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Other Information About The JDM Car Market

  • Imported Vehicles from Japan are common around the world, not just the UK (United Kingdom), Australia, but Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
  • Canada Imported Vehicles from Japanese Used Car Auctions. Importing JDM cars from Japan has become very commonplace in Canada.
  • Most cars from Japan are sold through "Japanese Used Car Auction" such as USS Nagoya and other auction houses around Japan from Tokyo to Hokaido.
  • Japanese Cars for Sale are usually originally purchased from auction houses in Japan such as USS or JU.
  • JDM Used Cars are in high demand around the world.
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  • JDM Imports are known for their reliability and value
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Most Popular JDM Cars/Japanese Imports:

  • Nissan Skyline Cars (R32,R33,R34 GTS-T,GTS-4 and GTR)
  • JDM Toyota Supra (MKIII JZA70/MKIV JZA80)
  • JDM Mazda RX7 (FD3S)
  • JDM Subaru Impreza WRX STi,Type RA,STi Type RA (GC8,GDA,GDB)
  • JDM Toyota Celica (ST185 and ST205 GT-Four WRC)
  • JDM Honda CRX, Civic, Accord, Prelude, Integra
  • JDM Toyota Aristo 3.0V/V300 Vertex (same thing as USDM Lexus GS 300+ series)
  • JDM Mitsubishi Delica/Pajero

Hot Regions for JDM Cars

  • Canada: BC (British Columbia), AB (Alberta), SK (Saskatchewan), MB (Manitoba), ON (Ontario), QC (Quebec), NS (Nova Scotia), NB (New Brunswick), NL (Newfoundland and Labrador), PE (Prince Edward Island), NT (Northwest Territories), YT (Yukon), NU (Nunavat).
  • Canadian Cities: Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Markham, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John's, Charlotteown, Yellowknife, Iqaluit.
  • Caribbean: Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Africa: South Africa
  • Europe: UK (United Kingdom), London, Ireland, Scotland
  • Australia/New Zealand: Perth, Sydney.

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RORO to Halifax - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Has anyone done this?
I am looking for some information regarding the process and any difficulties you may have encountered?

Any info much appreciated!!
I send regular cars to Halifax. The sailing time is a long time compared to BC port, price is a decent amount higher, and the port staff on that end are not familiar with the process as much as BC and are difficult to deal with.
Ya a bunch of us have. Its easy. The exporter will arrange for shipping to Halifax and after it leaves Japan takes about 6 weeks and the car gets unloaded at Ceres container terminal where it clears the soil exam after a day then its ready to be picked up. Use a customs broker though, will cost $200 and make it a really easy process. I used Atlantic Customs Broker here in Halifax and it went well.
Good timing on this thread, I was about to make one asking someone to detail what has to be done for Halifax.
Can someone do a bit of writeup in a lot of detail to make it easier like the one we have for WWL in New Westminster, Canada?


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Recommended exporter for US import? - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Hello members. My names is Efrain. I am from the US. Connecticut to be exact. I am planning to buy several jdm vehicles from Japan in the near future. I have several questions and maybe you guys/gals can help me out with answers? I understand that most people on here are not from the US but it's worth a try to ask these questions. I will list my questions with a number at the beginning so it's easier for you to respond. Any and all information will be appreciated,thanks.

1.I am looking for a reputable/fair exporter. Not someone who will overcharge with hidden fees. A exporter who will be honest/knowledgeable.Who would you reccomend as a exporter? (1-3 choices would be cool)

2.Not every exporter will ship to my nearest port. Which is in New York.Is there any specific exporters who might?

3.Who would you reccomend as a customs broker in the US(preferably New York City)? What is their fee?

4.Can the vehicle be picked up from the port and taken away with a 2/4 wheel trailer?

5.Would I require a twic card in order to enter the port of NY?

6.I have been looking at jdm cars in auctions,goo net. Is there any other legit sites that you can reccomend?

7.What should I expect to pay for shipping? I understand that shipping cost varies based on the vehicles weight/size/location,etc. Would you know of any site that will allow me to get a estimate price? That way I will know that I am not being overcharged on shipping.

8.What fees should I expect to be charged outside of the agent fee(exporter) in Japan?
1. Brave Auto
4. I'd imagine so, lots of people do it here
6. Most exporters/importers have free auction access. Brave Auto, JDM Connection, etc.
I would suggest hitting up a few importers, and seeing if they can breakdown their own particular costs associated in importing a car. Then you can compare them all and go from there.

