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Nissan GT-R R35: Buying guide and review (2005-present)

Nissan GT-R R35: Buying guide and review (2005-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Producing the latest successor to any classic model lineage is a tough task for any car manufacturer. It’s a fact Nissan was all too aware of when developing a replacement for the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R. With the release of the R35, however, Nissan managed to blow away the expectations of the motoring press, giving the likes of the Porsche 997 Turbo a serious run for its money in the process.
 
The spec sheet of a Nissan GT-R is an orgy of technical nerdery. The hand-built twin-turbocharged V6 is front-mid mounted, and depending on model produces anywhere between 478 and 591bhp. Power is transmitted via a rear-mounted BorgWarner dual-clutch automatic transmission mated to a four-wheel drive system. Active Yaw systems and electronically-controlled dampers recalibrate 100 times per second to optimise grip levels according to conditions. The tyres are filled with Nitrogen as it’s more stable than air. The chassis is predominantly steel, but the bonnet, bootlid, doors, front shock towers are aluminium, while the front crossmember is carbon fibre to centre the weight distribution.
 
Despite the overwhelming processing power, the GT-R feels remarkably natural to drive. The steering is alive with feel, and the chassis balance is playful yet predictable. The performance, for a car which weighs 1740kg, is phenomenal: with the aid of a trick launch control system, current models accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds, and keep pounding on to a 196mph top speed. 
 
Some might find the interior a little plain and the ride overly firm, but with prices starting at well under £60,000 on its UK release in 2009, it was an undisputed performance bargain, and remains so today.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Updates to the GT-R have appeared on an almost annual basis since its 2009 UK release. The twin-turbo 3.0 V6 was initially rated at 478hp, but subsequent changes in 2010 and 2012 saw total output rise, first to 523bhp and then 542bhp.
 
Standard models have become slightly softer over the years, allowing room for even more focussed options above. The biggest revisions to the range came in 2011. All subsequent models featured a carbon strut brace, larger diameter brake discs and lighter alloy wheels.  Suspension tweaks improved the ride quality relative to earlier models, and gearbox revisions mean the dual-clutch unit was easier to live with every day. Updated models can be recognised by the redesigned front bumper, which houses LED daytime running lights.
 
A number of special edition examples have been produced, the first of which was the Spec V. Released in early 2009, a variety of weight saving measures improved performance: the spoiler, grille and brake ducts were all carbon fibre, the brakes carbon ceramic and the exhaust titanium. A set of NISMO alloys replaced the standard items, and inside the rear seats were removed and the fronts replaced with a set of carbon-backed Recaros. Only 40 officially made it to the UK.
 
The NISMO is the most extreme of all. Distinguishable from the rest of the range thanks to its aggressive aero package, which produces 100kg of downforce at 186mph, the NISMO features upgraded springs, firmer dampers, a hollow rear anti-roll bar and RAYS forged alloy wheels. Larger-bore turbos, revised ignition timing and a new fuel pump helps the V6 produce 591bhp and 481lb ft of torque - enough for a circa 2.5-second 0-62mph time. The N Attack pack adds a fixed rear wing and front lip spoiler, plus fixed back buckets inside, all of which featured on the example which achieved a 7:08.679 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time.
 
With so many updates introduced throughout the GT-R’s life, we’d recommend searching out the newest model you can afford. Though a full service history is highly advisable, don’t be too concerned if the work hasn’t been carried out at a Nissan dealer – many buyers prefer equally capable but much cheaper specialists.
 
It’s really not surprising to see tuned examples on the market – the engine is pretty much bulletproof, and it doesn't take much a huge amount of work to bump the power output to as much as 800hp. Search for reputable tuners if any serious work has been undertaken, for example Litchfield or Severn Valley Motorsports (the firm responsible for developing the wonderfully barmy 1500bhp Qashqai-bodied GT-R).
 
Performance and spec
 
Engine 3799cc V6, twin-turbocharged
Power 542bhp @ 6400rpm
Torque 466lb ft @ 3200-5800rpm
Top speed 196mph
0-60mph 2.7secs
Fuel consumption 23.9mpg
Gearbox Six-speed dual clutch automatic
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2780mm
Length 4670mm
Width 1895mm
Height 1370mm
Weight 1740kg
 
Common problems
 
● The GT-R’s mix of performance and usability makes it very popular among trackday enthusiasts. However, with so much mass to haul around, consumables wear very quickly. Check the condition of the tyres – particularly on the outer edges where hard cornering will have taken its toll – and check for any cracking on the brake discs 

● There is little to worry about under the bonnet – even well used engines stand up to plenty of abuse. Tuners frequently squeeze extra power from the twin-turbo V6 without causing harm

● Some early models have suffered from gearbox issues. The sump design doesn’t allow the oil to drain fully during changes, so a build-up of gunk can affect the control solenoids, which in turn leads to further complications. In a worst-case scenario, this will necessitate a gearbox stripdown and rebuild. The preventive measure, however, is fairly simple: ensure that the sump is removed and cleaned at each gearbox oil service.
 
