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I currently own a 2005 C6 Corvette. It is a great car, but I really want to experience an AWD car. I am currently trying to sell, but plan to go this weekend and look at a 09 GTR in Macon GA. It is possible I will do a trade, but I have a lot of mods and money invested into it. As we all know we never get much of that back, so we will see what they offer me.

The questions I have are:

1. What things should I be looking for or make sure I ask the dealer (or owner) about? I have been poking around here a bit and see things like the 18k inspection. It is obviously a pretty big deal since I have seen this brought up.
2. Are there any recalls, or issues I should make sure are done?
3. How is insurance on these cars? For the vette it really wasn't that high at all. This is not going to factor in my car buying decision, just curious.
4. This one is really general. Basically any other advice that anyone out would offer up. I honestly don't know a whole lot about the car at this time. Only what I have read from normal reviews and what I now learning here.

Thanks in advance!


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Thanks! I am actively researching this forum as we speak. I would think this would be a good idea for a sticky. it might help a lot of newbies like myself. All kind of things to read and learn, but a sticky might make it "per say" dummy proof. I mean i just read a thread and learned about the whole LC1,2 thing. good stuff!
 

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Mark, that was an extremly good read! Lots of good info on there. Buying a GTR isn't as simple as "that looks cool, I'll take it" Lots of things you need to know about the car, before you get it. If you know a lot of that stuff it could save you a lot of money, especially if the warranty is voided for something.

One of things it seems i should look for right off the bat is to get an '09 premium or '10. Is this a safe assumption? The '11's seem to jump up a bit more.....

Thanks for the help thus far!
 

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I wrote up that guide that was linked to above, so if you have any other specific questions, let me know.

18K service is only really expensive because it is replacing the transfluid. In itself at 9 or 10 quarts at $60-$70 a quart, it gets expensive.

POS should have been completed by the dealer, double check those. They are free. Anything else, just let me know.
 

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Thanks Sean. I am sure you will probably hear from at some point in time. That write up helped me with some things I should look for. I gotta make sure i take some notes up when I go look at this car tomorrow!
 

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Sean-
It's a great writeup, but I found the launch control piece very confusing:

"LC1 would allow for 4500 rpm launches. VDC off, transmission up to temperature. Without launch control the car would come off the line at 2000 rpms." Did you mean "without VDC off", LC1 would be 2000 rpms? Without launch control, you're just slamming the accelerator.

In December 2008, Edmunds Inside Line tested their GT-R with the 4500 LC1, and with a non VDC off, 2000 rpm launch. With LC1, they saw a 3.53 second 0-60 time(1 foot of rollout), and a [email protected] mph 1/4 mile. From a 2000 rpm launch, they saw a 4.3 second 0-60 time(1 foot of rollout), and a [email protected] mph pass. Does "non VDC off" mean the VDC is on? The prior quote above seems to indicate you got 4500 rpms with VDC off, and this quote appears to be the opposite? Thanks.

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Sean-
It's a great writeup, but I found the launch control piece very confusing:

"LC1 would allow for 4500 rpm launches. VDC off, transmission up to temperature. Without launch control the car would come off the line at 2000 rpms." Did you mean "without VDC off", LC1 would be 2000 rpms? Without launch control, you're just slamming the accelerator.

In December 2008, Edmunds Inside Line tested their GT-R with the 4500 LC1, and with a non VDC off, 2000 rpm launch. With LC1, they saw a 3.53 second 0-60 time(1 foot of rollout), and a [email protected] mph 1/4 mile. From a 2000 rpm launch, they saw a 4.3 second 0-60 time(1 foot of rollout), and a [email protected] mph pass. Does "non VDC off" mean the VDC is on? The prior quote above seems to indicate you got 4500 rpms with VDC off, and this quote appears to be the opposite? Thanks.
The car doesn't have launch control. Well not officially. Not until 2012 where it has R mode start.

However with VDC OFF, you have launch control. What we all refer to, and Nissan unofficially called launch control.

LC1= 4500

Any other combination of setup, VDC normal, VDC in R, will give you 2000 rpms, which is not launch control, but I guess in a round about way it might be considered as such. It feels more like bringing a automatic car up against a torque converter.

When Edmunds says "non VDC OFF" they mean when its not in OFF, so its a 2000 rpm launch.

It still all makes sense to me, but I have been messing with it since 2008. I will change that line to, " without VDC OFF, the launch control would only..."
 
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