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1985 300ZX Base MT

Car is in Mesa, AZ.


Here's the Craigslist ad for it. Pics are there. I am negotiable on price but I'm not giving this thing away. I've got well north of $10k invested in this car.


https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/5542493617.html


1985 Nissan 300ZX base coupe, manual transmission. 114k on the clock. This car is a true time capsule and has had extensive work done to it to ensure it's a reliable driver for years to come.

Interior is 9/10. No cracks in the dash. Several updated odds and ends, new leather on the seats. Power mirrors, windows and locks work as they should. Paint is original with a few minor blemishes one should expect after 31 years, but it shines nicely and shows very well. Original wheels shine up pretty good too. T tops work and seal properly, all weather stripping still soft and supple. I have the original T top bags in perfect condition and I also have the original owners manual. No rust. Dry AZ car.

I bought this car 2 years ago from a retired Phoenix police officer who acquired it at an estate auction as a true "barn" find. The car has been garaged most of its life and thus, it is very well preserved. He bought the car for his son when he got out of the army but the son apparently didn't graduate so he put it up for sale instead. However this was after he poured a ton of money into the car. New parts and work done at approcimately 100k miles Includes:

-New AC compressor and retrofit to R134A refrigerant. AC blows ice cold.
-New brake master cylinder and soft lines
-New clutch master and slave cylinder
-New front and rear main seals on the engine
-New alternator and belts
-New signal and headlight switch
-New fuel pump and tank sending unit for the gas guage
-New Alpine head unit

List goes on. I have all the receipts to prove it from both the PO and myself.

Once I bought the car I too started pouring money and parts onto the car as a labor of love. These include:

-New tires at 102k
-Redline MT synthetic oil in the transmission at 102k. This is a GL4 spec oil made for Japanese manual transmissions. Trans shifts silky smooth.
-Full suspension overhaul at 106k to include all urethane bushings throughout, new KYB shocks and struts, new strut insulators, new strut bearings, new tierod ends, balljoints, and new rear coils to eliminate the old Z squat. I also added a Cuzco strut tower brace
-New rear calipers and new ceramic pads throughout at 106k
-4 new kicker 6.5" speakers in the stock locations at 106k. I only play 80s music in this car!
-New fuel lines, fuel filter, and all old HVAC vacuum lines replaced at 107k
-New leather seat upholstery and new rear louvre at 107k
-New OEM E brake cables and new CV boots at 108k
-New clutch, cat converter and muffler at 108k
-New fuel pressure regulator at 109k
-New o2 sensor at 111k
-New timing belt, water pump, radiator hoses, coolant head temp sensor and wiring harness, new calve cover gaskets, new MAF, cap, rotor, plugs, wires at 112k.
-1987 300ZX ECU upgrade at 113k. This offers better factory fuel curves and about 5 more hp than the original and works with all existing sensors.
-New K&N cold air intake and idler pulley at 113k

This car gets synthetic oil changes every 3k miles since I have owned it. It passes emissions easily, doesnt use a drop of oil and doesnt leave any puddles or spots on the driveway. I have thousands more in receipts for this car than my asking price.

1985 300ZX
1998 Ridiculously built solid axle 4x4 Frontier
2012 Murano LE AWD
2007 Ram 2500 Cummins 4x4
2008 Boulevard C90T
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all that is nice but it isn't a TURBO. 8k GIVE ME break. you aren't selling a Detomaso Pantera.

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Thanks for your valuable input. Over $11k invested in this car and have all receipts to prove it. Price is negotiable, but I'm not giving it away. I know I'm not going to get the sum of the parts out of the car, but for someone else to buy a $3-4k car and restore it, they'll also have a lot more than that invested.


Someone back east would be happy to get a completely rust free turnkey car like this.

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Price reduced to $7200 / OBO.


bought another car to replace this with so she's sitting under a cover waiting for her new owner.

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2012 Murano LE AWD
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Updated link and price. Can't go much lower than this.


https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/5566997915.html

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1998 Ridiculously built solid axle 4x4 Frontier
2012 Murano LE AWD
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