December 18, 2009
There's nothing I like giving more at Christmas than little cars. It just makes me happy. Sadly, my mother and Aunt Dianne don't appreciate them so much ... but folks at work, different story.
This year, I gave Mike Magrath a Hot Wheels Nissan GT-R. Thus far, he's already made an appointment to have it serviced at Santa Monica Nissan. And apparently, opening package voids warranty.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor
December 09, 2009
You've read the tests. You've read the blogs. And by now, you've even read the Long Term Wrap Up. Now, click through and read our Parting Shots and submit your own. You won't have the big Nissan to kick around anymore; give us what you've got.
I'll never forget the first time I booted the GT-R's throttle the day we closed Glendora Mountain Road, with CHP officers working either end to stop traffic. The crush of all-wheel drive acceleration from this surprisingly large car was wholly unexpected. I could never justify owning one myself, and would probably be thoroughly frustrated at it if I did, but the few times I took the GT-R out onto various back roads for a for a quick blast were stunning. I miss it already.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
November 20, 2009
As I write this, our 2009 Nissan GT-R is somewhere between Los Angeles and the new owner's home near Atlanta, Georgia. After spirited early bidding the eBay auction closed quietly with the GT-R going for $52,600. The winner of the auction, Joao De Barros, an auto dealer who sells exotic cars and construction machinery, wired us the full payment, and then flew to Los Angeles. I picked him up at the airport, we signed papers, and he left the same night to return to Georgia.
I was selling the car by listing it on Mota's VIP service. Our Mota listing (which is also posted on Autotrader, produced a number of calls which were screened before I spoke with them. However, nobody was really stepping forward with any serious offers at our asking price of $66,000. With nearly 31,000 miles on the car, and the warranty expiring at 36,000 miles, I decided it was time to force the issue. I set up a 10 day eBay auction which seemed to get a lot of attention. There were 6,982 page views, 107 watchers and over 50 bids.
November 11, 2009
I've been driving our 2009 Nissan GT-R every day for the last three week as we sell it on eBay Motors and Mota.com. It's not my top pick for a daily driver but it is surprisingly practical and comfortable once you put the suspension in comfort mode.
I've even seen the fuel efficiency rise slightly to 19.5 mpg on the last tank from a lifetime average of 17.4 mpg (although I know it's kind of crazy to even talk about fuel economy in a car like this). But the fact of the matter is that, unless you are rich enough to save the GT-R for weekend jaunts, you will wind up driving this car around town and to work. And it definitely fills the bill there too. Just don't ask anyone to sit in the "back seat."
I have to agree with what they say in this hilarious Youtube video, "It was supposed to be the car of the century! You could own the track but you could still take it to go shopping."
Meanwhile, at this writing, the bidding on eBay is up to $50,100 with 5 days to go. The reserve hasn't been met but it's getting close. I'm happy to say we are now above the price that Carmax offered us for the GT-R.
November 09, 2009
I've been writing about selling our 2009 Nissan GT-R and predictably getting responses from readers who say they would never touch our car, even with someone else's 10 foot pole. But recently I got this opinion from one of our readers.
MN_Car_Enthus wrote, "Why don't you just put it no-reserve on EBAY and let er rip? Seeing how it would trade in this economy would be the most interesting aspect to this LT test by far. No offense.
"I'm confident you'll do better than $60k. Everyone seems to think that simply because this is an Edmund's LT Test Car it should trade at a discount to a car with comparable mileage. You never took it for a hard track (in fact your tires corded recently from a lack of "spirited" driving ), it has 100% documented history and has been treated well. I don't get it........................?"
Well, it is listed on eBay and bidding has been encouraging.
After only three days on the market, there have been 28 bids, and the top offer is now $47,000. The reserve price has not yet been met but the bidders are getting close. Anyone who has been following the sales process knows what we were offered by Carmax and that will give you a clue as to the reserve price.
Take a look at our eBay auction and as the savvy shoppers often say, "bid with confidence."
November 02, 2009
Last week I wrote a post asking you to guess what we were offered by Carmax for the 2009 Nissan GT-R and what my asking price would be. If you're curious, you can check out the ad on Mota or Autotrader.
Some of your guesses were right on the money. We were shocked by how little Carmax offered. In the past they have often exceeded our expectation. But this time we were disappointed.
One of the most difficult tasks in selling a car is to set the right asking price. You need to get it as high as possible but still in the ball park. If you're not close, the phone won't ring. Often we go to Carmax as a way to help us find the sweet spot.
In this case, Carmax offered us $50,000 for the GT-R. Meanwhile, additional research has shown that many GT-Rs on eBay Motors aren't selling or meeting their reserves. Therefore, we've gone for an initial asking price of $66,000 to $60,000. Hopefully, we'll sell it for enough above Carmax's offer to make it worth the effort.
October 27, 2009
Sunday I drove in our 2009 Nissan GT-R to have brunch with a friend I hadn't seen for 10 years. During this time he's become a writer-producer for the hit show "24." Naturally, I wanted to make an impression and show him how well I've done, too.
Turned out, he was out on his front lawn as I came rolling up his street. He rushed over and said, "I thought, 'That can't be Phil coming in that incredible car!'" Then he looked at it and said, "What is it?" I told him it is one of the fastest cars on the road. And it is a Nissan.
Being in show business, he was thinking Ferrari, Porsche, BMW. No, this is as fast as the big boys.
There's nothing Hollywood people like better than hearing about something they didn't know. Maybe Jack Bauer will be driving one soon.
In other news, we are selling the GT-R. So you can begin sending all the "I'd never buy an Edmunds car..." comments. Also, we took it to Carmax just for fun, to see what they would give us for it. Want to guess what their number was? And what about our asking price?
October 19, 2009
Our GT-R cranked through 30,000 miles on my commute home last Thursday night and this milestone got me thinking...
October 12, 2009
This ad was in my local Sunday paper yesterday. Who would have ever thunk Godzillas would be sitting on dealer lots (notice the 2 at this payment) and the subject of a dealer's Autumn Savings Event and move-the-metal lease deal? Is the GT-R's 15-minutes up?
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief
October 02, 2009
Thanks to questionlp for this week's favorite caption.
Here are our other faves:
GT-R, Attraction Control included. (ergsum)
Another seat-of-the-pants review. (ergsum)
Caroline you can come out now (wrinklebump)
GT-R, it's buns of fun! (ergsum)
gt-r trunk: onnomnomnom! (dougtheeng)
The GT-R has push to start feature (stpawyfrmdonut)
Does my butt make this supercar look big? (shaddai)
What?! I'm checking out the trunk. (altimadude00)
Oh here's your Ferrari pride! I found it under this back tire. (oldchap)
Nissan's GT-R elicits cheeky response. (rick8365)
"I CAN'T FIND THE STIG!" (vt8919)
Man, this thing does haul ass. (mnorm1)
What was your favorite?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor