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I bought a 2009 IS-F last October. The car is great, amazing power, comfortable and so far low maintenace. I owned a MB C32 before and that was kind of a nightmare. Incredible ride... when it's running but just so many problems that it wears out the fun factor eventually. After the tranny died, I decided to switch to Lexus because of the reliability.
Anyways I have been reading more and more about the GT-R and everyone is raving about it's super acceleration and how it can match Porsche, Lambos at 3 times the price. So now I am second guessing myself about whether I should have dish out a bit of cash and got the GT-R, the ultimate performance car bar none. But my research also seems to show that the GT-R has bone jarring ride, and most of all, it is a high maintenance vehicle. Edmunds reported that in 15 months of ownership, 6 scheduled visits are needed costing over $7,000. Also there were a couple recalls already and the infamous tranny breakdown with hard launches. I know all these but the performance bit is just so tempting. I think someone here actually sold their IS-F, bought a GT-R and then switched back. Any advise you can offer? This IS-F vs GT-R thing is tormenting me, especially when I see C63 on the road and I know that while the IS-F could match their performance, the GT-R can own them!
Deep down I know I made the right decision but... you know, it's like drooling over Scarlett Johanson even though you are married!
 

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Thanks guys!
For me the IS-F and Lexus' reliability record is the deciding factor. I need something that gives good performance without having me take days off and devoting my vacation to trips to the dealership.
The GT-R wins on pure numbers but for me I drive in traffic to/from work everyday so there is hardly any time that I can "launch" the car. Even on the occassion that I press the gas pedal a bit more on the IS-F, it's so fast that I almost have to slam on the brake in a second or two! I remember an online review of the GT-R said that in the first week, you will be amazed at what it can do but after that you will be constantly frustrated by what a $80K car should have but doesn't, referring to the touch screen control, surround sound and backup carmeras etc.
 
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