When the Japanese automaker Nissan released the R35 Nissan GT-R onto the U.S. market, they did so with a little hesitation. At the time it seemed a bit peculiar to me when Nissan’s Technology, Environment and Motorsports PR manager Colin Price refused to comment on camera about anything regarding Godzilla’s launch control. But only a couple of months later, everything started to make sense when GT-R owners began to complain about the car’s problematic transmission.

The problem is that the GT-R’s gear box wasn’t made to handle the constant abuse of lead footed American drivers and their inability to understand exactly how much stress repeated hard launches put on the super car’s drivetrain. The worst part of this is that that the R35’s high tech transmission doesn’t come cheap, a replacement unit will run owners about $20,000. After one particular victim of the less than bullet proof gear box took the Nissan motor company to court claiming that if they equipped the car with a function, it shouldn’t be his fault when the car goes kaput just because he is using it.

So after about a year of deliberation, Nissan settled the suit by offering an upgraded LC2 launch control feature as well as putting a few new stipulations on the use of the car’s VDC and are offering a $75 coupon to all 2009 GT-R owners. From now on Nissan will have to prove that the use of the VDC system is a direct cause of the catastrophic failure before they can refuse to flip the bill.

Continued with full details after the jump.

Post from NAGTROC

Yesterday Sept 18 at the 9 District Federal Court in LA Nissan finally settled the GTR TRANSMISSION claim issues regarding the LC1 and the denying of warranty like happeded to my and to many other GTR owners. First of all, I would like to thank Mr Harris who was the one that have all this started, and Mitch Kalcheim the attorney that believed in our claims and put his time and money in the line to get this case going foward until this end point.
For all the GTR owners that believed in our claims and gave us support, we thank them,for those GTR owners that believed that we were looking for money and said that our claims were ridiculous, once they receive all the benefits that arised from this settlement they may change their minds about it.

This is the end result:

1-All GTR owners that have LC1 used before and were afraid that the tranny did not have any warranty because of turning VDC off and doing a LC1 will have their warranties re-setted for 5yr or 60k miles if they upgrade to LC2. All LC1 will be forgotten and the tranny will be fully covered by NISSAN. After LC2 being installed, all LC2 with VDC on will be fully covered by NISSAN. If you turn VDC off today , do your thing ( drag/road course/etc) and the tranny goes bad at that moment, the warranty will not hold, BUT if the problem arise some time later after turning VDC off back on and driving the car without any issues and then BAMMM.......the tranny will be covered 100%. If not NISSAN WILL HAVE TO PROOF that turning VDC OFF a week or a month prior the damage was the cause of failure. THEY WILL NEED TO PROOF IT , not like before that they just saw the BB data and said it was not covered.

2- ALL 2009 GTR owners will get a $75 coupon for any kind of service at any GTR approved Nissan dealership as part of a class compensation for the time taken to update LC2.

All this will be happening in the next 2-3 months when GTR owners will be receiving notification from NISSAN.

After all this long and hard process, I believe we accomplished what we wanted, which it was to make NISSAN understand that LC1 was too hard on the car and all warranty claims resulting from this problem should had been covered in the first place.

Thank you for reading this.



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Uncia  (868) posted on 09.23.2009

Well, I knew this thing couldn’t be perfect. I’d rather have a turbo Supra as an everyday supercar.

AK47  (1024) posted on 09.23.2009

You can do North to 60 in 3.5, with or without launch control. You can probably improve on the time by about .1 with LC. Yeah, it can be used again if you somehow manage to get it into limp mode.

I’ve heard they will be racing in the GT500 series with the dual clutch so Nissan must have worked out the kinks.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 09.22.2009

hmm Only used launch control couple of times how much of an advantage does the GT-R get with launch control

also a pretty dumb question

after it cools off you can uise it again right

AK47  (1024) posted on 09.22.2009

Frankly I don’t hold it against the car. This was the only supercar apart from the Veyron that was equiped with a dual clutch transmission(way before any other manufacturer introduced them) and the only one within its price range.

This cars gearbox made other manufacturers step up their game. Otherwise Porche would still be offering triptronics.

What Nissan could have done was install some gizmo that would warn a owner if he was overusing or abusing his gearbox. But this was in the first year production and I don’t think they ever thought it would cause problems after all the punishment it took at the Nurburgring.

AK47  (1024) posted on 09.22.2009

M6, the Bugatti Veyron goes into limp mode after about five hard launches. The dual clutch EVO can do about two launches. Single clutch F1 style transmission in the R8 and Gallardo and such can do about one good launch. BMW made a recall on all dual clutch M3s.

I’ve heard of a couple of people who admitted they did about 40 hard launches without rest. That would destroy most manuals that have RWD, forget AWD.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 09.21.2009

well good for recognising the problem

IS this just for the GT-Rs launch control or do you think other manufacturers launch controls are prone to a similar problem

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