1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – Sport Compact Car Magazine

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1990 To 1996 Nissan Twin Turbo

The 300ZX was the embodiment of brains and brawn. in 1989 as a 1990 model, the turbocharged car received rave from the automotive media and Corvette designers scrambling to the Nissan’s 300 hp.

Although the twin-turbo Z were initially strong, 40,000 units in 1996, in its year of production, it’s that less than units made their way garages across America.

being out of production for seven the twin-turbo Z still looks the technology was topnotch and the aftermarket to pay homage to the model. Nicely 300ZX Turbos aren’t to find, and prices have within reach of most Use this guide to find

BodyworkEven now, the fourth-generation appearance is both fine and At its introduction, it was noted the third-generation’s shape and pop-up headlights screamed ChiPs at primetime gone. The new look was low and wide smooth lines and a rounded

The twin-turbo Z also had staggered and tire sizes-wider in the rear the front-which gave the car a menacing

Bodywork for the twin-turbo, which was available as a two-seater, was essentially the as the normally aspirated Z, which was as a two-seater and a 2+2; however, were a few differences. The Z wore a rear spoiler, which larger in 1994, and three slat-like grille openings on the of its front spoiler. Also, the Twin-Turbo, albeit small, can be on the right rear of the decklid.

cars were also with T-tops or a solid We recommend, for added handling going with the non-open car possible.

EngineThe 3.0-liter V6 of the third-generation Z remained-in title For the fourth generation, Nissan the iron-block and aluminum head but the block was redesigned and the crank, and exhaust manifolds, heads, electronics, and boost system changed.

Performance at low and mid-range rev range was without sacrificing any top-end thanks to the intake valve-timing system. Peak torque was 283 at 3600 rpm. One thing to The 1996 model dropped the valve timing due to smog

According to Steve Mitchell, worked with Nissan for 15 OBDII required the car’s to not only monitor the fact the cam timing had changed, the regulations required the ECU to monitor the exact of the camshaft in adjustment range. The to update the ECU and add the sensors to the engine was too for the final year of production. officially the horsepower still at the 300 mark, Nissan enthusiasts the unofficial level was more 280 hp.

TransmissionThe rumored six-speed came to fruition. Five-speeds, with automatics, were all seven years of production. The is controlled by a perfectly placed throw shifter.

BrakesThe ABS stock brakes big for the time, with 11-inch, discs in front and 11.7-inch, discs in the rear. These are still sufficient for street but fall short on the track. to Mitchell, the brake calipers from aluminumto cast in 1993 in order to solve a issue.

Brake pad upgrades to or carbon-metallic are a good idea, with changing to stainless-steel lines. A better brake with a higher boiling is also recommended by many racers.

Steering and SuspensionIf the Turbo’s suspension was a crude it would be Nissan Engineers Wild. All Turbos came four-wheel independent suspension, cockpit adjustable shocks and HICAS four-wheel steering which tosses out a dose of steering in the rear, immediately by same-direction rear steering.

20 mph and above 75 mph, the system is but between 20 and 75 mph, it moves the wheels up to 1 degree, depending on speed, steering wheel and the speed the steering wheel is Turn the wheel quickly, and you get of a response.

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Until 1993, HICAS was but for the 1994 model year, the was changed to an electric rear for a small weight savings. most …-hards disable it for use.

The adjustable suspension had and Touring settings. Additionally, the geometry in the rear discouraged any at drag starts; in fact, it produce a bit of annoying wheel Stiffer lowering springs

What to look forLike any there are some things to when looking to purchase a 300ZX Turbo. Mitchell looking for one with lower The difference in price may pay for itself.

If going to modify the vehicle, the car’s mileage is less so consider your goals shopping.

When you’re over vehicles, he also checking the wiring harnesses, are particularly suspect in a car of this vulnerable to heat, time and

Look for latter production by then, some of the bugs, a drippy brake master or problematic VTC springs that are common in the earlier production had been dealt with. As there was one recall with the model: an ignition system unit. When shopping check that the car’s has a record of this service.

take a second to make the ignition coils are firing. the engine is running, you should a faint rapid ticking as fire. Any discrepancy in the firing may indicate one of the coil packs has bad.

Another problem, to Mitchell, are the clutch throwout which when worn, a lot of noise. The clutch in a 300ZX should be good, if it hasn’t abused, for about 70,000

All cars have an Achilles For the 300ZX Turbo, it was the alternator. likely have to get a new one if it hasn’t replaced already. Sixty on the odo? Better also the timing belt changed or live to regret it.

And so will wife. And your kids. And kids’ kids.

Looking for a car? According to Adam who maintains an enthusiast Web site on the the preferred years would be the ’94-’95 are the most desirable-and the expensive. Anything from is hard to find because of low numbers, and the earlier Z32s are to some minor technical Technical Service Bulletins may you some indication as to any other that may influence your choice.

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