1991 Nissan Skyline Reviews

1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R 2.6L twin-turbo I6 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.6L twin-turbo I6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired177 kilometres
Most recent distance182 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

I use two words and only two words to describe this car: F#%@ YEAH!

Faults:

Blew the engine at 180K.

General Comments:

Unreasonable bargain! Though the mechanical failures were a tremendous setback, it is pure delight to serve mouth-breathers in new muscle, or stuff-shirts in overpriced European sports cars, at damn near anything.

And to think I only paid $CAN 13k for this car!

Sure the interior and exterior are sad and the sound system sucks, but who needs any of that nonsense? Especially when you have the sexy, sultry sounds of the mighty furious RB26DETT, roaring with every rev and gluing you to your seat at open throttle. Or perhaps the uncanny grip of ATTESA, keeping you on the road no matter how fast you drive or the current weather conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2008

15th Sep 2008, 01:41

Update: I have to say, the continuous wear and tear inherent with this vehicle has become... bothersome. As it stands, I don't think I'll be buying another Nissan after this one. It may be the high kilometers, but having read some other reviews as cross-references, I don't think it would be wise to remain with the "status-quo."

19th Jun 2011, 16:09

Sad to hear that. How do you find parts in North America? Are they easy to come by, and are they very expensive?

1st Nov 2012, 17:19

Truth be told, parts availability is surprisingly widespread, to the point where it's about as easy getting parts for your Skyline, as it is any other 20 year old car. This may have something to do with the Skyline's popularity explosion in Canada during the mid-2000's, but gone are the days of regularly waiting months for all but the most obscure parts.

Also, the aftermarket support for this car is phenomenal - almost to the point where it makes more sense to upgrade anything on the vehicle as opposed to replacing worn parts. Only the most ardent restorers will have difficulty finding OEM parts.

1991 Nissan Skyline GTS 2.0L 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great fun

Faults:

- Both tie rod ends

- Left caster rod bent

- Both caster rod rubbers knackered

- Rubber universal between rack and steering wheel wore to the point of breaking

- Tyres, tons of them

- Shocks squeak

General Comments:

This car is purely designed for speed. It is able to corner at 3 times the advised speeds for corners with ease.

The seats lock you in very well (great for donuts and drifting), and it's huge power allows you to start drifts with the tap of the toe.

Unfortunately mine is currently an auto, but will be receiving a manual conversion soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2006

1991 Nissan Skyline GTS 25 2.5L Six Cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L Six Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48500 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carTriumph 2500 PI

Summary:

Fun, practical performance car

Faults:

Front suspension arms needed rebushing - cost $NZ200ish.

Manifold water pipe rusted from the inside out - water leak. Difficult repair so cost $NZ800ish.

Minor electrical issues due to age: instrument bulbs blowing, dirty electric window switches etc.

General Comments:

Reasonably economical, varies 25-38 Miles Per Gallon depending on how it is driven.

Handles very well especially in slow tight corners and long fast corners (HICAS 4 wheel steering is excellent).

Well appointed interior. The only issue I have with it is the cabin space - obviously designed for small people.

The gear ratio spacings of the auto don't seem to fit the engine characteristics very well - it's either screaming it's head off or over-geared.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2003

1991 Nissan Skyline GTR 2.6 twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

A super car bargain

Faults:

This car seems to be up of Nissan's normal high standards of reliability. No-thing's gone wrong in the 3.5 years I've owned it.

Clutches seem to last between 50k & 75k kilometers depending on how hard and how frequently you launch from a standing start.

I'm a Bridgestone tyres fan & my last set of S02 lasted about 25000k.

General Comments:

This car so capable that it's almost boring since it has no bad habits. That said I enjoy -

1/ Its amazing performance. 5 second to 100kph.

2/ The very direct steering, as good as any BMW I've driven.

3/ The instant throttle response in any gear from 2000 revs.

4/ Its great reliability

5/ The enduring fan club this car has. Kids from 8 years old to 50 stare at it in the street.

6/ It being such a performance bargain at $NZ40,000 to buy, $2,500 pa for servicing by Nissan (including tyres & clutches), and less than $NZ3,000 a year in depreciation it's a real bargain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2003

1991 Nissan Skyline gts-t, m-spec 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance99000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

This car is very mean.. And it looks it as well

Faults:

The turbo was previously running at 15psi, so when I got the car the turbo was pretty much stuffed. So I got a new turbo installed under the warranty. The new turbo has a steel shaft rather than the normal ceramic one. Able to run at around 20psi.

General Comments:

This skyline is a beast. It has had the following modifiactions done to it.

1) Performance chip installed.

2) Variable boost gauge. Boost set to 14 psi.

3) Performance exhaust. Increased power by around 10 - 15 kw.

4) turbo timer and fuel mixture gauge.

5) boost gauge and water temperature gauge installed.

6) 17 inch low profile mags.

7) full GTR R-32 style body kit.

8) Estimated power is around the 200Kw mark :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2002

1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R 2.6 Litre twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.6 Litre twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance149000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

High performance, head-turner, and reliable, but costly

Faults:

Nothing as yet. Although I had to replace the brake pads.

General Comments:

Very good handling car, a real head turner. They could've did a bit more on the comfort side of things, but that doesn't worry me too much. Only thing I really worry about is parking/leaving it somewhere without being paranoid about anything happening to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews