Choosing to buy a Nissan Skyline GT-R is not for the faint of heart. With twin turbos, an all-wheel drive system and complex electronics, the GT-R is a car that overloads your senses. Literally, this car can kill you in more than ways than one, because aside from the danger of an inexperienced driver in an overpowering car, there is also the fact that caring for these beasts can put a huge dent in your wallet. But the attraction of the Skyline GT-R is it gives outstanding performance for such an affordable price, so enthusiasts become fixated with owning one when such a vehicle is within their reach.
One age group that is enamored enough to buy a Nissan Skyline GT-R is all too often guys out of their teens or in their mid-twenties. More often than not, this age group is only starting out, so in order to buy a Nissan Skyline GT-R, they take out a loan and think that they will worry about other costs like maintenance, insurance and registration later. But here lies the flaw in that kind of reasoning, because a high performance car needs considerable resources to keep it on the road.
You need to put the best oils you can afford, and if you ask the hardcore enthusiasts in various forums, their recommended interval would be 5,000 kilometers between engine oil changes. Transmission and differential oil changes have higher mileages in between but still need the best you can afford. You also need high performance tires, which have highly variable service lives depending on the compound, driving style and operating environment they are used in. You also need to be on top of brake system maintenance, as the high performance pads and disc rotors are pretty expensive items to replace. As cars belong to a different class, your insurance company will also charge a considerable premium. And Nissan Skyline GT-Rs have such a reputation with insurance companies that some even refuse to insure such a car outright, or demand a premium so high as to force an owner to look elsewhere for coverage.
In sum, think carefully of your resources when you decide to buy a Nissan Skyline GT-R. If you see yourself struggling to make payments on the car already, then you should take a step back and consider other options. Owning a Skyline GT-R is a dream for a lot of people, but one should have their feet firmly on the ground so that the dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare experience.