5 More Days - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: 5 More Days

August 03, 2009

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If you'll remember, the last time we heard from our GT-R, Dan wasn't waving his arms frantically enough as Godzilla left him stranded. The following Monday (7/27/09) I dropped the GT-R off at, where else, Nissan of Santa Monica-- I'm considering asking for a cubicle there, it would save a good deal of time lately.

For those who don't remember and cant' be bothered to follow the link, here's what happened: Dan Edmunds tried to start the car and it didn't work. He rattled the wheel around with some vigor, tried again and it worked. Yey. A day-or-so later he goes to start the thing to drive to work and it's dead. (It's at this point I get a text message saying he won't be in until one of his neighbors wakes up.) Within minutes of him arriving at work we brought it over to the shop.

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For maybe the first time ever, the dealer called me and said, "Good news, we got the car to replicate the problem on the second try!" There's nothing more frustrating than getting your car back, unfixed, with a 'Could Not Duplicate' designation. This was late Tuesday and the problem had been identified as a faulty steering lock. Trouble is, there wasn't one locally and getting one from the main distribution center would take time as they were closed for business by this point.

Long story short: The part arrived Thursday afternoon and the car would be ready the following morning.

"Wait a second," I said, "there's a horrible squeak coming from the center console. It's coming from the passenger side trim panel. It's loose to the touch. I'm going to drive it into a lake if that doesn't stop. I had to jam a burrito reciept in there to keep my sanity this morning."

"I'll check it out."

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That panel was a little loose so they removed and re-secured it. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. Only time will tell. For now, though, it's quiet. Ish.

Friday rolled around and we picked up the car in the early evening. No charge, but five days out of service is a different type of penalty.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 26,250

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