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Fresh import from Japan sourced through JM Imports.

101000kms (62500 miles), stock apart from a Nismo catback, bonnet lip & some interior trim. Oh and a manual Turbo timer.

Collect possibly this week or next.





















Already bought an Apexi pwoer intake kit... Will fit that straight away.

Plans are to do the basic breating mods, front pipe & headers etc, get an Apexi Power FC and rebuild the standard turbos with steel internals and run a nice safe 1bar. Will probably get it tuned at TDi north, as they've tuned all of my previous cars. Does anyone have any RB26 experience with TDi?
 

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Having looked at their website they look like they specialise in Hondas to me. If I was you I would take it to a Nissan specialist. I Had my R33 GTR mapped by The Racing Line in Halifax now trading as TRL Developments (allegedly Mitsubishi Evo Specialists) , to cut a long story short they blew the engine whilst mapping it.

Why don't you give RB Motorsport a call in Mawdsley, they specialise in Skylines and to my knowledge are highly regarded by the forum users on this site.

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They are indeed Honda specialists... As am I :chuckle:

I always see skylines there though and they have a 4wd Dyno... then again, assumption is the mother of all fcuk ups so they say!

RB is closer to home also, I will give them a call.

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Here she is at home (splitterless)





Unfortunately, due to my driveway being behind my house with a dirt road for access, the trust splitter had to come off along with the brake cooling ducts.

I'll put the splitter on for special occasions and track days etc. I would like to find one which isn't quite so low for general road use, any suggestions?

General review of the car after a week of driving:

Leaky boot - bad water ingress through passenger side tail light (will reseal when weather improves)

Noisy fan/aux belt from cold

Shocking brakes - OEM brembos feel VERY spongy and poor braking. I've ordered some DS2500s & a full set of HEL braided lines, will replace the fluid with some 5.1dott.

I'm hugely disapointed with the aftersales from JM Imports. Now he has my money I get the impression I'm totally forgotten. Doesn't answer or return my calls.

All I want is my GTR matts which, for some reason, I didn't notice were missing on collection. I am now considering contacting trading standards about the boot leak which is excessive & potentially dangerous. Fcuk me about and you'll know about it :chuckle:
 

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the boot leak is super common on the R33 sadly, while you are changing fluid on the brakes also consider a BMC stopper - the firewall flexes a surprising amount on these cars!

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Common or not, I've just paid 10k to have a 'fully prepped' road ready car. Which it isn't.

Actually, because it's so common, that's all the more reason it should have been fixed prior to sale.

Cheers, will look into the brake stopper.
 

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with respect - you have just spent £10k on an second hand 18 year old car, that isn't even near the top of the market for these vehicles.

in this instance I would expect fully prepped to mean converted to mph and all paperwork done to make it road legal in the UK, if they are good then a service and perhaps a bettery change. I would also expect that any items that came up on the MOT to be rectified as well.

It is par for the course on buying cars this old and of this nature to have to deal with a few nigglesm if you are buying mid-market ( and I think you are) then a few more niggles than if you were buying at the top end of the market and considerably less than if you brought at the bottom of the market.

as it stands it looks like you have brought a decent example for a good price, a shame that just a couple of minor issues are spoiling that for you, JM seem to have a decent rep so I am sure they will sort it out for you.
 

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Point taken, I wasn't expecting factory fresh, it would be silly to expect that.

However, I don't consider it a minor fault. 18 years old or not, it was bought from a dealer & therefore has to adhere to the consumer goods rights act... If I can prove that it is dangerous or seriously effects the value of the vehicle, which to me, it is both.

Jurgen has an excellent reputation, which is why I'm both surprised and saddened by his lack of response after sale.

Also, it was mid market because it's almost OEM standard, no expensive parts on it other than the nismo catback... I see most of the value in the 12k+ cars I've seen for sale in aftermarket parts. Is this not the case?
 

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wow - when have you called or emailed me ??

you have my mobile number ?? or have maybe you called the workshop phone and not been answered ? there are no voicemails.

yes the brakes were not good and we told you on collection , they were better the first time you came to view and bought it..

So i said to you i prefer car to stay here and you can come monday to collect, but we then agreed you take it away (so then i said here harry even though your pads look full/ new (here is £100 towards either new seals or some new pads)..

You did email me about water through rear light and i said i would look into it for you as we had no issues here as car kept indoors.. (most likely just needs resealed).

The belt if you emailed me or got through to me i would of send you new AUX belt no problem...

The mats are on the Japan photos so i presume they went missing on their journey to UK...

