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this is my first Nissan, as i am new to GTR ownership i will ask a question that shows my naivety. I notice that the majority of owners on the forum do not seem happy with their car being in standard guise. is this because the tuners use better quality products( materials etc )? there is the obvious answer which would go along the lines of,"to make the car go faster, handle better, reduce braking distance and so on".but:( my confidence in the quality of Nissans raw materials have waned a little since reading that some one has already ruined his gearbox...
 

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In the stock form and street driven, there should be no major issues with the gearbox. Most people who buy the GT-R are happy with it in stock form, but soon enough the tuning bug hits, thanks to the wide variety of performance parts available for the GT-R.
 

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The GTR is the best car you can buy,but the brakes,surely the gearbox problems that are there and all the Nissan warranty and customerservice BS is the big downside....

As allways,there is not only sunshine,sometimes its raining too;)
 

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thanks for that, i feel a lot better reading this from some one who seems to have a history in Nissan ownership, does not sound like that statistic was pulled out of thin air, it might help to stop me wincing every time i go up and down through the gears,very much appreciated...
 

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this is my first Nissan, as i am new to GTR ownership i will ask a question that shows my naivety. I notice that the majority of owners on the forum do not seem happy with their car being in standard guise. is this because the tuners use better quality products( materials etc )? there is the obvious answer which would go along the lines of,"to make the car go faster, handle better, reduce braking distance and so on".but:( my confidence in the quality of Nissans raw materials have waned a little since reading that some one has already ruined his gearbox...
i broke my box and i tell you, it was my fault, i made repetitive launch controls that should never been done on awd cars imo, its just too harsh on the car. other than that the car is and feels rock solid
 

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I have to say I'm very happy with the car in standard tune (I thought most others were).

Of course this Forum is small "Snapshot" of owners. Typically, the more vocal, tuning types and who will tune no matter what!

Personally, I don't have a requirement for more than 500bhp or to invalidate my warranty modifying the car.

Of course there will always be people who "need" to spend more money.
 

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this is my first Nissan, as i am new to GTR ownership i will ask a question that shows my naivety. I notice that the majority of owners on the forum do not seem happy with their car being in standard guise. is this because the tuners use better quality products( materials etc )? there is the obvious answer which would go along the lines of,"to make the car go faster, handle better, reduce braking distance and so on".but:( my confidence in the quality of Nissans raw materials have waned a little since reading that some one has already ruined his gearbox...
Just out of interest, what cars have you owned in the past?

The GT-R is a great car and very reliable. Its Japanese so the fit finish and quality of parts is not to be questioned. Its in the very fabric of the GT-R, going back through its many permutations, that the car gets modified by its owners. This is not to be seen as a reflection on the cars' inabilities but more that passionate petrolheads purchase these types of cars and want to individualise their ride. Look at any dedicated forum for any manufacturer and you'll see (maybe to a lesser extent) people talking about their mods and how to extract even more power from the car, how to improve breaking and cornering etc!.

The fact that you can very easily extract an extra 100bhp for under a grand and not have to replace bearings or driveshafts etc is testament to the "stock" cars strength and durability.

Try heading over to Pistonheads and looking at the T.V.R. forum and you will find a car that owners have to modify to increase it's durability.

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Nissan have a history of taking silly short cuts like the omission of baffled sumps on RB26 models. That's such a low cost, no brainer, that it makes little sense for them not to have fitted one.
 

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Over engineered and sound, with a build quality that can now be compared to Porche, Audi and BMW. Love it as a road car and a track car, but 15 yeas of Skylines and GTR's has shown only one real "fault" The brakes!
 

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Bought my car with a Y pipe fitted,the car was 3 months old.The friend I bought it of owns a specialist service centre for Lambo,porsche and ferrari,He specialises in building porsche race cars.
I was very happy with the car as I bought it, but when he said for a few £k he could make the thing much quicker I thought what the hell,he was keen to do it just to see what it would be like.
So some forge actuators,downpipes,resonator pipe or whatever it is ? and a full milteck exhaust and a custom map from GTC via the famous Access Port later he gave me the car back.
All I can say is 'bloody hell'It is truly astonishing.I never understood the JApanese /modified car/skyline scene in the past but I have now seen the light.
I have come from a background of normaly aspirated italian or porsche cars,I have now bought a car that is as good in terms of build quality as any of them and blows tmost of them away in performance terms,it's also half the price !!!!!
I know there are threads on here that may could make you/other people nervous about certain aspects of GTR ownership,but don't be put off.These guys are now demanding the same level of reliability/build quality/customer service etc as you get with the some of the most expensive cars in the world.Take that as a good thing because it shows just how far Nissan have come and just how good this car is.Also remember that alot of the people on her are ''Developing'' this car in terms of upgrades etc and like all new products,you have to put up with a few niggles along the way to perfection !!
Sorry this is so long winded but I am so impresed with the car I sometimes get a bit to carried away !:D
 

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The GTR is the best car you can buy,but the brakes,surely the gearbox problems that are there and all the Nissan warranty and customerservice BS is the big downside....

As allways,there is not only sunshine,sometimes its raining too;)
Aaah but when you get sunshine and rain you get rainbows. And the pot of gold at the end, the GT-R that makes it all worthwhile :D
 

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after reading a few replies to this thread it seems there are a lot of consistency on reliable issues and the few that have had problems have either been unlucky or just abusing their cars, the cars i had before were mk1,2 and 3 V6 3Litre capri's, 2.8injection capri, audi quattro 2.2 turbo-'87 and then porsches 928S4, 930-'87-,993 carrera4 1996 and 996 carrerra 2003, i did not know nothing about the nissan GTR until i saw a top gear clip on u tube, i was going to go for the R8 until i started seeing the bang you get for your buck, the only reason i came away from porsche was that every year my car went in for a service and m.o.t it always had a leaking rear main oil seal, i was looking at the 997's but they also suffer the same problem and porsche will cover the part on warranty but you have to pay for the labour at £650 not including vat so a divorce was inevitable. lol.. i just hope the GTR does not have a problem that has either a design issue or flaws in it's raw materials and leave customers to put up with it because my relationship with the marque will be very short lived, info i get from experienced Nissan owners will be taken on board so thanks for your feedback...
 

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hi, i don't know if your train of thought is the same as mine but with a car this capable why would you want to power tune it and shorten the life of the engine or am i missing the point?
 

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hi,MSM, you sound as though you have no issues with your car, what i liked about the porsches were that from essex if i decided i wanted to drive to scotland i was very confident it would get me there, i wont say in relative comfort but reliability issues never crossed my mind, could you feel the same about jumping in the GTR do the same journey and be confident it would get you there and back,
 

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Nissan have a history of taking silly short cuts like the omission of baffled sumps on RB26 models. That's such a low cost, no brainer, that it makes little sense for them not to have fitted one.
$10 million$ a year in spare part sales??? heard its been do before. Mr Renault!
 

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hi, without a baffle plate in the sump it will cause excess frothing of the oil in the sump, if froth is being sucked through the oil pick up pipe, did this cause any problems with bottom end noise and problems with your oil pressure/pump?
 

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the dentist said
"could you feel the same about jumping in the GTR do the same journey and be confident it would get you there and back,"

Hi the dentist,
regarding your question from my experience I would say so. Just yesterday I drove from Manchester to Glasgow airport and back with 3 people( 2 on the way back) including myself with a large suitcase and 2 large bags in the boot.The weather was poor with a lot of rain but I still had fun and found the car fantastic. The car didn't bite once even though I pushed it hard in the rain.
:thumbsup:

Btw are you a dentist by profession? :nervous:

Regards.
 

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that sounds very impressive i have been driving 911's too long, if i had a suitcase and 2 large bags that would have taken up the back of the car with the seats folded down. the more posts i read on the forum it makes my questioning of the GTR nonsensical. i am not a dentist by profession, if i told you how the name came about you would not believe it.hahahahaha.
 

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hi Dhayek, i have a uk spec GTR, without the LC, thanks for the info on the gearbox, when you damaged the box did you not question the quality of raw materials/ferrous metal used to build a gearbox with a quoted 485 +/-horsepower and a torque rating of 430+....i am loving the car and it's ability so far but i can't help getting paranoid about hard accelerating in the lower gears. hope it did not cut too deep when you had to repair the box though.
Many thanks...
 

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hi,MSM, you sound as though you have no issues with your car, what i liked about the porsches were that from essex if i decided i wanted to drive to scotland i was very confident it would get me there, i wont say in relative comfort but reliability issues never crossed my mind, could you feel the same about jumping in the GTR do the same journey and be confident it would get you there and back,
Yep, I have no reason to think otherwise.
 
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