True Cost of Ownership on a GTR?

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vonscorpio
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True Cost of Ownership on a GTR?

Postby vonscorpio » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:35 pm

I have come across a late 2000's GTR, which is surprisingly inexpensive for the year and condition. The vehicle itself is within my price range.

I am hoping the GTR owners on here can help shed some light as to what I would be looking at cost wise to maintain this wonderful machine?

I consider synthetic oil changes to be a given -- all my cars are full synthetic.

Did insurance costs go way up? Do you feel like a cop-magnet for speeding tickets? Can things like brake pads and windshield wipers be purchased at near normal prices? Frequency of transmission service? Etc.

It's one thing to be able to buy the car. It's another to drive it...


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Re: True Cost of Ownership on a GTR?

Postby GSX-R35 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:51 pm

I assume you're talking about an R35 GT-R since you said it's a "late 2000s" car. It just so happens that I recently started a new series of blog posts that talk about the maintenance costs on my car:

http://www.23gt.net/#!/2016/08/r35-gt-r ... 1-oil.html

Synthetic is a requirement for the GT-R and oil changes are every 6 months or 6,000 miles. The biggest cost with regular service is the tranny fluid change but that's only every 18K with normal use. Overall the R35 isn't extravagantly expensive but it's not cheap either. Almost all consumables are subject to the "GT-R tax" which is a GT-R owner term for the markup that all products typically get just because they're for a GT-R. Tires are a big cost at about 2 grand for a full set depending on type. Insurance isn't bad if you have a good record - I hardly paid more for my R35 when I got it in 2009 versus what I used to pay for my G35 coupe.

It's about as much of a cop magnet as any other fast-looking car but it's more subdued than say a Viper or mid-engine exotic. I've only run into cops with mine when they want to check it out lol.

Whatever you do, if money is a concern don't get into modding it. I've sunk more into my car in mods than it cost me to buy it new and that's not unusual for R35 owners when the mod bug bites lol

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Location: WA, USA

Re: True Cost of Ownership on a GTR?

Postby vonscorpio » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:12 pm

Thanks! I appreciate the detailed reply. It's a 2009 so I believe that is the r35 (sorry, wasn't sure).

My driving habits have yet to negatively affect my insurance cost-- I want to be careful not to jinx myself.

I guess the good news for me is I'm not a modder. I have kept my M30 as original as I can possibly get it. My G37 was stock other than some plasidip.

I'll check out the blog. I know the 30k transmission service for the G37 was a bit spendy ($1500 ish) but I just wanted to know if a GTR is a car that's easier to buy than afford.

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Re: True Cost of Ownership on a GTR?

Postby GSX-R35 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:54 pm

There's a long FAQ on GT-R Life if you have other questions:

http://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/235 ... r-r35-faq/

Or you can PM me if there's anything specific that you can't find an answer for.


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