Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Guide to Buying A Nissan 300 ZX For Sale

Finding a Nissan 300zx for sale is a fairly simple process. There are several places that you can look such as online listings, dealerships and auto magazines. This Nissan was produced in North America between 1983 and 2000. Assembly occurred in Japan. The Nissan 300zx is a sports car with either a five speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission. The name 300zx was designated to the generation of Nissans Z31 and Z32 line of sports cars.

The Z31 Model

The Z31 model was sold between 1983 and 1989 and the Z32 model was sold between 1989 and 2000. The Z31 has five different packages for its motors. These five motors include a turbocharged 2.0 L with double overhead cam, a turbocharged 2.0 L V6 with single overhead cam, a 3.0 L V6 with single overhead cam, a turbocharged 3.0 V6 liter with single overhead cam and a 3.0 V6 liter double overhead cam. The Z32 only came with two motor packages, which were a 3.0 L V6 double overhead cam and a 3.0 L V6 twin turbocharged double overhead cam.

The Z31 first came on the market for sale in 1983 as a Nissan/Datsun 300zx.  It appeared on the market in the United States only.  In other areas of the world, it was simply known as a Nissan.  In 1985, Nissan dropped the Datsun name.  The 300zx was the invention of Kazumasu Takagi and his talented development team.  In 1986, the Z31 had a makeover when it went back into production and side skirts were the addition along with fender flares and sixteen-inch wheels.  The original black plastic trims were also repainted to compliment the color of the body of the car.  Also, the hood scoop was taken off so the car had a sleeker appearance.  The final restyling of the car occurred in 1987 when different bumpers were installed to provide more aerodynamics, the headlamps got new bulbs, which replaced beam lights, and fog lamps were added.  The rear reflector was also upgraded to a slim set of lights that were the length of the vehicle as well as an LED brake light that was mounted to the back hatch.  The car sold until 1989 and in the year 1985, this model sold over 70,000 cars. 

The Z32 Model

The Z32 made its appearance in 1989 and took the United States by storm.  It won several prestigious awards, in fact.  It was named the “Import Car of the Year” and “One of the Top 10 Performance Cars” by Motor Trend magazine, was honored as “Design of the Year” by Automobile magazine.  And Road and Track magazine called it “One of the 10 Best Cars in the World.”  The car had reached the one million mark by 1990 and was the greatest selling sports car even beating the popular Ford Mustang.

The Z32 had state of the art advancements from its previous model.  For the models that were dual turbo, four wheel steering was added.  A convertible version came out in 1993.  At this time, all the 300zx models were T-tops as the standard but there were still a few hardtops around although they were rare and hard to get at that time. 

The Z32 model under went a huge array of changes as compared to the previous model.  In 1991, electronic climate controls replaced manual ones and CD player was added as an optional feature.  In 1992, driver side airbags were standard in all models.  In 1993, the Bose stereo was now standard instead of an optional feature.  In 1994, the rear spoiler changed designs and keyless entry was a new addition.  1995 saw new fuel injectors and 1996 saw the introduction of OBD II electronics.

Unfortunately, the 300zx started to decline in sales because the middle part of the 1990’s was when SUV’s came onto the automobile market.  The car was no longer for sale by 1990 although it still continued sales in Japan until 2000. 

Do You Want A New or Used Car

So now that you have a bit of background knowledge on the Nissan 300zx, you should know how to purchase a 300zx for sale.  The first thing you need to decide is if you want a new or used Nissan. There are pros and cons to purchasing both types of vehicles. The most important things that you need to know about purchasing a used Nissan is how many previous owners it had, whether or not the vehicle was involved in a car accident at any point, what mechanical problems the car has or may have had and how well the car was taken care of by the previous owners.

Deciding on a Used Car

There are several places for finding vehicles. These places include a dealership that sells used vehicles, websites that sell used cars or classified ads both online and in print. It is important to note that classified ads in are utilized by not only dealers but individuals as well. If you do not want to deal with a dealership, then purchasing a used 300zx from someone you know or through a classified ad in which the individual is selling the vehicle may be your best option. Once you find a used vehicle that you like, your first step before purchasing it is to have a mechanic do a full inspection to check for damages with the proper tools. Then you need to run a Vehicle History Report, which will give you the car's entire history including whether or not the car was ever stolen, whether or not it failed inspection at any point or if the odometer was tampered with to create a false mileage reading. You want to avoid signing any paperwork that states the car is being sold" as is." A reputable dealership will give you at least 30 days. If you sign the paperwork's stating" as is,” once you drive off the lot and anything happens with the car, it is now your problem, even if you are only a mile up the road. You also want obtain your own financing before purchasing the vehicle.

There are a few books on the market that can give you price information. These include The Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide, Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide: Consumer Edition, Used Cars and Trucks Buyer’s Guide and the N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide.  These tips should help you find the best 300zx for sale.