1989 Nissan Skyline Executive 3.0 litre 6 Cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
A good overall 'sleeper'
Old Air Conditioning leaked, new gas installed.
Battery flat twice.
Hydraulic lifters get noisy with age (probably with more than 200000 kilometers on the clock). Mine were replaced.
The throttle position sensor which controls the gearbox computer was replaced with an instant 100% improvement in shifting quality. Highly recommend any Skyline Series 3 owners with automatic transmission to have this part replaced if shifting is always jerky.
Gearbox after 295000 kilometers is getting a bit worn out, as you would expect.
These have to be one of the most reliable cars on the roads. It has the performance to match, and doesn't suffer insurance woes of Commodore or Falcons, yet performs like one. Cosmetic parts and panels can mostly be sought from the Pintara, and engine parts from a VL Commodore if necessary. The styling perhaps could have been better, but that's the way things go.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2002
5th Jun 2002, 07:13
I haven't had any of these problems apart from the rear handbrake cable.
13th Aug 2002, 02:46
The car is a beauty to drive, but the fuel costs are a nightmare, I wonder if there is any way to reduce the fuel consumption.
26th Aug 2003, 11:52
I'm a South African and own a South African assembled Nissan Skyline 3Litre S.G.L.I model 1990. The cars a beauty to drive. It's just the hydraulics that gets noisy at about 200 000 KM. It has both comfort and reliability.
28th Jun 2006, 08:42
I have owned an exec for 4 years now and it has over 500000k's on it, the main problems I have found is that the manifold warps and needs to be replaced by a set of extractors. Once this was done the car was great and have only had to do the usual stuff to it.