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Im on a mission currently to get myself a r33.

I have seen one i like on ebay here is a link -

Does anyone know any details about this r33? Is it owned / previously owned by someone on this forum?

I got a reply from the seller saying he will renew MOT and Road Tax.

This is my first time buying a skyline (very exciting!) is there anything i should be asking the buyer before a viewing as i live far away.

Would you say that its a good price for it?

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it looks like a nice car,not one i recognise but then there are a hell of a lot of members here!
i would ask him about oil changes and also ask if its still got the standard coil packs,if it has you probably will have to buy some replacements as failure of these is quite common

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i have had six of them so i can give some advice for you
1 ask about oil pressure should be 7-8 bar cold and then around 2bar warm or kms as it says on the dash
also if you go to look at it make sure and tell him not to start it why you ask
well gearbox is why some have sinkrow problems and you will find out as soon as you drive from cold as it will crunch or be hard to get in to 1st and 2nd
hicas can be a problem but £60 will fix just get a lockout bar
apart from that is should be ok but they are the main things to look for

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good looking car there mate. i have a r33 aswell got it last month it is very exciteing getting 1. same realy as above ^^^^ when looking at the car mate.

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Nice looking car

Ask/check manifold studs if been replaced recently.

Check speedo conversion, is It chip or solder job and when was it done.

Check dash gauges all work and don't bounce all over the place.

Hicas light should come on and go out and stay out. If not as mentioned easy fix

Coil packs as mentioned

Check top and bottom rad pipe after run to ensure thermostat is working as it should, don't trust the dash

Undo oil filler cap and check its not like milk shake

Has it been under sealed check wheel arches jacking points and seals for damage/rust.

Boot dose it leak and check for rust in the spare wheel well

Has it got a de cat with the apexi exhaust. Or dose he have a friendly mot tester.

Check abnormal wear on tyres and straight line wondering could indicate worn bushes or knuckle joints but this should be picked up on mot but your be surprised how many actually miss this.

Silly thing has he still got the original air intake snockle. Good idea to keep that fitted (sorry but I cant view all the pictures on ebay as I'm on a blackberry and I'm assuming) and get your self a heat shield

When was the clutch last changed

That's all I can think of at the moment mate I'm sure the others will fill in the gaps


tdi power
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check the head bolts havent snapped off! this happend with the 1st one i bought, apparently common fault
strut tops for rusting too
head bolts dont rust and snap off

exhaust manifold bolts do though :)

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Buying a Skyline.

Always view cars in daylight. Avoid viewing in rain and ensure the seller has cleaned car. Dirt can hide a lot of sins.

If the Japanese auction sheet is available ask to see it. Have a look at the condition code given to the vehicle, as this will let you know whether the vehicle has any accident history. R, RA or 0 generally denotes accident history. A forum search on auction sheets will reveal more.

Check the Blue Nissan Build Plate at the back of engine bay. The plate shows the chassis number and fixed by white plastic rivets. This plate should never be removed except perhaps if the car has had engine bay re-spray so the fixings ought to be original.


Check car close up AND from 10-15ft away paying particular attention to paintwork and panel alignment. Stand at angle to car checking colour matches and for paintwork ripples or signs of blending.
Look round the car and underneath for signs of over-spray. If car has been re-sprayed you want to know why.
Check wing nuts for signs of removal and the front support bar to see if there are any signs that car has been in accident.
Look under sills at chassis legs that run from back to front of car on both sides. Make sure the small mid-way weld hasn’t split; this can be a sign of repaired shunt.
Check under carpet in boot. Make sure the spare is there. Pay particular attention for rust and signs of accident repair.
Open and close doors/boot/bonnet/windows. Make sure all panels line up as should and look for rust in areas water may sit.
Inspect underneath the car for signs of corrosion. Surface rust may be brushed off and treated.
Check all windows for cracks/chips. Replacing a window on a skyline can be expensive.

Electronics and interior;

Make sure that the engine check light comes on at start up but does NOT stay on when driving. Same with the HICAS light.
Check all electronics function correctly.
If the car is a fresh import on original stereo it will not function without wave expander (not expensive).
Nearly all the insurers will ask that your skyline has a Cat 1 alarm/immobiliser and some may ask for trackers.
Do the odometer readings appear consistent with any service stickers found on car? Stickers are generally located in door jams or engine bay.
Is the interior wear (seats/steering wheel/gators etc) what you would expect in relation to the mileage?


Looked after the RB series engine is strong. Make sure it has well cared for with regular service intervals, particularly important on a turbo car. Ensure that the current owner has been running on super-unleaded fuel and allowing turbo to warm up/idle down. Is there proof positive of cambelt change? If not, factor the price of changing belt into your budget. Buying from another enthusiast who knows how to look after the car can be an advantage. When buying a fresh import use a reputable importer with trusted Japan buyer.

Check that the engine appears cared for and ‘looks factory’ with neat wiring and no bodged jobs. This applies to both standard and highly modified cars.
Check for fluid leaks; i.e. Clutch, brake, power steering and ABS. Check under the engine for oil leaks paying attention to area around sump plug.
Check fluids are clean. Pull out dipstick and remove oil filler cap to check for healthy, clean oil. Black oil suggests poor maintenance. Does the oil smell burnt? Similarly check for clean coolant. Be wary of any greyish or gooey matter in these areas.
Check hoses and belts for wear and splits.

Road testing;

Never road test a vehicle with stereo on. You need to be listening to the car. Similarly don’t let the seller talk all the way through your test drive.

Listen out for whistling noises whilst accelerating as this can indicate turbo problems or air leaks.
Listen out for detonation (or pinking) under load. Detonation can be indicative of poor ignition setting, low quality fuel, excessive boost pressure or a badly maintained engine.
Watch out for hesitations or misfires. Often these don’t reveal themselves until around 5k rpm so accelerate through from 3k rpm in third or fourth gear to see if the car experiences any violent hesitation, misfiring or holding back at this range.
Check for blue smoke under hard acceleration and during deceleration. Can be sign of engine wear or turbo problems.

Make sure that the operation of clutch, gearbox and brakes is smooth. Ensure that the gearbox is not whining and that there are no crunching synchros on gear changes (it is normal for the box to be stiff when cold).

Check that vehicle is showing a nice healthy oil pressure rising under load.
Drive vehicle long enough that any temp issues are revealed.

At normal engine temp leave the car idling and check for;
Blue smoke = can indicate a variety of turbo or breathing related problems.
Black smoke = can indicate fuelling issues.
White smoke = possible engine damage, headgasket or cylinder head problems.

Brakes, steering, wheels and suspension;

Check for any vibration through steering when driving and that the car doesn’t pull to one side under breaking.
Do a visual check on discs for scoring and check the thickness of brake pads. If these are going to need replacing imminently then try to get the seller to do so or some money knocked off.
Check dampers for any obvious leaks. Also look out for grease leaking from ball-joints. Suspect knocking when driven may be result of dry joints.
Most RWD GTS models are equipped with HICAS rear wheel steering. You probably wont notice the assistance of this system but it tends to be pretty reliable. Simply check that the HICAS light on dash does not remain on when driving.
Similarly most are equipped with Limited-Slip Diff. You should not be able to hear any strange or whining noises from the diff. Like the HICAS this system tends to be pretty problem free.
Check tyres for wear on the inside edge and make sure front + rears haven’t been swapped.


The most important advice given to me when buying a skyline was ‘if you have never driven a skyline before then even a bad one can feel good so make sure you test drive lots of cars’. Don’t forget that the AA or RAC will check a car out pretty thoroughly for you. ‘If in doubt, leave it out’. Good luck with buying your skyline.

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Buying a Skyline.


The most important advice given to me when buying a skyline was ‘if you have never driven a skyline before then even a bad one can feel good so make sure you test drive lots of cars’. Don’t forget that the AA or RAC will check a car out pretty thoroughly for you. ‘If in doubt, leave it out’. Good luck with buying your skyline.
that is spot on

personally i would get someone to come with you who knows what there looking at, most members on here if in your area will prob assist in that

p.s were are the front indicators? (might have been put in sidelights)

Seasoned Member
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^^^^ He writes like a chav innit...

Enough to put me off...

Try the for sale section here, Or Traders...
i agree with you shane. if i see a poorly wrote ad i dont even bother calling never even if the pics are ok becuase if the seller cant be botherd to type in proper england :funny: 9/10 there a waste of time. be carefull ask someone off here to go view some with you to give you a better idea of what your getting

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