Drive – Nissan GT-R Used Car Review

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reputation and respect


and complicated piece of machinery

Not the coupe

Rear seat and rear vision is poor

gearbox in auto mode

ride quality in early

It was probably the most hyped car of the decade, with internet and motoring pages buzzing details of the forthcoming wonder And when it arrived it revealed to be worthy of the hype, and then

It was not only Japan’s best-ever car, it was a true supercar. to Japanese lean manufacturing and design, it’s also the best-value supercar.

It was – and is, of – the Nissan GT-R.

colloquially throughout the motoring as Godzilla, the R35-series GT-R we saw in Australia in 2009 was worth the

Of course, time stands for no car, and with the GT-R receiving its second upgrade in years, the question is what has done to the desirability of the first

Frankly, not much. Although is a market segment driven by improvements, there’s still an lot to like about a 2009

There’s also a lot you need to before taking the plunge.

a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a rear-mounted carbon-fibre driveshafts and no less 357kW of tyre-shredding power, the was not only a supercar on paper, it produced the numbers where counted.

Zero to 100km/h in fewer than 4.0 seconds is stuff but, more that, the GT-R was absolutely at on the racetrack, too, which is many spent time in the of their original owners.

was inevitable, considering the car’s performance. To use its full potential on the is simply out of the question and it remains a supercar in terms of its performance

All-wheel-drive means it has loads of and huge brakes complete a comprehensive hardware package.

It is a heavy car, though, and complex in the way its major components are out. The transmission is mounted the rear wheels for better distribution but this contributes to a convoluted driveline once the AWD is factored in.

It isn’t the perfect car, either. Away the racetrack, the gearbox can feel primitive and the ride quality is described as appalling, with the car and jumping over even road imperfections.

The biggest to GT-R ownership now is not the purchase but, rather, the potential costs.

It’s a problem has beset many a good car once the first flush of has passed it by. Too often, otherwise cars are bought by people who can the purchase price but not the ongoing costs and the car – and its reputation suffers in the long term as a

Depending on who you talk to and what forums you watch, there been some … about GT-R ownership

But they can’t all be true, can The bottom line is that a GT-R will not be exactly but the ultimate costs will almost entirely on how you use the vehicle.

how the projected costs pan out.

from the normal minor at 10,000-kilometre intervals, the GT-R a major service at 80,000km and a of its (iridium-tipped) spark plugs at

It is, however, the spectre of transmission that has everybody in a panic, talk of $100 per litre of fluid causing servicing to spiral.

In normal road use normal conditions, the GT-R new transmission and differential oils 30,000km.

This is not as innocuous as it however, as there are two differentials GT-R is AWD, remember) and the holds between 9.0 litres and 10 of very expensive fluid.

The of these specialised fluids is with time but you can still to pay between $1800 and $2000 for a service that includes items.

Things start to get a more intense once you using the GT-R hard, as in on a

Once the transmission oil is heated 120 degrees for the first time, service interval shrinks 30,000km to just 5000km.

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the car in a track situation in high conditions and you might heat the oil beyond 140 degrees. At that a service of the unit becomes immediately.

There’s no escaping the of this, either, because the on-board computer logs all temperatures and will inform the technician of the car’s usage

If you’re venturing onto a Nissan also recommends a and post-event inspection of the vehicle and will cost about a time.

If you’re buying a GT-R, it would be very to take the car to a Nissan dealer and the car’s complete history so you can see exactly how it’s been and whether its service and maintenance have been appropriate.

The thing that scares is the GT-R’s tyres. The 20-inch are expensive to replace (and you can’t skimp on tyres on a car as this) and filled from the with not just plain old air but

This is done because is more stable than air and suffers fewer pressure as the tyre heats up in use.

But is also less likely to over time, and Nissan the GT-R’s tyres need to be but rarely replenished. And if they do a top-up, any Nissan GT-R has a nitrogen fill station, as do tyre retailers these

Nissan says it has recorded no or transmission failures in Australian-delivered that have been by the book.

We would still be wary of any GT-R that has modified, however. It’s unlikely that bigger and tyres will have the car’s excellent handling and a engine is just asking for

Even a bigger exhaust have us looking elsewhere. The is such a finely tuned from the factory that not are modifications unnecessary, they are quite likely to take the car

Need to know

#9632; Car mechanically strong provided it been fiddled with by a ”expert”.

#9632; Running will range from to horrifying depending on how you use it.

#9632; A dealer will be able to the car’s entire operating

#9632; Make sure and brake pads haven’t replaced with cheaper

The competitors

Porsche 911 Turbo

and exclusive, the Porsche is also one of the few around that can match the for pace. You’ll pay plenty for the however.

With its V8 engine, the M3 was a racetrack warrior but, in won’t stay with a GT-R. Should last though, and retained values are

All-wheel-drive like the Nissan, V8 engine like the BMW M3, the Audi RS4 is a slice of high performance. the GT-R’s accessible nature but better to live with.

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