Friday, May 30, 2014

NIssan Security Plus Extended Warranty is Complete Bullshit

May 23rd 2014

Since August of last year my car has been back and forth to the dealer with some issues. The first thing that started it all off was P0011. The car would shift harshly into the next gear. Took it in and replace my bell housing and a few other things. I got the car back about 3.5 weeks later. October comes around and I put around 1800 miles on it since I got the car back. One night, I was going out and then the problem came back. The same P011 code. The next morning I drive it back to the dealer. On my way to the dealer I end up losing the odd gears too(P0729). They had for another 4 weeks. Nissan and the warranty company were dicking around trying every scenario possible to fix the car except replace the tranny. They fixed the car and I picked up in beginning of Sept on a Saturday and drive it home. Monday comes and I decided that I want to drive to work. Guess what, P0011 and P0729 again. Took the car back and they replaced some more parts and put some new caps on the tranny. I've been fighting for a new transmission, but again they don't want to replace it. I get the car back sometime in January 2014. Less than 2,800 miles later while in Las Vegas doing an oil change, the car throws a P0729 code and I lose my even gears. My Friend Mile who's a Master GTR tech at Planet Nissan did a clutch relearn and got the gears back. We drove it around and the even gears went out again. We did that about 3 times. He told me that I can make it back home as long as I don't go into the 6th gear. I drove back home to LA(4hr drive). 3 miles away from home, the even gears go out again, but this time I can go pass 25mph. That was a long 3 miles. I'm glad it happened close to home and not in the middle of no where. Nissan has my car again. The manager and tech have been wanting and fighting the warranty company and Nissan for a new transmission. I hope I get it this time. Btw my car has 92k miles and I have the 100k warranty plan. I have never used any after market ecu tune on my car. The only mods that the car has are an exhaust, and a custom paint job. Nissan has my list as heavily modded which is a good laugh. I've on these forums and heard of people with heavily modded cars that have had their tranny replaced. I just don't know why they're trying to give me a hard time about it. The data was sent to Nissan 2 days ago.

UPDATE: 5.28.2014

After all the possible steps that the Nissan techs told the GTR Master tech should do, they finally came to the conclusion that the transmission needs to be replaced. Now that Nissan is on board, they're going to send out an engineer to get the data from the car and see what else needs to be replaced. Once they do that, it has to be submitted to the warranty company for approval.

UPDATE: 5.29.2014

The Security Plus warranty company is denying the claim. They said that I modded my TCM. I call bullshit on this, because I have never used a Cobb AP or any other device on my car or had anyone run it. They only thing that was done was on TCM were clutch relearns. I'm getting so annoyed with them now. Universal is going call Nissan NA in the morning to see if they can somehow override the claim. The warranty can't even prove that the car has been changed. They're only going off of what was written down and not the actual data.

UPDATE: 5.30.2014

My dealer spoke with a supervisor over at Nissan security plus late last night to try to get an understanding from them. They told him that around 86k & 87k miles the car had several changes to the TCM. My dealer checked his records of my milage and those were the times that my car was in service when the Master Tech was working on my transmission issue. He sent them their paperwork of the car and milage to compare to the data that they have. When they see that it was all done at a Nissan dealership under warranty, they should replace it. I'll no more later this afternoon if they really want to be straight up assholes or not. If denied, this will end my relations with the r35. I love car, but not the people behind the warranty. I just can't support that.

UPDATE: 6.03.2014

My warranty is being denied and voided due to these mods that that don't affect the transmission at all: roll bar and rear wing. They are claiming that I do closed circuit racing which is a good laugh. The last track even that I did was a year ago at Circuit of The Americas. The track event was also hosted by NISSAN. I will now get an attorney for denying my extended warranty claim.

Here's a link to a GTR forum where I've been writing at and other are voicing their concerns this.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Introducing The New Nissan GT-R Nismo!

Big news today everybody! After a short(but felt long) kept secret Nissan and Nismo have unveiled their latest creation of the Nissan GT-R, call GT-R Nismo. The GT-R Nismo produces 600hp(that's 150hp to each wheel) and 481 foot pound of torque. A few new carbon fiber and aero pieces have been added such as the "shark teeth" rear wing, front/rear bumpers, custom Nismo rims, and seats. Here's the listed info and specs below:

-- Nissan GT-R Nismo Joins 2014 Nissan GT-R --
  • World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan's legendary GT-R
  • 600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
  • Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1 of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding

YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned" supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand's motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car's performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. "With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement."

Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview - Flagship of the Nismo lineup

1. Mechanical Features
Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.

  • Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
  • New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.

  • The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
  • Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop - exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
  • Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
  • To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Body construction
  • Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned" enhancement.

2. Exterior design - Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics
  • Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
  • Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car's aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3 accentuates the car's imposing exterior muscularity.
  • The GT-R Nismo's black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan's GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.

3. Interior
  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
  • Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
  • Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
  • The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
  • Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
  • *1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
  • *2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options
  • *3: Dark Matte Grey will be available starting from summer in 2014.

Ever since I've heard about the GT-R finally coming to the states, I knew that I had to have it and I made it a goal of mine to do just that. I waited and waited until the the day it was finally announced around this exact time 6 years ago in 2007. In July of 2008 I finally accomplished that goal. I became a GT-R owner for the first time and I absolutely fell in love with it. 2 years after owning it, I painted my GT-R the most known and popular color that Nissan offered on their Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec, Midnight Purple 3. Fast forward to today with many fun track days with fellow GT-R owners, fun events and drives, meeting new people, friends, and Nissan employees from all over the world that share the same enthusiasm about the GT-R as much as I do. I would would say that it's time for me to pass on my beauty and upgrade to the GT-R Nismo. Today I feel the same excitement that I felt back in 2007 and I'm super excited to make this a goal of mine. I'd like to thank Tamura-san and Kaneko-san for making this all happen and Carl Phillips for also putting together a great GT-R track day experience at Laguna Seca(last year) and the now famous Circuit of The Americas back in June of this year. I look forward to doing more with you all.


Nissan GT_R Development

Michael Krumm Time Attack At Nurburgring in The Nissan GT-R Nismo

Time Attack Video

Source from GTRLife

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nostalgia [Instrumental "Love Line" By Blu and Exile

This version is just as good as Blu & Exile's Love Lines. I simply love this version

By Esquire

Its been a long day, just got to my apartment
I reach and grab my key from up under my carpet
Open up the door and take a step into the darkness
I shiver, a cold midnight in August
Take off my shoes, and I look inside my fridge
Leftover pasta some leftover ribs
Not hungry, musta lost my appetite 
I take an apple bite, kinda like the apple type
like the logo on my ipod, or on my itunes
I Press play, Marvin singing midnight blues
Soon Ill be Loving You Again
As I put it on repeat, I wonder how long has it been
Maybe about a week, though it seems like a year
Like a lifetime, last time you were near
The last time you were here,
things ended kinda bitterly, feeling like you gradually killing me
now you no longer my girlfriend
Im still tryna figure how did my world end.
I draw the blinds on my room window 
dead roses on my pillow, My bed colder than below zero
I havent slept in it since Friday
Since the this-aint-gonna-work-i-gotta-say-goodbye­-day
Since the baby-please-you-gotta-tell-me-why-day
Since the look-theres-another-guy day
A man once said that things fall apart
We lost the spark now im having black thoughts
Looking at our picture, betrayal and sorrow in a mixture
I know you wouldnt care if I forgive ya
still see your face when I turn the lights off
When I reminisce over you my God
And I just hate..being without ya
Got me up late, love and nostalgia...

Monday, May 6, 2013

GT Channel's Coverage of A SoCal GT-R's Meet

A little over a month ago a few SoCal GT-R owners got a chance to meet up and share their cars with other GT-R enthusiast. What's cool is that you get to hear Sean Morris and I talk about our GT-R's.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chuckwalla Raceway 11.24.2013

This past weekend some friends and I went to Chuckwalla Raceway near Palm Springs. We all had fun as usual. This was my first time at this track. That fastest time that I put down was 2:08. The next track event will be our annual trip at Laguna Seca towards the end of June with the usual suspects again. Enjoy the pics!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lewis Hamilton by Paul Daniels

I recently had my friend Paul Daniels do a commission piece for me of the 2008 F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton on 48in x 48in canvas. It turned out great and I'm very pleased with it. Please check out his website if you'd like to see more or contact him.