2009 Nissan GT-R: What I Don't Like About It
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!
Other than that, I still contend the GT-R is a fine road trip car. Really comfortable seats that cradle you, satellite radio and responsive cruise control.
On an unrelated note, during a quick Starbucks stop in Salinas on the way back, I looked out the shop's window as I was waiting in line and watched a little bird jump into the just-parked GT-R's searing hot vent. It disappeared for a brief second while I bit my nails, and then emerged triumphant with a big, fat dead bug in its beak. In the picture, it's perched getting ready to jump further in. It must get a lot of food hanging out at that Starbucks right off the 101.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 24,661 miles