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hi - am wondering about the wisdom of getting an r33 skyline as my main car - i need it to be pretty reliable (i am not a sales rep or anything but i need it to be "there for me" as such) - question: would a well looked after 10yr old skyline with low mileage hold it's own with a nearly new toyota avensis or something like that when it comes to reliability or am i about to make a stupid mistake ? ( edit : i suppose that depends on the particular car, but i mean typically )

also ( i am in ireland ); do uk/ireland parts guys carry most parts for skylines or would i often have to wait for parts to arrive from japan

thanks, new to the forum - hope to hang out here a bit
 

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Hi Mate welcome.
I have owned my skyline for 3 1/2 years with no probs. regular oil changes and servicing and you will have no probs. and you can not compare a Skyline too an Avensis.
 

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I suppose if you wanted bulletproof reliability and something to get you from A to B then a Toyota Avensis would be a sensible choice. My Skyline has been with me (on and off - long story nothing to do with reliability) for over a year now with very few problems. It needed a new battery and a new stereo but nothing mechanical. It's my only car although I work offshore and only do around 5,000 miles a year. Fuel consumption isn't the best but then it's a 2500cc turbo and I drive with a lead-foot so I don't expect much else. Parts are fairly easy to come by - AlltorqueUK in the traders section on here usually have any part available. If not, they can normally source it.

I'd recommend if you're going to be covering vast distances and fuel/running costs are an issue then perhaps the Skyline isn't the best choice as a daily runner. Still wouldn't stop me buying one though! :)
 

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I've had a gts-t for two and a bit years, I work shifts so do 5 days with a 70 mile journey. 350 per week, so far, (touch wood), tyres and MOT and that's it. It's an auto also. Get one. (Mind you it does cost £40 - £50 a week in petrol so as Needforspeed says, don't get one for cheap running costs)
 

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:drool: i've had mine just over a year and it is my daily driver, so far no problems, just the drivers window winder but that was busted when i bought the car.

i think it's only if you start modifying your car you may start running into problems (or you buy a dog to start with)

Toyota Avensis for bulletproof reliability:sleepy:

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Nissan Skyline for pure smile factor and the look on other's faces:D


buy posting on here i think it's obvious you do want a skyline so just go and buy one, if it's not for you sell it on and get your Toyota Avensis
 

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:drool: i've had mine just over a year and it is my daily driver, so far no problems, just the drivers window winder but that was busted when i bought the car.

i think it's only if you start modifying your car you may start running into problems (or you buy a dog to start with)

Toyota Avensis for bulletproof reliability:sleepy:

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Nissan Skyline for pure smile factor and the look on other's faces:D


buy posting on here i think it's obvious you do want a skyline so just go and buy one, if it's not for you sell it on and get your Toyota Avensis
:iagree: :iagree:
 

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If you rely on your car on a day to day basis, a skyline isnt a bad choice, however when thing do break, you are potentially looking at a lengthy delay because of parts availability (yes, some parts do ship from japan so expect a nice long wait), and also finding a garage that can fit you in. Alot of garages will turn you away simply because they dont want to get involved with something they do not know (which is fair enough), so you may find yourself looking at specialist garages which means a hefty bill, and quite often a nice wait.

If you do buy one, try to find one thats had a recent major service, also with other major parts done (clutch for example).

im not trying to put you off, as when they are running well they are damn good motorway munchers, but it would be wrong not to warn you of the trouble that goes with these cars.
 

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Drive mine every day, rain or........................errrrm................VERY OCCASIONALLY, shine and 'touch-wood' never let me down........HOWEVER.....driving it every day makes you used to the power and you might just find yourself reading the tuning section a little too often!! :)
 

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My R33 GTS-T served me well for 5 years. No problems apart from a perished fuel hose (it's rubber!). It was not tuned beyond the usual basic exhaust and air filter upgrade. And it's much more fun than an Avensis.
 

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Been drving R33 Skylines for nine years

A GTS 25t for three and a half, then the GTR. Regular servicing is essential, especially for the GTR. Oil changes every 3000 miles without fail.

So, as already said, if you're getting one, get a mildly tuned example with clean bodywork and a full service history. Look for one that has not had the boost increased, with only the induction done. Best combination is an ARC or similar airbox with performance filter and a decent three inch turbo back exhaust system.

Other desirable mods are downpipes and turbo elbows. If it has aftermarket alloys, it should have been lowered a bit and there should ideally be no spacers involved.

The GTS is a better car for urban use. The GTR you have to drive harder to get the performance.

Finally, do not modify your car until you are sure you want to go that way. It is addictive, virtually never-ending and expensive even before any failures or issues are taken into account.

But there is absolutely no substitute for a Skyline without venturing into Porsche, BMW M or Audi S territory.
 

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I use mine everyday, dident plan to, but after 3 months of getting up, going outside thinking oo take rover or skyline, ok skyline, i got rid of the rover, never use it,!
 

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It is my only car, i'm covering around 1.5K - 2K miles a month and it's the most reliable car i've ever owned.
 

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Drive mine every day, rain or........................errrrm................VERY OCCASIONALLY, shine and 'touch-wood' never let me down........HOWEVER.....driving it every day makes you used to the power and you might just find yourself reading the tuning section a little too often!! :)
:iagree: Ahhhhhh so thats what it is:dogpile:
 

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I use my GTR everyday and has been V reliable so far, parts have been easy to get hold of (even from the main dealer!) The only downside is the fuel bill, I do 60 miles each day and it can get expensive but it is worth every penny! :drivin:
 

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ive only had mine a couple of months.but been let down by it a couple of times.nothing serious.but was thinking of putting it in the autotrader.but once you get the bug !!!!!!!! SAABS in the autotrader next week..WOO.HOO
 

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any car can break,i dont see any reason why a well looked after older car wont be as reliable as a new car
 

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thanks for all the great replies everybody - very helpful - i suppose it's what i expected. so a skyline it is so .... avensis; that's my ma's car !
 
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