Keeping your Nissan 260Z on Track
Owning a Nissan 260Z sports car does not only give you pride but also responsibility. In the eyes of every person you will encounter on the road, you are being judged as a top speed driver who seeks for optimum engine performance. However, no matter how much you take care of your vehicle, it is inevitable that it will succumb to wear and tear due to age and frequent use. For a car that is always driven at the highest speed possible, a Nissan 260Z is prone to wear. Nevertheless, you need to observe at least four easy but useful maintenance hacks to keep your sports car from falling short at the finish line.
- Wash and wax your car regularly.
If you want to establish a reputation that you are a good sports car owner, then you should make it a point to clean your vehicle as often as you can. Your car should not only look good but should also run perfectly. Keep it washed and waxed every week if you can. Make sure to clean your headlights and taillights while you're at it. It is also important to invest in new tires and make sure to replace your oil every 3,000 miles. This is to ensure that it will not start a dirt buildup, which can cause damage to your engine. If you are not using it, make sure to keep it covered and away from harm.
- Check your tire pressure.
Your sports car doesn't deserve to be driven with your tires having uneven tire pressure. Whenever you take your car out, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. This doesn't only contribute to the overall performance of your vehicle but also, most importantly, for your safety. Driving with over-inflated tires, meanwhile, is the major cause of a blowout. It is also good to note that tires with correct pressure have longer life and help increase your fuel efficiency than under-inflated ones. Make sure that your wheels are also properly aligned to keep your tires from premature wear.
- Top off your oil as needed.
It is important to have the right amount of oil in your vehicle. This is to ensure that your components are well-lubricated. This is the key to keeping them from wearing out. Make it a habit to check your oil regularly or every time you fill up your gas. This is easy to do. You just need to pull out the dipstick and put it in a paper towel. From there, you will see if you need to add more oil.
- Change your air filter every 12,000 miles.
This is also an important maintenance tip for all vehicles, as well as the easiest. Changing your air filter regularly helps increase fuel efficiency and prolongs engine life. It is also the secret to passing emission tests. You can do this on your own, so you wouldn't have to bring your vehicle to the repair shop. All you need to do is to buy the appropriate air filter from your trusty car parts store and replace it on your own.
The Evolution of the Nissan 260Z
A sports car under the Nissan Z-car series, the Nissan 260Z was a 2.6-L variant of the first-gen Z-car, which was also known as the Nissan S30. Along with the 280Z variant, the 260Z model represented Nissan’s attempts to offer a true-blue sports car despite changes in emissions regulations and stricter federal standards. Even though this model was only offered for a single model year in the US market, it earned a loyal following among Nissan and Datsun fans.
To understand how the 260Z has evolved, a look back at its predecessor, the 240Z, is necessary. Introduced in 1970, the 240Z was the first S30 model. Its most distinct features were a chrome badge bearing the “240Z” name and a couple of horizontal vents placed below the glass molding on the rear hatch. In the following years, several upgrades were done. The bumper riders for the 1972 units were relocated and emission devices were added for the 1973 models. However, despite these changes, there were still many complaints on the 240Z. As a solution to these complaints, Nissan decided to release a new version of the S30.
The 260Z was introduced to cater to buyers who want a genuine sports car not just in looks but also in performance. However, this was also the time when strict emission standards were beginning to be imposed by the US government. Nissan came up with the 260Z, a more powerful and more equipped version of the 240Z. But since this car has to meet new federal emissions standards, a few more upgrades were performed. It was equipped with a 2.6L engine that produced 139 horsepower but has a lower power peak. A transistorized breakerless ignition system was also added, which resulted in better emissions control and reliability.
For the exterior, only minor upgrades were done so as to retain its predecessor’s classic lines. Since sports cars were given a one-year deferral from the new 5-mph federal regulation, the 260Z featured black rubber nubs on its new bumper assembly. This new bumper system prompted the engineers to add a rear stabilizer bar and stiffer springs. The 260Z was also now equipped with a seat belt/ignition interlock, a newly mandated safety feature that prevents drivers from starting the car if the passengers aren’t secured in place with seat belts.
In late 1974, the bumper size was increased. Units released in the latter part of 1974 also featured an overall length that was 6.3 inches longer than the early models. In 1980, the 260Z model was dropped to make way for the 280Z variant.
The engine of the 260Z was increased into a 2.8-L engine configuration, making way for the 280Z variant. This model was released to cater to the needs of sports car buyers amidst stricter emission requirements. The 280Z was available in two special edition trims: the Zap and the Black Pearl edition. Four years later, the S30 series was dropped and was replaced by the Nissan S130.