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Old 20th March 2014, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Missed Services

Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying an 09 or 10 gt-r and a number seem to have missed services. The schedule should be every 6mths but a number I've looked into have gone 12-16mths. Mileage is low between services, say upto 7k.

What are your thoughts? If it was bang on 12, I don't think I would be as concerned as I understand the arguement for going yearly servicing but going over this gives me doubts.

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Old 20th March 2014, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know that Litchfields were offering a 12 month service plan to the early cars on 6 month schedules.
I wouldn't, personally, go near a car that has been serviced every 16 months. 12 months would give me a bit more confidence, especially if it was with a highly respected Indy that could vouch for the car.

The thing to think about is if you're questioning it, imagine trying to sell it? For me, service history is absolutely paramount to buying any car, let alone a performance car.

I'd advise to stay clear, if just to save yourself grief when trying to sell it on in the future.
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Old 20th March 2014, 12:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Personally, I stick to the 6 months.... good to get a pro looking over the car every few months (even on low miles) - not expensive (only the additional parts I add on are expensive )

Agree with the above, wouldnt go near a car with gaps of 16 months
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Personally I've always kept my 6 Month services going despite doing very low miles each year, it will help with re-sale I'm sure one day.

There's enough good cars out there that have been servcied to schedule, I'd suggest waiting for the right one myself
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Old 20th March 2014, 12:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What is a 6 month service ? an oil change. If it's a low mileage car what difference does it make ? ZERO. I changed mine to 12months even before my warranty was up. My previous car was an RS4 that first service was at 2yrs.
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What is a 6 month service ? an oil change. If it's a low mileage car what difference does it make ? ZERO. I changed mine to 12months even before my warranty was up. My previous car was an RS4 that first service was at 2yrs.
I'm with ChuckUK on this one.

My car is taxed for 6 months a year. I service it at the start of April and run to end September and do about 4000 miles, no track days as yet. (I don't see the point in driving over the winter with all the salt / crap / idiots on the road when I have other vehicles to use)

If on the 6th month service plan I would put fresh oil in and put it in the garage where it would sit for the next 6 months.

I bring it out and throw away the new oil and refill with more!!

A 16 month gap is slightly different thought and maybe shows a little less mechanical thought / understanding?

As others have said, many good cars out their, so don't but the first one that comes up.

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Old 20th March 2014, 01:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback guys. It can be quite easy to get caught up in the whole process and desire to get a car.

I think I will pass and wait for a car that has been serviced to at least every 12mths and ideally every 6.
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Wise decision. 12 months absolute max if low mileage. Infrequent servicing shows to me an overall lack of care for the car. Same with curbed alloys.
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If the annual mileage is under 6000 then a 12 month service interval will be fine. I'm sure the original 6 month schedule was just so that Nissan could keep an eye out for potential problems in a brand new model and nip them in the bud before any warranty costs got out of control.

The later models are on 12 month factory schedules anyway and they are mechanically very similar.
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If the annual mileage is under 6000 then a 12 month service interval will be fine. I'm sure the original 6 month schedule was just so that Nissan could keep an eye out for potential problems in a brand new model and nip them in the bud before any warranty costs got out of control.

The later models are on 12 month factory schedules anyway and they are mechanically very similar.
Thats a very good point, especially since its a flagship car.

One other thing I like about 6 month checkups is that Sly does the wheel alignment I save on tyres
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once its out of warranty every 12mnts should suffice
apply a little common sense
if a car has done 2000 miles in six months with no track work
would you service it?
you drop the oil and its still like new,you replace the filters and they look in good shape etc etc
different case if its had heavy track work or there is something you feel is not right,9 times out of ten you may as well service it while its in
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If the vehicle is otherwise straight and is priced competitively based on the lack of service history, why not buy it, make the saving and service it to what you believe the correct intervals to be.

When you look to move the car on, the next buyer will look at how well you've treated the car - let's say three years and six services at Litchfield / Sly - you'll still have the original pound coins saved and a top notch car.

Regardless of history, I always have my (second user) cars serviced at the premier indie within a month of purchase, peace of mind and the beginning of them being used well, but looked after better.

Does oil degrade over use or miles or both? (Within 16mths).
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I ended up going for a 2011 instead! Avoided the 6\12mths argument as I wasn't feeling comfortable with the number of cars and their patchy history.

I haven't seen the car yet but its from a main dealer and have been assured its in great condition and can get my deposit back if not happy. Vastly prefer the 11 spec and the dealer warranty is a big draw. Cannot wait to collect it in 1-2 weeks!!!
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2 weeks!

Are you in prison?

That's the only answer to waiting so long
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Old 22nd March 2014, 11:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
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2 weeks!

Are you in prison?

That's the only answer to waiting so long
Haha! Sometimes my job feels like prison. I can only collect on a weekend so if I don't get my finances brought together this week, then it's next.

There were a couple of 14's waiting for delivery, the new lights were looking pretty cool.
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Every 6 months is pretty daft on the 2009 model considering its the same engine as the 2010. I think yearly on the 2009 model is where it should be
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Every 6 months is pretty daft on the 2009 model considering its the same engine as the 2010. I think yearly on the 2009 model is where it should be
Its good to hear theres quite a few r35 owners doing this, as i have just recently purchased one and its already at 8 months and 4500 miles sines last serviced
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I bought my 09 model last year, after much research and talking to alot of the tuners, I'm getting it serviced every 12 months. I don't do that much mileage and if I ever sell it on and it puts off some buyers then so be it. There's always more out there for this type of car.

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I bought my 09 model last year, after much research and talking to alot of the tuners, I'm getting it serviced every 12 months. I don't do that much mileage and if I ever sell it on and it puts off some buyers then so be it. There's always more out there for this type of car.

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Same here,, i normaly do about 3k per year in my cars as its not my daily driver,, Although i have never loved driving a car this much so that figure could double i guess.... Planning on some Wales runs this summer
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When I was looking at 09 and 10's I was seeing cars going 14-16
months without servicing and that didn't give me confidence. If it was yearly on the dot with low mileage then I would have been fine. Two services in virtually three years doesn't say cared for IMHO
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