Oh and I also suggest Brave Auto. Also hit up GTR Garage, as they've been sending quite a few cars stateside as of late.
Welcome to the forums and thanks for posting this here! I'm glad to help but just like this all public as the answer here goes a long way to helping others.

One of our members rpk2012 is going through the same issue now and he's having a tough time sorting out for brokerage and clearance for many reasons.

Some have suggested using an RI but it may cost a lot to do. I think it's possible to do yourself but no one here has pioneered it 100% yet.

1.) You could consider some of our Sponsors you see here in the forums.
We really have strict guidelines and don't accept or keep any Sponsor which does anything shady (eg. fraud, or selling junked cars without telling you the true condition that you were worried about).
2.) I think that depends more on if there is any RORO service from Japan to your port and I'm not sure if there would be.
Going container may be more practical or having RORO to Miami or LA and do inland shipping.
3.) Sorry I don't know.
4.) I am not sure about this as no one in the US has really done this (though port of Miami would be the easiest as JDMs have been coming there for years).
5.) I am not sure about this but rpk2012 says you do require some kind of special clearance.
6.) All the auctions are the same, one thing I will caution you is that some Exporters are not who they say (eg. they say they have "access") but aren't a member. Exporters without actual membership who are middlemen/resellers have nothing to lose vs real membership holders who have property and other things on the to hold their membership.
7.) I think the standard is probably 80 USD/cubic meters to the US but I'm just guessing. There are some sites but I can't recall them off hand.
8.) This depends on your Exporter but the most common extra fee may be inland shipping and possibly storage if your vehicle is sitting at port and they don't have their own lot to offer free storage.
Ok. Thanks for the responses. I have contacted mark from brave auto but he does not ship to New York for what ever reason. I have contacted another exporter who does/has been shipping to NY. The only issue with this exporter is that he is not fair on cost and seems to want to overcharge me big time since I am new at wanting to import.example:the exporter wanted to charge me the cost of the car/shipping/I pay custom broker fee.the total was around $9,000usd. There is a importer in NY who purchased the car and is selling it for $9,500usd all inclusive.i can clearly tell that I was being overcharged by thousands of dollars. The importer must of purchased the car for a lot less in order to make money from the car.
We are in the process of shipping to LA California. Our client seems to be having an ok time of it since he is a dealer. His customs broker wrote us:

-A Copy of the title ( export certificate in English)
-A copy of the bill of sale
-A copy of a passport or DL of the receiver.

We need to file Security filing for US customs before the vessel departs. I will need the full shipping details with Bill of lading #.

So it is advisable to get a customs broker who has imported vehicles before. I will give this customs broker info to our clients so they won't have a problem importing.

We have been shipping to Long Beach California for years (by container), but the client has never told us their side of the process. I will ask our client to share their experience so I can tell others more about what is required.


R32 sedan automatic to standard swap.. HELP!! - Nissan -> Skyline

Hey guys, new here. I have an '89 rb20 r32 sedan. It automatic and I've been wanting to do a standard swap for awhile now. Well yesterday I was given a full engine with wiring harness and ecu plus a standard tranny (minus clutch), so now I can finally do my swap. Only problem is that all I have is the tranny, and I'm lot sure what else I need to do this swap. If anyone has some advice for me or can point me in the right direction of what else I may need, how to do this, where to get parts, all that good stuff it would be greatly appreciated!! Also I'm from Alberta, Canada if that helps any! Thanks guys :)
you'll need the clutch pedal, the clutch master/slave cylinders, the hardline & flex line between the master/slave.
This has been done many times before but I don't know the details. Does the manual mount straight up or is there any custom fitment required?


Insurance in Alberta - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

I am hoping this is the correct sub-forum for this discussion. If not, I hope an admin/moderator can move it to the correct location.

Good morning, afternoon, or evening,

I am creating this thread due to my increasing worries regarding the insurance on the vehicle that I plan to purchase and import.

The vehicle will be a Mitsubishi Evolution VI (RHD, I do not plan on converting it to a LHD).

My worries pertain to the guarantee of insurance companies openly insuring RHD vehicles and the prices. Do any of you know if there are any plans or rumors of Alberta insurance companies declining insurance on RHD vehicles (if you have your own opinion, please share)? Also, regarding their prices, do you think they would increase them?

