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Edmund's took their test car, a Nissan GT-R in for an oil change and transmission fluid swap. Total bill? $2,009.

This would have been a very unpleasant surprise if you were not expecting a $2K oil/fluid change bill.

Transmission & Diff fluid change:

8 Quarts (Our car took just under 8. They quote 10 quarts, but the ammount used is rarely, if ever, that high. Honest dealers will tell you what your car took. Dishonest ones can easily charge you for the full 10.) of GT-R Automatic Transmission Fluid @ $86.24/ea: $689.92

3 Quarts of GT-R specific differential oil @ $62.02/ea: $186.06

Labor: $500

Oil Change:

1 Oil Filter: $6.95 (finally, something normal)

6-quarts Mobil 1 Synthetic 0W40 @ 9.38/ea: $56.28

Labor: $150

New Engine Air Filters and in Cabin Microfilter: (We could have saved a few bucks and done this one ourselves, but the car was already in the shop.)

2 engine air filters @ $52.86/ea: $105.72

1 Micro Air filter: $53.38

Labor: $115.00

The remote entry was repaired at no cost.

Our service advisor also noted that our right-rear tire had lost a strip of rubber on the inner edge, metal was showing. We have a set of tires already orderd from Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica.

TOTALS

Labor: $817.50

Parts: 1,101.31

Tax: 90.86

Total charge: $2009.67

Days out of service (including estimates for the repair): 4

Bruce

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$86.24 per quart of trans fluid??? What is so special about GT-R trans fluid?

Kevin
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wow, find the better business bureau immediately. for a repair cost like that, they needed to get approval from the owner. The cost of fluid is crazy see this info:

http://www.2009gtr.com/2008/10/how-to-fix-...ansmission.html

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Oh, and a complete brake service on the GT-R (pads, rotors, fluid) is $9K-11K. That makes the transmission service seem reasonable I suppose.

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Oh, and a complete brake service on the GT-R (pads, rotors, fluid) is $9K-11K. That makes the transmission service seem reasonable I suppose.

I'd love to see the justification for that amount of money... $11,000 for a brake job???? I'm in the wrong business.... I should start working on Nissans..........

Kevin
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To be fair, CarandDriver wrote an article here arguing that these prices can't be right, but the main argument is that they just can't be that high.

The special fluid:

GTRATF.jpg

Which the manual requires.

Interesting discussion about the fluid properties here

The next step was a chemical analysis of the transmission oil to find out 'what makes it tick'. This was a relatively drawn out process, but I can tell you that the R35 transmission oil is a specialist product, not an off the shelf D-Matic or Transmax ATF. A conventional ATF will in fact - from our knowledge of the chemistry - cause problems with the dual wet clutches. This is the 'key' to R35 transmission oil, keeping the clutches happy and healthy with a nice slick action, which is why Nissan have sacrificed lubricity and metal protection in the quest for the very best shift action and 'driver comfortable' clutch engagement.

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