2009 Nissan GT-R 3.8 twin turbo V6 from South Korea
- The warranty was gone by the time I turned off the traction control. Dealer never told me before.
- Launch control damages the transmission of the car (they shouldn't have put in this feature in the first place).
I bought this car brand new in 2009 from an import dealership to replace my 2007 BMW Z4. Compared to my previous car, the GT-R is a lot faster in every way. It also handles very good, almost relaxing at higher speed. It also handles very good in winter where the roads are very slippery.
The interior is simple but elegant. The quality is nice, even though it's not as nice as my previous car. It has rear seats at the back, which is amazing for a super car. Space is not bad either.
The car is not perfect though. The ride feels bumpy and shaky, even on the comfort setting. As far as I can remember, my friend's 2002 Ferrari 360 has a superior ride quality.
The biggest problem though is the reliability. My warranty was taken away because I turned off the traction control. That's silly, because driving a sports car is all about turning off the traction control. Another ridiculous feature of this car is the problematic transmission, which requires a lot of replacements. The dealer says it has something to do with the Launch Control, which is a standard feature of the car.
At first I was a bit suspicious if the dealer was lying, but after some research on the internet, I am now confident about it. I am really disappointed that the engineers did not do a proper test before putting this car on sale. I sold it the next year and bought an Audi R8 4.2, which is a bit more expensive, but a lot more reliable.
From what I heard, Nissan finally fixed the problems, but the price of the car rose up around $10,000-$30,000 US. Still, it is disappointing why Nissan did not see this coming in the first place. Perhaps Nissan did it on purpose to make the earlier models cheaper. Whatever it is, I won't buy another Nissan!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th February, 2015
1st Mar 2015, 04:25
I guess this is what a budget super car is like; they punish you for turning off TC, punish you for launch control...
They punish you for driving the car the way it was built to be driven.
24th Oct 2015, 06:37
Any car driven hard to its performance will entail more maintenance. That's why racing is expensive.
But at least there's a good chance you're going back in the same car after a day at the tracks with a car like the GTR.
25th Oct 2015, 05:45
Late model Corvettes and Vioers are yet another. Drive on the track and then easily drive home. The Viper is a little less streetable, but we have driven both year round in Florida. If you pick up a low mileage C6 or early 2000s Viper, it's a great buy. And you can drive them hard and not be hit with high maintenance costs, other than the tires. Just another great sports cars option to consider.