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When someone posts a thread about what to look for when buying a GTR, I see comments about making sure it's not been launched, then those same people are in other threads talking about the next Ecutek LC update they have.

What gives? Why advice against a purchase of a GTR thats been launched only to go and get the latest software to be able to do it yourself?
 

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I have often wondered the exact same thing.

Also Ive always wondered why folk are so scared of buying a car thats been on a race track.
 

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It also confuses me why people who own a GTR reply to people who are looking to buy one and say

"that's too expensive at 38k you should only pay 34K" etc

doesn't that de-value their own car when they come to sell up. :confused:
 

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I dont think it really matters that much as the car was designed for it.
But i think given the choice,most people would prefer to buy the one that hadn't been tracked/launched and of course with the GTR this can be verified.

So if it is the case you might as well use it as a selling point.
 

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If it worries you when you find the right car get it checked out by one of the specialist and they will be able to tell you if its in a good condition. I wasn't really concerned about this when buying mine the car was designed to have fun in and be driven hard.
 

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I think there's a difference between someone doing a few launches in the car and doing hundreds though. You could probably tell the difference if you sat in one that had been abused and one that hadn't?
 

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Much of the concern about launching comes from the early days - 2008 cars which were released in Japan only, some of which were imported privately. These first generation R35's had an aggressive launch control and yes a few gearboxes were broken because of this.

But the 2009 LC onwards was less aggressive so unless you are going for a 2008 import car then its less of a worry.

Also gearboxes can now be taken to bits and fixed by independent specialists for hundreds rather than going to Nissan and them telling you " that will be £10,000 for a new gearbox unit " sir!
 

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I would rather buy a car thats been launched loads, but has been properly maintained and serviced as opposed to a never been launched car, which has been neglected.

As long as its been looked after it will be fine. I think people just like the "never launched" title.
 

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There's quite a big difference between launched cars and tracked cars though, in terms of a hard life. I've got no problems with launches, but I wouldn't buy a car that I knew had been tracked. Who would when untracked cars are available?
 

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There's quite a big difference between launched cars and tracked cars though, in terms of a hard life. I've got no problems with launches, but I wouldn't buy a car that I knew had been tracked. Who would when untracked cars are available?
+1 I wouldn't buy a tracked one.
 

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There's quite a big difference between launched cars and tracked cars though, in terms of a hard life. I've got no problems with launches, but I wouldn't buy a car that I knew had been tracked. Who would when untracked cars are available?
:confused: Just because a car has been tracked does not mean it has received a hard life! For the time spent on track that car will often receive less punishment than a daily driver road car would just driving from London to Brighton!

Thermal shock!
I have seen road going GTR's driven hard from cold, without getting the oils etc up to temperature! Anyone with half decent respect for the car will make sure the car is up to temperature before letting it loose! Anyone who tracks a car knows not to put on handbrakes etc after a decent amount of spirited braking! Been in a few GTRs, on road, where the owner pulls on the handbrake after doing a lot of heavy braking! And they wonder why their discs are warped days later!

Pot Holes!
On the track you dont have soddin great potholes which can ballz up your suspension, springs and wheels. Seen plenty of cars get trashed suspension from our lovely roads.
I wonder how many cars have been damaged like this that are driving round with potential future problems, cracked suspension arms etc, that you wont find out about until later!

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Often tracked cars will be better serviced and maintained, brakes will be often be upgraded to cope.

Now if I saw a GTR with heavily curbed alloys, near bald tyres, significant brake dust build up on wheels, cracked warped brake discs and sagging suspension then I would walk away!

Even if a car has been tracked doesnt mean its not worth looking at! Often you will find a few gems that are specked up way beyond a standard car!

Just make sure you get a decent mechanic to look it over before you buy! (And I dont mean one who just plugs a computer in and gets a readout that says it hasnt been launched)!
 

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I would always buy a standard car, as I would want to do my own modifying if any, that is why I bought it standard, to say launching it does not bother some people, well it bothers me!, you cannot conceive the stresses the drive train accurse when launching, there have been stories of cars being launched some 300 times, would you want to buy this car!!!!! then you hear of guys saying on hear they have a 750 bhp car for sale then they say should I return it to standard? WTF then sell it to some unsuspecting guy looking for a standard one.
Really this is a minefield, I stick by what I have posted before, you must check everything out or it will cost you dearly in the end!!

Bobby
 

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I would always buy a standard car, as I would want to do my own modifying if any, that is why I bought it standard, to say launching it does not bother some people, well it bothers me!, you cannot conceive the stresses the drive train accurse when launching, there have been stories of cars being launched some 300 times, would you want to buy this car!!!!! then you hear of guys saying on hear they have a 750 bhp car for sale then they say should I return it to standard? WTF then sell it to some unsuspecting guy looking for a standard one.
Really this is a minefield, I stick by what I have posted before, you must check everything out or it will cost you dearly in the end!!

Bobby
Wise words.

Have you launched your GTR?
 

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:chuckle:No not launched it and not going to, what is the point when it dam fast anyway at pulling away from the lights, plus it will be a selling point when time comes to sell.:chuckle:

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:chuckle:No not launched it and not going to, what is the point when it dam fast anyway at pulling away from the lights, plus it will be a selling point when time comes to sell.:chuckle:

Bobby
Worrying too much about resale really hampers enjoyment of the car :(
 

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:chuckle:No not launched it and not going to, what is the point when it dam fast anyway at pulling away from the lights, plus it will be a selling point when time comes to sell.:chuckle:

Bobby
What about rolling launches with the new ECUtek stuff?

On a side note, were you on the MKIVsupra.net forums? UK black Supra?
 

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Worrying too much about resale really hampers enjoyment of the car :(
Definitely! Best thing for resale value is to not use the car at all, but even better for the money situation is to not buy it in the first place.

Not saying that one should be reckless and abusive to the car but I certainly wanted to experience the famous launch control. :smokin:
 

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Exactly Fred, if I was worried about resale before I even bought it, I'd have to question the purchase in the first place, I purchased the car for ME to enjoy it, not to worry about the next owner down the line.
 
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