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Nissan 280ZX (1979 - 1983)


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Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Nissan 280ZX, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Nissan 280ZX. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Nissan 280ZX can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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Datsun 280ZX Haynes Repair Manual for 1979 thru 1983

PLEASE NOTE that this manual is intended for vehicles built to US specifications and do not cover diesel models unless specifically stated. Although it is useful when the products or systems are similar to those in other markets, there may still be significant differences, especially in areas concerned with safety and emission control.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Tune-up and routine maintenance
Chapter 2: Engine
Chapter 3: Cooling, heating and air-conditioning sytems
Chapter 4: Fuel injection and turbocharging systems
Chapter 5: Engine electrical systems
Chapter 6: Emissions control and exhaust systems
Chapter 7: Part A: Manual transmission
Chapter 7: Part B: Automatic transmission
Chapter 8: Clutch and driveline
Chapter 9: Braking system
Chapter 10: Chassis electrical system
Chapter 11: Suspension and steering systems
Chapter 12: Bodywork
Chapter 13: Supplement
Wiring Diagrams

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The Datsun 280ZX coupe of 1978 may have looked similar to its Datsun 280Z predecessor but it was in fact a significant redesign. It was available as a two-seat coupe or a 2+2. Under the hood it had a 135hp 2.8-liter straight six motor through a four-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. However, in 1981, Datsun gave the US a turbocharged version of the 2.8-liter model that produced 180hp. This was linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. At Haynes, we have an extensive range of Datsun/Nissan repair manuals and online maintenance procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts. Our repair manual for the Datsun 280ZX is here to help you through every stage of servicing or fixing your car.