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Nissan's GT-R might now be better-known for its grenading transmission than for its legendary performance. At least that's true if your life revolves around an internet car forum.

Back in 2008, a member of NAGTROC posted that his local Nissan dealer wanted to charge him $20,000 to fix his GT-R's busted transmission, which broke because he used the launch-control feature with the VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) off. The owner, a Mr. Torres, claimed that as the advertised 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds could only be achieved with the launch control and VDC off, he was within his rights and the part should be fixed by Nissan under warranty.

Nissan refused and even forced owners to sign a form saying that driving with VDC off could void their warranty, unless VDC was turned off in order to get out of mud or snow.

Not satisfied with his situation, Torres took Nissan to court in a class action lawsuit, which was settled in September of last year. The details of that settlement have now been made public.

In it, Nissan denies all fault, stating that, "Nissan denies all the allegations in the lawsuit. More specifically, Nissan denies that there was a design or manufacturing defect, denies misrepresenting the performance capabilities of the 2009 GT-R, and denies that it refused to honor customer warranties for resulting damage without disclosure."

As a result of the settlement, Nissan is now offering 2009 GT-R owners an upgrade to their transmission software. Nissan will also not deny warranty coverage for those who used their GT-R with the VDC off prior to receiving notice from Nissan. Then, in the best slap-in-the-face you can get from a car company, Nissan tossed in a $75 coupon for owners who sign the paperwork to get the transmission upgrade.

As for Torres, he did manage to come out on top, with Nissan agreeing to pay him a total of $31,500, including $25,000 for the transmission.

More: Nissan GT-R Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Includes Transmission Upgrade, $75 Coupon on AutoGuide.com
 

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craziness !

I wonder if I should driving my 6mt with VDC on from now on lol
So I was driving yesterday and was coming up to this hammerhead traffic light (me on the 90 degrees to the main drag). It's pretty tight, but I came in hot to make the light, didn't try and cut the corner like the car in front of me, and just winged the turn.

Man car was friggen dancing, felt the rear end break loose. I don't know if the VDC helped me, but I'm glad I left it on.

Quickly switched to my "C" display and found out I got up over 1.0 G. I think if I hit 1.1 G it probably would have evacuated some poop from my intestines.
 

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The seat is perforated, but it's not leather, it's more like a suede. Some of the side bolstering is leather.

BTW just got that letter in the mail this past weekend, I need to start reading it through.
 

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First thing I do when I start up my car is turn that freakin VDC off. Unless its raining - then I leave it on.
 

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First thing I do when I start up my car is turn that freakin VDC off. Unless its raining - then I leave it on.
Me too. I hate sitting at a corner getting ready to turn into traffic and then rev up a little and let go of the clutch and a tiny chirp then my car just stops, wow, I have almost gotten smashed up b/c of the VDC. I will admit, I totally need it in the rain, sometimes my rear will start coming around on a sharp turn and then there is the VDC saving my rear from an almost certain 180.
 

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^^^Sounds like you need some new tires if you are breaking the rear tires loose like that. I think in general VDC is a great boon to the drivers, but agree that sometimes you just have to be able to turn it 100% off.
 

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look who is talking ;)

as if you always have it on yourself!
I always keep the VDC on unless I intentionally want to bark the tires. The VDC is smarter than I am when trying to prevent me from going off the road.

First thing I do when I start up my car is turn that freakin VDC off. Unless its raining - then I leave it on.
Me too. I hate sitting at a corner getting ready to turn into traffic and then rev up a little and let go of the clutch and a tiny chirp then my car just stops, wow, I have almost gotten smashed up b/c of the VDC. I will admit, I totally need it in the rain, sometimes my rear will start coming around on a sharp turn and then there is the VDC saving my rear from an almost certain 180.
You guys need the VDC off module from KP Technologies. It keeps the VDC is the last state in which you had it. So you can keep it off all the time until you want to turn it back on.

^^^Sounds like you need some new tires if you are breaking the rear tires loose like that. I think in general VDC is a great boon to the drivers, but agree that sometimes you just have to be able to turn it 100% off.
From what I understand, you have to pull the brake fuse to turn VDC completely off. The VDC button disables most of the system but not everything.
 
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