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HI LADS,I`m a new member today,And are on the lookout for a skyline......I wondered if you experianced guys could please steer me in the right direction.....?.
Could you please inform me of what to look for on a skyline..?,And which model to go for(and avoid)...?.
What are their vices.....By the forum i take it the water pump is one item(Albet nothing really)
Any advice would be most welcome.....Thank you....Kev.:40oz:
 

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Well Buster....Even help on that would help....I have seen prices from 7k-40k..But by knowing what bitz are weak or go first will help to be checked first......
 

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The Skyline is probably one of the strongest most reliable performance cars out there. Mildly tuned and modded they are still a reliable and fast motor.The only problems I know of are when they are tuned to death and then driven like the devil was after your ass, and only then its to be expected I suppose.
There is a thread on here somewhere with regard to the reliability thing I will try and find a link for you
http://www.skylineowners.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=641
 

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Hello Kev, i think you need to decide which model to go for ie R32,33,34 ( these are the modern skylines) then what version ie GTS,GTS-T,GTR,etc.Prices vary depending on model ( the GTR's being the most expensive) and i haven't heard of water pumps failing but gearboxes do suffer but mostly on the R32-33's.All models are in my experience very reliable more so than most performance cars.The 7k cars you mention would have been a GTS or maybe a GTS-T,GTR's sell for double figures an R32 GTR would sell for around 12k onwards, an R33 GTR- for around 15k onwards and the 34 GTR should sell somewhere around 30k onwards.There will be the odd exception of course but great care is needed when buying a skyline as there are some dubious ones about.The figures i've quoted are a rough estimation but i don't think they're unrealistic.hope this helps.
I'm sure the GTS owners will be able to help with the prices for their cars as i have limited experience of the GTS.
 

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Good choice

Mmmmmmmmmmm Skyline!

If you can afford one, get a GT-R. I have no experience of the R32, so my comments here apply to the R33.

Gearbox problems: If the car's had hard use, there is a possibility that the synchromesh in the box will give up. Check for difficulty changing up into 3rd, 4th or 5th. Gaskets: The inlet & throttle gaskets are paper thin and can go. Listen for uneven idle, although I would get a specialist in for this one. Black smoke from exhaust under acceleration - turbo trouble. Expect a full service history from a Skyline specialist. Unless it's Middlehurst Motorsport, a Nissan service history should be regarded as best intentions, not best practise.

Take a look at www.gtr.co.uk, there is a wealth of information there. I have an article on the homepage about what not to do.

That being said, with a little caution, there is NOTHING that can come close to this car for the price.
 
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Only weakness i can think of with the Skyline is the gearbox. A lot of people complain about losing syncro`s & gears crunching.
Having said that a certain R33 did 209 mph last year on std box.
Expect to pay between £6500 & £8500 for an R33 GTSt.
 

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Help for new member...

Thanks a lot lads..Brilliant,The one i have chance of is a R33 GTR/T
With 42k miles,And full service history,..What sort of milage do the gearboxes start to SNAG/Catch....In the gears......This car has been lightly tuned @ 260bhp..With a rolling road report...
For £6500.....Do you think its fairly priced at this....?.It requires a little attention ...-Slight scuff on front bumper.....and a slight crack on the plastic passenger air vent....
Do these large cars go well with this bhp...I`m comparing it with the size of a impreza or evo.....?.
 

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help wanted for new member....

Just had another look....The car in question is a R32 GTS-T Type M turbo........What do you think lads...?.
Thank you.
 

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Kev,
I have a feeling its a 2.0L which is fine and tuneable its just for that money you could get a reasonable R33GTSt wich is a much better starting point for serious tuning and the parts seem to be more readily available secondhand and new.

Jock Alert and others have one from memory he may be in a better position to give you advice as his is currently in a reasonably fruity state of tune

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Hello bud,
Yep seems abit over priced for a r32 gts-t, paid £3300 for mine and its a minter but was standard when i bought it....that said mines a 1989.
Have you thought about importing one yourself?
 

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Hell..Thats a decent price...Been doing a little research ,And it seems the one to go for is the gt-r 2.5 R33/34, would you lads agree with this...?.
It will cost a fortune to import one i guess,With the transport,Sva,Taxes,eta....Then the dealers will no doubt like their little bit....?.
 

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Whee.......

did I detect my name being mentioned above????


Personally speaking, I love the R32, I just think its the best looking of the bunch. Anyways, mine is a GTS-T (type M), which I paid VERY little for due to the state it was in. So dirty you couldn't tell the seat colour, BUT, it was in pretty good mechanical order.

The 'Little' RB20DET engine is a corker, while you won't get GTR performance without a LOT of cash, you can do a lot with it, and if you are fairly new to this sorta car its probably a good start.

The RWD is a blast, and the HICAS is fun when it wakes up. Nice handling as standard too.