I don't want to import a car and then 1 - 2 years down the road, I cannot find a single insurance company that will insure my car and be forced to keep it in a garage until their policies change. *Extra note* I don't plan to insure the car with full coverage, only fire+theft and PLPD. I have been quoted $150 - $170 per month by TD, Intact, AMA, and Co-operators. I think I am going to give Allstate a call as well. My background info: I am 18 years old, have had my license for 2 years, and clean record.

Thanks for reading! There will be a TL;DR for those that notice this sentence but do not want to read everything, or those that did not get what I was asking! (:

TL;DR Do you guys think that insurance companies are going to stop insuring RHD vehicles (PLPD + fire/theft)? Do you think they will increase their premiums?
I dont know as to if they are going to start refusing to insure RHD's ( I sure hope not, as thats all I want to drive)

I'm with Intact, and I've been told, they would only give me full coverage if I get an independent appraisal done, otherwise it is PLPD only ( they wouldnt give me fire/theft last year on my aristo, as I was street parking, but this year they did, as I now have garage parking..)

Pricewise, because you're 18, thats probly what you're going to be looking at. ( the first vehicle I insured in alberta was an 84 supra, plpd was 150 a month, I was 23-2005 and a good clean record)

Insurance premiums will forever be going up, esp since the flood last year, the fallout will be a few years...
[QUOTE=Nukes25;84118]I dont know as to if they are going to start refusing to insure RHD's ( I sure hope not, as thats all I want to drive)

I'm with Intact, and I've been told, they would only give me full coverage if I get an independent appraisal done, otherwise it is PLPD only ( they wouldnt give me fire/theft last year on my aristo, as I was street parking, but this year they did, as I now have garage parking..)

Pricewise, because you're 18, thats probly what you're going to be looking at. ( the first vehicle I insured in alberta was an 84 supra, plpd was 150 a month, I was 23-2005 and a good clean record)

Insurance premiums will forever be going up, esp since the flood last year, the fallout will be a few years...[/QUOTE]

Alright! I've heard in a couple places that no insurance in Alberta can say no if it is only PLPD coverage, have you heard this as well?

Thanks for responding! (:

From my own research, I've come to the conclusion that Intact is probably the best one to go with regards to RHD in Alberta. TD as second, AMA as third, and everything else comes last. My rankings are based on their customer service and their willingness to insure a RHD.
I'm with co-operators and they are fantastic! I have full coverage with them and didn't require and appraiseal or anything. I have a rhd drive skyline and yea. Give them a shot.
[QUOTE=Deemarie;84121]I'm with co-operators and they are fantastic! I have full coverage with them and didn't require and appraiseal or anything. I have a rhd drive skyline and yea. Give them a shot.[/QUOTE]

What's your deductible like? And they know it is a RHD?

When I called them, they only allowed PLPD. ):
Johnson/Morgex and I get good rates roughly $90 for full coverage. However the deductible is $2500 because its RHD. I called Intact and they said they would but I never got a quote because the guy I talked to was an idiot so I hung up on him, they were only going to give me PLPD anyways.

I don't see insurance companies refusing RHD any time soon. If a law came into effect like in Quebec then we could have problems. The one company that refused to insure it was RBC so I'd avoid them.
I looked into RBC before for insurance, they told me they will only insure a RHD if you have a domestic to put on the policy as well

with Intact, PLPD, my deductibles are the standard 250-500$, no special high cost deductibles
In Alberta it is called "All Comers Rule" - by law no insurance company can refuse PLPD coverage to the client.
See #13 here: [URL="http://www.airb.alberta.ca/drivers/faq.aspx"]http://www.airb.alberta.ca/drivers/faq.aspx[/URL]

I personally insured with Johnson and Canadian Direct, they both can insure collision/comprehensive for RHD if needed.
[QUOTE=Shoxie;84122]What's your deductible like? And they know it is a RHD?

When I called them, they only allowed PLPD. ):[/QUOTE]

I believe my deductible is $500. I pay $200 a month and that's because I have a few tickets lol but yes they know it's right hand drive. There are 3 different co-operators insurance places where I live and only 1 can do it here. So not sure where you live, but if there is more than one, call them all.


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WTB GF8 STI Roof Spoiler - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

Anyone know where I could buy a GF8 STI top (roof)spoiler 92-00? I've been looking for a while but haven't found anything yet.

