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Hello,

I'm interested in purchasing a 2012 Nissan GT-R.

Originally I wanted a Porsche Turbo but I just feel like they're overpriced and dated.

I love that the GT-R is exclusive, fast, has great handling, and is reasonably priced.

I daily drive a 2010 C300 and really enjoy how smooth it is compared to my stick M3.

What I don't like about the Mercedes is that it lacks power and driver- connection and feedback, which in my case isn't always a bad thing.

I also drive a stick M3 which I love. It's fast, it has great handling and communicates with the driver really well.

I'm thinking about getting rid of both and just having one car that can do everything.

1. Can the Nissan be that car for me?

2. Would it be practical to daily drive the GT-R

3. How's the maintenance and annual service cost?

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1. Can the Nissan be that car for me? i can say yes to this because there were bunch of members on here who converted from M3 to GTR and they love it

2. Would it be practical to daily drive the GT-R?.... a lot of forum members daily drive their cars and i dont see why it should be a problem for you
 

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I love daily-driving my GTR. It's not exactly a plush ride, but, I enjoy every second of it. My family likes it too.

Trunk is quite large BTW. Can fit a lot of groceries in there (or, as it turns out, two toddler bikes and a long-board).
 

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I was deciding between an M3 and the GTR. Test drove the M3, though not very hard since the sales dude was with me. So can't say I have a great feel for the M3 experience. Obviously, the GTR is faster. I daily drive the GTR, though my commute is only 2 miles each way. It's more high strung than the M3. Would rather have stick than the DCT, but the DCT is fast and easy. GTR out handles M3, but M3 probably has better feel.
 

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get the GTR and never look back.. M3 is a nice car but the GTR is on another level!!

you will thank me later!
 

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get the GTR and never look back.. M3 is a nice car but the GTR is on another level!!

you will thank me later!
sound like a plan.
 

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can anyone chime in and answer question #3 - How's the maintenance and annual service cost?
 

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@saeedg48 -

Maintenance can be expensive if you plan to put a lot of miles on it. To be honest though, I don't think maintenance is too bad - it's still affordable. I can't exactly speak on the annual service cost; I haven't owned the GTR long enough yet, hopefully the veterans can chime in
 

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can anyone chime in and answer question #3 - How's the maintenance and annual service cost?
As an M3 (e92) owner myself, I think you will really like the GTR. I haven't had mine very long, but from what I have heard from others maintenance isn't too bad. It's not free like BWWs of course, but that's the case with most cars. There are a lot of false rumors about high maintenance costs from non-owners. Expect to pay around 150-200 for an oil change at the dealer every 6000. Some tuner shops can do it even cheaper and you can buy the oil online. There is a scheduled performance optimization service that is free of charge at 1000 miles, 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months. It includes specific adjustments to the cars engine, tranny and suspension. The most expensive fluid change will be the tranny and diff oil at 36000 or 30 months. It runs around 1500.

If you are just using it on the street the brakes should last a long time. At the dealer they run around 7k. You can get an aftermarket set for much less. Stock tires run 500-550 a piece. So if you track the car on a regular basis, it can get pretty expensive. However, given the level of performance, maintenance is more than reasonable.
 

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Hi - this is BarryC from M3post. Don't know if you've spent any time there but I've owned all three variations of the E9x M3 (as well as an E36 and three E46M3s and an E39M5). I can say without hesitation the GT-R is hands down no comparison better performance car than any BMW I've ever owned. No driver involvement? BS. I love driving this car every day. Like a lot of M3 owners, I tried to make the M3 handle better and go faster. Out of the box the GT-R is light years faster, handles better and is generally "cooler" than a E90/92 M3. I preferred DCT in the E9x M3 over the six speed (owned both). I think the GT-R transmission is a little clunkier around town but still great. I like the look of the M3 a little better when lowered and with some sort of spoiler/splitter added. Interiors are comparable in terms of quality. I like the nav better on the M3. Sound system is as good or better than the premium sound system in the M3. GT-R paint is better as it the self healing paint so minor scratches/swirls fill in which is nice on a black car which I have.

Regarding maintenance - don't know for sure as I've had my car all of 1 month and 2k miles. It is going to be quite a bit more expensive than the M3. I will say if you track the car - the speed and weight will cause the car to eat rotors, pads and tires. Also the maintenance schedule gets shortened if you get oil/trans temps in the 240-250F range to like 3k miles. I think those temps are common on a track driven car on a warm day and experienced driver. A total fluid change (oil, trans and diffs) if done by the dealer costs somewhere around $2300. This car is not cheap to run/own especially if tracked.

But the GT-R is the best "driving" car I've ever owned and is pretty unflappable. I'm a diehard BMW guy but this car is just fantastic!

Good luck!
BC
 

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I haven't had mine very long, but from what I have heard from others maintenance isn't too bad. It's not free like BWWs of course, but that's the case with most cars. There are a lot of false rumors about high maintenance costs from non-owners. Expect to pay around 150-200 for an oil change at the dealer every 6000. Some tuner shops can do it even cheaper and you can buy the oil online. There is a scheduled performance optimization service that is free of charge at 1000 miles, 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months. It includes specific adjustments to the cars engine, tranny and suspension. The most expensive fluid change will be the tranny and diff oil at 36000 or 30 months. It runs around 1500.

