1989 Nissan Skyline Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1989 Nissan Skyline GX 3.0 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 kilometres
Most recent distance276000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pintara

Summary:

Better option than a vl commodore

Faults:

Gearbox bearings & fifth gear went at 220,000 kilometers.

Noisy differential.

Power steering pump.

The rear control arm bushes were replaced at 250,000 kilometers. A common fault in the skylines.

C.V. Joint in the center of the tail shaft was replaced recently as it had dried up and began to seize.

General Comments:

A very reliable automobile capable of high mileage. I had a bad run for a while just after purchasing the car, but it has never stopped.

I put a decent exhaust system and cold air intake onto my skyline with a 35 percent power increase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

1989 Nissan Skyline GTE (R32) 2.0 Straight Six SOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Straight Six SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance340000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Santana

Summary:

I'll 'ave another thanks, speeding tickets an' all

Faults:

Gearbox bearing required replacement @ ±120,000km.

Due again at @ ±300,000, but left it for a while as the car was coming due for replacement.

The clutch operating fork came adrift on the last night I drove the car.

Water pump and thermostat replaced @ ±220,000.

Drivers seat badly worn. (But then I do tip the scales at 105kg)

Broke left rear shock absorber @ ±190,000.

General Comments:

I've heard it said that the R32 Skyline was the best designed passenger car ever built. I'd be hard pressed to argue.

Performance for a 2 litre engine pushing 1360kg (laden), is outstanding.

Mechanically I could not fault the engine, 340,000 without the head ever being off. Noisy lifters were easily solved with MotorUp.

The only complaints were related to space. Rear legroom did not exist, only one suitcase (wife size) in the boot at a time please.

Sadly I was recently rear-ended in this car and the insurers have deemed it beyond repair.

I'm now the temporary owner of a Renault R25 GTX while I consider my options.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

24th Oct 2004, 18:32

I'm really sorry 'bout the car, mate. R32's are my favourite skylines; and skylines are my favourite cars in the universe. The rear damage probably is repairable, though, you'd just have to find a VERY skilled body specialist. Good luck with it, and if it is impossible to repair, I'd buy another r32; they are pretty cheap.

1989 Nissan Skyline GTS SVD 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

A classic collectors item

Faults:

Needed new brakes, tyres, a bit of wear on drivers seat as the deep sports seats are prone to wear/tear where drivers gets in and out. ($50 re trim will fix that). It is currently Automatic, but I am more a manual person, so a manual transmission is around the corner. I hate having to park it a the shopping centres as I'm terrified of coming back and its missing (knock on wood).

General Comments:

I would not sell the car, no matter how much money was thrown at me (figure of speech). It looks great, performs quite well with 140KW on a 1350KG chassis, great to drive, handles excellent, brakes are incredible. I have lost count on how many times I have been asked to sell it and its very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2002

1989 Nissan Skyline Silhouette sedan from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired163400 kilometres
Most recent distance199200 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Luxury of the Ti, but with a few sporty bits chucked in

Faults:

The limited-slip Borg-Warner differential was noisy & leaked when I bought the car. be warned, to rebuild it properly with new seals, gears (to overcome noise) bearings & LSD cones/springs will set you back about $1,600...

The lifters are quite noisy when the engine is cold.

Shock absorbers, springs & urethane bushes make a very good difference to the way the car drives.

If the voltage regulator or alternator are faulty, there are 4 completely unrelated lights on the dashboard that light briefly, you may also hear a slight buzzing noise from the passenger foot well at the same time.

Spark plugs are an absolute pain to change. All of the piping between the inlet manifold has to come off, and you have to have a lot of patience unscrewing them 1/16 of a turn at a time.

Fuel injectors start to clog after about 190000kms. If it isn't done, some cylinders run lean, giving pre-ignition problems, destroying pistons. While the top of the manifold is off, it's a very good idea to change the spark plugs. Makes it relatively easy to perform, and once the car is back together again & tuned, quite often gives within 1 Kw of the manufacturers specs, and gives you back the mid-range torque that you probably didn't notice was missing...

The auto transmission doesn't handle abuse very well, it develops a bad vibration under acceleration when hot.

The little rubber bush off the bottom of the gear selector perishes & drops off, leaving a sloppy selector.

The door & boot seals leak from time to time, normally in heavy rain. This can cause a little bit of rust in the sides of the boot floor if it isn't looked into.

The wheel trims on this model rattle over rough roads.

Tyre choice is important. They have a reputation for being a bit tail happy on wet roads, which is accentuated when worn, cheap or retread tyres are used.

This car may sound like a bomb, but I'm very thorough and considering that it gets used (and abused) every day as a delivery vehicle, it has held up very well.

General Comments:

These vehicles are generally well built. If looked after & regularly maintained, is a good strong performer that is reasonably economical, comfortable, and surprisingly fast.

Its good for long distances or a 'round town runabout.

If the suspension is in good condition, handling of vehicle is quite good for a car it's size.

If something breaks, parts are usually easy to find, either from a VL Commodore (for engine parts, except the distributer - it's different) or the Pintara (for everything else).

They have a very good engine as standard. It can tow quite well and hold it's own at the traffic lights... For those who are interested, they are also quite responsive to modification.

Firstly, get hold of a pod-style air filter & replace the very restrictive airbox. gives the car a rorty sound, and increases mid-range torque.

A 2.5" - 3" exhaust, warmer camshaft & computer upgrade will give a nice car a bit more oomf.

If you're serious, the VL Commodore has the same engine, and has a turbo-charged version. It should be inter-cooled when fitted, though.

The Japanese RB25 twin-cam head (with or without turbo) can be fitted, with only minor modifications. This will need after-market engine management system, however.

The Japanese RB20/RB25/RB26 twin-cam engines could be fitted quite easily. They also have the advantage of having better injection, multi-coil ignition etc etc.

Some of these engine variants even come with single or twin turbo-chargers.

Rust isn't generally a problem unless it gets driven into the ocean on a regular basis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2002

9th Jul 2002, 08:02

Unfortunately for Nissan they where forced to adopt the live axle setup with that horrible differential mainly due to local content regulations. They should have stuck with the independent suspension system on the Japanese models which offered much better ride and handling AND was quiet!!.

You'll probably find that your vibration under hard acceleration is due to a worn tail shaft centre bearing mount rather than a problem with the auto. Autos that are well maintianed are generally very durable.

19th Aug 2002, 10:37

What a great car indeed, I find that the skyline has good fuel efficiency when not thrashed about (I get 10.5L/100km in city). I have been through four sets of power steering hoses, both high and low pressure ones (it's only done 170,000kms). Exhaust manifold bolts have been re-tightened twice, after I discovered exhaust leaks. Got any other performance tips (can't seem to find much info on the old RB30 anymore unless it's a turbo). Good all-round cruiser that drives well... I LOVE IT.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews