Nissan drops launch control for GT-R

Nissan drops launch control for GT-R

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Those about to buy a new Nissan GT-R won’t have to worry about voiding their warranties if they use Launch Control – for the 2010 model year, the car won’t come with the feature. A car news source is quoting a Nissan executive as saying “It’s gone. We just don’t want to deal with the warranty nightmare anymore. It’ll make the 2009 GT-R really special. It’ll be the only R35 with launch control.”

There have been numerous cases where Nissan GT-R owners have brought their cars back to the dealership with transmission trouble only to be told their warranties won’t cover it. It turns out that disabling the car’s VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) too often, in order to use the Launch Control function, meant Nissan wasn’t covering the repairs. The cost to fix/replace the transmission is a whopping $35,000 NZ, so you can imagine owners were seeing red. The GT-R owner’s manual clearly states that damage to the transmission is not covered if it is proven to be the result of using Launch Control with the VDC turned off. In fact, the manual states that the only reason you should turn off VDC is to “rock” the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow.

Nissan GT-R fq

Those about to buy a new Nissan GT-R won’t have to worry about voiding their warranties if they use Launch Control – for the 2010 model year, the car won’t come with the feature. A car news source is quoting a Nissan executive as saying “It’s gone. We just don’t want to deal with the warranty nightmare anymore. It’ll make the 2009 GT-R really special. It’ll be the only R35 with launch control.”

There have been numerous cases where Nissan GT-R owners have brought their cars back to the dealership with transmission trouble only to be told their warranties won’t cover it. It turns out that disabling the car’s VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) too often, in order to use the Launch Control function, meant Nissan wasn’t covering the repairs. The cost to fix/replace the transmission is a whopping $35,000 NZ, so you can imagine owners were seeing red. The GT-R owner’s manual clearly states that damage to the transmission is not covered if it is proven to be the result of using Launch Control with the VDC turned off. In fact, the manual states that the only reason you should turn off VDC is to “rock” the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow.

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