I'm driving down to BC next week if anyone has one for sale there, otherwise I'm looking to buy one and get it shipped.

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I doubt they're very popular, your best bet would probably be Yahoo Japan auctions and have it shipped here if you can't find one locally.


My 1998 STi Ver.5 Type R - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Been having too much fun driving and modding the car to do a write up since I picked it up last December :D I chose Mark @ Brave Auto thanks to the reviews on this forums, he was a pleasure to deal with from day one.

I have been driving a 2007 BMW 335i which I'll only be driving in the warmer months now that I have the STi. I orginally intended to use it as a winter car, but it's been so much fun modding it that I'll be turning it into a fun track car, but not so hardcore that I can still use it in the winter months.

This is my first ever mod journal, so bear with me :p Here is what I have done so far:

Engine/exhaust:
ZeroSports cat back exhaust
Apexi panel air filter
Koyo Aluminum radiator, silicone hose
Grimm Speed crank pulley

Exterior:
Ichiba 15mm rear spacers

Interior:
Pioneer AVH-x2600BT deck
Nardi Gara 3 steering wheel, Daikei hub
Prova shift knob

Brakes/Suspension/Chassis:
Front brakes: DBA 4000 T3 rotors, StopTech pads, Technafit SS brake lines
Kartboy short shift kit
TIC tranny crossmember bushings
Torque Solutions transmission mount
Torque Solutions engine mount
Kartboy subframe outrigger bushings

Other stuff:
Motul 8100 5W40 engine oil...will be trying Shell Rotella next
Motul Motylgear 75W90 tranny fluid
Motul Gear 300LS rear diff fluid

I will keep the list updated.

Let me know if you guys need information on any of the parts.

Freshly out of the container
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Just in time for winter :cool:
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Pics of some of the mods that I've done...I'll make sure to document any mod I do from now :p

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Stock vs. Torque Solutions engine mount
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Really digging that steering wheel. Nice looking ride. Koyo eh, better make sure to keep an eye on it for leaking, they're notorious for it along with no warranty.
Yeah I've heard some people have leaking issues with Koyo, but there're also lots of people running them without issues. Same thing with Mishimoto, although they do have warranty.

My stock radiator was blown so I needed one quick. Decided to give Koyo a try since I got a good deal on it, and the bling factor :rolleyes:
Mmmmmm that steering wheel is exactly the one I've had my eye on for an upgrade! Looks really good! If you don't mind my asking where'd you pick it up from and how much was it?
Got it off Rakuten for I think $240 + $40 or so shipping. But if I can do it again, I would probably get the 340mm deep corn as 350mm is slightly too big IMO.
Hey V5 thanks for coming back and sharing with us! I know how it is when you get a car like this, I couldn't stop driving and I still can't lol. I thought you had disappeared so I hope you'll stick around.

Your V5 is looking great and awesome job with all the mods and maintenance items.

How did you arrange it so you could see the car being unloaded? I wish I could have done that in 2010 with my JZS147 Aristo.
Didn't you use RO/RO? It was just being unloaded at the warehouse that Al Thompson works with. I went to pick it up after I was told it's good to go, but when I got there they'd just started the unloading process. So it's actually a pleasant surprise that I got to see the process LOL.
You're thinking of my JZS161 from last year and I did use RORO for it and it wasn't from Mark/Brave Auto (just so people don't associate the 161 problems with the wrong company lol).

The car I bought from Mark/Brave Auto (the JZS147) in 2010 was Container at Al's warehouse though.

You're definitely lucky for some reason I was told back then it wouldn't be possible to see the unloading so I think it's not very common unless things have changed.
You're lucky you got to see it unload. I'd like to see that sometime :) Nice car too. Are you happy with it so far? Plan to keep it for a while? I've had a WRX each of the past three years, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting one this year :(. Too bad, I've had a different version each time too, but I guess I'll be skipping the V5.

[QUOTE=jdmvip;84093]You're definitely lucky for some reason I was told back then it wouldn't be possible to see the unloading so I think it's not very common unless things have changed.[/QUOTE]

They've changed to a few different warehouses since then. They're on the third one since I've had cars come in VIA container. No idea why they've changed. Latest one is in PoCo.
Beautiful suby!
how is the motul 5w40? been thinking about trying that out next oil change because I found a local place that sells motul and liqui moly.
[quote=RyanV;84095]You're lucky you got to see it unload. I'd like to see that sometime :) Nice car too. Are you happy with it so far? Plan to keep it for a while? I've had a WRX each of the past three years, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting one this year :(. Too bad, I've had a different version each time too, but I guess I'll be skipping the V5.



