Can the Nissan GT-R Handle its Own Engine?
Once again, we return to the realm of the Nissan GT-R, but this time the news is not so good. It seems that a few owners of the coveted sports car have had some issues while stretching the legs of the Twin-Turbo V-6 and they aren't getting a favorable response from Nissan.
The issue all started when the owner of a GT-R began a thread in the North American GT-R Owners Club (NAGTROC) forum that claimed his transmission had failed very soon after he had gotten it. Being a new vehicle and all, it was taken to the dealer from which it was purchased so that it could be repaired. After being looked at by a technician, the problem was determined to be a destroyed tranny that would not be covered under the warranty.
Nissan's reasoning? The GT-R uses a combination of Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control (TC) to offer 2 different driving experiences. When VDC is turned on, it monitors the front wheel turning angle, body roll and wheel spin when going around corners. It will reduce power if needed to stay within pre-determined limits and keep the vehicle connected with the tarmac. When this is turned off, TC becomes available from which the benefits are obvious...faster acceleration.
The catch is that Nissan refuses to cover any damage to the drive-train under the factory warranty while Traction Control is enabled and therefore VDC is disabled. As most people would be, the owner is highly upset about this and feels that a $40,000 vehicle should be engineered to handle the power it produces. Although it is a valid point, another member of NAGTROC added that "you have to sign a paper saying your warranty is voided if you turn off VDC, and while VDC is off, you cause damage. It is clearly stated in the manual/warranty, as well as is put into writing and you have to sign, when you pick up the car."
The dealer also informed the owner that he/she is among three other owners who are in the same situation. In his post, the owner is asking that the others get in contact with them, assumedly to put pressure on Nissan.
I feel sure this isn't the last we will hear about the Nissan transmission issue.Hat Tip : NAGTROC