Friday, March 29, 2019

Little, Yellow, Different: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo Z32

You either get the Z32 Nissan 300ZX or you don't.  It isn't like the NSX, where everybody begrudgingly agrees that it was awesome (and prices have skyrocketed recently) or the 3000GT VR4 that everyone agrees was sorta trash (even the owners admit the car was the paradigm of the overly complicated lightswitch), but 300ZX lives somewhere in limbo betwix depreciated crap and appreciating crap. Only time will tell which direction we go. Find this 1990 Nissan 300ZX offered for $7,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1990 1990 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, 159,xxx miles. Body and Interior in excellent condition, many suspension and engine upgrades, Stage 6. The Z has been in storage for several years, it does run, just needs new battery, needs new injectors, break master cylinder, AC compressor. Previous owner has owned the vehicle for 19 years and I’ve owned it for almost a year. I bought it for the intention of building it but haven’t gotten the time. I know someone out there with the passion of these cars will take good care of it.

See a better way to drive a Z?


  1. The interior on this Z looks in better condition than the Sonic LTZ that has half the mileage and is 22 years younger. I wonder if it was redone. The seats look great.

  2. That paint looks much better than one would expect as it is a very heavily pearled yellow. They had the tendency to fade but this one looks very nice still.
    The 300zx was an attempt to shake some of the boulevard cruiser persona that it was accused of being in the earlier body. It was a major break from the earlier car, but still very much a cruiser.
    I'd be a little leery of the known shopping list of items that the current owner just didn't have time to get to. I suspect its not smoggable as it is (given that the license plate shot carefully avoids both stickers at the top, and the fact that the current owner has had it for more than a year.)
    Probably wants to sell it rather than have it non-opped.

  3. I still miss my '91 model. Great, great car with ZERO issues. I too wonder what this list of "Stage 6" parts really means... and why not list them if you're trying to sell it for crise sakes. If everything ran well and the owner had receipts and what not, maybe. I was about to post about the interior as well. For a 150k/29 year old car, the interior looks amazing... and I do recall my leather seats looked just as good after 4 years and 65k miles of driving. If the buyer could get hold of a local specialist to find out what the real issues are, and they're not scary, this could be so awesome to have.

  4. Wow how can such a car with that kind of age be in such condition?!

  5. I really like these cars. I had a 2+2 with possibly a higher end interior package. It was nice. To this day when I see one on the road I do a double take. I would especially like to have a white one. I really like the black trim around the headlights. This car is aging much better than I am.

  6. Only took me three days to get the joke.

    1. I must ruefully admit to remembering Nuprin’s tagline from BITD. My favorite part of that commercial is when she says her doctor told her there was no “permanent damage” and as proof displays a light box holding an X-ray showing a terrible displaced long bone fracture.

  7. "betwix depreciated crap and appreciating crap"
    I predict the ones in nice condition, like this one, will hold their value and even improve. The crappy rusty, beat to shit parts cars will be just as you would expect, cheap. That was easy


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