1997 Nissan Skyline Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1997 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR 3.0 twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Supra


High performance


Blew the turbo at 25000kms, and received a canary for the noisy muffler.

General Comments:

Reliable if you treat it right.

Very sporty and attractive.

Picks up the chicks.

Very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2001

8th Jun 2002, 02:48

The R33 GTR V-spec as well as the R32's and R34's are 2.6litre engines. No Production Skyline GTR has ever been released by nissan with a 3 litre engine. An RB26DETT can be stroked to 3litre capacity with different crank, con-rods, and a cylinder sleeve, and most likely a block spacer.

8th Jun 2002, 13:57

The engine size is wrong. The Skyline GT-R has a 2.6 litre twin-turbo, not a three litre. And while plausible, it's unlikely -- hm, perhaps plain "unlucky" is the word -- that a turbo blew at just 25,000kms. Having owned two GT-Rs, and having come into contact with countless GT-R owners, the mechanics are pretty indestructible even when chipped. If you're thinking of buying one, this really ain't the norm.

5th Jul 2003, 11:07

The R31 had a 3.o litre engine.

14th Nov 2004, 05:15

Skylines are good cars with solid performance. I owned one for 2 years, but when I got dragged by a Saab 9000 Carlsson I traded it in on one two weeks after and the difference insane. the Saab Carlsson handles better and is quicker than a Skyline GTS-T in a strait line. The Saab was also cheeper at $8000 au and I had enough to buy a Citroen BX 16 valve as well.

21st Jan 2006, 00:34

The R33 GTR is a great car and quite reliable. I drove own one that I hardly drove for many years, then I had to drive it daily for 1 year and found it very reliable except for the front upper control arm bushing which wears out. A Toyota would not have this problem, but then again, there is no Toyota that performs like this car and is practical enough to seat 4 six foot adults in comfort.

26th Jul 2010, 09:45

The RB 30 engine is 3.0L.

18th Aug 2012, 06:11

Mate, have you heard of a Supra TT 6 speed?

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews