 2 lower models were though. Huge mistake, ridiculous amount of under steering for so much power and weight. Car Buzz please do the VR4 next! Any Mitsubishi will do :)
Aaron Crisp Jun 29, 2012
I was referring to the 3000GT, I love all tuner cars of the 90's but my VR4 is my favorite :) heavy damn thing but I love her.
Phillip Greene Jun 29, 2012
No im pretty sure by 600hp 3000gt he meant a 600hp 3000gt, and thats pretty sweet cuz that build probably cost less than a gs vett, not nockin vetts im a huge advacate of ls cars but you cant argue with results
Andrew Grimm Jun 29, 2012
Mikey I think he meant he watched a 300zx (300hp, unless it wasn't stock, which I bet it was modified) against the GS(436hp). The Z had to be modified, because they are heavy pigs, and the GS weighs less than it.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 29, 2012
436hp vs 600hp not fair.
Mark Reider Jun 28, 2012
Loved all the nineties cars, 3000GT VR4. 300ZX, Supra. Theres an awesome 3000GT VR4 that's cranking out over 600hp, where I live. I watched this car beat a new Grand Sport Corvette in a drag race, just awsome.
Joe Hero Jun 28, 2012
Regardless of it's memorability, personally I still like the GTO more then the Supra, RX-7, and the Z. Just wish the AWD didn't weigh it down so much. And I dislike the fact I see the FWD SL variation of it every 7 blocks.
Ashley Lopez Jun 28, 2012
What happened CarBuzz? No mention of the Stillen 300zx GTZ.
Phillip Greene Jun 28, 2012
The next one needs to be about the vr4 3000gt, vr4 eclips or the vr4 galant, that galant made an evo look like a civic and hardly anyone knows about it
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
Now on a straighter track, I totally agree with u, the rx7 wouldnt keep up with a supra or 300zx
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
I've found the 300zx isn't as great a handler but personally I've not driven one, that's from watching and reading vids and articles... The supra is quite good though, and with its extra power, it could beat an rx7 even on a twisty track
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
@ andrew, yea idk. The supra and 300zx r more technologically advanced, but I think on a track with more twists and turns the rx7 would beat the 300zx and even the supra... But idk... The supra is a great handling but the rx7 is better in that area
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
@ Stephan, not the old ones (r32-r34) unless u go through a huge process to get them to pass our emissions and safety but as far as I know, I think it's only the r33 u can even do that with
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
And also I figured the Z had much better sales because I see way more 300ZX on the road than Supras. But you may be right
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
@Matt I wouldn't say that the RX7 had better performance. They are lighter and more go kart like, but don't have the power and technology that the Z has. It looks like you own a supra and I own a Z so we're both biased towards our own cars lol
Stephen Tyler Learn Jun 28, 2012
Matt can you get skylines in Canada?
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
And also, the rx7, supra and skyline beat the 300zx in performance ;)
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
Previous year sales... And after that, the supra out sold it until the 300zx was discontinued in 96'
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
@ Andrew... The supra sold better than the 300zx if we're talking about the 90's versions and the years from 93-98 when the latest gens were competing.. The year the supra came out, the 300zx sales we're okay, but the next yea dropped over half of its
Michael Page Jun 28, 2012
You hear that Honda crx!!!
Michael Page Jun 28, 2012
3000gt, lol. Sports cars don't come in fwd!!
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
I'd say the supra is remembered more than the 300zx... The 300zx isn't remembered as much as some of nissans other sports cars I find, like the 240sx... It's popular but not as popular as the supra... It's definitely more popular than the 3000gt
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
I think the 300ZX TT is more remembered than the Supra for sure!! Maybe the Supra more so by tuners, but the Z definitely beat all of the other 90's Jap sports cars in sales and overall performance
Jahaziel Ortiz Jun 28, 2012
3000GT VR4, I can surely respect that car, that version.
Aaron Crisp Jun 28, 2012
I'll stick to my Mitsubishi 3.0! Thank you very much.
Carlton Salmon Jun 29, 2012
There's alot of UK registered cars in this article. This one is very nice.
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
This thing has cancer on the front bumper and sides. Looks hideous.
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
damn... that's a good looking z
Cody Gillard Jun 28, 2012
oh holy crap thats amazing
Cody Gillard Jun 28, 2012
love these my cousin has one in grey fun to drive also
Rajdeep Attwal Jun 29, 2012
Bumper must have been added after because the reg makes this one out to be a 93/94 model.
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
'99 J-Spec front. One of the best bumpers for the Z.
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
Yeah IIRC this is the stock JDM bumper from 1996-2000.
Laguna Seca Jun 28, 2012
Nothing but respect for the 300ZX, I loved this car in 93 but bought a supra. I only wish the 370Z would drop in twin turbos, $55k would be a steal compared to $92k GT-R.
Ashley Lopez Jun 28, 2012
In my opinion this is the best front bumper for these cars and this is the best car in this article.
Ashley Lopez Jun 28, 2012
That's because this is the front fascia from a Japanese spec 300zx and it was designed to not only look good but to improve airflow to the intercoolers as well.
DeUahn Wells Jun 30, 2012
They did go for a whole lot of riced out examples of stuff for the import series didn't they....
Zeus Mocha Jun 29, 2012
Yup the one off of Tokyo Drift. And it seem small because it's sitting to far into the wheel well. It needs some spacers.
Bob Jones Jun 28, 2012
I agree with Andrew, every article of this Tuner series has been written very well, then ruined by a terrible selection of pictures.
Bradley Masonn Jun 28, 2012
Copied the veilside RX7 colour scheme lol
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
Carbuzz, you should have let a Z32 enthusiast pick the picture for this article. I could have picked WAYYYY better pictures that actually looked good and wasn't riced.
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
damn, THAT'S a good looking z...
John Serely Jun 28, 2012
I also agree, colors ate great
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
I agree, love the colors
Patrick Schalk Jun 28, 2012
Not a huge fan of the side skirts but I can dig it. Love the color scheme
Description: Styling was perhaps the 300ZX's weak point, and it tends not be quite as favored a look as some of the competition. There are still some 280ZX cues hanging around there, and the car looked almost...
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Joshua Minh Tran Jun 28, 2012
Sometimes it hurts when I read, and I have to re-read...oh the grammar!
Carlos Eduardo Gaviria Jun 28, 2012
The 300zx looks amazing still in 2012. It was never out dated. When it came out in 1990 it was probably the best looking car at the time (excluding super cars)
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
The Z has a clean classic sports car shape from the nose to the back. I think it looks really aggressive from the front
Nick Sti Jun 28, 2012
I guess I'm one of the people who don't really like the appearance. It just looks too awkward at the front (thanks to the headlights), and the back lights, well to say the least, they aren't pretty
Devin Babyn Jun 28, 2012
I'd say they're pretty lacking in the looks. The front end just kills it for me. At least it's not bland like the supra though. Still think the supra looks better though
Lee Cascio Jun 28, 2012
Dated? I still see these things turning heads in 2012 and they will for many years to come.
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
Yea I agree with u there, these look great, don't understand how styling is a week point... I wouldn't say it's one of the most beautiful cars of all times, but it's definitely a nice car!!!
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
Styling a weak point on the 300ZX?!?! It won car of the year every year it was out, and was also ranked one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Looks WAY better than the new Z's IMO. I own one and the styling doesn't look dated one bit
Description: It would live on for several more years in Japan, but the US would have to go six more years without a Z-car. The Z32 was much loved by the automotive press, who couldn't seem to hand it enough ...
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Andrew Nissley Jun 29, 2012
These wheels and the drop on this car make the Z look much longer than it really is
Zach Sullivan Jun 28, 2012
I like the high contrast look of a dark car with bright rims on it I don't no y but i do
Justin Tucker Jun 28, 2012
Ohhhhhh that's clean!! Love the fitment!
Andrew Grimm Jun 28, 2012
Wheels look too small, and don't fit the car it seems.
Jordan Jackson Jun 28, 2012
Should have gone with a less vibrant wheel color, this just looks mismatched
Ben Mueller Jun 28, 2012
Looks like someones car who goes for both performance and looks instead of looks alone!
Zach Sullivan Jun 28, 2012
this is my favorite one
Micah Lau Jun 28, 2012
Ummmm... Chicken fingers.
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
surprisingly, that honey mustard color looks really good here...
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
agreed... much better than the other z31 pic on here lolz
Stephen Tyler Learn Jun 28, 2012
This is one of the nicest z31's I've ever seen
Yuan Tian Jun 28, 2012
this one looks so nice!
Laguna Seca Jun 28, 2012
Funny thing is, I prefer the bone stock body and wheels, it was a great design from the factory. The body kits just detract from it.
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
This ones my fav
Logan Delony Jun 28, 2012
@ Matt, it's so know one can hate on the fart can mufflers. Lmao
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
dang! i knew a dude with one just like this one.
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
Why aren't their photos of the rear??