• Apr 1, 2009

2009 Nissan GT-R in the Autoblog Garage - Click above to view in high resolution

Our fathers always told us there's no such thing as a free lunch, and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Then along came the Nissan GT-R, billed as a "bargain supercar" for those of merely elevated means. With a list price below eighty grand and performance to embarrass exotics worth several times as much, it seemed like the shoestring exotic had finally arrived like Santa Claus on Christmas. Couple that with what you'd be forgiven for assuming would be reasonable ownership costs – it is, after all, a Nissan, not a Ferrari – and the impossible had appeared to have happened.

However, such optimistic judgments about upkeep may have been premature. That's what the boys over at Inside Line found when their GT-R was called in to have its fluids changed. With transmission fluid selling for over $100 a quart, plus labor, the costs added up rather quickly, resulting in a routine refresh of the car's fluids and filters adding up to a sign-of-the-times-if-we've-ever-seen-one total of $2009 and change. If that's a bargain, we don't want to know what expensive is. Follow the link below to see IL's full breakdown.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a bargain. My sister had payed for a 2008 hyundai accent , for 1 year routine maintance 400euros, after she payed 150 euros for a 7500 km chek-up ..
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's probably [most certainly] the dealership ripping people off!
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol. My American car has a no-maintenance transmission. It's not even recommended to be checked until at least 100,000 miles. What is this garbage?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh, so it was pre-4/1...shoulda checked the source. Guess I'm just april fools paranoid. lol

      Wow, looking at the break down looks like they sure got hosed. $200+ oil change!?!? Ouch!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I personally could do most of those fluid changes myself and check and replace filters...labour costs are sick these days at 80-100 dollars (Canadian) per unit of labour so none of this REALLY shocks me.

      I probably saved 3 grand over my time with a Mustang GT by servicing and buying everything myself..hell actually probably 5 grand! We just need to learn how to do things ourselves - plus the GTR is a king tuner car, people who buy it should be the ones who are also ok with going under a hood
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is true, but proper disposing of the used fluids is a pain in the butt. I hate it when people pour it down the drainage system. In Maryland, you would be super angry if you knew how much taxes we paid to clean up the Chesapeake!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you go to ANY parts store in the US they are required to take any used fluids you bring and dispose of it properly. As far as I know. I may be wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ehh 80,000 dollar car and a 2,000 dollar maintenance bill seems about right to me. On New Body Range Rovers a full brake job of pads rotors all the way around comes pretty close to that. Throw in an intermediate oil change and some other odds and ends and you are right up to 2,000 dollars.

      The first service on a F430 is over 7,000 dollars IIRC and needs to be done at or around the 7,500 mile mark.

      As to the 100 dollar a quart trans fluid again not surprising. The OE spec special fluids for many transmissions are in the 55-85 dollar a quart range for fairly plebeian cars. The fluid Volvo uses in some of their transmissions runs 65-85 and these are fairly inexpensive mass market cars. Go grab some of the Special GLS such and such part number spec synthetic gear oil for certain GM trannies and they are priced around 50 bucks a quart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $100 a quart for magic transmission fluid? What's it made of -- angel tears?

      High technology is wonderful, until it needs to be serviced.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if the 30,000 mile service was around $20,000. Full replacement of the brakes (can't cut drilled rotors), replacement of the tires, trans flush, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Drilled and slotted rotors destroy brake lathes. If you can find a shop that will do it, good for you. But I wouldn't be surprised if nissan comes back and denies warranty claims in the future. Nissan shops won't cut the drilled rotors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But you're not listening, most high end dealers that sell cars that come with drilled and/or slotted rotors won't even own a lathe, they will all sell you new rotors as part of a brake job. I would wager the same goes for a GT-R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually you can turn drilled rotors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan shot themselves in the foot with this. It sounds like a lot of people expected econo car reliability and maintenance to go with supercar performance.

      It's what we've been spoon-fed for almost 30 years, that the Japanese do it better, and that they set new benchmarks. Low cost, easy to own appliances.

      They failed on this one if this is true.

      Maybe they should have created a new brand to sell this thing under? Maybe if they marketed it as an Infiniti?

      I still like the 370z, though. That car seems to be good value for the money. Anyone know if there's any nasty costs for these?

      • 5 Years Ago
      But this was marketed as an affordable supercar... it's a Nissan. You people are quoting maintenance prices of luxury and exotic cars like MB and Ferrari... people who buy those know what they are getting into, nobody is fooling them into thinking it's "affordable". This car was supposed to be an even more affordable supercar than a Z06... anything on the Z06 can be fixed at your local mechanic or done yourself, now that's affordable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can buy plenty of MB cars for $80K or less. This is not outrageous compared to other cars in its price range.

        Comparing to the Z06 is even less relevant. They are nowhere near the same purpose vehicles. Coming close in terms of performance in no way means they are in the same class.

        The only cars I can think of that come close to the same functionality right now are the 911 Turbo and BMW M3. (2+2 coupes). The CTS-V coupe and RS5 will be in this class as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Want the best all around deal for performance look no further than the Corvette.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You couldn't have said it any better. Plus you don't have to worry about spending $10,000 on new 'special nitrogen tires' every 25,000 miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Many motorcycles would like a word with you...
        • 5 Years Ago
        you can pick up oil, filters, plugs, brake fluid, etc for a ZR1 at Autozone.

        i'm just sayin...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's probably still cheaper than a Ferrari checkup, but far more expensive than a Dodge Viper checkup :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        With a Ferrari you expect to pay that but the GT-R is marketed as the common man's super car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being no fan of Nissan at all I have to say that if you buy a high performance car then you need to keep it maintained like a High Performance Car.

        What would one expect, a $15 oil change at Jiffy Lube?

        If you buy an exotic pet, you don't feed it Alpo!

        With all that said, the fluid costs are nuts!
        • 5 Years Ago
        meh, if you buy a supercar, you're going to have SOME cost of ownership.
        i own an evo viii (GSR) and even that had a $1000 25,000 mile service.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. This retarded story is spreading like wildfire. Think of the performance capabilities of the car and think of the cost of ownership for other cars in that class. $2000 for routine maintenance is a bargain. For the Italians, it's easily 5 times that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let's see what the labor costs are : $500 to change transmission & diff fluid (1 hour tops); $150 to change engine oil (30 minutes tops); $115 to change some air filters (10 minutes tops). The dealer charged $765 for some job that should take about 1.5 hour to complete, what a rip off!
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