1989 Nissan Skyline Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1989 Nissan Skyline Executive 3.0 litre 6 Cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre 6 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired198050 kilometres
Most recent distance295500 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

A good overall 'sleeper'

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

1989 Nissan Skyline GTS-t M Spec 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Affordable version of a GT-R

Faults:

Air vents in dash prone to breaking.

Developed a miss, due to the module that controls the coil failing.

Turbo failure.

Front bushes in A arms wore out.

General Comments:

Very quick, great fun to get sideways.

4 door models come with horrid seat material.

No leg room in the back, particularly for a car of its size.

Excellent bargain considering the power output.

Non ABS model brakes aren't too flash, worse with a full car load.

Very high specced car all round, has all the creature comforts you need.

Everyone needs to own one once.

Common as mud here in New Zealand, but that only means good availability of parts down the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2001

21st Sep 2001, 23:48

I have to agree with you as I also own a GTS-t, mine is a two door coupe. I have had some of the same stuff go wrong with my car. The front bushes have had to be replaced as well as the gear box needing new linkages between first and second gear. On the whole the car has served its purpose - it goes like hell and looks good doing it..

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