1985 Nissan Skyline Review

1985 Nissan Skyline 2.4E 2.4 litre straight six from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre straight six Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired315000 kilometres
Most recent distance325000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 200B


Nissan L series engines cannot be killed


Since I had the car, the power steering belt snapped. Cost $25 for a new belt, and an hour to put it in.

Parking brake couldn't be used because if I applied it, it would stick on and I would have to get under the car to release it, however it still held the car when tested.

Air conditioning barely worked at all, and overheated the engine. I stopped using it.

Auto gearbox started slipping at 320K. Auto trans mechanic said it would need a rebuild, but the service he gave it fixed the problem.

General Comments:

The paint and interior have stood up well to over 20 years of Australian sun.

It has always started and never left me stranded.

I drove from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula (350km) in 45 degree heat. When I turned off the air con (the last thing you want to do on a hot day) it didn't miss a beat. Drove back in torrential rain, wipers worked great and the car always felt safe.

Very stable at freeway speeds. When I wanted to upgrade I looked at a 2001 Corolla, which was bouncing all over the place at 80Km/h. The Skyline felt much better at 120.

Engine sounded gorgeous, but had no torque. This wouldn't have mattered if it had a manual gearbox, but the auto sucked out the power it did have.

When I upgraded to a 1995 Volvo 960, I gave the Skyline to my brother, who has had no problems with it.

The Datsun 200B I had before also had a Nissan L series engine, the motor was the only part of the car that worked properly after 20 hard years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2007

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review