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10-13-2008, 08:20 PM
Nissan refuses to replace GT-R owner's busted transmission
A member of the North American GT-R Owner's Club forums started a thread recently in which he tells about dropping off his Nissan GT-R at the dealership when he began hearing loud noises coming from the rear of the car. The dealership told him that his transmission was toast as a direct result of him turning off the car's VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) too much, which you have to do in order to use the Launch Control function. The cost to repair the tranny is $20,000 and Nissan won't cover it under warranty since the GT-R owner's manual states that damage to the transmission is not covered if it is proven to be the result of using Launch Control with the VDC turned off. In fact, the manual states that the only reason you should turn off VDC is for when you're rocking the vehicle because it's stuck in mud or snow. That's kind of like Nissan saying you should never use the Launch Control function despite the fact it's there.

10-16-2008, 05:54 AM
I would argue they point they made a defect in the car which they knew of but made a feature to cause the damage.

Would you build a car with an ejector seat and a button that says don’t use or you could kill your passenger! No you would not so I'm amazed they put a feature in the car that would kill the transmission.

10-16-2008, 05:12 PM
sorta dumb, but car companies can cover whatever they want under warranty. It is a commonly known fact that launching your car will undoubtedly rip your transmission apart over time. (thus the reason I don't launch my car, I don't want to get a new clutch every 5000 miles). I'm sure the GT-R transmission is much more involved than just swapping the clutch though.

I guess what I am saying is if I were a car manufacturer and I added a launch feature in a sports car I probably wouldn't cover it either. People who launch are racing and I as a car company could not warranty products that had been subjected to such harsh, racing conditions.

Just as your auto insurance company wouldn't cover damages acquired if you went off the track at a racing event. It makes sense to me. I wonder if the Bugatti Veyron warranties their launch control.