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Nissan 300ZX, Hatchback
Sep 03, 2009 (2:00 pm)
Hi I wish to sell my datsun 300 zx 1988 car. It is red original paint
great condition, almost 80,000 miles.
turbo t roof air leather
one small rip on drivers seat can be repaired
does anyone have a value
garaged until jan 2009
do not have a garage anylonger and wish to sell before the elements take their toll.
thanks for any suggestions
#154 of 173 Re: datsun 300zx 1988 [donnalynn210]
Sep 03, 2009 (2:49 pm)
Is it a manual or automatic? Anything else wrong or imperfect besides the small rip on the driver's seat? Are you the original owner, and, if not, how many owners has it had? Do you have service records (preferably complete)? What maintenance or repairs have been performed in the past 12 months or 10,000 miles?
Sep 14, 2009 (3:25 pm)
just bought my first car,which happens to be an 87 300zx 5spd. no turbo. completely stock. 200k on it. just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on keeping it well maintained beyond the normal tuneups and what not?
#157 of 173 Re: just bought [willynale16]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 14, 2009 (5:14 pm)
Well with that much mileage, certainly you'd want to check all your belts and hoses for cracks (belts) or softness (hoses). Probably you should flush your brake and clutch fluids if they are the least bit dirty (should be clear and honey-colored). I'd also put the car on a lift and take some wrenches and sockets and snug up anything you can find.
Oh, the tires. check the tire date. If they are really old, you might think about replacing them. Old hard tires, even if they have "meat" on them, make the car handle really lousy.
#158 of 173 Re: just bought [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 14, 2009 (8:27 pm)
yeah thats kinda what sold the car for me is that it had new tires on it. and he didn't want very much for it. the car has been really fun for me,i looovvvee the ttop. the clutch is still solid but the brakes are kinda iffy. ill take your advice. luckily i have access to a lift. probably should just go ahead and replace every gasket in the engine i can huh? it has a god bit of what looks like dried up oil around the bottom of the engine block.
#159 of 173 Re: just bought [willynale16]
Sep 14, 2009 (9:12 pm)
I'm not a mechanic by any stretch, but replacing every gasket may be preemptive overkill. Maybe a more reasonable plan would be to try to determine which gaskets are leaking first, how badly they're leaking, and go from there. However, I'd go with Shifty's advice on maintenance and repair matters.
Anyway, congratulations on your purchase. I've owned a '88 300 ZX for a number of years. From my experience, and mine has 183,000 miles on it, these are very well made, quite low maintenance cars. Good luck with yours.
#160 of 173 Re: just bought [willynale16]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 15, 2009 (8:16 am)
I think it's the simple things that cause the most breakdowns. A few tiny oil leaks are no big deal and generally not worth the effort on older cars. If you lift the car and see a huge oil wash from the oil pan to the differential, you know you have an oil leak that's worth fixing. But if you have a few localized drips here and there, I wouldn't bother at this point.
Iffy brakes are not good, so check the pad thicknesses and the condition of the rotors. Again, if you see funky brake fluid in there, flush it out and bleed the system. Check the condition of the brake hoses at the calipers. Soft hoses will bulge when braking, causing a loss of brake pressure. Also look for cracks in the hoses---that's dangerous.
So keep the "pre-emptive" to the simple but important parts of the car---the hoses, belts, brake pads---and a general tightening up.
You can also check the water pump for looseness and leaks, and give the battery a good look, for corroded cables or low electrolyte levels.
#161 of 173 Re: just bought [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 15, 2009 (2:35 pm)
well I appreciate all this info guys. im just gonna go ahead and flush the brake fluid and replace all the pads anyways.I also just replaced the battery. another thing I noticed was it smells like burning oil when and after I drive it, but I was told that it might just be what nissan sprayed on the sheet metal around the engine to reduce rust. From what i know this car should be pretty reliable as long as i go easy with it right? oh and what should I look for in the rotors to make sure its allright?
#162 of 173 Re: just bought [willynale16]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 15, 2009 (3:14 pm)
No whoever told you that is smoking something peculiar. Good imagination though!
The burning smell is probably a small oil leak dripping onto a hot exhaust pipe.
As for the rotors, they should be smooth as glass (don't touch them while they are hot!!!). If you see ridges, like corduroy pants, they're toast and need to be either turned by machine or replaced.