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Old 24th March 2014, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Looking to buy now - some newbie questions

Hi all,

I'm looking for a GTR to £55K, I hope you don't mind some daft questions..

1) buy earlier modded car or later non modded car?
2) Will I have trouble selling a modded car over a standard one later?
3) I see Litchfields have a good reputation and have one for sale..MY2010 Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition, this looks superb, do you think this will be as reliable as a standard car?
4) are there any GTR experts who can look at a potential car thats up for sale to evaluate it (for a fee of course)

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Old 24th March 2014, 08:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi the 2010 car is mine...have owned for three years and Iain Litchfield has looked after car...PM me any questions...This is my pride and joy and has lots of nice upgrades to power, handling, gearbox, interior and cosmetic
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1)your choice, depends if you are likely to mod. If yes anything pre engine build is of no more concern than stock, plus can be very easily reverted.

2)so many are modded, it's unlikely to be an issue, but others will have the same concerns as you, it depends ultimately on the price and who did the modding. A reputable company and most of the right buyers won't have a problem. A stock car will appeal to more peopke but it comes down to price.

3)that's Henry's car and it's in great condition and a great spec level, maintained from new by litchfield. Probably the best example of the type of modded car not to be afraid of.

4) there are plenty, but Litchfield is a good bet. Depends where the car is listed for sale.
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a GTR to £55K, I hope you don't mind some daft questions..

1) buy earlier modded car or later non modded car?
2) Will I have trouble selling a modded car over a standard one later?
3) I see Litchfields have a good reputation and have one for sale..MY2010 Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition, this looks superb, do you think this will be as reliable as a standard car?
4) are there any GTR experts who can look at a potential car thats up for sale to evaluate it (for a fee of course)

Many Thanks
I would certainly recommend spending some time researching your options and more about the GT-R in general.

1) I think this is just down to preference and what cars are about at the time. Gearbox upgrades are useful for peace of mind. I am looking at the mo too and am tempted by a few higher power stage 4 cars. The appeal is the mods are already done so I can't then waste my money doing them. I do wonder if this will be excessive power for a first time R35 owner though.

2) I dont think so, providing the mods are sensible and performed by a reputable tuner. There will be some who will only buy a standard vehicle but with this type of car I think mods shouldn't be too much of an issue. You probably won't get your money back from the mods and some people have taken their cars back to stock when selling.

3) That looks like a nice car and am sure it would be reliable.

4) Yes but you most likely need to take the car to them for inspection. Litchfield, svm, jm imports etc

And welcome to the board.

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As you will have seen with my car it comes with 12 month warranty, and had just had its major service and also mot...so been through a great amount of checks and Litchfield really know the gtr
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Many thanks all for the good advice.
I have come from modified TVR's (RR Cerbera, Griffith) & an EVO IX. I spent so much time and money sorting these cars it was outrageous. The 4.5 Cerbera was a fully sorted wild example but took so much of my time and money I don't really want to repeat the process to that extent. Actually the time and money was more on fixing the Cerbera more than anything .. 3 engine rebuilds, diffs, electrical stuff etc. I left the car scene for a while as the family grew again and I was working overseas, things have settled down at home now and I am working back in the UK and looking forward to a (hopefully) decent summer with some good opportunities for enjoying a car like the GTR.

I really do like the option of buying from a reputable company like Litchfield as there are so many potential pitfalls out there for the new buyer..

As far as performance, handling etc. how will a well modded 2010 example compare to a later example (say 2012) with the (530hp?) engine?

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The engine is identical to all intents and purposes.

The inlet pipes to the turbos are larger, you can retrofit those if you want.

The additional power comes from running higher boost. Any stage 1 remap will outperform the 2011 car (530ps) and 2012 onwards (550ps).

Those cars had better launch control which gave them their stunning 0-60 times. These can be retrofitted with an ecutek remap which is the leading brand of remap currently.

Henry's car would certainly leave the newer cars for dead. Once you start modifying, other than the turbo inlet pipes (worth about 10bhp) there's no difference in performance potential between the versions.

The changes in 2011 and subsequent models are internal and external cosmetic changes and revisions to suspension and geometry. They amount to quite a lot separately no one one enhancement alone is going to set the world alight and all can be retrofitted if you have the patience, money and inclination.
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As Adam says I had the patience so it has iain Litchfield's recaros from his 2011 car and I had the centre console and stereo wrapped in carbon and also had drls and I also bought adam's 2011 suspension and fitted that to go with my eibach arbs
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My personal choice would be a slightly tuned 2010 or 2011 car, but you will need to find the right car.

I have owned my 2010 car from new and started modding at 1200 miles. Its been running stage 4+ since 2500 miles and runs just over 600bhp. The power IMO is more than enough! I run 2012 suspension with ARBs and I am very happy with the car. My standard brakes have lasted me well!

Car for sale is very similar to mine and the perfect setup IMO
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Old 25th March 2014, 10:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My personal choice would be a slightly tuned 2010 or 2011 car, but you will need to find the right car.

I have owned my 2010 car from new and started modding at 1200 miles. Its been running stage 4+ since 2500 miles and runs just over 600bhp. The power IMO is more than enough! I run 2012 suspension with ARBs and I am very happy with the car. My standard brakes have lasted me well!

Car for sale is very similar to mine and the perfect setup IMO
Thanks Graham, deposit down on the Litchfield car yesterday , thanks Henry also for the info.
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Thanks Graham, deposit down on the Litchfield car yesterday , thanks Henry also for the info.
Cant say I know the car, but if its anything like mine, you WONT be disappointed!

Congrats, when do you collect?
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Pleasure. ..enjoy the car
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Hi, any members meet up in the Peak District?
I'd like to meet and learn more about the cars and drive some good roads..
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Hi Andy,

I'm pretty new to the forum as I've only had the GTR a couple of weeks. I live in the Peak District so would be up for a meet if you fancied it?
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Picked up the car today, drove 200 miles to Suffolk for a days work tomorrow.
First impressions, good lord these are serious cars...taking it very easy while I get to know the car and bed the new discs in a bit.

2 miles away from my digs got pulled by the police, he wanted to see the MOT, which was coming up as expired but after showing him the cert (MOT done at Litchfields on 1st April) he was fine...

I have a 4 hour drive tomorrow back to Derbyshire, can't wait

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