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If you had the option to buy a totally standard, non modified R33 GTR or a modified one which would you choose, and why???

The reason I ask is, to be honest I dont have much knowlegde of the Skyline regarding the technical side of it (mainly the engine). I have found a freshly imported R33 GTR which in untouched under the bonnet, now could this potentially cause more trouble than buying an already modified one?

All opinions please :bowdown1:

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100% depends on your situation. If your going to modify it yourself...(most end up doing this) then it's better to buy one that someone else has spent alot on. If you are happy and want reliability (more than non-stock) you should just leave it alone.

Standard cars usually have a better chance of living longer than one's that have been modded, raced and ragged...

Of course this is just my opinion...I could be wrong.

Problem with modding these cars is you cant look for ANY return on the $$ spent to get them there...well, at least not more than 25-35 %...:sadwavey:
 

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All depends on what you have to choise from, a clean standard, a dusty, back yard tuned one, a rusty standard or a premium tuner car . . . .
All depends also on the price and your budget, I allways say:
Better take a 2k more expensive super clean standard, then any tuned car for less. . . .
Of course, there are some well tuned bargains out there, but you need to know what you are going to buy and for what use . . .

If you have something in sight, then just post it and ask the opinions on here, many people here can guide you trough the jungle of cars availble . . .:)
 

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OK, this is the choices...

46,000 miles
1995, Manual 5 speed, Finished in unmarked white, 17" Blitz dished alloys wheels.
All the usual spec of the GTR, climate control, Air-con, electric windows, electric folding mirrors. GTR Sports seats, steering wheel & seat adjustment, central locking.
This model benefits from stainless exhaust system & twin induction kit, cd/fm tuner stereo & coilover suspension, Apexi Power Fc ECU system and Apexi hand held controller, stage 1 mods. 400BHP. Excellent condition throughout.

£12,985


71,000 miles, 6 months tax and MOT, 280bhp. Metallic Silver. Fantastic condition and has been maintained to the highest standard. Remote control central locking with CAT 1 alarm and immobiliser, electric windows and mirrors, air con, power steering, ABS brakes, CD stereo. Full GTR bodykit, rear screen and window privacy tints, Ohlins adjustable suspension, full Nismo stainless steel exhaust system. The engine is untouched and running as new. This has been checked over by 2 motorsport specialists and valued accordingley. Reluctant sale due to new car. 1st to see will buy - no test pilots please! No canvassers.

£6250

or the Standard one:
Nissan Skyline R33 GTR Twin Turbo • 1996 50,000miles
• 2560cc • Manual • Petrol • 2 Door Coupe • Mercury Silver Metallic • Suede sports trim Interior
1 Owner from New, Alloy Wheels, Any Inspection Welcome, Central Locking, Click Dealer Website for all our stock, Climate Control, Colour Coded Bumpers, Colour Coded Mirrors, Front Fog Lamps, Power Assisted Steering, Sideskirts, Spoiler, Sports Seats, Tinted Glass
Gleaming unmarked ORIGINAL coachwork. As new suede sports trim. Huge factory spec inc BBS wheels Brembo brakes Climate 4WS etc

£ 12995

Opinions on 1,2 & 3 please :thumbsup:
 

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There are good/bad, stock/modified cars....
My first gtr was a mint completely stock car with 70,000kms on it. It needed nothing mechanically. But, I spent $6000+ on parts alone (did all the labour myself) to install gt-ss turbos and all supporting mods. The car put out about 450hp.
My second gtr was a highly modded car with all the work done in Japan. Though the car cost 200,000 jpy more than the first, it puts out approx 800hp .
In my opinion it is more sensible to buy a car with the mods done. Have a very detailed mechanical inspection done and spend some time to determine if the seller seems reputable.
 

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I like # 3 and would buy that one if it were MY money...there are lots of good deals on exhaust, intakes, coilovers and FC's around here if you decide you want to go that route...plus you have a pretty good idea that #3 hasnt been ragged too much..at least in a modified condition.

Why was #2 in there? :runaway:

Any more pics on # 3??? Have you checked the For Sale section here?
 

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#2 isnt a GTR if im not mistaken but its the 'lesser' version of the GTR, the RWD GTS(t). well it depends what you find lesser, 2wd vs a 4wd when needed, then 2wd again.

yes, it all depends on the situation, mostly on the financial.

i've seen a couple of really nice and premium modified GTR's, and its really hard to walk away from them, especially that you know that if you want to get it to the same spec, it would normally cost you at least twice as much.

hard to say.
 

