New Performance Rubber - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: New Performance Rubber

August 13, 2009

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Peep our new high-tech, high-strength rubberized iPod retention device. Slick, ey? Sigh....who am I kidding, the GT-R broke again. This time it was the return spring in the iPod connector. If you're not familiar with how one of these works, here's the skinny: There are two prongs on the side of that cable, each has a hook-ish thing at the end that holds the iPod tight to the cable. Push the cable straight in to dock it, push the side-buttons and pull to un-dock. Easy. Well, except when one of the prongs refuses to hold.

I've got a bunch of liberal arts degrees, my solution was to jam my iPod in the glove box (where the cable resides), under the 5,600-page owner's manual, and then bolster it with some additional paperwork we keep handy. After that, I'd rest the cable on the iPod and drive real careful so as to not upset the delicate balance achieved. (It was either that or write a sonnet about it and hope that spurs someone else to fix it.) Dan Edmunds is an Engineer, as such, his solution involved actually doing something productive. A big rubber band held the iPod in place until we could take it to the dealer to complain.

And complain we did!

So it turns out the cable doesn't work in the good way-- the way the 370Z does (pictured below). The Cable in the Nissan GT-R goes from the glovebox to the head unit and then to the steering wheel control and then to some third place that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. If we had narfed it and it had died on its own-- which, given the location of the plug and the fact that the glove box moves while the cable is static, is likely-- it would have been expensive. Whoa expensive. Like, 900 bucks expensive. Like, 3,600 CD-Rs off Amazon expensive.

Thankfully, we didn't harm it. It just stopped being springy of its own accord and was covered under warranty. Zero cost and back the same day we picked it up from its other warranty issue.

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As promised earlier, above is a shot of the iPod cable in the 2009 Nissan 370Z. Note how short it is. Note how it doesn't move. Note how the area the iPod is intended to live in doesn't move. Note how it's replaceable if it breaks. Note how much better a solution this is.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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