1987 Nissan Skyline GXE 3.0 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Best car of it's type for it's manufacture date. A smooth, powerful, safe ride of real Nissan power


Air Conditioning leaks occasionally, leaves easily fall through the outside vents causing this problem.

Handbrake (insides only) recently needed to be replaced at 14 years old (possibly due to learner driver).

Replaced disk brakes once in 5 years and battery once also.

Fuel gauge slow in registering amount of fuel.

General Comments:

Great power in this mighty machine. Way ahead of it's time. Can be extremely fast.

Excellent handling, steering and brakes.

Tested all of these out at a defensive driving course complete with inspection. Skyline came out on top with better brakes than a brand new Commodore with Anti-lock Braking System and the wheels didn't lock at 70 km/h sudden braking in the wet or dry.

Very comfortable for the standard edition.

Good four speaker stereo, considering it's age.

Works well with a gas conversion, although it loses a fair bit of power.

Unfortunately no circle tail lights :( but we're looking to fix that :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2001

15th Aug 2001, 06:26

We own an '89 GXE, we have owned it all its life. We've always been a Nissan family but the GXE would have to be the best car we've had yet. Its never missed a beat. The only problem we've had with it is the gas in the airconditioning and the altinator was playing up so it was replaced.

The car is all quality and bloody quick, not bad for a first car :) I can out run all my mates no prob. I guess it all comes down to one thing... its a skyline.

1987 Nissan Skyline TI 3.0 in-line 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Overheating problem.

Broken front seat.

Dirty connections on air flow meter.

General Comments:

A smooth, powerful and very comfortable car. Very well optioned and lovely to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 1999

31st Mar 2001, 14:56

I have another problem to add to the list of problems for the Nissan Skyline TI. My Airconditioner's gas leaks frequently, I suggest all owners/buyers get that checked.

10th Jul 2001, 23:59

We had the same problem with our air conditioner.. we have a 1987 3.0 GXE Automatic Skyline. Also, we found that it was a bit expensive as far as petrol consumption, so we had a gas conversion put on and now its more economical at almost half the price per week. Another problem was the handbrake, the inside of it had to be replaced, it was rusted to the insides surrounding it, but after 14 years who's handbrake wouldn't do that (especially with me learning in it a few years ago). I love this car, its my fathers 33rd car in 37 years of driving & hes had this car the longest out of all his cars (mum's proud). I learnt to drive in it and we've had nissans since I was born, I trust the name and I love the cars, especially the skyline :)

9th Dec 2001, 07:59

One of the main issues concerning the Australian made Skyline with the RB30 six cylinder engine is a serious problem with differential whine, & some differential failures. Nissan fixed a lot of them, but check carefully before you purchase. If you buy privately, & when it comes to the test drive, make sure that all accessories are turned off in order to hear the differential. If it is at a high pitch at, say, 88km/h in 4th gear ratio (automatic) or 5th gear (80km/h), be aware.

This is the only recurring trouble spot on this particular model.

8th Jan 2002, 03:25

I've been a little hard in my Skyline 3.0 ti, been through 2 airflow meters! First one was bung a week after I brought the car from the dealers, got a second hand one, 2 years later bung again now, it sounds like a stupid rotary! Now have to get another second hand one, but can't afford it now (mind you, being hard on a car reaps its devastations)! But I got magnatec oil and 2 bottles of lube up in it! Plus I got extractors and big bore! YEAH!!!

27th Jun 2003, 10:30

I've found the 7 3/4 LSD in the 87 Skyline Silhouette very whiny at low revs and slow cruise say 90km. But she is still my baby. I also had major problems getting a front skirt for her after I had to put her in a ditch to miss a stray kid :' (. The trip computer back-light seems to fail regularly. but other than those problem she is super smooth and a joy to drive.