I heard a rumor on one of the GT-R forums that everytime a GT-R gets crashed and totaled here, a couple of Japanese engineers quickly show up at the junkyard, buy the car and take it away. Is this to prevent evidence for lawsuits? Is it to keep the car out of the hands of tuners and racers?
This came from two different guys who are trying to buy a GT-R engine. There is also a rumor that in Japan, Nissan reviews all sales of parts to determine if its for true warranty repair or maintenance and if things don't add up, like a tuners is trying to buy parts, someone blocks the sale.
This sort of stuff on top of the draconian warranty policy makes me want to get a GT-R less and less. I think I'll keep the EVO and if I run into money, buy an M3 or IS-F. Meanwhile I hear that GT-R's are not selling. Nissan needs to wake up, its not a privilege to be allowed to buy a car. Customers who can afford an expensive car will just buy a Porsche, BMW or other semi-exotic and be treated nicely. My buddy blew up his M5 tranny at an autocross. The ECU had the transmission abuse code. BMW just said, let us fix it for you sir and fixed it no question while treating him like a king and giving him a nice loaner.
Nissan wake up, well heeled customers won't put up with this shit, especially in a bad economy. The money you save by not having a men in black squad could be used to provide better customer service and fixing your transmission issues with stronger parts, not a performance limiting reflash of the ECU.