I started off standard (except a Blitz dump valve - a must on a turbo) and replaced all fluids/oils and filters, then gradually added turbo timer, A'pexi induction, HKS HIPER turbo-back system (abbey decat pipe), S-AFC and F-CON fuel widgets, Iridium plugs, DP motorsport strutbrace (a favour I owe for still), and lotsa patience from SVS, GT-ART, Sumopower and a few others with all my daft questions! Intercooler cold water spray and Cusco Oil catch tank went into the mix too, plus a few gauges, new spoiler, GTR skirts and several other bits lying in my living room to be fitted (NOS, Profec boost controller, gauges, gaskets, and I forget what else) and some to arrive (Trust Moval Oil filter kit and Hybrid turbo).
Oh, and some dragons to make it faster :D :D :D
Once its all on its off to G-Force with Gary from GT-ART to let him have a play ;) and am hoping (not sure its realistic) for around 300BHP.

Well, the reason for that long list..... Just to say that while its an old motor (mine is a 1990) and only a 2 litre turbo, you can do about as much to it as anything else on wheels, and it is a bl**dy light car, with a fantastic chassis. If you can pick one up for under 4k without any problems (struts/springs/gearbox) and have some cash for a few light mods to start you off, then I would say go for it! I have half of one in my living room if you need any bits!

Oh, and they are cheaper to insure too if you can find a company with something other than GTR on their computers. I use Performance Direct whom I found on the Maxpower (I know, SAD SAD SAD but I only went there to look at tits (and girls wearing little clothing)) website, and they charge me under 800 quid at age 27!

Good luck mate! Whatever you buy, you will have SOOOO many questions about your new toy, and this forum will kinda become part of your skyline life. There have been very few questions I haven't been able to have answered here, and everyone likes a pint too!

Get one soon and bring it to silverstone, just don't blow the oil out the gearbox like me!
 

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Wow...Thanks for that jock,...Its just looking for a good one now then.....I have found the right site.....Now for the right car,Would you say i`ll get a presentable low miler for £5-6k....
If any of you lads find one will you please let me know......
The one i was thinking of...Has rust on both rear arches..(due i`m told ...From the rear light cluster seal)...It also has a scuff on the front bumper and bonnet.....Mind you the guy said ITS the silver top engine....?.Is this special at all....?. 42k miles fshistory, but looks as if its over priced by the Kind help of you lads.....
Thank you very much for your advice,Would you leave this one alone @£5500....(made a mistake above on the price)Whats it worth lads....?.1991(H) GTS-T 2.0 turbo straight 6....
 

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5-6k should get you a lovely well looked after r32 gts-t, all r32 gts-ts and gts4s come with the silver top, it was the r31s that had the red top earlier version engine which was alittle less powerful.

The trouble with r32 gts-t is that theres not that many of them about over here as everyone of them is a private import (they are a jap only model, never sold new outside of japan).
best idea is to go along and make a silly offer on it to start with and work from there.
There's no real set price within reason for them but with 42k miles its well worth alook and a haggle...:D
 

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Hmm....

Have a look at Skyline GTS and RB20DET for some gen on RB20DET R32's. Ron who runs skylinegts.co.uk has an interesting write up on water in the back end. Seems common on older ones, comes in the seal around the light cluster and can gather down inside the wing behind the rear wheels as the little drain holes there can be blocked with crap.

Easy to sort luckily. Mine had about 6 inches of water in each wing, but no rust anywhere on the car. Have a REAL close look if there's corrosion. Could have been in our unforgiving climate for too long and not looked after very well.
Seems a bit pricey for my liking. Mine was up for £4k and I paid a hell of a lot less due to it being damn untidy and a lot of plastic parts needing replaced. It had 49000 on the clock (converted dash), and had only been in the UK for a few months so it was a gamble as I had no idea of the car's history.

Just noticed that you were saying its been tuned somewhat already. 260BHP is a respectable figure if its a 2.0 litre, esp if its at the wheels. Cracked air vents are hard to replace, although there are usually a few being broken around the country you would track down eventually thru either here or people's recommendations on who to call. I've robbed bits from god knows how many places over the past few months!

Actually in negotiation with the bank just now cos I want a GTR now, so if I go for it you can have mine cheap
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i personally would keep looking around & maybe save a few more pennies. I picked up my R33 GTSt for £7500 & its mint with a few mods already done. Theres a lot more around,they`re a newer car & they`re 2.5 so lots more tuning potential:D Thats just my opinion anyway. If you`re still thinking R32 is the way to go then you should be able to do a lot better than the 1 you`re looking at now. Just dont rush out & buy the 1st 1 you see. I nearly bought a GTS4 just because it was a skyline & it was the 1st 1 id driven. It was very nice but non turbo & i really wanted turbo power. Im still glad to this day i was talked out of buying it & convinced to keep looking.
 

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YEH...Think your right eddie,I`ll keep looking,
Please keep me in mind Jock...If/When you decide to part company with yours......
The 250/260 bhp on the one i have chance off is at the engine i think.....The guy says it was marginally faster than his dads impreza wrx...But ..Would`nt the scooby leave the skyline ,With the scooby having more [email protected] and a smaller car with 4x4 traction.....?.
Hope to be joining you lads with something soon...Thanks again...

Would you go for the R33 version......?.
 

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"Would you go for the R33 version......?."

Well what can i say, i did a couple of years ago and mine now runs a healthy 380bhp with a few bolt on bits and peices. The RB25 engine with stock internals is good for 400+bhp.

Should you feel the need a few internal changes then you can really go bananas with the boost pressure up to 2.0bar for some serious horsepower

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