My name is Elliot Girling, and I'm currently doing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Studies. My car is a modified 1996 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T imported from Japan.
How long have you had the car for? How much did it cost?
I have owned the car since January 28, 2016 having bought it from a guy in Queanbeyan. I actually didn’t have a car at the time so got a train down to the ACT. I bought it the day after it was listed on carsales.com.au for $10,900 with 110,000kms on the clock.
How does your car drive? How reliable is your car?
It’s great fun to drive. It makes plenty of power and torque, it’s well balanced, and makes for a pretty direct and raw experience. The suspension doesn’t feel as tight as many modern cars and there aren’t many driver assists (no ABS or traction control) but it has a limited slip diff and plenty of grip. It’s been surprisingly reliable considering all the modifications and is pretty easy to work on with plenty of space in the engine bay.
What is the best thing about your car? What is the worst thing about your car?
Honestly the best thing about the R33 is the value for money that you can get. They are a bit of a “forgotten middle child” between the iconic R32 and R34 models. If you want something turbocharged and RWD with great potential, then it’s one of the best options on the market. I also love the way it sounds, with a clean aggressive exhaust note, audible turbo and occasional crackle and pop. The age can be a negative - some of the tired old parts just don’t want to cooperate. Another thing to note with a JDM car is that dealerships will have a hard time helping you.
What modifications have you made to the car?
It’s had a fair bit of work done over the years.
I’ll list the important ones:
HKS EVC 6 electronic boost controller
- Blitz front mount intercooler
- GCG Highflow turbo
- Custom 3 inch turbo-back exhaust
- Koyorad Aluminium Radiator
- Exedy HD Clutch
- Pod filter
- Nistune ECU
- Upgraded Injectors, fuel pump and air flow meter
- Nismo suspension
Does your car attract attention? For the right or wrong reasons?
It does get a bit of attention because it is unique and obviously modified. The attention comes mostly from other car enthusiasts, and kids on bikes desperate to see a burnout haha. I don’t get harassed by the cops surprisingly.
Would you recommend your car to someone else your age?
Definitely. It’s an affordable project car that will reward you with great gains for a little investment. As with any modified car though, make sure you have the temperament for it.
1996 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T (Series II)
Price guide: $6,000 to $20,000 depending on condition.
Body: 2-Door Coupe, 5 seats.
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: 2.5L Inline 6-Cylinder Petrol Turbocharged RB25DET
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Power: 312kW @ 5,000rpm (OEM 184kw)
Torque: 590nm @ 7,000rpm
0-100km/h: 3.8 seconds
P Plate Legal: No