They've changed to a few different warehouses since then. They're on the third one since I've had cars come in VIA container. No idea why they've changed. Latest one is in PoCo.[/quote]
Oh I see, I didn't know that thanks for sharing. So which warehouse did you think was the best so far?

They'd have to be horrible to be much worse than WWL. I actually found the staff to be quite friendly at the old warehouse. My only complaint is that I found the security lacking (eg. anyone could drive to the cars and walk up to them) but I guess considering they're locked it's not such a worry.
Can't go wrong with white, looks good.
Thanks for the comment everyone! It was such a cool experience to see it roll out of the container, almost like a new born baby lol...the staff didn't seem to mind which was nice.

@RyanV: Yeah I'm planning to keep it for awhile unless other plans come up. I have the 5th gear grind which is not a major issue but does get annoying. My plan is to do the 6 speed swap next year so I have nothing to worry about if and when I decide to go past 400hp.

@colin22: I have nothing to compare the Motul to for this car, otherwise it's running well. If I find any difference between the Motul and Rotella I'll be sure to let you guys know.
You're very lucky to see it come out like that.

Your 5th gear grind may go away with better fluid like Subaru Extra S. I used to have a second gear grind sometimes and after switching to Extra S I don't get it any more. When we meet I don't mind bringing some to sell if you want (I still basically have a drum I bought like 6 years ago lol).

Not to sound like a broken record about 5W40 but it's not recommended by Subaru. I really recommend 10W30 especially for our climate and Motul makes 10W30 unlike the T6 which is only a 5W40.


WTT: 1989 180sx RHD S13 - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

I would like to trade for either a R33 Skyline Sedan or a JZS161 Aristo as I now need something with 4 doors.

Located in Vancouver

THE GOODS
1989 180sx RHD S13
128XXXkm on Chassis 85000km on new motor
S13s SR20DER Black Top
S14 BB T28 turbo
Nistuned Daughter Board tuned to 14lbs
Sard 550 injectors
KTS Intercooler
HKS SSQV
ISIS Rad
ISIS E-Fans
ISIS Turbo Lines
HKS Turbo Timer
Nismo FPR
Greddy Boost Gauge
Front and Rear Strut Tower Bars
VLSD
Strong Clutch
Form & Function 32 Way Fully Adjustable Coilovers
Aftermarket Tension Arms
New custom catback with resonator to ISIS 4" Blast Pipes
ISIS Down pipe with Screamer
17x9 Rota Grid +12 offset plus tires
JVC Deck with USB
Walbro 255lph
Turbosmart Manual Boost Controller
Custom Front Steel Tubular bumper

THE CONS
-Dash has your typical JDM crack in it
-there's the odd Door ding here and there but no rust and I would say body and interior is a 9/10
I have not had much luck trying to get a R33 Skyline Sedan or an MK2 Aristo, so now I would also be interested in a R33 Skyline Coupe.
Bump, still looking.
Good luck with the trade, it's a nice looking 180, you just need to find the right person in the right situation.


Exhaust System - Subaru -> Legacy

Took a little look recently at the Sube and found that over the winter the muffler has decided to start rusting and fall apart. PERFEEEECT :cool: Time for a new exhaust system.

I'm thinking of going new pipe from the Y-pipe flange back, including a straight-thru resonator, maybe 2 to really soften any raspiness but still allow smooth exhaust gas flow, and a muffler. No centre cat :D Seems like a lot of people are going for 3" pipe and components on their WRX/STI's, but looks like a lot of the UKLegacy guys are running 2.5" straight-pipe (no centre cat) systems on the twin turbos from the Y-pipe back, namely with the Hayward & Scott system (seems like a really popular exhaust system across the pond). I've heard on [I]that[/I] forum and elsewhere that you really only need to go full 3" if you're pushing 350-400hp and really without any other mods going 3" is inefficient, just can't push those gases out as effeciently in such a big pipe as opposed to the 2.5" w/de-cat. Other than this planned exhaust, the car is pretty much stock, just want to free up some horses, provide some better breathing, and get a nice deep, subtle, but oh-so-sweet sound.

