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GTRBlog Holidays and End of Year Downtime

December 14th, 2010

GTRBlog End of Year 2010

Hey readers, I don’t often do this but I had to have a little break from the site to enjoy an end of year vacation. Yes GTRBlog went for the longest time since 2007 without an update! I feel so shocked at how long it’s been since I posted.

Good news is that the GT-R scene didn’t stop and while I’m sure you’ve all been keeping busy with NAGTROC to fill your GT-R internet quotas I’ve got a number of stories to catch up on.

Thanks for continuing to check back – I see that the stats are still strong for our little blog here and that people I meet out and about at car meets etc still know exactly who I am. That always surprises me!

While the big vacation is over for me I still have a lot of Christmas parties to attend as I’m sure you do.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and stay tuned for more GT-R News in 2010 and into the new year!

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Nissan Owners Loyalty Update: Maintenance Relaxed and Nissan Sports Club Coming

April 5th, 2010

A big update from Nissan Japan was dropped today in the form of an Owners Loyalty Plan update. Further to the 2010 Model Up Kit that we already gave GTRBlog readers a heads up on earlier in the month, Japanese GT-R owners are getting a couple more benefits for being faithful to Godzilla.

First up, the Model Up Kit has been extended to SpecV owners too. It’s a little different but it includes the following upgrades:

  • Rear shock absorbers: a change to improve the rear suspension to ride flatter in the corners and provide a more comfortable ride
  • VDC Actuator Unit: changes to improve the braking performance and front brake pad life span with some changes to the ABS and EBD control logic.
  • Rear Brake Cooling Air Guides: Assist lowering the caliper temperatures in the rear
  • ETS Controller: Update to the ETS control logic to improve torque distribution, even in severe weather conditions.

Pricing for the kit is laid out in the table below, see if you’re getting an idea of just how expensive a set of those brake pads for the SpecV‘s carbon ceramic brake system are and why you might be pretty keen to improve the lifespan with a VDC update…

Part Name Set Pricing Set Pricing
(not including Front Brake Pads)
Rear Shock Absorbers 1,417,500 yen 491,400 yen
VDC Actuator Unit
Rear brake cooling air guide set
ETS Controller
Front Brake Pads

Nissan have also had another swing at lowering the GT-R’s ongoing maintenance cost by lowering the cost of OEM consumables including tires, brake pads and brake rotors. A set of Dunlop SP SPORT 600 DSST tires, commonly regarded as the best OEM tire available for the car, are down from an MSRP of 409,500 yen a set to 357,000 yen a set before labor and taxes.

Brake pads are similarly reduced from 176,085 yen per set down to 135,450 yen a set and brake rotors are cut from 409,500 yen to 388,500 yen a set.

The temperature thresholds when owners were recommended / obliged to change their transmission and differential oils has also been relaxed slightly. Nissan Japan are now using the following guidelines for these two fluid changes:

  Interval for Replacement Updated Temp Threshold Previous Temp Threshold
Transmission Fluid 60,000km Not exceeded 120 deg C Not exceeded 110 deg C
5,000km Exceeded 120 deg C but not 140 deg C Exceeded 110 deg C but not 140 deg C
Immediately After (No Change) Exceeded 140 deg C
Differential Oils
(front and rear)
60,000km Not exceeded 120 deg C Not exceeded 110 deg C
5,000km Exceeded 120 deg C but not 140 deg C Exceeded 110 deg C but not 140 deg C
Immediately After (No Change) Exceeded 140 deg C

Lastly, Nissan are establishing a sports club membership which will equip member GT-R’s with 4-point seat belt harness, roll bars, long life slick tires, and special edition Bilstein suspension. It’s the intention that members who get involved in this will be offered driving training days, track days and other get togethers. Nissan plan to roll out support for these Sports Club members via special service centers, the first three of which are already named to be:

A “long life slick tire” for the GT-R’s OEM 20″ wheel could be of extreme interest to the global community of track goers so I’ll keep a firm eye on that one to see what develops.

Source: Nissan Japan

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Nissan Japan Lowers the Cost of GT-R Maintenance

May 19th, 2009

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When the Nissan GT-R launched it truly was marketed as a supercar for anyone, anywhere, anytime and at a price you can afford to boot. That is, you can afford it to begin with but what about living with it?

Initially there were concerns when OE consumable pricing made it’s way out via dealers but as time went on it seemed the average owner who maintained the car properly and wasn’t hitting the track every weekend could afford to maintain it without having to sell a vital organ every 6 months.

That being said, I don’t think anyone can say it’s cheap by any stretch of the imagination, and those big ticket service items (noone ever pretended giant brakes were cheap to maintain right?) are still going to make a decent size dent in anyone’s pocketbook. There is some interesting news out of Japan that may help though.

Nissan has announced they’ve lowered the cost for OE Brembo brake pads and Bridgestone RE070 runflat tires. On top of this they’ve updated the service intervals so that the average GT-R owner will need to back at the dealership less often. The new, Japan region service intervals look like this:

  Operating Temperature Updated Interval Previous Interval
Engine Oil Below 110℃ Every 15,000km or 12 months Every 10,000km or 12 months
110℃ to 130℃ 5,000km 3,000km
Above 130℃ As soon as possible As soon as possible
Transmission Fluid Below 110℃ 60,000km 30,000km
110℃ to 140℃ 5,000km 3,000km
Above 140℃ Service as soon as possible Service as soon as possible
Front / Rear Diff Oil Both diffs below 110℃ 60,000km 30,000km
Both diffs 110℃ to 140℃ 5,000km 3,000km
Both diffs above 140℃ Service as soon as possible Service as soon as possible

Of course many owners have already discovered the benefits of cheaper and better performing aftermarket consumables like brakes and oils, and if you’re tracking the car it’s likely the best way to go.

For the rest of us, it’s not known if Nissan will update service intervals in other regions now or in the future. It is likely going to depend on what the service departments are seeing as time goes by. Outside of Japan, for now you’d be best served by following your owners manual for recommended service intervals.

I’m sure some owners agree and some don’t. Let us know your experiences in the comments below…

Source: Nissan Japan

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