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Steane Klose | Oct 14, 2008

The word coming from one disgruntled American R35 GT-R owner is that Nissan has refused to replace a damaged GT-R transmission "due to abuse". The unhappy owner has recently relayed his dealings with an American Nissan dealership as he attempts to have his destroyed GT-R transmission covered under warranty.

Nissan however claims that the black-box computer has registered "excessive" driving with the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) switched off, which must be done in order to use the Launch Control function, which voids the warranty as stated in the handbook.

Now you can be certain there's more to both sides of this argument. Of interest though is that Nissan has endowed the GT-R with a Launch Control function that seemingly voids the warranty if you choose to use it. What point is a 3.4 second 0-100km/h sprint time if the only way to achieve it is by voiding your warranty?

What's not mentioned is how many times the VDC was switched off or Launch Control was used but the repair bill is reportedly in the vicinity of USD$20,000 (which suggests a completely cactus 'box). Tuning Garages across Japan have been working with the GT-R for some time now and at this stage, to our knowledge, only MCR have come forward to say they've had gearbox issues, and that's after some very hefty track use and more power than standard.

It will be very interesting to see how this one plays out. Should the usage of an included factory option be responsible for voiding your warranty? If not, where's the line in the sand that differentiates 'expected' from 'excessive' use?

Keep an eye on the thread over at NAGTROC to keep abreast of this evolving situation.

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