September 01, 2009
When tall passengers have been in the GT-R and moved the seat back for comfort, the top of the seatback blocks the rear passenger-side window.
Even though it is small, you really need this window when backing up, especially out of a driveway.
August 27, 2009
What can you say about the most blogged-about car in the history of the Long Term Blog that hasn't already been said in the previous 166 posts?
Pretty much nuthin.
So I'll just second Al's complaint about the seat cushion's quirk that affects those of us with bony butts.
I will admit that my butt is bony, and the entire time I'm in the driver seat of the GT-R, I squirm and fret over that strange sand bar of seat bolstering jutting out behind me. It's not huge, and I keep thinking that if I can wiggle around just right, it'll stop goosing me. But no dice.
I'd love to hear from other GT-R drivers on this topic. Does the part of the seat bolstering that juts out a bit bug you, too?
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com
August 14, 2009
Aside from its frequent dealer visits, the usual criticism leveled at our 2009 Nissan GT-R is that it does too much for its driver, in effect isolating you from the driving experience. The car and its computers work the clutch(es), manage your launch and determine a target yaw rate as you steer into a turn.
So what's left for you to do? I went looking around our GT-R for stuff to do.
You can pull the old-school dipstick and check your own oil. Can't do that in our M3 or our S5.
August 13, 2009
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!
August 05, 2009
We all know the GT-R has motor. And grip. And crazy maintenance issues. But did you know that it's got some serious air conditioning? American truck strong. GM strong. (If you're not aware, GM is widely recognized as having some seriously strong air conditioning. There have been fights after hot track days re who gets to leave in the GM.)
I was out in the desert cruising around (more on that later) for a good five hours in temps raging from a breezy 105 to this max reading of 120. The A/C blew cold and strong, and the temp gauge stayed static. Frankly, I was expecting more, or any, drama.
July 23, 2009
Underneath the steering wheel on the Nissan GT-R are two levers.
The one on the left tilts the wheel up and down. You can see that in this video I did a while back.
The right lever telescopes the steering wheel.
I find these little levers very hard to adjust. I really have to work them to get them to move and it makes me afraid I'm going to snap the plastic.
See,even supercars have their plasticky bits.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
July 13, 2009
Our 2009 Nissan GT-R has my all-time favorite steering wheel.
Everything about it fits my hands perfectly. I love the way the perforated leather feels at the grips, the paddles are well within reach of my girl fingers, and the audio controls are convenient. And, of course, it helps me pilot the beast.
I think this car was made for me.
What do you like in a steering wheel?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 24,850 miles
July 09, 2009
Last night, I took off in the GT-R and realized my seat was getting kinda toasty. I didn't remember the GT-R having seat heaters. I looked around the center console for controls but couldn't find any. So, I figured they must be on the seat itself somewhere. Trouble was, I was driving on the freeway by now and couldn't really go on a button hunt. Even feeling around the seat controls, I couldn't find a heater switch.
I'm a hot seat lover, so I can't believe I never noticed that the GT-R has seat heaters. I guess I'm thinking about more important things when I'm driving Godzilla, like the acceleration screen. I love to see the curves on the acceleration screen.
When I finally got to a stop, I found them on the left of the seat in plain site. It's not exactly like they are hidden. Problem solved.
July 07, 2009
There aren't too many things I dislike about our 2009 Nissan GT-R but after riding in it for over 800 miles I finally found a couple things.
1) It has the most annoying high-pitch squeaking which we have determined comes from the panel where the CD player lives. It kinda sounds like when you first insert a disc into a CD player -- you know, that high-pitch squirrelly noise -- but loud and continuous. We found that if we press the panel, the squeaking stops a bit until the imperfect road and the GT-R's stiff suspension set it off again. At one point, I just kept my hand pressed against the panel until my fingers hurt. It was just so annoying! However, I did notice that this squeak doesn't occur all the time, like during my short commute to work.
2) OK, this is more the nav's fault than the car's but when we were looking for the nearest gas station, the nav lead us to closed gas stations three times in a row. We finally just resorted to staying on a major road and driving three miles out of our way until we came across one. And when we were driving through McKittrick in Kern County in dire need of a restroom, the nav lead us to Chevron...oil rigs. Arrgh!
June 16, 2009
In addition to its unreal sense of speed, smarty-pants twin-clutch transmission and sheer Godzilla presence, our long-term 2009 Nissan GT-R is notable for its displays.
It has so many. And many of them feel like they're straight out of a video game -- which is no surprise since Kazunori Yamauchi of Gran Turismo fame did consult on their design to the point that Nissan felt obliged to have Sony's Polyphony Digital logo flash whenever you switch over to the multifunction meter.
Though I don't use the displays for entertainment during normal driving, I like that I can nearly always find the information I'm looking for by sifting through the menus (though one turbo-obsessed passenger noted the lack of an exhaust gas temperature display). So here's the tire pressure monitor. Yep, monitors are federally mandated equipment now, so no big deal.
But this particular screen was so easy to get to and it kept me honest: The cold spec for all four tires is 29 psi, so there's no way I could have willfully parked the GT-R in our garage this morning without topping off that right front tire. Now it's done. And I feel better.
