Double Trouble: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo vs 1986 Jeep CJ7

Okay, let’s say your name is Jeff and you are a huge fan of 5-speed cars from the late 80s/early 90s…oh yeah and they need to be red.  Your budget is something less than four grand.  What do you buy?  Do you get a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, or a 1986 Jeep CJ7 258ci?  Both cars are tip from Jeff S.

First up is this 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo…with an absurdly low asking price of $3100 somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA. I wondered why the price was so low given the minty clean looks, but it does leak some liquids and puffs some white smoke…but at this age, who doesn’t!!

From the seller:

1990 nissan 300zx TT

condition: good

cylinders: 6 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 112200

paint color: red

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: coupe

1990 Nissan 300ZX TT. 112k miles, Clean car for its age.

Car has a fuel leak, I believe a few of the injectors may be leaking. Car will need to be TOWED. Car also smokes, I believe the passenger side head gasket may be leaking.

This is a project car or parts car.

Next up is this 1986 Jeep CJ7 with a 258 cubic inch inline-6 mated to a 5-speed shift-it-yerself box offered for $4,500 in Mount Airy, NC via craigslist.  This car is certainly in more instantly usable/driveable condition than the  previous car…but it does have some rust that will need to be addressed.  Which would you buy for your money?

See a better way to spend $4k on something red?