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Hey i'm looking at buying a Nissan Skyline which has just recently has had major work on all seals and lubricants. I'm not sure what this means so would you be able to tell me if anything is likely to go wrong with the car as a result of this? Like does this mean there is a high possibility of a major problem occuring in the near future?

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Honestly, if you're really debating a Skyline purchase, you need to learn to wrench on the car confidently, as they weren't imported to the US until the current R35 model (an early '09). For this reason, you may have serious trouble finding a mechanic willing to take on repairs of the car, due to the lack of documentation for servicing and the scarcity of parts (which, when you do find them, are astronomically priced).

I'm trying to give you a real-world heads-up here, not to be condescending (that's not my intention at all). Keep in mind that the gray-market Skylines imported by RB Motoring and Motorex back near the turn of the decade were largely snapped up by tuner enthusiasts, who probably beat the snot out of them. You may be in for unforeseen repairs and servicing, and the two companies I mentioned are among the few in the US with any real-world experience working on the cars.

As for what the servicing means, it could mean a lot. Technically that could mean the owner changed the oil, coolant, and power steering fluid, and called it a day. Or it could mean that the engine was torn down completely and rebuilt from the ground-up. You'd definitely want as much documentation as possible before buying a car that was never even officially sold in the US.

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