Are they a money pit? To discuss.
Now, I must point out that the viewpoint I will be looking at will be buying one second hand and in the UK, so figure will be ££££ and UK metrics etc.
Obviously there will be so many variable when it comes to parts, where you take the car for maintenance, servicing, upgrades, insurance and so on.
As rough guideline figures I would suggest budgeting for:
£1500 on routine maintenance per year.
£700-800 on non-routine maintenance, more wear and tear, like brake pads and fluid.
£1000-1300 on a full set of tyres as it does vary depending on the brand, just like any other car. On a side note, it isn’t THAT bad for tyres, compare the price to a M car from BMW.
Insurance, as I mention, this will vary massively depending on age, location, driving history. Do some insurance quotes or even just fire your details into the likes of Go Compare or similar. My quotes varied from £600-2500+. As you can see there is a huge variance just with my quote, so I would always recommend punching in your own details before you go GTR hunting.
Ways to reduce your Nissan GTR running costs
One of the easiest methods of reducing the running costs of your Nissan GTR would be to get is services at an independent garage or by using aftermarket parts or both
- Ensure sufficient engine oil before every journey
- Use high octane fuel
- Ensure tyre pressures are adequate or the weight you are transporting
- Launch the car less often – easier said than done
- Take out a service plan with a reputable Nissan GTR specialist like Litchfield’s
- Buy a newer model GTR as the servicing requirements are less
Nissan GTR R35 Fuel Costs
It is a thirsty beast, there is no denying that. The car will manage around 20 to 25mpg on motorway runs, but don’t expect that all the time, you really are looking at low to mid-teens on most journeys.
Here are a couple of popular GTR video in the UK about running cost. The cool Jack on EzekielN7 YouTube channel and this epic video by Louis on the Life on Unleaded YouTube channel. The videos were produced some years ago, but still relevant just now as the prices are very similar.
Really can’t wait to buy a GTR or not sure you can handle one? Why not try before you buy. Car Seeker are a company that offer Nissan GTR hire for one day or longer. They even offer GTR experience days. Both are ideal presents, simply get in touch with the owner Mark at CarSeekers.co.uk and he will discuss everything with you.
Other Nissan GTR Resources – Servicing & Parts
As mentioned, Litchfield’s is my personal recommendation. They specialise in all things GTR, from tuning to parts to servicing and sales. Their website can be found at litchfieldimports.co.uk.
Next is Middlehurst who are also GTR enthusiast that offer servicing and sales. Check them out at Middlehurst.co.uk.
Next up is Severn Valley Motorsport who know everything about Nissan GTRs when it comes to servicing and tuning. Website at severnvalleymotorsport.co.uk.
Another favourite is JM Imports for pretty much all your GTR needs. Website at jm-imports.co.uk.