Back in 1979, the 280 ZX was outclassed by the early B-engined 900 turbo in every single performance aspect, including handling, in a What Car? magazine comparo. The pre-'91 300 ZX is much the ame, but bigger and softer. It's too compromised to be a comfy cruiser, and too big and heavy (and not fast enough!) to qualify as a point-and-squirt sports car.
If you want cheapish RWD thrills, you'd be better off with a '89-'94 (S13) 200 SX.
This is interesting! I traded my '85 300zx on the "Griffin" and never looked back! Sure the 300 is reasonably fast but mine was a money pit from the day I bought it. It just seemed like it was about 95% there and I could never get that extra 5% without breaking the bank. I live in Minnesota and the winter weather is not very conducive to rear wheel drive vehicles at all and especially not sports cars with a decent weight balance. It is too heavy for a real sports car and more of a luxury "sporty car". The "Griffin" will beat it in every catagory I can think of!
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