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One of the reasons for selecting #3 is that it is from a dealer, which will take my car in part/ex...

I Have seen many R33 GTR's in the for sale section, but unfortunately I cant buy one without the sale of mine first :(

Anyone need a normal day to day car - ford focus :)
 

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I would also go for the last one. As stated earlier,the 2nd one is not a GTR.
 

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defo car one or similar

you want a car with aftermarket exhaust, intake, 1 bar ecu, and if possible steel turbo's

anything above that you wanna look closely at the spec, 400bhp at the fly is where the skyline comes into its own IMHO

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I too would plump for option number 3 (if I HAD to have one of those) but you must also consider that there's literally hundreds for sale in the UK at the moment, it's a buyers market, currently. Take your time looking at as many as possible, across the country. That's the best advice I can give and I guarantee that the 'right' car's out there.
 

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I suggest you take them all for a test drive before you make any decisions. Also, check out they have full history and no rust or other potential problems. Don't forget to also look at what warranty you will get and any guarantees. It's not just about the power......
 

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thanks for the comments so far.
I'm not after a Skyline purely for power, but then again, a totally standard one is only going to get modified by myself anyway! Cause I know I wont be able to resist!! It's 50/50 at the moment, as a standard one appeals to me for the obvious reason that Im almost certain it hasnt been thrashed....

Keep your thoughts coming :)
 

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thanks for the comments so far.
I'm not after a Skyline purely for power, but then again, a totally standard one is only going to get modified by myself anyway! Cause I know I wont be able to resist!! It's 50/50 at the moment, as a standard one appeals to me for the obvious reason that Im almost certain it hasnt been thrashed....

Keep your thoughts coming :)
You want to get at least a stage one GTR (400hp) else you'l tune it to that level anyway.

Mine will be sale soon if you don't buy one soon :bawling:
 

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#1, but you need to test drive it. It has the starter mods you want to go with. I would buy that one over #3 and def. over #2 - the GTST
 

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Tough Call...

Although No1 has good basic mods and is quicker, I'd get used to standard Skyline ownership with No3, which looks great (nice colour too IMHO), and take it from there. Insurance with the co. I use (michael Peters) is also cheaper for a standard spec. GTR. You also have some comeback from a dealer, if necessary. As others have said, test drive both (1 and 3).
If No3 has only had one owner, (ie fresh import) make sure it's had the usual UK adjustments especially the remapping for our fuel, though.
Whichever one you go for, or any others for sale on here, ENJOY!
 

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I suggest you take them all for a test drive before you make any decisions. Also, check out they have full history and no rust or other potential problems. Don't forget to also look at what warranty you will get and any guarantees. It's not just about the power......
Agreed.

Pick the most mint of the cars that drives the best and don't worry about whether modded currently or not.

What will happen as happens nearly all owners is that you will either very soon or in a year or so want to mod it just because you can. You very quickly get used to 300bhp and want more so if you can get a very clean and well looked after stage 1 modded car go for it. Moving up from stage 1 usually costs a lot more and this is the limiting factor in most owners wallets that stops you spending too much :shy: .

Also very important :- pick the colour you like best! Every day you will have to look at it and you don't to think that "I really liked silver better"!
 

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Get one that has UK sevice history from a reputable garage ,there are not many places that service these cars or not properly anyway ,check on this forum for stuff like that. It's quite expensive if these engines go bang ,the last thing you want is a car that feels fine and drives fine but is set up wrong ,you might end up with anther 5k on the bill.
 

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Well, went to view #3 yesterday...and I must say IMO it was MINT :cool:
I take good car of my car, but wow placing this 10yr old skyline next to my 3yr old focus & I'd have said my car was the older one of the two!!!:chuckle:

The paint work was immaculate, no rust/dents/scratches. Under the bonnet was spotless, and the guy told me they'd not had time to give it a steam clean yet! As far as the garage were aware there are no faults with the car, and if there are they will be fixed before I buy (if/when I do). He also mentioned for all their customers they will service the car you buy from them for £100+vat for as long as I own the car - that sounds pretty good to me?

Still trying to hunt down a good insurance quote - alot of the places you guys recommend are closed at weekends :sad: My best quote so far was £1800 with Qoute-a-car, and Firebond are close with £1940 thats fully comp, I'm 23, held license 6yrs, 4yrs NCB, but 2 SP30s from 2003.
 
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