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Old 11th December 2013, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie advice

Hi guys/girls,

I'm new to the forum so first of all a big hello.

I've finally made the decision to buy a GTR. However, I'm looking for some advice on what to look for and check when buying.

Also, what are the running costs involved in owning a GTR.

Take it easy on me!

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Old 11th December 2013, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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get full hpi check as just bought one and was surprised how many that I was going to look at had warnings against them.
full service history on millage with NHPC or JM lichfields as they are better than main dealers often. check the disks ans breaks and tyres as if these are on the way out make sure you get a lot of money off as your looking at £5000 for tyres disks and pads.
I bought mine with 32500 miles and it had only been launched 4 times. so millage is not a issue long it has been serviced and sometimes the more vehicles sit around if there no in a heated garage they can get more corrosion than been used.
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Old 11th December 2013, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum

The search function is a big help here. just type in newbie and highlight the R35 section and you'll find tons of threads like this with all the info.

I'll start you off though....

Tyres- check tyre wear as they can wear preferentially on the inner edges. a set of runflats can set you back £1500 -£2000. Non runflats can be had cheaper.

Brakes - again a big expense so check discs for cracks between the drilled holes if OEM and pads. Aftermarket setups will set you back around £2k+ for discs/pads all round depending of specification. Never buy oem replacements.

Rattles - the GTR does make a lot of transmission noise but sometimes there is a noticeable vibration at idle which can be a sign that the bellhousing is on its way out. Cheapish fix from an independent specialist but would obviously be better to buy with it already sorted.

Headlights - check for condensation. common problem and usually fixed under warranty assuming it has any left.

Get Nissan or an independent specialist to download the data from the car. Wil give you an indication of how the car has been driven. I.e lots of launches or high gearbox temps etc.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks for the replies guys.

So I can actually get information on how many launches it has had. Thats great advice.

You both mentioned tyres and brakes. Assuming that these are fine what are the day to day running costs? Obviously I'm prepared for big fuel bills, road tax, etc, but not unwanted expensive servicing.

Thanks again.
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Also, maybe there are some people on the forum that may be thinking of selling there car at the moment. If so please drop me a message. I'd rather buy from someone who's genuinely been interested in owning a GTR than a dealer.
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Yeah I've already looked. I woulda had calumski's but unfortunately it's already sold. My budget would be around £32,000.
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Servicing is a bit on the pricey side. On an early car it's supposed to be every 6 months but a lot of people switch to annual servicing if only doing low milage to cut down on costs.

Where are you based? You'll be able to cut Nissan servicing costs pretty much in half if you use and independent and supply your own fluids.
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Yeah I've already looked. I woulda had calumski's but unfortunately it's already sold. My budget would be around £32,000.
I think you will be lucky with £32k.
If you do see one advertised for £32k i would personally avoid it.
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yeah you are not going to get a good car for 32K...
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Gonna be BIG milage at that price. If you save a few £k extra it will give you a lot more options.
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I can go higher if required. That's why I'm here. I want all your advice. So what do I need to be spending? What do I need to be looking for?
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I would say start at £35k. £37-£38k should get you a very nice lowish mile 09/59 plate car. There is such a lot to go through and i think most people on here are tired now of answering questions that have been asked so many times.
If you look through previous posts by potential buyers you will find all the questions and answers you need.

Where are you based as i am toying with the idea of selling mine.
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Looking under £35k is not only the bottom of the market, but also likely to need tyres and/or brakes within six months. Or have high milage and plenty of stone chips.

So it's a false economy IMO.

As for running costs... it depends how much you use it.
For a bit of fun and weekend use you want to be able to put aside at least £500 per month, or you'll have to limit your miles.

They average 18mpg normal driving and 3mpg on track... and it's a big, fat, heavy car so does use it's tyres and brakes.
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What sort of mileage would you be happy with?

Barry P has put up a friends car in the girl sale section, MY10 50k miles for £35k.

Personally I think you need to be looking at £35k upwards. Should get you a lowing miles MY09 and a good MY10. You may not find one with manufacturers warranty, but if you lucky you may find one with Litchfields warranty.

Need to as what extra stuff you'd like, if any. E.g sat nav, iPod connectivity etc. Because wanting and not wanting those things is the difference between MY09 and 10
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Thanks for the replies guys, I totally get what you're saying regarding false economy.

I'm from a village called Hessle, near Hull.

As for additional equipment I don't really need anything. No Sat Nav or iPod connectivity. Also, I would really be after a standardish car rather than lots of mods. I've seen 2 or 3 black editions on Autotrader for around the 35k mark.

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well i paid £37000 for a 59 plate with 32500 miles with full nhpc though it had 5 owners. i looked for a long time and the problem living in the north east, all the cars were in london or further south, so hard to get to look at them. mine was almost mint, but after i hand washed it a number of times, i can see where the little chips on wheels etc had been touched up. saying that it looks almost new. as for mods i was like you, i did not look any further if it had been modified, though if i had resurched first i would have, as small mods like stage 1, i ended up doing this in the first week. having JM Imports 800 yards away helped as well,also got the 2012 gearbox upgrade. the 2012 upgrade makes the car so much better as before, it was terrible on a hill start or reversing up hill on the drive. i was after a private sale all along and feal a bit cheated now, i have seen some of the ones on GTR forum for sale with a lot less mileage. the thing is mine had a new gearbox at 24500 miles and has had all the problem bits done so not always having a few miles is a bad thing. it did have extended warenty though aparently nissan warrenty does not exchange over when it was not bought direct from previous owner, i i bought mine from a garage.
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Also be aware that 08/58 plate cars are jap import cars which tend to be avoided unless substantially cheaper.
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Are the older imports bad though? What isn't on the imports for example compared with the newer 09/59 plate cars from uk?
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In a word yes.

It's not a case of what on them really it's just the development of the car and the strength/durability of things has improved
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