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Old 01-25-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Picking up GT-R on Wednesday have some General Questions

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I recently turned in my 2007 Audi RS4 from a lease (good riddance Audi) and am picking up my GT-R this week, from out of state... Michigan and driving it back 11 hours to the DC area. I was really set on the Silver/Premium/Ipod/Mats/Non-CWP/Black Interior Combination and this dealer was one of the only ones that had one readily available. I had some general questions wondering if someone could help me out:

1. Is there some sort of recommended coolant mixture recommendation for the GTR for cold weather? I read for the CWP they use something like 50/50 versus 70/30.... I am driving back from Michigan, thru Ohio to Pennsylvania to Virginia, it will be reasonably cold.. I'm actually a bit worried as there is some snow in the forecast but I dont think it will be cold enough to accumulate

2. I have an Iphone, was wondering if the Iphone will work with the Ipod Interface for Music?

3. Compact Flash - is it true that the CF card slot can only accomodate 2GB CF cards? that seems pretty lame.. I remember my Audi coudl only handle 1GB SD slots and nothing larger.....

4. By the way I have heard that many of the inbound GT-R's are on "Freeze" from Nissan legal due to the Launch control issues, I have talked to many dealers over the last week who were supposed to have their GT-R's in but have been delayed.. most of them don't even know why.. I wonder what Nissan is attempting here, maybe they are trying to pull the launch control out of the final batch of 2009's.. i hear the 2010 models will not have this feature and they will be arriving around April.

Thanks in advance for the advice and help!!

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Old 01-25-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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I hope you have them put clear bra on the nose and rockers. Winter driving for 11 hours is going to pepper the front of the car. I would have them do the head light lens covers, and the rear view mirrors as well.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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I would also make sure the weather is clear all the way. If you see a flake fall, find a hotel and wait for the roads to clear. The Potenzas are useless in the snow. Hate to have it all end in tears.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:48 PM   #4
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I have been waiting for my GT-R since early December. All the dealer knew was that Nissan USA would not release the car, even though it had been delivered to the local distribution point. After months of chasing anyone, the last I heard was that there was some adjustment that was needed and the salesman was speculating it had to do with the launch control module. It is good to know that I am not the only one who has experienced the holdback. Good luck with the car
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:32 PM   #5
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Hmm, why don't you have them ship her to your door? Driving 11 hrs on a highway without clearbra = salts + rockchips + scratches all over your car. you know road upthere is really bad. Plus, shipping probably cost less. My I-phone doesn't work with I-pod interface. I have 4G CF card just working fine.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:35 PM   #6
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Yeah you're right, basically i'd be going thru Michigan, Ohio and PA (including pittsburgh) to get back here to the DC area, not an ideal scenario.. I will ask them about the shipping... not sure why they didnt offer it up.... and probably the cost of the shipping would be about the same or even cheaper than the flight plus gas driving back..

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Old 01-25-2009, 11:45 PM   #7
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cold weather coolant mix is 50-50
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:49 PM   #8
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So even though this is a non-CWP car , should i have the dealer change out the mix to meet the 50-50 specification and then change it to 70-30 when winter is over?

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I have iphone too, plays songs perfectly with ipod connector. Unfortunately, it wont download your phonebook to car, youll have to create a phonebook for the car, up to 40 entries. Regarding the coolant, I was told the 30/70 will work down to -10 to -15 degrees whereas the 50/50 will cover you down to
-35 degrees. If you switch to 50/50, switch back to 30/70 in the spring.
Enjoy your new car, its awesome.
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Yeah you're right, basically i'd be going thru Michigan, Ohio and PA (including pittsburgh) to get back here to the DC area, not an ideal scenario.. I will ask them about the shipping... not sure why they didnt offer it up.... and probably the cost of the shipping would be about the same or even cheaper than the flight plus gas driving back..

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I think dealer cost for shipping is around $350 or cheaper. Seriously, they should do this from their own pocket for complementary service when you spend $80k on a car.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:42 AM   #11
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I have iphone too, plays songs perfectly with ipod connector. Unfortunately, it wont download your phonebook to car, youll have to create a phonebook for the car, up to 40 entries. Regarding the coolant, I was told the 30/70 will work down to -10 to -15 degrees whereas the 50/50 will cover you down to
-35 degrees. If you switch to 50/50, switch back to 30/70 in the spring.
Enjoy your new car, its awesome.
My iphone didn't work. so I sold it now I have HTC phones.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:48 AM   #12
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i'm confused? your iphone worked or didn't work with the adapter for playing music?.. thanks for the advice on the coolant btw..
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:00 AM   #13
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it works perfectly with the playlist etc...better than in my BMW. The only issue it that it won't charge nor download the address book. You can buy the adapter from scosche to allow charging
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I have a 1st generation Iphone and it works perfectly with the Glove box I pod connector.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:15 PM   #15
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Clarification- Iphone works perfect for music/ipod, but regarding phone calls you have to set up a phonebook on the car rather than the car automatically downloading your contacts from iphone onto the car's computer.
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I was lucky I bought my in Dec. otherwise you would have stole it from me. It is the exact spec car you wanted and I bought it in Darscar Nissan. Anyway, good luck with the car and I would not drive thru Michigan with all that black ice.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:02 PM   #17
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Don't worry about changing to the 50/50 coolant ratio, because the real worry is that if you're on the summer-only tires, your dashboard warnings will light-up whenever its below +40 F and the Owner's Manual (from memory) says do NOT drive them below 32 F. I recall seeing another poster from Northern NJ/NYC say that his tires were "chunking" from driving in cold weather.
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Don't worry about changing to the 50/50 coolant ratio, because the real worry is that if you're on the summer-only tires, your dashboard warnings will light-up whenever its below +40 F and the Owner's Manual (from memory) says do NOT drive them below 32 F. I recall seeing another poster from Northern NJ/NYC say that his tires were "chunking" from driving in cold weather.

Not quite correct: summer-only tires should NOT be driven at all at temps below -4 F. Manual claims performance is substantially reduced below 32 F, "so you must drive carefully."

I have been driving mine (summer tires) on & off since late November in this horrible winter we're been having in PA and haven't noticed any problems, though I have been taking it easy. Can't wait till it warms up...
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sstevens06, thx for the clarification. Perhaps I've been too careful regarding cold weather driving. But the NJ/NY guy's comments about "chunking" really scared me, especially as that was from prior to the really cold weather hitting. Also, its been CRAZY cold here in Siberia (I mean Chicagoland) this winter. And now that its a bit warmer the giant potholes are making a comeback. Can't wait for spring to turn Godzilla loose again.
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Here is some info on driving through snow:

I drove through 2 inches of fresh snow with my GTR. I had it in snow setting. My tires are the ones on the premium GTR.

While in motion, the GTR felt fine. When coming to a stop, I could not stop. I just slid about 6 extra feet. Turning onto a road made the entire back swing out.

The front lip made for an interesting snow plow. Every time I hit a block of snow that fell off another car, it splattered.

At my destination I had to pressure wash all the salt out.

If it were me and I planned to keep as a weekend driver, I would have it shipped. If you plan to daily drive it, go ahead and drive it to DC. No amount of babying the GTR will stop it from getting road rash. The quicker you get some on the GTR, the less a small rock chip will bother you.
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My tires are the ones on the premium GTR.
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Totsubo, are these the Bridgestone Potenza summer tires, or the Dunlop all-weather ones?

Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't both offered on the Premium model?

After this nasty winter I'm seriously considering going with the all-weather Dunlops when it comes time for a tire change. (My wife gives me sh*t every time I borrow her 1998 Ford Escort during snowy/icy conditions... Imagine how I feel driving around in a Ford Escort while a GT-R sits in my driveway...)
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sstevens06, thx for the clarification. Perhaps I've been too careful regarding cold weather driving. But the NJ/NY guy's comments about "chunking" really scared me, especially as that was from prior to the really cold weather hitting. Also, its been CRAZY cold here in Siberia (I mean Chicagoland) this winter. And now that its a bit warmer the giant potholes are making a comeback. Can't wait for spring to turn Godzilla loose again.
I definitely hear you on that!

Lived in Chicago back in the late '70s -- I remember potholes on the Skyway large enough to swallow a car whole!!!
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Mine are Bridgestones. I am not sure about which ones are offered on Premium. You may be correct.
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Mine are Bridgestones. I am not sure about which ones are offered on Premium. You may be correct.
The Bridgestones are summer tires.

I had a similar experience to you, driving through about 1" of fresh snow a couple of months back. The Bridgestone Potenzas have absolutely no grip in the snow (I slid an '05 G35 Coupe - Sport package w/19" Potenzas into a ditch last winter...).

The trick to stopping the GT-R w/summer tires in snow is to use engine braking. Throw it into low gear and the engine does a pretty decent job of slowing the vehicle down with minimal/no sliding.

That said, I still think it's way too risky! So it's the Escort whenever snow or slush is on ground...
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I'm on the Premium Bridgestone summer only tires. Clearly the tread pattern (if you can even call it that) is unsuited to snow/ice. I had my Nissan dealer price a second set of wheels and tires (from the OEM "cold weather package" that was/is a no-cost option offered when you order the car), thinking that I would put them on each winter to have the car as my DD year-round. The price was $10.3K (~2/3 in the wheels and 1/3 in the tires). So I decided to pass, at least for this first winter. Also, concerned with the snow-plow effect others have mentioned, and with the wheels loading with snow and creating vibration; others have told that both these issues are a real headache.

But I'm still on the fence for next year, as its a killer havng Godzilla cooped-up for weeks/months on end.

I may go with the OEM cold weather wheels/tires. Or I'm considering the possibility of getting some Blizzaks mounted on the existing wheels for winter, and putting the summer only tires on some sharp after-market wheels for summer. Any thoughts or concerns?
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