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I'm interested in buying a R33 GTR V-Spec, and am very interested in hearing from you about general running costs.

This is my first step to a performance car and I have no real understanding on how much a Skyline will cost to run.

I will probably be using it every day driving to work and back (M25) as it will be my only car (once I sell my current car).

I was originally going to buy either a Honda S2000 or a BMW M3 Evo (E36), but decided I would rather have an R33, although it may not be as economical. I think servicing is a lot cheaper than an M3, even taking into account a Skyline should be serviced every 6000 miles (which for me will be about 3 times a year!).

My friend at Abbey Motorsport told me I would be lucky to get 22 mpg out of a Skyline, which isn't that bad! Although if you push it I hear it can be more like 8 mpg (ouch!).

Does any one have any useful figures or info that may help me (or scare me!)?

I'm not expecting it to be cheap, however knowing what I am letting myself in for would help me prepare!
 

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I get about 250-285 from a tank on the M25 commute route. c70/80mile round trip

If yours is lightly tuned then 6k service intervals would probably be fine as long as you change the oil in between. The harder the tune the more regular servicing will be needed.

3.5-4.5k fuel bill can be a bit disheartening though :(

HTH

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In my experience
Major service from Midllehurst cost me £700

Normal service £280

As for the Fuel, done many miles on the M25 and it aint that bad unles you are going to be stuck for many hours anywhere near Heathrow. Saying that it aint bad stood still. You are wirght in your assumption that when flooring it and trust me u will on the M25, Why? Cos u can thats why, you can actually see the needle going down but trust me its worth it.

In brief just make sure you get a good one, FSH an all that and go Fkng enjoy it mate you wont look back only at all those other cars getting smaller in the rear mirror.

Be warned though when you do get it you may find that you want to spend a lot more on doin it up than you ever did on the fuel.

Cheers


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I'm lucky if I hit 190miles on a full tank on my R34 and it's totally standard.

Major service cost me around £800 and interims cost about £250 from MM.

Brake pads range from £70-£190.
Tyres circa £180 a corner.

Everything else is bulletproof as long as a full service history accompanies the car.

GOod luck on your search mate.

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250miles/tank = M25 driving

0630 in morning is enough traffic to do about 60mph and 630-730 in evening is again c60mph. That's the only way it gets to 250 and above -

I couldnt afford to do 150 a tank when the weekly commute is about 400miles plus 50 or so at weekend.

3 tankfuls per week @ c£40 a go = c£6k on petrol a year would equal one sold Skyline. :(

I'm too poor to drive it like that all the time :D

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Thanks you guys, that makes me feel a lot better.

It sounds like Iain is doing a very similar drive to me, so hopefully I can try and aim for that. Lets just hope I don't have a heavier foot than you lot!

I'm getting all excited now. I'm off to see my first potential candidate tomorrow!

I'll keep you all posted!

Just one more question....

I'm now getting quite paranoid about car theft.

What's the general mood with you lot? Do you avoid taking your car places? Is it something always at the back of your mind when you go anywhere, or can you relax and not think about it? Do you have to watch where you park it?

Ok, I know, that was four questions!


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Security.

...Put it in your garage!

Normal, Thatham 1 alarm imob and Tracker, don't drive anywhere to dodgy or park to far from where your going. I also I won't attempt to squeeze the car in to car parking spaces where it could get knocked etc.., I'd rather walk and extra 20 seconds in the multi story at Blue water to find a bigger safer space and not have some nugget open there Fontera door on mine!

...IS
 

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I often find if you park at the end of a bay so youve got a wall next to you and then try and use up two spaces works well

Yeah Im one of those annoying people who act like they cant park :D

I tend not to take the car anywhere near trolleys, kids or old people.

Another good security measure you could take is a barrier dead lock, costs about £200 and its basically a bolt that goes through your gear box and locks the car in reverse (not one of those cheap handbrake devices)
 

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hmm

Well I did 3k in the GTR last month and apart from spending more on petrol than my mortgage :eek: the other running costs are sensible.

Specialist serving costs £80-£400 depending on the service, which is as cheap as anything fast gets really...

MPG varies from about 6mpg to about 20mpg (mines running circa 400bhp, so not too seriously tuned), but it puts a big smile on my face every so I love it :p
 

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I've got a GTS-T and that uses enough petrol so I would hate to see a GTR.... :(

Saying that I want to buy one next year!! :D

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I was suprised to find that on £30 of petrol I managed to do about 230miles mainly motorway at a steady 80-90 never going over 100mph.This was on sat and sun last weekend and it was the M40 so no traffic problems.This was in a mildly modded R33 GTR
In my old EVO VI I would have been lucky to do 130miles with £30 of petrol.
 

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It was more like 3/4 of a tank,filled it from about a 1/4 only took £30,230miles back down to 1/4.
I have managed about 130 miles this week on about half a tank but that was in traffic and taking various people out in it to show them what it can do.
It is obviously set up very well..
 

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mr car is SHOCKING

on fuel. Only way to describe it. Lucky to get 200 out of a tank but then I have a petrol card so don't give a monkeys. Combination of more boost, bigger injectors and a heavy right foot.
I doubt I could run it out of my own pocket as it woul dbe a mortgage.
Our finance manager always raises her eyebrows when she sees my fuel bill!!
GOD knows what the 550+ boys must be doing on fuel. have long gone past caring I would imagine.
The price of top notch motoring I guess!!

NLW
 
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