Model history


2001: Nissan GT-R Concept hints at the design direction for the replacement to the R34 Skyline GT-R
Nov 2005: Second Nissan GT-R prototype unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show bearing a much closer resemblance to the production model to follow
Nov 2007: Production GT-R unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show. First Japanese deliveries begin the following month
Jan 2009: GT-R Spec V released. Extensive use of carbon fibre and removal of the rear seats sees weight drop by 60kg
March 2009: Gradual worldwide rollout is completed with the GT-R’s European launch
2010: Minor revisions include firmer spring rates and stiffer suspension bushings, a revised rear diffuser, and gearbox software updates to improve low-speed usability. Black Edition features lightweight RAYS alloy wheels and a carbon rear spoiler
2011: A raft of updates are introduced. Power rises from 478bhp to 523bhp, while suspension, gearbox and exterior styling all receive attention
2012: Power increases again, to 542bhp. Suspension and gearbox software are subtly revised
February 2014: NISMO GT-R released. Power climbs to 591bhp, an aggressive aero package improves grip, and weight is reduced by 20kg.
2014: Standard GT-R softened slightly to provide a more pronounced difference between it and the NISMO. Brakes and steering tuned to deliver improved feel
2015: Dampers softened to improve ride quality. Track Pack added to the range, which combines the NISMO’s stiffened shell and suspension settings with the regular car’s power output
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
● www.litchfieldimports.co.uk
● www.severnvalleymotorsport.co.uk
● www.gtr.co.uk
● www.autotorque.net
 
Summary and prices
 
Early UK models were priced from £56,795 back in 2009. Values have help up pretty well in the subsequent years, with values for early cars with 30,000 miles hovering around the £40,000 mark.
 
Prices climb gradually from there to nearly-new models, which will have depreciated little from the circa-£78,000 retail price. In the case of the NISMO, values are the same – or sometimes higher – than the £125,000 dealer figure.
 
Tuning tends not to have an effect on GT-R values one way or the other, until the extremes are reached. Models breathed upon by reputable tuners like Litchfield and SVM can command six-figure values.
 
Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 21st Mar 2016
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £62,995 £62,995

    Variant name:Gt-r Coupe Nismo ,Derivative:Nismo ,Variant: 3.8 [600] Nismo 2dr Auto Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 Premium 2-Door Coupe finished in storm white pearlescent with blackred leather interior Specification includes Alarm, 20In Alloy Wheels, Remote Central Door Locking, Climate Control, Power Socket, On-Board Monitor, Cruise Control, Front Electric Windows, Driver/Passenger Heated Seats, Power-Assisted Steering, Front Seats Sports, Rear Spoiler, Tinted Glass, Immobiliser, Headlamp Wash, Heated Rear Screen, Electric Heated/Folding Door Mirrors, Xenon Headlights Exterior Lighting, Audio/Gears Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Rain Sensor, Hill Holder, Front Armrest, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Body Coloured Bumpers, Gear Knob Leather, Cup Holder, Radio/CD/MP3, Satellite Navigation, Radio/CD/MP3/DVD, Driver Electric Seats, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Eleven Speakers, Centre Console, General Limited Slip Differential, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Traction Control System, Front Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners, Front/Rear Head Restraints, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Tyre Pressure Control.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 5552 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Premium Edition

    POA POA

    2 X Keys, SAT NAV + Bluetooth, BOSE sound system, 1 PREVIOUS OWNER, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, CARBON interior inserts, Black Partial leather interior, Four wheel-drive, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Seats Heated, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, Computer, Electric Windows, In Car Entertainment, Paint Metallic, Seats Electric, Telephone Equipment, Tyre Pressure Control, Upholstery Leather, Airbags, Computer (Driver Information System), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Heated seats, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger). 4 seats, Metallic grey

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  • 2015 Nissan GT-R 3.8 [550] Recaro Edition 2dr Auto, Service Plan, 20inch Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Multi Function Duo Tone Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, ipod Connection with BOSE.

    £57,900 £57,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented Nissan GTR V6 Recaro Edition with a 5 year service plan. Finished in Pearl White with Recaro Black and Red Leather Upholstery with White contrast stitching. This stunning example comes with a huge specification to include, 20" Graphite Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels with Gold Calipers, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Multi Function Duo Tone Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Climate, ipod Connection with BOSE Surround Sound, Keyless Start, Heated Electric Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Day Running Lights, Tracker and much more. Supplied new by Colliers Nissan and serviced by them at 19/08/2015 at 1166 miles and again on the 25/07/16 at 3090 miles and by Benfield Motors on 20/05/17 aty 12786miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you ca

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 15117 mi
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £33,995 £33,995

    4x4 2009 / 09 REG + 72,000 MILES + ONLY 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS FROM NEW + ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE FROM 2009 PRESENT + HPI CLEAR + 2 KEYS + CAT 1 ALARM + CAT 5 TRACKER + NISSAN BOOK PACK AND BOOKLETS + STAGE 1 REMAP RUNNING 570 BHP WITH INVOICE + FULL SERVICE HISTORY ( MIDDLEHURST + KAIZER MOTORSPORT ( GTR SPECIALIST ) + ALL BILLS AND INVOICES PRESENT + MAJORITY MOTORWAY MILES + RAC WARRANTY + RAC ROADSIDE ASSIT + Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (20in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), Upholstery Leather, Paint Metallic, Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

    POA POA

    Full Service History, 2 KEYS, Litchfield Stage 1, Y-Pipe, Gearbox Software Update, Bell-house Bearing Done, F1 Paddle Shift, Multifunction steering Wheel, Black / Red Leather Interior, BREMBO Brakes, LCD touch screen display, Bluetooth hands free telephone kit, Rear Parking Sensors, BOSE audio system, HDD Music Box system, Remote keyless entry, 20" Alloy wheels, UK Car,

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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

    POA POA

    2009 / 09 REG + 72,000 MILES + ONLY 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS FROM NEW + ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE FROM 2009 PRESENT + HPI CLEAR + 2 KEYS + CAT 1 ALARM + CAT 5 TRACKER + NISSAN BOOK PACK AND BOOKLETS + STAGE 1 REMAP RUNNING 570 BHP WITH INVOICE + FULL SERVICE HISTORY ( MIDDLEHURST + KAIZER MOTORSPORT ( GTR SPECIALIST ) + ALL BILLS AND INVOICES PRESENT + MAJORITY MOTORWAY MILES + RAC WARRANTY + RAC ROADSIDE ASSIT + Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (20in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), Upholstery Leather, Paint Metallic, Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm

    • Year: 2009
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  • Nissan R34 GTR V-Spec II Nür Nismo R-Tune

    £184,995 £184,995

    Lifting the vented carbon fibre R-Tune bonnet reveals a pristine engine bay. The 2.6-litre R-Tune engine, designated the R1, not only gained a new turbocharger and racing camshaft at Nismo, but also received the hot-rod treatment, including full balancing and polished ports. Further enhancements from the factory include an upgraded intercooler, radiator, and oil cooler. The car has recently been dyno'd and runs just as it should from the Omori Factory.

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 20175 mi
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £57,900 £57,900

    Variant name:Coupe Premium ,Derivative:Premium ,Variant: 3.8 [550] Recaro Edition 2dr Auto, Service Plan, 20inch Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Multi Function Duo Tone Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, ipod Connection with BOSE. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented Nissan GTR V6 Recaro Edition with a 5 year service plan. Finished in Pearl White with Recaro Black and Red Leather Upholstery with White contrast stitching. This stunning example comes with a huge specification to include, 20" Graphite Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels with Gold Calipers, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Multi Function Duo Tone Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Climate, ipod Connection with BOSE Surround Sound, Keyless Start, Heated Electric Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Day Running Lights, Tracker and much more. Supplied new by Colliers Nissan and serviced by them at 19/08/2015 at 1166 miles and again on the 25/07/16 at 3090 miles and by Benfield Motors on 20/05/17 aty 12786miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 15117 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £43,990 £43,990

