1995 Nissan Skyline GTS-T 2.5L straight 6 from Australia and New Zealand


These cars are fast, but not as fast as people say, for the money, buy a Porsche 944


Turbo needed rebuilding after 60000 Km. ($2000AU to fix)

Seats were worn easily.

Radiator overheated and leaked. @ 61340km.

Door did not seal properly and was difficult to shut. This cost $1500 to replace the door and re-fit electrics.

Leaver for folding seat forward snapped off on passenger side.

Rust in boot lining, major problem is getting rid of it.

Tire in front drivers side kept wearing out and had to be replaced regularly.

Failure to start on most cold mornings. Had to borrow my brother's fiat X/19 to drive to work (30km drive around tight bends)

Fuel injector busted and needed to be replaced (replaced with a high flow injector)

Head gasket blew at 65780Km. this was the last straw for me. This car just had to go.

General Comments:

This car is quick, but what people say about these cars out running everything on the road is bollocs. I tried racing/dragging Porsche's (old ones at that), a Saab 9000 Carlsson, some slightly modified performance Citroens (BX 16v and a CX turbo), Subarus, a Lotus Elise, a few Ford Falcon XR6 non turbo and turbo variants, the list goes on, this car just could not get going fast enough to match all the guff that people said about it. I feel that my old Citroen BX 16 valve could get going quicker and that was a non turbo vehicle.

13-litres per 100km fuel consumption if driven hard.

All the nonsense that people say about it handling well is ridicules. The Citroen could out pace the Skyline around the twistys easily.

I read the magazines about how you can tune these cars and make them go faster than a Ferrari. Well if you want to kill the engine in six months then yes you can go faster than a Ferrari, but it will pay you back with frequent breakdowns.

Police attention is massive. I would get pulled over twice a week at the least and on one trip home from work I got pulled over 4 times and by the same officer two times in one night. These cars are cop magnets. This never happened in the Citroen.

The mechanical problems were endless and when the radiator went I just had to sell the damn thing. A lot of mornings it failed to start completely and I had to borrow my brother's Fiat X/19 which would also kill it around the corners and it was built in 1982. Citroen's have a reputation of spending more time at the mechanic than on the road, but I found it extremely reliable in comparison with the Nissan which lived up to the "don't buy imports as they brake down" reputation.

The seats are uncomfortable, but I can't judge this too harshly because he Citroen was the best long distance traveler I have ever driven and was extremely comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th November, 2004

10th Mar 2006, 13:27

Hmmm...I agree with the other comment poster in that you must have bought an abused car, as I myself own a '96 auto GTS-T, purchased at ~50,000 km's and have driven another 12,000 km's so far without one single problem.

A few things I would like to mention:

- In response to the comment poster, the official 0-100 km/h time for the *manual* is something like 6.4 seconds, certainly not 4.5. The auto's official time is around 7.0 seconds. Standing 0-400m times are ~14.4 seconds for the manual and 15.5 for the auto, although I have heard of a completely stock auto (including tyres, air filter, etc.) running a 15.0 dead at the drags. Seems to me that Nissan were fairly conservative about their performance claims.

- I am quite happy with how the car drives, in terms of suspension compliance (fairly stiff, but liveable), handling and driveability, however I wish there was less road noise! The sound deadening was certainly used sparingly in this car!

- If you really want a car that feels "fast", then don't go with the auto. Sure, it will out-drag most other cars out there (if that's your thing), but that's limited to, say, most non-turbo 4 cylinder cars and the average 6 cylinder family sedan. It's certainly no match for most turbocharged manuals or local V8's (Gen III onwards). If you're going for all-out power, then the auto is good for "only" 200 rwkw - the manual can withstand a lot more power.

- As with any turbocharged car, high quality synthetic oils must be used at regular intervals, say between every 5,000 to 10,000 km's. Failing to do this can easily damage the turbo, which may well be the cause of the reviewer's blown turbo. However, this usually gives one the excuse to get their original turbo "high flowed", which costs between $800 to $2000 (Australian dollars) and will be good for up to 300 rwkw, depending on the specs.

- I have never, ever had any problems whatsoever with cops with this car. Since owning the car, I have been RBT'd once and the cop didn't treat me any differently to the other five times I was RBT'd driving an '89 Ford Telstar.

- Overall, I am very happy with this car, however I wish I had purchased a manual instead (and am planning to sell my car and purchase a manual in the near future). This is only because I believe that a Skyline is a car that is designed to involve the driver, and an auto takes that little bit of driver involvement out that you would otherwise have in a manual. That, and I have decided that I am going to start chasing big power outputs. Reliability-wise, the RB25 is one of the most reliable engines out there - it is virtually bulletproof if kept within sensible power levels. Visit any Skyline forums and this will be proven time and again.

1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS 2.5 Direct Electronic Fuel Injection from Australia and New Zealand


An excellent high performance bargain


The clutch started slipping and gave out a stench. The mechanic told it it was due to me riding the clutch.

The door has some clicking noises in it when riding over bumps.

The dash construction has some clicking noises inside too which I do not know how to remedy.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable although costly to run car. The parts are not very easy to come by as imports are frowned upon.

Well looked after will give many years of rewarding speedy drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

1995 Nissan Skyline GTS25 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Good, solid car with subtle, but sporty looks


Air con leaked, and was finally traced to TX valve in passenger compartment. Cost NZ$250 to fix.

Leather around handbrake is worn to the threads, but doesn't look too bad.

Paint finish needs a really good polish - maybe the salty air on the transport ship from Japan was to blame...

General Comments:

This car is pretty quick, even though its not a turbo model.

I drive 200km per day to get to work and back, and the 2.5 liter engine allows really good cruising.

100kph equates to 2,000 revs - not bad at all!

Fuel consumption (roughly worked out) is 32mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

1995 Nissan Skyline GTR-R33 V-spec 2.6 twin turbo from UK and Ireland


There is no better


Fortunately nothing as yet as only 5000 miles covered since acquired. However should anything go wrong, time to get a second job!

General Comments:

This car is an import from Japan.

Absolutely fabulous. Stunning performance and poise, arouses much interest (perhaps too much), is difficult therefore to be used everyday for mundane things. Scared to leave it in a car park etc. Difficult to find anywhere to service the thing as imports seem to be frowned upon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2000

21st Apr 2001, 18:11

Question - you had a Nissan 200sx before this skyline - how much more powerful does it feel? Does it pull a lot stronger? How does the extra power cope with the extra weight?

19th Jun 2001, 13:28

What kind of a question is that? 200SX vs a Skyline? Think about this... the Skyline is a fat and heavy car. Throw that fat car to 60 miles an hour at 5 seconds - you better catch your teeth as they fall into your throat. SKYLINE IS KING. There is no other.

Going to get one soon in yellow. 20 years.