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Old 27th September 2003, 04:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, Newbie looking for buying advice

Hi all, I can't say what a pleasure it is to be here in the UK, and, how good it feels to be able to buy a Skyline.

First off some background. I just moved back here from the USA, where, as I am sure you know the Skyline in all it's guise's is revered as the ultimate (or at least in the Japanese tuning scene). Now that I am here I am looking to buy my very own . In the US I have a Supercharged Nissan Maxima (3.0L V6), which, at the last dyno run was putting out approx 350hp at the wheels (Not too bad for a 4 door automatic saloon).

To be quite honest I wish I had never modded it, yes it is very quick, but, the ride and feel has gone from luxurious to raw, if that makes sense, so I decided that I should buy a quick car to start with and leave it stock, so, this Skyline will not be modded for performance.

I don't have the budget for a GTR (R33 or R34), so, I am looking at a max of 15K, I lost an arm in a motoring accident, so, it has to be either automatic, or tiptronic (I also have a tiptronic Prelude and prefer to at least partially shift).

I have een looking at R34GTT's on autotrader, and, think this is the way to go, unless there are other options that you, more knowledgable owners could steer me in the direction of.

Is this a quick Skyline, are there any pitfalls to look out for when buying one, are there any good appearance mods avaliable (The R34GTT's don't have that mean aggressive stance of the GTR) etc, etc.

Thanks in advance, and, I look forward to joining the Skyline community.


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Old 27th September 2003, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's an example of an R34 GTT with a bodykit....it belongs to Mark (R34Nismo on here)


There are several guys on here with GTT's and they'll be able to give you more insight as to what they're like to own.

Welcome to the forum by the way! Best of luck finding the right car.
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Old 28th September 2003, 06:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You should be able to get a R33 GTR for 15K, although it might have around 75-100,000 Km's on the clock. Thats not bad compared to most Uk or even US cars, but highish for a Jap import.

Mine has 95,000Kms and still going strong.

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Could get a GTR for that price, but you can't get Auto box GTR's so it would have to be a GTS-T or GTT etc.
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Good point

That R34 above looks great.
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speak to this guy he has a 34 gt-t tiptronic for sale, nismo b/kit, loads of hks goodies. by far the cleanest i have seen.

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Thanks for all the responses so far guys, I really appreciate it.

DaveW, Right now my first priority (Well at least my wife's first priority ), is to get out of the corporate apartment we are in and find something of our own, so, I am just in the "testing the water" phase of my purchase, I will be sure to talk to the guy you mentioned as soon as I am settled.

R34Nismo's GTT is absolutley awsome, that is exactly how I would want mine to look (with the exception of the CF hood ).

Does anyone on here have a GTT Tiptronic?, how does it work, is it on the wheel ala Audi TT, or on the stick ala Prelude (If they are on the wheel is the downshift/upshift and different sides of the wheel, or are they on both sides?)

How quick is the autobox GTT (I heard a nasty rumour of 100hp loss from the flywheel to the wheels!!!!)
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Jakester I bought a gorgeous R33 GTR from http://www.neweraimports.com which cost me under £15k with all taxes paid . It was already modded and it pushed over 500bhp after it was looked at by Gary of GT-ART. So u see we also have our bonuses over her ein the uk, Skylines cost a fraction of the price compared to the US

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Hi Gez,

I was just looking at the thread about personal imports and saw all the rave reviews you and many others had about http://www.neweraimports.com/ and, have decided that when I am ready to buy (In about a month) they will be getting my business.
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Hi Jakester,

Thanks for saying so. Perhaps an R34 GT-T with Tiptronic is the best way to go for you. I can appreciate why a Maxima with 350 bhp at the wheels isn't exactly refined any more...

Skyline GT-T's generally benefit from upgrades to around 350 bhp, thereafter, they become a bit more raw and require more and more mods for futher increases of power...

We have a customer with a Tiptronic GT-T which is modified to give around 350 bhp, who seems very happy with the resultant performance. He did his mods in the UK with a well known tuner.

When the time comes, we'll put you guys in touch.

I guess you'll be in touch when you want a pukka GT-T at a good price

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hi miguel can you get me a few prices, for a couple of friends

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Thanks Miguel, I look forward to dealing with you guys.
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If you're looking for ballpark figures, best is to see examples we show of various Skylines sold - you'll get a good idea of what is typically possible for a given budget.

When ready to proceed - Best is to fill in an inquiry form on our website detailing exactly what's wanted. We can't quote if we don't know what people are after specifically, of course.

Please note however, quotes are time consuming to research and produce - so we prefer only serious inquiries, please...

Time wasters will not benefit usually - as we can tell pretty quickly who is serious - and thereafter, we don't take the time wasters seriously!
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Jakester, or other serious people - not referring to you as the time wasters, just putting this on the site - so we will hopefully not get a barrage of dreamers inquiring....Please!

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Miguel,

no drama mate, I understand it is a serious business, I will be in touch when I am ready to proceed.

One quick question though (Not specifically to Miguel) What colour are the guages in the GTT, I saw a brochure pic and they look silver/titanium which I really like and hope that they are that way.
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Standard is white numbers on a graphite background, with a red needle.

BTW, I had a thought for you, Jakester - a Customer in Ireland who drives a Big Single 3rd Generation RX-7 (& rebuilds his own rotary engines, restores cars, etc) is paralysed from the waist down.

He will ONLY drive a manual and does so with the use of electrical servos. I believe it's possible to get sequential linkages - perhaps for a GT-T 5 Speed manual, how about putting a servo on one of those? Then you'd have manual without the hand shifting, perhaps?

Again, when you're ready, I can put you in touch with Eddy in Ireland. He's a great guy.

Tiptronic is up/down on the steering wheel and is 4 speed. Can be quick enough 0-60 - around 5 seconds with a tuned example.


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i know a man who can

speak to stuart at seford car imports hes the man for impoted top quality skylines on 07970698566.
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