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Hello guys. Most of you probably know my PP.com personality Dex. If you do, you know I'm a hardcore luder(Haven't had a running lude since I've been here) but I'm also a performance vehicle enthusiast.

I daily drive a 1992 Nissan Sentra SE Auto. It sucks, and today, after 2yrs of faithful service, quit on me today. I was cruising along and the rpms fell, and the engine cut out after it stopped spinning. I thru it in N and coasted almost all the way home, pushed it the rest. When trying to start it it let off a foul odor as tho it had bad gas in it. We lwt it sit for a while. Then My uncle tested to see if the plug wires were arcing, they were not se we got a cap and rotor. The rotor had fused itself to the rod it rides on in the dizzy. If the dizzy wasn't broken, it is now. So I'm going to pick up one on Monday. If that doesn't do it, I'm not putting anything else into it.

I want to get the lude running but I don't have enough time before school starts. She will rise tho, no telling when, but she will.

So I own a lude, and drive a Nissan. That's 1 strike. I'm most likely getting another one soon, real soon. My budget is <=$3500, and I've been looking at Z32s. 90-96 Nissan 300ZX for the tards. I suppose that'll be strike two because that's a platform capable of supercar performance, and it has a pretty sizeable aftermarket, something us 1-3rd genners know little of. If it's any consulation, I wanted to chat it over with my family(ya'll) first.

This is the one I'm looking at the hardest. It's a Black/Black 91 TT 5 spd. That's right TT for $3500OBO. Currently the guy is putting in an injector and the car sat for ~18mnths while he was deployed. The car can't be worked on by the buyer where it sits so I told him if he gets it running, then we can pretty much close the deal. It's due for the 120k mile check up (2nd 60K timing belt, water pump, etc), and I'll change ALL fluids, shortly after I get it, if I do. Within the last 7k miles it's gotten new used turbos from an auto(slightly smaller so the auto could get moving and match the 5spd perf, so from the line it'll be beastly), heater core, radiator, Eibach prokit springs, Stillin front adjustable upper control arms, 3 injectors, Fan&fan clutch(V8 style engine driven fan), tension rod bushings (polyurethane), aluminum subframe bushings, Split downpipes and testpipes, and Apexi intake filter.

Here's a few pics and the actual email. It needs some TLC but for a TT in good working order, this is a great deal. As long as the heart is strong I can deal with the cosmetics, body parts are no biggie to me, my thing is engine/drivetrain/straight chassis/suspension, if these are in good order, I can work.





This is the actual email he sent me, and four other people.
1991 300zx Twin Turbo 5 speed
Black on black
12x,xxx miles

needs work because it sat for a year and a half during mydeployment. Prior to the deployment it ran fine and compression on allcylinders was good. Some minor mods were done.
The car was running before I started the injector change inMarch. I just don’t have the time or motivation to work on this project. I livein an apartment and do not have room to work on it here so the car is taking upparking space at my friend’s house. We would really like to see this thinggone. The AC and heater work fine along with all the interior control pods,radio, windows, etc.

Parts replaced with in the last 3 years or so (less than 7kmiles on these parts):
Turbos (replaced with a used low mileage pair)
heater core
radiator
springs (Eibach prokits)
front upper control arms (Stillen adjustables)
3 injectors
fan clutch and fan
tension rod bushings (polyurethane)
aluminum subframe bushings
Split downpipes and testpipes (the car has NO cats)
Apexi intake filter

Car needs:
Finish the injector change (installing a used injector)
120k maint. (timing belt, water pump, etc.)
Ring gear replaced on flywheel
Battery
Tires (tread looks ok but it has been sitting for a while,your call)
Drain remaining gas would probably help
Change all the fluids
I planned on installing a 99 jspec front bumber and atransmission from a new jspec model. I have heard that the transmission isstronger

$3500 OBO
The bodywork:
I removed the spoiler because it was taking on water and wasso heavy that the struts wouldn’t hold the hatch up. I installed a non-turbo 3rdbrake light but never had the holes properly filled and painted. I wouldrecommend getting a used hatch and just have it painted. If it is from anon-turbo model swap out the 3rd brake light because chances the oneon the my car is newer and not faded.
The car has scratches, dings and dents it is a 1991 afterall. The lower portion of the front bumper has been broken from one side. I’mtalking about the lip that the turbo models had. Easy fix if you want to keepthat bumper on there.
The car did hit a curb (previous owner) and pushed thedriver’s side shock tower in a little bit. It was repaired and there are noissues with getting it aligned and no uneven tire wear.

My number is xxx-xxx-xxxx feel free to call me and setup a time to see the car
thanks for your interest
ed





If I don't get this one, I'll most likely pick up a N/A, I don't see an running turbos going this cheap. Hell, tthere's a N/A on Auto trader for 3gs with the Engine apart in the hatch.
 

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I've never been a huge fan of nissan...but the 300z is one of my more favorite cars in their lineup.
the TTs are a pain in the ass to work on...not my choice of a DD.

for a DD under $3500, I'd personally be looking at something like a civic or maybe an impreza L...especially with gas the way it is, that Z isn't going to be nice to your wallet.

If you get it, good luck with it. Hope it takes better care of you than the sentra
 

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Yeah, I hear guys complaining all the time about how much of a pain in the ass they are to work on. I agree, find a civic for supurb DD use. Atleast it won't be "strke two" lol
 

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reading that list again...it sounds like you need another $3500 just to get that car to an acceptable condition.

I'd avoid it like the plague.
 

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Yeah, it'd be about a grand more, with all the work done my me and my uncle, timing belt stuff, and the flywheel, the fluids are a no-brainer, other than that it's not much. I'll be making enough to cover gas for it as soon as school starts. If he finishes putting the injector in, we may be able to deal. I want something RWD and quick enough to get up with my buddy's Supra(95 N/A turbo), with upgradability. This isn't the only one I'm looking at, the only TT model I'm considering tho. I'm a do it yourself guy, the cosmetic shit doesn't scare me, or any of the other stuff if it's reliable. Not sure which direction I'm going to head in yet..................
 

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I like the 300zx. Just a little bit of work and that car can be beautiful. I've heard that 300zs are hard to work on. Supposedly there isn't a lot of space in the engine bay.

I like them though. They look great. If he can get it running and everything checks out I would jump on it.
 

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I like the 300zx. Just a little bit of work and that car can be beautiful. I've heard that 300zs are hard to work on. Supposedly there isn't a lot of space in the engine bay.

I like them though. They look great. If he can get it running and everything checks out I would jump on it.
I agree, and yeah, their bays are pretty much full:


We'll see what happens. Just found a SR'd S14 for 3,800 in Myrtle beach. I don't know what I'm gonna get. Lookin at a couple ludes too. I just know I won't have the money/time to get the lude where I want it for a while.
 

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i always liked the 300zxtts and i would get it too but than i would stick with da civic cuze of the gas
 

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40 mpg, lightweight, and dozens of engine swaps at your disposal is no joke my african american friend. :Rock:

My Civic > My old Lude
True, just not my style, I'm on one to stay low key, that platform is to popular for me. Besides, I'm going RWD if I can.

^h22 cb7?
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For 3500 or less? HA! Prolly not:turn:
 

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You probably could find a better condition model, the seller will probably ask for more but that where excellent negoiation skills comes into play.
 

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I don't know which way I'll go yet, who knows, maybe I'll get another lude before I jump to another platform so all my time here and the knowledge I've gained won't be wasted. I can work on a lude, no problem, I've learned from the problems that others have had. Who knows but the Higher Power......................................................?
 

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I've worked on Z32's. I don't relish the memory. If you want RWD why not look for a 240SX? They are MUCH easier to work on and can be just as much of a supercar with the SR20DET swap and a good build. In stock form though the 240SX gets good gas mileage while still being fun to drive. my 2 cents. Even at $3500 that car is going to require a lot of work, no doubt in my mind. If you can't do that work yourself you are looking at 3X the cost of a 240SX for the same repair job. - JL
 
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