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What to look for when purchasing a GTI-R?

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#21 Irish


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  • Location: Adelaide SA
  • Purchased: 1997

Posted 17 April 2006 - 02:34 PM

You won't get a definitive list but here are a few things that come to mind:

Right front headlight connector melted
Noisy lifters
Syncro 4th-5th
Drivers side door switch (power window operation)
Noisy roof liner
Pedal box cracked
air vents cracked/loose/broken
ABS not functioning (drive and confirm correct operation or put ABS into diag mode to confirm sensor operation)
Umbrella missing
Put ECU into test mode and check for fault codes
ACU compressor functions correctly (notoriously faulty. If owner says it just needs a regas and you are serious about buying the car then get them to have it gassed and confirm correct operation).
Left door central locking servo working.
Make sure that the rubber hose from the plenum to the wastegate actuator is connected. It should be routed through a metal tube on the intercooler bracket passenger side. This confirms you are not running unlimited boost.
Door seals can be cracked and are almost impossible to repair. They are also very expensive at Nissan.
Door hinges can sag and allow wind noise at 100kph. They are cheap to buy but a pain to fit.

They are a few things off the top of my head but the most important things are still the ones every car should have checked when purchasing (oil, leaks, interior condition, correct function of all electrics, noise at start-up from cold etc.). Happy hunting.

#22 pk11nn



  • Location: Newcastle
  • Purchased: 2004-07

Posted 17 April 2006 - 02:49 PM

you can also make sure she gets into gear at high revs :)
as previously mentioned the list can be massive

if timing is set incorrectly itll run like a sack
u considering changing your mind on one yet :P

if you are serious on getting one see if you can find another owner or make friends with someone on here 2 check it out with you
alot of knowledge is helpful if a seller is trying to cover something up

#23 [~bri_davs~]


Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:13 PM

Well they are around 15 years old now so you can expect to be doing maintinence work on it every now and then. if you arent ready to take a gamble on that you should think about gettin a cheap new 14990 jobby with a 3 year warranty and some peace of mind. but youll miss out on all the fun of getting to know your car really good and learning how to contort your body in strange ways to get to bolts, clips etc. :)

#24 pk11nn



  • Location: Newcastle
  • Purchased: 2004-07

Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:15 PM

should maybe start out with your budget then add a few k
then factor in insurance and so on
do you wanna share with us your budget??
and we can go from there

#25 Alita


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  • Purchased: 2005

Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:58 AM

Don't be too put off by the long list of possible problems- you'er obviously going to have some sort of issue with any car that is around 15 years old!

As the others have said just drive as many as you can before buying one- and make very good friends with a mechanic!

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