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Good afternoon,

First off, my name is Jay, im 27 and currently live in the Highlands of Scotland :wavey:

Im looking at buying my first GTR and am looking for guidance, hints and tips from you guys at what to look for when viewing a possible purchase.

My intended use of the car would be occasional weekend pleasure use as I work away for my company for a few weeks at a time, sometimes longer.

My preferance would be to a Midnight Purple or white R33 GTR.
Given my situation that limits the use the car would get for myself im somewhat undecided whether to go for a completly standard one or a mild HP (500hp)

From the research Ive being doing it seems many people start out standard and then get `hooked` and seek more performance. This sways me to go for something more tuned as I will no doubt get biten as I did with my previous cars :thumbsup:

I seen a completly stock 33 in MP come up on SVA Imports website and wondered if anyone has had any dealings with these guys in the past?

Any information you can throw my way in regards to buying a 33 would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Jay
 

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Buy the car which fits your needs.

Personally I'd want one with a rebuild. If you think it's likely that you'll want more than stock outputs buy as close to your ideal as possible. only buy a car with work done by a reputable specialist with full documentation. Ideally contact the specialist who did the work and confirm what was done and when.
 

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Buy the car which fits your needs.

Personally I'd want one with a rebuild. If you think it's likely that you'll want more than stock outputs buy as close to your ideal as possible. only buy a car with work done by a reputable specialist with full documentation. Ideally contact the specialist who did the work and confirm what was done and when.
Good advice Chris, but still say a 32.
 

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If you look on the GTROC website there is an R33 GT-R modifying guide which you could find useful in purchasing an R33. Japanese Performance magazine in their back issues also do a good buying guide as well :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks! That guide was real useful and a good read. Well if im hounest im no doubt going to want to tinker and extract more power so looks like im best off going with something that is already tuned and preferably rebuilt by a reputable tuner as you mentioned. The price diffrence between stock and say 500hp isnt that much really I guess when you concider how many ££££ went into getting it to that level.
 

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Take a good look at the strut tops. Nissan didn't put much in the way of seam sealer on these and they rot very badly on 33's and 34's. Some shockingly bodged plate repairs on some.

I'd be looking for a clean shell first and foremost.
 

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Condition determines the price for these cars mainly.

Midnight Purple tends to hold a Premium.

If you are intending to modify, then buy a clean Stage 2 car around 500-600 bhp.

It will save you a lot of money, after you add up, Engine, ECU, Uprated Turbos, Twin Plate Clutch etc.
 

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I've never seen anyone on here have a good word to say about SVA Imports to be honest. Do a search on them to see what people's view of them is. That's not to say the car won't be any good but, as a company, they don't seem very well thought of.
 

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I Googled SVA and got alot of what seems to be poor customer service and aftersales service around 2010/11. That alone cant determine the state of a car but no-one should be treated that way especially when that customer is spending thousands with the company.
I appreciate everyones help so far guys, thankyou!
 

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Apart from all the obvious when looking for any new car (check underside condition, cold start, oil pressure etc) - If you find one that is modified, confirm as much of those parts being on the car as possible, its mentioned above about getting reciepts and checking with the reputable builder, but check yourself too, going around the car ticking off the spec list if it's a long one :thumbsup:
 

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Check for all supporting mods on the high power cars, such as fuelling, cooling, oil mods etc.

If you do decide to buy a Stage 1 car, then the standard Ceramic R33 Turbos should not be running over 1 bar.
 

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Haha there seems to be a bias towards a 32. The purist choice I imagine?
Don't be swayed. The 33 is a great car. Easier to get bits for, better looking IMHO, nicer interior and just feels a bit more modern.

I love mine and wouldn't swap it for a 32 of any spec.
 

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I prefer the R32 to drive, but I found the R33 has the best of both, comfort and driving experience.

I.E. To me the R33 is right in the middle of a R32 and a R34, it has almost the luxury ride of a R34, and at the same time, almost the rawness of the R32.

In fairness, it it closer to the R32 in terms of rawness than the comfort of the R34.

Different people want different things from a car afterall, and the OP's original post didn't even mention the R32, he wanted advice on the R33 lol!

Amar, that Silver R33 of yours is so cheap for the Spec!
 

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Another vote here for the R33. I wouldn't trade mine for anything (although I'm always looking to add to the stable!). If you have the time talk with Newera about finding exactly what you want. Miguel and Matt have taken great care of me.
 
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