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i am considering buying a very low mileage 09 gtr UK car, please can anyone give me any buying advice before i view it , thanks!
 

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Search function mate, plenty of info to find.

Check:
Service history
Tyres
Brakes

Ask about the bell housing, has any recall work been done on the car.
 

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09 Car, especially with low miles against higher mileage, id ask if any of the gearbox has the usual commen faults addressed with circlips, piston stoppers etc. I learnt the hard way, luckily i had a warranty and ended up with a new box.
 

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Yep loads of advice on here about buying an 09. If it looks right then they often are but as always get an inspection with done with someone like RAC for total peace of mind. Good luck. What's the spec?
 

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During the test drive remember a slight rattling sound from the transmission is normal as long as it's not excessive. For an 09 car I would definitely check if the bell housing has been done under warranty or at least record of it having checked. Steering lock is another common failure so check if that has been done too. It should be covered under recall now but not sure bout 09 cars.

Consumables such as tyres and brakes are expensive so make sure plenty life left. Check the tyres on the inside as they wear more there. Also check discs to see if there are any crack lines.

I would also insist on full HPC history. You will need one for any recall work.
 

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You dont need a full Nissan service history for recall work. Warranty work maybe but an 09 car is well out of warranty now anyway so that doesnt matter.
 

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You dont need a full Nissan service history for recall work. Warranty work maybe but an 09 car is well out of warranty now anyway so that doesnt matter.
Even warranty work has to be honoured if there is a full service history from a legitimate garage under EU law.

OP,

Bear in mind that the 09 did not have sat nav and has the lower res screen. If this is important to you, then look at buying a 59 onwards car (not exact but a 99% rule of thumb). This also gives you easy ipod playback and usb stick input. This would be a nightmare to retrofit if it is important to you.

Much easier to buy the newer car in the first place.
 

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09 Car, especially with low miles against higher mileage, id ask if any of the gearbox has the usual commen faults addressed with circlips, piston stoppers etc. I learnt the hard way, luckily i had a warranty and ended up with a new box.
What I gather from that is that you mean that an 09 car should have had work done on "the" gearbox to prevent it from breaking to the extent of needing a whole new one.
That is not the case at all, if its treated properly a GTR is no more likely to have transmission issues than any other car.
There are of course unlucky exeptions and there are cars that are abused, I'm not sure what yours was.
If a car was to develop a fault it is highly unlikely to require a whole replacement box, outside of warranty a repair is usually the norm.
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What I gather from that is that you mean that an 09 car should have had work done on "the" gearbox to prevent it from breaking to the extent of needing a whole new one.
That is not the case at all, if its treated properly a GTR is no more likely to have transmission issues than any other car.
There are of course unlucky exeptions and there are cars that are abused, I'm not sure what yours was.
If a car was to develop a fault it is highly unlikely to require a whole replacement box, outside of warranty a repair is usually the norm.
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I only speak directly from experience and the sheer number of threads on here about the transmission problems. You right a repair is the norm, circlips, piston stoppers etc. But for anyone to have a TM malfunction come up on your new 40k plus car, is heartbreaking, and wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy, not even Flynn lol (who funnily enough, also ended up with a new gearbox due to this)
 

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Heartbreaking it may be but to suggest that no one should buy a certain age of GTR unless it has had gearbox work done to it is just adding to the myth of the cars having a poor transmission.
That has mostly been caused by Nissans policy to change gearboxes under warranty when they show any kind of fault, I suspect this may be down to the fact that most of their dealers are poorly equiped/skilled to do anything else but when cars are developing faults outwith warranty and making their way to specialist tuners instead of dealers they are finding small issues that are relitively cheap and easy to repair.
Has anyone with a car in a reasonable state of tune ever had a diagnosis that the whole gearbox will need replaced by a specialist ??
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Heartbreaking it may be but to suggest that no one should buy a certain age of GTR unless it has had gearbox work done to it is just adding to the myth of the cars having a poor transmission.
That has mostly been caused by Nissans policy to change gearboxes under warranty when they show any kind of fault, I suspect this may be down to the fact that most of their dealers are poorly equiped/skilled to do anything else but when cars are developing faults outwith warranty and making their way to specialist tuners instead of dealers they are finding small issues that are relitively cheap and easy to repair.
Has anyone with a car in a reasonable state of tune ever had a diagnosis that the whole gearbox will need replaced by a specialist ??
J
I never said not to buy one on this premise, but a question worth asking as for peace of mind, a simple search brings back some extremely worrying results.

Home of the premiere global Nissan GTR website and host to the GTR Owners Club, the officially endorsed club for owners of all Skylines. - Search Results for transmission faliure
 

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Sorry but I have an 09 gtr stage 4 no gearbox mods 32k on the clock and it feels exactly the same as it did unmodified at 20k on the clock.

Gearbox failure can occur on any car no matter the age. Just get a decent warranty, litchfields do one that covers the box.
 

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Sorry but I have an 09 gtr stage 4 no gearbox mods 32k on the clock and it feels exactly the same as it did unmodified at 20k on the clock.

Gearbox failure can occur on any car no matter the age. Just get a decent warranty, litchfields do one that covers the box.
Agreed, an extended warranty, is probably the best investment if only for being for peace of mind. In June when mines up i will 100% be extending it.
 

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Don't won't to jinx myself but Dean mate there really isn't that many problems wit the boxes and circlips and the likes arent a must at all. I've had a slight issue with mine it that it needed a solenoid clean but to be honest they are a strong box. If I was dragging, doing regular track days (bumping over kerbs etc at high speed) then yeah do the clips.

Op, as stated there's sooooo much info on the forum. Great place to learn as I know from searching over a couple of years lol. They are great robust cars mate if tarted well. Just like any other machine out there ; )

Good luck in your search for a nice motor fella.
 

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Don't won't to jinx myself but Dean mate there really isn't that many problems wit the boxes and circlips and the likes arent a must at all. I've had a slight issue with mine it that it needed a solenoid clean but to be honest they are a strong box. If I was dragging, doing regular track days (bumping over kerbs etc at high speed) then yeah do the clips.

Op, as stated there's sooooo much info on the forum. Great place to learn as I know from searching over a couple of years lol. They are great robust cars mate if tarted well. Just like any other machine out there ; )

Good luck in your search for a nice motor fella.
Actually your right, i completely forgot about the solenoid issue, which is what my problem was, only reason they put new box in was because, middlehurst is so far from me, they didnt want it back up again so soon and wasting time, so claimed for a new box, hey im not moaning ;)

But yes the solenoid issue is the more common problem, which again is not a big issue, just a inconvinience more than anything.
 
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