2009 Nissan GT-R: 25,000 Mile Service
July 21, 2009
The good news is that we don't need to bring our 2009 Nissan GT-R to the dealer again until it clicks past 31,000 miles. The bad news is that we just brought our GT-R over to Nissan of Santa Monica for a service, the one ours alerted us to last week at 24,960 miles, that cost $537.82.
What does a GT-R owner get for his 500 bucks? Well, an oil change of course. As usual, that runs just over the price of a black market kidney: $227.52.
But this service had a new issue, one we hadn't dealt with yet; we had to have the coolant changed. Now, you can imagine what ran through our minds when we saw this in the maintenance book. "Coolant? They charged $86/qt for ATF; this stuff should be at least $145/gal." Turns out it wasn't that expensive, $21.65 per half quart for regular Nissan Long Life Antifreeze. (25,000 miles is long life?) But they managed to get some of that money back by having an overly complex drain/fill/drain/fill procedure where they're instructed to use a 30/70 mix of coolant/distilled water each time. $64 in parts + $230 in labor brought this part of the service to $294.95. Add in the tax ($15.35) and bring back the 227.52 for the oil change and we're safely back at our original fee of $537.82
As usual, the service was excellent. There were concerns that Nissan dealers may not know how to deal with owners of $80,000 toys, but they do. You drive up in a GT-R and the red carpet comes out....followed quickly by the credit card swiper.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 24,958 miles