When the Nissan GT-R first launched it completely changed our perception of the benchmark performance car, matching blistering speed with a highly accessible price point.
Although as the GT-R moved from the spotlight and into the garages of doe-eyed owners it quickly became apparent this supercar for the people was not all that affordable to live with.
It seems the price of GT-R specific OEM consumables quickly added up at each surprisingly short service interval to the point where your average owner could not comfortably afford to run their own car, let alone take it to the track.
The now infamous Edmund’s GT-R 18,000 mile service revealed some startling costs, with a simple transmission and diff fluid change adding $1,375.98 to the bottom line including labour.
Fortunately Nissan has acknowledged these running costs may not be within reach for the average GT-R owner and has revised its servicing intervals for Japan at least.
In some cases the distance between servicing has doubled, with transmission and diff fluid changes now extended to every 60,000km – up from every 30,000km – as long as the operating temperature is below 110 degrees Celsius.
What this means is that owners who use their GT-R as a sedate weekend driver have now virtually halved their maintenance costs for these parts, although any enthusiastic driving will still come at a price.
For operating temperatures between 110 and 140 degrees Celsius – basically spirited on-street driving – the service interval has only been extended by 2,000km for transmission and diff fluid changes to every 5,000km.
Unfortunately, any track work with an operating temperature above 140 degrees Celsius still attracts an ‘as soon as possible’ servicing interval for customers.
While Japanese owners may be able to release the grip on their wallets slightly, owners in other regions will still have to adhere to their specific recommended service intervals for now.