    Bluetooth, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, 4x4, Service history Nissan GTR 3.8 V6 Twin Turbo Black Edition Litchfield Stage 1 with Y Pipe registered April 2010 (10 reg) finished in Fire Storm Red with Red and Black Leather with Alcantara Sports Seats, Alcon Brakes All Round with Fedora Pads, Rear Parking Sensors, HDD Satellite Navigation with Colour Touchscreen and HDD Music Storage, Bluetooth Phone and Audio, Paddle Shift Dual Clutch Auto, 20 inch 10 Spoke Alloys, Advanced Electronic Stability Programme, ABS, ATTESA ETS Four Wheel Drive, Anti-Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Automatic Rain Sensor, Automatic Lights, High Intensity Discharge HID Headlamps, Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, LED Brake Lights, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, Voice Control, BOSE Audio System, Brake Assist, Brembo Disc Brakes with Orange Calipers, Cruise Control, Downshift Rev Matching DRM, Aluminium Pedals, Electric Windows, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Electronic Brake Distribution EBD, Traction Control, Flush Mounted Aluminium Door Handles, Alarm and Immobiliser, Full Service History at Nissan Middleshurst Motorsport on 10/06/10 at 1,292; 20/05/11 at 4,626; Nissan West Way on 16/05/13 at 9,079; 05/06/14 at 10,851; Litchfield Imports on 26/08/15 at 17,877; 16/07/16 at 25,187. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; 12 Months MOT; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. See our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 29000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £79,495 £79,495

    Variant name:3.8 Prestige 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Prestige ,Variant: 3.8 Prestige 2dr Auto ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,Four Wheel Drive,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,iPod Connection,Keyless Entry,Leather Upholstery,Manufacturer Warranty,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £41,990 £41,990

    4x4, Full service history Nissan GTR 3.8 V6 Black Edition Twin Turbo Automatic registered April 2010 (10 reg) finished in Kuro Black with Black and Red Leather and Suedecloth Electric Heated Seats, Y Pipe fitted, 20 Inch Alloys, Reversing Camera, Steering Wheel Re-trimmed in Suedecloth and Leather with Red Stitching, Satellite Navigation, BOSE Audio, Carbon Fibre Wrapped Interior Trim, Electric Folding Mirrors, Dual Zone Climate Control, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Bluetooth, USB Input, CD Player, HDD Music Box, Cruise Control, Multifunction Steering Wheel, HID Headlamps with Washers, Full Service History at Nissan Hurst, Belfast on 06/05/10 at 1,379; 14/07/11 at 12,551; 06/04/12 at 19,139; Lightcliffe Nissan Halifax on 28/01/13 at 26,129; Nissan Newcastle on 11/04/14 at 28,812; 13/04/15 at 30,396; 22/10/15 at 33,174; 26/04/16 at 35,116; Evotune, Durham on 13/05/17 at 36,522 and 12/06/17. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors Packages. Fully Valeted, UK Wide Delivery Available, Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 36900 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £41,995 £41,995

    Brand new OE Dunlop runflat tyres all round!, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Comms Pack, Half Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Full Leather, Colour Coded Interior, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Head Restraints, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Curtain Airbags, Multiple Airbags, Side Air Bags, Twin Air Bags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Self-levelling Suspension , Push Button Start, Bose, CD Player, Radio, UK Supplied, Heated Seats, --------- FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT 4.4%, Part Exchange welcome, Credit and D Number plate not included.Full and complete service history, I initially had it serviced at Nissan Tunbridge Wells Motor line (once) but quickly learnt they were inadequate so now it goes regularly to Litchfield Engineering in Tewkesbury who are the recognised without doubt as the number Nissan GT-R service point in the UK. Next visit to Litchfield who are based near Cheltenham will be exactly as scheduled by them. Most recently they replaced the front discs to anti crack type. It has Milltech exhaust and stage 1 engine mapping to tested to 580 bhp. Best to call them and quote the number plate V66 GTR. Comes with brand new MOT and 4 x New original equipment Dunlop run flat tyres and one key. It has had the gearbox software update, also the octane fuel map so you can set it to 95 98 or 99 octane fuel and vary the boost on the 2 turbos.

    • Mileage: 26375 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £74,500 £74,500

    Variant name:3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Recaro ,Variant: 3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto 6 Speed Gearbox,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Four Wheel Drive,Front Assist,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Upgraded Alloy Wheels,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 7490 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £42,995 £42,995

    LITCHFIELD EXHAUST AND ENGINE UPGRADE - STAGE 4.25, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Half Leather, iPod Connectivity, Push Button Start, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Metallic Paintwork, Upgraded Exhaust, 4x4

    • Mileage: 29870 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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