If you are just using it on the street the brakes should last a long time. At the dealer they run around 7k. You can get an aftermarket set for much less. Stock tires run 500-550 a piece. So if you track the car on a regular basis, it can get pretty expensive. However, given the level of performance, maintenance is more than reasonable.
are you referring to the Brake Pads & Rotors? Or Brake Calipers?

How often should they be changed

7K is steep!
 

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are you referring to the Brake Pads & Rotors? Or Brake Calipers?

How often should they be changed

7K is steep!
30-40K miles if not tracked.... aftermarket replacement rotors can be had for less than half the cost
 

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are you referring to the Brake Pads & Rotors? Or Brake Calipers?

How often should they be changed

7K is steep!
I believe that includes both rotors and pads, but I'm not sure. AP racing makes a popular aftermarket rotor. I also heard good things about Endless pads. The frequency they should be changed really depends on your driving habits, but if you are not tracking the car I bet you will get at least 30,000 out of the the factory originals.
 

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Hi - this is BarryC from M3post. Don't know if you've spent any time there but I've owned all three variations of the E9x M3 (as well as an E36 and three E46M3s and an E39M5). I can say without hesitation the GT-R is hands down no comparison better performance car than any BMW I've ever owned. No driver involvement? BS. I love driving this car every day. Like a lot of M3 owners, I tried to make the M3 handle better and go faster. Out of the box the GT-R is light years faster, handles better and is generally "cooler" than a E90/92 M3. I preferred DCT in the E9x M3 over the six speed (owned both). I think the GT-R transmission is a little clunkier around town but still great. I like the look of the M3 a little better when lowered and with some sort of spoiler/splitter added. Interiors are comparable in terms of quality. I like the nav better on the M3. Sound system is as good or better than the premium sound system in the M3. GT-R paint is better as it the self healing paint so minor scratches/swirls fill in which is nice on a black car which I have.

Regarding maintenance - don't know for sure as I've had my car all of 1 month and 2k miles. It is going to be quite a bit more expensive than the M3. I will say if you track the car - the speed and weight will cause the car to eat rotors, pads and tires. Also the maintenance schedule gets shortened if you get oil/trans temps in the 240-250F range to like 3k miles. I think those temps are common on a track driven car on a warm day and experienced driver. A total fluid change (oil, trans and diffs) if done by the dealer costs somewhere around $2300. This car is not cheap to run/own especially if tracked.

But the GT-R is the best "driving" car I've ever owned and is pretty unflappable. I'm a diehard BMW guy but this car is just fantastic!

Good luck!
BC
thanks - yah i'm on m3post.com <saeedg48>
 

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I believe that includes both rotors and pads, but I'm not sure. AP racing makes a popular aftermarket rotor. I also heard good things about Endless pads. The frequency they should be changed really depends on your driving habits, but if you are not tracking the car I bet you will get at least 30,000 out of the the factory originals.
Am i doing the math here wrong?

http://www.thenismoshop.com/catalog/GT-R-Brake_Pads_Rotors/Genuine_Nissan_OEM_Brake_Rotors_2009_GT-R.html

Each rotor is 990$ x 4 = roughly 4000$

http://www.thenismoshop.com/catalog/GT-R-Brake_Pads_Rotors/Genuine_Nissan_OEM_Brake_Pads_2009_GT-R.html'

654$ for front brake pads and 436$ for the rear

so total should be about ~5000$?

Were you guys referring to 2000$ for Labor?
 

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^^Not sure, that's just what I was told people are getting charged by the dealer. I have even heard up to 8k. Maybe give the dealer a call to find out for sure.
 

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Thanks, but i will be going with aftermarket rotors and pads when it is time. But i guess the 7-8K brake job myth is real and not a myth..
 

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I'm biased... My BMW ownership was as sour as it gets - ended up in Lemon Law, with me winning it under "Breach of Warranty". that meant that BMW was only to pay damages, didn't have to take the car back. After 40+ repairs, several months in the shop, horrific safety issues. Adding insult to the injury, sunroof was prone to random opening and you can't shut it. One time it happened in a middle of pouring rain - I was soaked in no time. Needless to say, that was my one and only lifetime experience with BMW, never to be repeated again.

What I can tell you is that GT-R is perhaps the most responsive/fun/beautiful car one can own for under $100K. It is stunning in every way - don't let the "nissan" badge detract you. No one notices beemers, porsches, vettes, etc. GT-R is a stare magnet and best converstation starter since puppies were invented. :D

I can't tell you how many times I get "Nice car" or "wow, what car is that". I'm trying HARD not to daily drive it - mostly because I'm freaked out about someone damaging it, not because of maintenance costs. I scraped my front diffuser going up the parking lot and it bummed me out big time... however, next day I was like "hm... cherry's popped", time to start driving it.


No other car like it on the road, you dont see yourself coming/going... but downside: virtually NO ONE wants to race me. Not even mulletheads in CAMARAH-SS-V8-STICK-BRAH! Even the douche in Panamera S that was racing every Subie/Civic/Mustang he could rev up to challenge decided to wave me away when I pulled up. Shame, really... :D
 
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