I'll agree that from FP's standpoint, it would be difficult to accomodate an owner's changing build requests...but what a great problem to have when money is being thrown at you!
As someone pointed out over at gtrlife.com-"At some point a full refund will seem cheap compared to the total damage done by this exposure." Couldn't have said it better.
I hope FP is humbled and forced to change ownership or just become a parts warehouse (I've heard their parts dept. is reputable and professional). IMO, this is no different than stealing or other criminal activity. As enthusiasts we should hope to be protected from this kind of "service".
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evoluton X (current)
2008 Honda Civic Si (wife's)
2012 Mustang GT (sold)
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII (sold)
2001 VW Golf 1.8T (sold)
What irks me most is how he puts the blame on the tech. If you're the owner of the company, you stand behind your company's work. He obviously saw the work going into the car and OKed it.
Rule #1 - If you're going to give somebody a "blank check", they better be close enough to you that you can stop by and check on them all the time, or pick somebody that has a beyond flawless reputation. This guy did neither.
I wish I had enough cash to be so irresponsible with it. Yes, the shop clearly did a hack job. But you gotta think with your head instead of your pee pee.
Expose your cracks and love will fill them.
oof man that stinks! its horrible to see tuner shops do work like this...
on a side note i read the whole article thinking the OP was just mistyping in his fury Forge and adding a "D" on the end to make it Forged. Im glad I cought that
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FWIW: The owner of the shop is claiming that the 250k number is spread out over three separate builds.
Say hello to Sandy! She handles customer service and is handy with an angle grinder and doing RHD down pipe conversions!
fool me once, shame on me. fool me twice, shame on you. fool me three times?
and LOL at the GTR owners in there that are looking down on people commenting that dosen't own a GTR (typical car enthusiast on car enthusiast hate just cause your car is more expensive).
The kind of car has nothing to do with it - it's the shady shop. Besides, that shop dosen't only do GTRs as seen with the G and the Z (they also do EVOs and STIs).
I remember when this one showed up on TCL once before:
Do you do the same thing with your house? Would you dump $300K into a house worth only $150K? Granted, the house can appreciate in value unlike 99% of cars but it's the same scenario. You'll never get that money back. To some people I guess it's worth it.
I don't get it.
There is nothing smart about modding a car money wise, most people know this yet the car modification/aftermarket is constantly growing because people want to modify their cars.
If you fine with buying/leasing a stock car and never touching it great.
But for all the people that want a modified car chances are anything you do to it would be considered a financial loss. This guy is just on a different level when it comes to money, and that is also easily explained once you understand he had (still has as far as I can tell) the goal of having the fastest GT-R in the 1/4 mile.
Ah, spoken like people who haven't the slightest understanding of what it is to have that sort of money. Most people here are just running around crying about the fact that this guy spent a quarter of a million dollars and talking about how they'd spend it differently while being angry that he had that much to blow on a car and modding it.
Pretend you took your 1.8t in for a big turbo kit and got the car back in the condition this guy got his back in(and pretend that's not how they run anyway).
thats about what id expect from some 16yo douche canoe at jiffy lube when theyre "tuning" their mom's k car... not a speed shop that regularly works on $80k super cars.