If you you had mentioned this on collection i would of tried my best to find you some for you.

Also we feel these comments are unfair - especially after i agreed very good sale price - then after this price we included the underseal for free, did a lot of extra work for free, also sorted alarm at a reduced price with no gain for us , gave you a cd player brand new for free - Did the tracking for free,. gave you £100 for the pads or seals.

Including all that we fully serviced the car and included x2 new rear bearings and also a new pinion rear diff..

We also all stayed back after hours to get car ready and cleaned for you..

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From what I see a little leak in the boot is neither dangerous or would seriously impact the value (this is not a concourse car) you are on a hiding to nothing with the CGA.

I would pull the carpet and floor up and have a look under the spare wheel - if it has been happening for a while it tends to rot out the boot floor, where the wheel sits on the metal it traps the moisture and makes it a real problem - That would seriously affect the value.

if there is no evidence of any rust beyond surface marking then it hasn't been happening for a while. what can happen is the bootlid drains past the rear lights and this can get blocked over time and the water gets in that way, the other common issue is that the gunk the use to seal the rear lights in gets old and dry and water leaks in through there.

best bet is to check and see which one of those is the cause and fix it quick, getting the rear lights out can be a pain (there are plenty of guides on here) as you have to heat up the gunk to free it off. If the car was garaged in japan (and judging by the paint and low miles I would say it was) and then stored indoors over here there may not have been any evidence of the problem.

It will be mid-market for it's OEM-ness. provenance, condition and mods go a long way to hiking up the value
 

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I've rang 4 times this week on your mobile with no answer, perhaps I should have left a voicemail. However, you had always called me back previously.

I appreciate that you spent more time and money on the car that you expected or would have liked but you have to understand my frustration that you haven't answered my calls.

Perhaps I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions so quickly, but I am aware that my consumer rights are short lived with a 2nd hand vehicle so I have to be quick on these things.

I am not complaining about the pads, as we agreed on this at the time of collection. I was simply updating my thread that I have problems with them, as stated, I have already bought parts to fix this. Thank you for the money towards them.

The mats I only really realised when I got home, and that is what I've been calling you about. If they've gone missing then they've gone missing, I'm not going to hold you to ransom on them.

It must be said that you were great with all your updates and the prep work done on the car. Perhaps a boot leak test is something you could do on cars in the future as part of the prep.
 

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Looks like a great buy, clean from underneath too! Have a look at my build thread on how to fix the rear boot leak issue as mine had that and its now 100% leak free which I'm happy about :)

Look forward to more updates
 

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Cheers Saif, will do :)

And Simon, I've already removed all of the lining from the boot so it doesn't hold as much moisure. I've been sponging the puddles out every night and drying it with towels.

And it does look like it was stored indoors most of its life, there is some slight surface rust in 4 or 5 spots. Certainly hasn't been rotting away for years on end.

As soon as the weather dries up I'll get on it!
 

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Just ordered some Nismo mats from nengun.

Jurgen, I wasn't expecting or even hoping that you would replace the aux belt.

No problems on brakes, we agreed that.

Disappointed with the leak but will fix it myself.

The trading standards comment was in retaliation to being ignored, whether you meant it or not. I was calling about the mats, which I've now bought.

Incidentally, I did offer to pay for the head unit on the day of the test drive.

No hard feelings, at least not from me :chuckle:
 

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They are indeed Honda specialists... As am I :chuckle:

I always see skylines there though and they have a 4wd Dyno... then again, assumption is the mother of all fcuk ups so they say!

RB is closer to home also, I will give them a call.

Cheers
I'd defo go to RB.. There's times tdi send cars to rods for various reasons. I'd chill over the minor points of the car as people say it's 18years old.

A major problem like 2 knackered turbos that only shows up when you replace your exhaust cos it was rotten.. Along with rear brake pipes corroded under subframe that shouldn't have passed the mot prior to purchase are things that happened to me. Fortunately the garage paid for all the repairs.
 

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Glad to see you've finally collected your car Harry.
Shame about the small problems with the brakes and the boot leak and your small issue with Jurgen but he is a good man and the amount of effort he puts in to prep every single car is amazing. Understandable from your end tho.

Im sure if he knew about the bootlid leak, he would have fixed that. I dont believe he would let a car go with a problem still on hand like mines for example... currently getting new bearings and oil pump because a rattle problem developed just before it was ready for collection. It's now been about 2 weeks overdue with another week or 2 still to wait till it's fixed and ready :)
 
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