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|That's kind of like Nissan saying you should never use the Launch Control function despite the fact it's there.|
Nissan refuses to replace GT-R owner's busted transmission
A member of the North American GT-R Owner's Club forums started a thread recently in which he tells about dropping off his Nissan GT-R at the dealership when he began hearing loud noises coming from the rear of the car. The dealership told him that his transmission was toast as a direct result of him turning off the car's VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) too much, which you have to do in order to use the Launch Control function. The cost to repair the tranny is $20,000 and Nissan won't cover it under warranty since the GT-R owner's manual states that damage to the transmission is not covered if it is proven to be the result of using Launch Control with the VDC turned off. In fact, the manual states that the only reason you should turn off VDC is for when you're rocking the vehicle because it's stuck in mud or snow. That's kind of like Nissan saying you should never use the Launch Control function despite the fact it's there.
|Nissan dropped the launch control for 2010, too many warranty issues !!!|
|They are going to have a big fat lawsuit from this.|
|Since this thread started in 2008, Nissan has recently added LC and now cover any transmission failures associated with its use. I was reading that the newer cars do not allow multiple, repeated LC starts until the driver has driven a few miles in between to let everything cool down a bit. I know that it was a huge source of contention for early owners of the GT-Rs but it has since been rectified by Nissan.|
It’s a commonly known fact now, thanks to YouTube (videos below) and enthusiast car forums, that Nissan’s newest implementation of the R35 GT-R has some issues; the biggest being that of its’ launch control system and transaxle failures. Some Nissan GT-R owners, according to Nissan, less than 1% of all GT-R’s sold, who have pushed their new 480 horsepower Japanese supercars to the limits have experienced some…..”technical difficulties” with their transmission. After a set number of launches the car simply decides that it is time for a new transmission, to the tune of $22,415.38 (plus $1,380.00 for labor). Who knows what Nissan’s thought pattern was, perhaps they assumed nobody would read far enough into the owners manual (pictured below) to use the launch control feature.
After many complaints, Nissan has taken the monster back to the drawing board, and is releasing an update to the GT-R’s VDC system. VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) is a computerized “babysitter” that keeps the GT-R under control for those owners with heavy feet. There has also been a recall sent to all previously sold cars that will apply the new VDC re-programming to them. Nissan claims the new programming will allow almost identical acceleration with all safety systems still in place. It’s speculated that to save wear and tear on the Nissan GT-R transmission, new system will rev the motor at around 2,000 RPMs – considerably lower than the current 4,500 RPM launch control. Unfortunately if you really want to get a neck-snapping launch out of your GT-R, turning VDC off does potentially void your warranty on the transaxle, although Edmunds InsideLine indicates that the rest of the warranty on the car will still remain intact.
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