June 05, 2009
I did it. I think I'm the first adult to have gone for a ride in the backseat of our 2009 Nissan GT-R. Editor Dan's kids, Scott O.'s kids and, I think, Karl's kids have sat back there and all editors have said that adults don't fit. But I've lived to tell about it; and yes, they do. OK, it probably helped that I'm short, 5'5".
June 03, 2009
Our long-term 2009 Nissan GT-R has excellent front seats. They are both comfortable and supportive, with luxurious suede-like surfaces and leather trim. You can see in this shot the excellent 8-way power seat adjuster knob that Erin inexplicably left out of her previous blog pic.
Just above that seat adjuster knob is the seat heater switch, a strange location and difficult to find unless you remembered it or something.
The small quirk about the seat is that both sides of the bottom side bolsters connect through the base of the seat (seen in below photo). This extra material can be felt right at your tailbone if you have a bony butt.
June 02, 2009
It was almost a year ago that I picked our 2009 Nissan GT-R up in Nashville and drove it 3,000 miles across the U.S. Yet, I still get excited every time I get in this car -- as if I'm going to drive it again for the very first time.
And, you know, I think it's seating postion in the cockpit. This has to be one of the best resolved driving positions in any current-day sports car.
It takes a minute to get set up -- with a single rotary-looking knob that actually functions more like a joystick as the main seat adjustor. And then there's a separate toggle button for the height adjustment of the front half of the seat-bottom cushion. The steering wheel has separate manual levers for both telescope and tilt (the latter moves the whole gauge pack up and down).
Once all that's done, though, it feels wonderful to sit in the GT-R. The steering wheel sits and fits in your hands just so, and the seat has you all set up to be looking ahead and making quick decisions about where Godzilla is going next. And all the controls are a finger's stretch away. And, when you're stopped in traffic, that special GT-R badge is right there in front of your face.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor
January 26, 2009
We wouldn't normally associate a 2009 Nissan GT-R with Sunday brunch with Grandma and Grandpa, but that's precisely where we were going this weekend. So the four of us piled in.
Truth be told, there wasn't enough space for me to frame a proper picture of the resulting rear seat legroom. After all, this is a real car, not a cutaway used for catalog shots. Besides, the girls weren't in a posing mood. Shelby, our taller 12-year old, fit much better than 10-year old Sarah because her legs are long enough to allow her feet to hit the floor and her toes to slip under the front seat. And she wasn't stuck sitting behind me, either.
But a couple of interesting/weird points are nevertheless visible in this photo.
1) The rear seat belts go the "wrong" way. They pull from the inside to the outside. Not being out in the open makes the buckles hard to get at, especially for "big" people. But big people don't fit back here anyway, so it doesn't matter much. Still, it's an odd choice.
2) Those seats don't fold and there isn't any sort of pass-through, but the Bose subs are backed-up by an unseen vent that turns the whole trunk into a resonator. Couldn't really try it on Sunday morning, though. I didn't want to boost the bass of the Car Talk guys any more than necessary.
"Hello, you're on Car Talk."
"Hi Tom and Ray. I'm Dan from California. I need your help. My transmission is making a funny noise."
"So's my brother. What kinda car is it?"
"It's a 2009 Nissan GT-R. It all started after I used launch control to dust-off this guy in a Porsche..."
OK, I made that last part up; My call never got through and the GT-R's transmission noises are no more humorous than usual.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,198 miles
October 29, 2008
Seriously Nissan? 80-grand. Automatic transmission, keyless entry, iPod integration, NAV with real-time traffic, but no automatic headlights? It seems trivial, but I had them in my '95 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe and they should be present here, too.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant
September 29, 2008
Start buttons. Dumb.
Even in the GT-R.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 7,730 miles
August 19, 2008
Since it seems as though lighthearted posts like Donna's photoshop job aren't welcome here, I'll get down to more serious GT-R ownership issues. There are only three options when it comes to ordering a GT-R Premium: an iPod connector ($360), a no-cost cold weather package and a set of $280 floor mats.
Yes, for $72,900 Nissan will give you a 480-hp sportscar that will do 193mph, but if you want an extra five-square feet of industrial grade carpet to wipe your feet on, it'll be an another $280. But wait, you get more than just the carpet as each patch of gray yarn is adorned with a gleaming, full-sized GT-R badge. The carpet alone may only cost $1.38, but add in those badges and the cost basis soars well into the $2 range. So in other words, we got hosed on the mats, but if anyone steals the badge off the trunklid we've got two very expensive spares.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 4,594 miles
August 14, 2008
Our 2009 Nissan GT-R is one sick machine. It looks like it might unfold into a giant robot at the first sign of trouble. And it's so fast that you can almost believe those signature round taillights contain afterburners or JATO rockets, or something.
But while driving around in my Clark Kent signature Oakleys, trying hard not to get pulled over while masquerading as CommuterMan (complete with regulation-issue Bluetooth headset), I couldn't help noticing that the 220 mph speedometer, glorious as that may be, is just about useless. In law-abiding citizen mode, the needle never-ever sweeps up out of the mud. Fully two-thirds of it is for show.
Too bad they didn't borrow the trick that Audi uses in Europe, specifically Germany. You know, that place where they have things called "Autobahns" where people can actually drive their cars into the dark depths of their speedometers without a secret identity?