Service with a grimace

Nissan’s GT-R supercar is priced a bit lower than most supercars — base price is $90k or thereabouts — but the motor-noters who’ve been checking them out for long-term tests are finding out that the Monroney sticker is the only place they’re being cut any slack. Witness this tale of woe from Automobile:

Oh, sure, it started out acting very much like a Nissan, trouble-free and inexpensive to maintain, at least until the 18,000-mile service — the one that requires fluid changes for both differentials and the transmission, ballooning the tab to $1900. We had also by this time used up the brake pads (all four), which necessitated changing the rotors as well. Total cost: $7705.94.

So on this one trip to the Nissan store, they had to fork out nearly ten grand on the repair ticket. And it took them a few weeks to get the car back, though this was due to something else entirely:

Luckily, there was no charge to fix the driveline vibration that was occurring between 2200 and 2700 rpm; it was caused by an errant bearing inside the bellhousing, a known issue with some GT-Rs. The fix required removing the engine.

Had this car been out of warranty, God (or Carlos Ghosn) only knows what the cost to replace that bearing might be.

For comparison, I had Gwendolyn’s brakes similarly redone at about the 90k-mile point; the price at the local Infiniti store was not much under $1000, but it was under $1000.

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