Nissan GT-R – The budget supercar, or is it?

Nissan GT-R

The widely acclaimed Nissan GT-R is acknowledged as a genuine supercar. For a fraction of the cost, it has humbled the best Porsche can offer. However, a US website has revealed the GT-R may not actually be as cheap as first thought.

Edmunds Inside Line took their long-term loan GT-R in for a routine service the other day. Okay, it was a major service according to the factory schedule, but the final bill came in at over US$2000 (approx AU$2900). Looks like it’s hard work keeping up with the Porsches. Especially hard on the differential and transaxle, which needed new fluids. Made from liquid gold it seems! Check the link below for the full itemised account.

I guess the Australian customers about to take delivery will not mind spending such amounts after forking out AU$150,000 for the car in the first place. All the same, such high service bills will make for a varied experience at your local Nissan dealer, alongside true budget motoring, such as the Micra et al.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

8 replies on “Nissan GT-R – The budget supercar, or is it?”

I’ve heard this too… In Sydney the other day a friend who knows more on this topic than I do was telling me that apart from the exorbitant labour rates that Nissan Australia are planning to charge on servicing (AUD$330 rings a bell?), the same labor rate will also apply to the compulsory 1 3/4hour test drive that will be charged as part of each service also.

…and as an extra prize for getting 100000km on the odometer, Nissan Australia will charge you about $20k for an engine rebuild.

Then there’s all the BS around pre and post inspections by the dealer if you plan to go on a track day etc.

After hearing all the guff, I’d be spending the extra money for a Porker, knowing that it would be a far more normal ownership experience, compared to the headaches in store for a GT-R owner that plans to have dealer network servicing to keep their warranty intact.


Mmmm…. I don’t think the GT-R holds a monopoly on expensive services for performance cars!

Anyone had their ferrari or lambo serviced lately?? Routine ferrari services are frequently “engine out” jobs, that start at around $5k.

Porsche is not too bad, especially for first services on base level cars. However, routine servicing on the high end cars can get very expensive. The high costs are often due to routine replacement parts, eg replacement pads and discs can easily put a routine service to the $3k+ level.



That does sound expensive but I guess thats why they call it a supercar. It could just be a greedy Nissan dealer though.

@Robbo. I recently read about a Dubai man paying 19k for a LP640 service. By that account, one could say the service for the GT-R was dirt cheap.

Car fan, I believe the LP640 was flown to Italy for the service. Doesn’t quite count when it’s like that!

Robbo, parts aside, normal Porsche service is incredibly cheap compared to the exotics. I don’t ever remember paying more than a few hundred bucks for my previous Porsches. As I said, parts aside…

anyone who’s worried about their warranty and dealer service on a GTR didnt buy it for its intended purpose and deserves everything comming to them.

WAY. My mistake. I read two different articles and the second one said 19k was the actual cost of the service. Don’t quite know why I believed the second one.

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