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Why not share your views on your experience of the Nissan 280ZX. If you have ever owned one of these cars and had to replace any parts, please share your experience and also how the replacement parts performed when fitted to your vehicle. Write your review in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Nissan 280ZX Overview

The Nissan 280ZX is classed as a grand tourer sports car which was produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturing company Nissan. The 280ZX was in production from 1978 to 1983 and was also marketed as the Nissan Fairlady Z and Datsun 280ZX in different markets. This car was the second generation of the Nissan Z-car range and replaced the 280Z. The 280ZX won the Motor Trends Import Car of the Year in 1979. The 280ZX was powerful and great fun to drive. It looked pretty stylish for its time and was well designed and well built motor cars. This sports coupe was bigger than the car it replaced and it was reasonably comfortable and spacious for a car of this class. Does this sound anything like your experience of the 280ZX?

Nissan 280ZX History

The Nissan 280ZX was first introduced in 1978 to replace the 280Z. This car was much larger, bulkier and heavier than its predecessor, with some claiming that it meant it was not as much fun to drive. Despite this, it was also seen as an improvement which led to its success, and winning the Motor Trends Import Car of the year in 1979. There was a turbo charger version released in 1981 and a facelifted version in 1982, with the main changes taking place on the exterior design and was known as the 'Series II' 280ZX. Production ceased in 1983 and the 280ZX was replaced by the Nissan 300ZX.

Model Types

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Fuel Economy

The Nissan 280ZX had a 2.8L petrol engine which was very powerful and not known for its fuel economy. These engines were built for performance and not economy. How did the engine on your 280ZX perform in terms of fuel economy? The age, fuel type and engine size are determining factors when considering fuel economy.


The Nissan 280ZX was available with 4 or 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox did you have and how did you rate its performance? If you are looking for gearbox parts for your 280ZX then you can visit our Nissan gearbox section to look for these parts.


We can help you find the right parts at the right prices. Nissan 280ZX parts are available through our vast network of UK Breakers who have parts available for all makes and models at very low prices. You can either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit our 280ZX parts page to locate those exact needed parts for your vehicle. Have you experienced problems with parts on the Nissan 280ZX? If so, our 280ZX problems page may have the answer you have been looking for.