On my old USDM Legacy BD EJ25D, I had upgraded to a 2.25" cat-back system including UEL headers, a Vibrant cylinder resonator and a Magnaflow muffler, and had a shop bend/weld/install everything. Sounded really nice! No raspiness and not 'in your face' at all. It was on the cheap (buying everything separately) which is why I want to buy separate components again this time and have a shop weld it all. Don't feel like spending 800$+ on a name brand system.

-Any one have insight on going 2.5" over 3" and vice-versa?
-Muffler/components to use? Thinking Vibrant again, for their resonator... and they're Canadian woo!
-Insight in general on twin-turbo Legacy exhausts

Also do Impreza axle-back sections fit on the BD Legacy's? I don't expect the hangers to line up... Because, Stromung is nice...

Thanks erbody!
To go with straight pipe 2.5" or 3"? Minimal, if any, mods.
[quote=natsirt;83988]Took a little look recently at the Sube and found that over the winter the muffler has decided to start rusting and fall apart. PERFEEEECT :cool: Time for a new exhaust system.

I'm thinking of going new pipe from the Y-pipe flange back, including a straight-thru resonator, maybe 2 to really soften any raspiness but still allow smooth exhaust gas flow, and a muffler. No centre cat :D Seems like a lot of people are going for 3" pipe and components on their WRX/STI's, but looks like a lot of the UKLegacy guys are running 2.5" straight-pipe (no centre cat) systems on the twin turbos from the Y-pipe back, namely with the Hayward & Scott system (seems like a really popular exhaust system across the pond). I've heard on [I]that[/I] forum and elsewhere that you really only need to go full 3" if you're pushing 350-400hp and really without any other mods going 3" is inefficient, just can't push those gases out as effeciently in such a big pipe as opposed to the 2.5" w/de-cat. Other than this planned exhaust, the car is pretty much stock, just want to free up some horses, provide some better breathing, and get a nice deep, subtle, but oh-so-sweet sound.

On my old USDM Legacy BD EJ25D, I had upgraded to a 2.25" cat-back system including UEL headers, a Vibrant cylinder resonator and a Magnaflow muffler, and had a shop bend/weld/install everything. Sounded really nice! No raspiness and not 'in your face' at all. It was on the cheap (buying everything separately) which is why I want to buy separate components again this time and have a shop weld it all. Don't feel like spending 800$+ on a name brand system.

-Any one have insight on going 2.5" over 3" and vice-versa?
-Muffler/components to use? Thinking Vibrant again, for their resonator... and they're Canadian woo!
-Insight in general on twin-turbo Legacy exhausts

Also do Impreza axle-back sections fit on the BD Legacy's? I don't expect the hangers to line up... Because, Stromung is nice...

Thanks erbody![/quote]
Hey nat sorry I missed this one until you bumped it. This is a good thread and I'm not sure what aftermarket options you would find locally outside of Japan.

Here's the way I see it, the stock system whatever it is (not sure of the size) is more than enough for stock and even extra power. The main restriction is really the cat. If I were you I'd just get a universal muffler welded in or get a cat-back from Japan.

If you go to the trouble of replacing the whole exhaust I would go 3" as I just couldn't justify changing the whole exhaust and not having it be an upgrade. I can say in my WRX without any tune that you can feel an improvement with the 3" exhaust, you get quicker spool and more boost and the car just seems to be take off more nicely etc.... and of course the amazing boxer rumble comes out more.

Whatever you go with keep us updated as there aren't so many easy solutions for the Legacy of any version compared to the WRX.


Getting an Evo VI pass OOP - Mitsubishi -> EVO

What do I have to do to make the car compliant and pass an OOP inspection?

I am planning to import an Evo VI myself into Canada (I reside in Alberta), and I would like to know what you guys needed to do to pass an OOP.

Also, if a DOT headlight is mandatory for the OOP inspection, could I know which car's headlights can I use and where can I buy them? On top of this, is a rear end marker that lights up mandatory? Since the tail lights extend to the side of the car.

Thanks for answering my questions,

Shoxie
I can't say for sure since I don't live in Alberta but you'll likely need daytime running lights and possibly DOT approved headlights. They may or may not physically check the headlights so you may be able to get away with the ones currently on it, but if they do you may be looking at modifying Mitsu Mirage lights which I've heard is a real pain. I've heard of cars passing for other strange reasons as well, tires etc. but the above is what I know of.
If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.
[QUOTE=William;83987]If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.[/QUOTE]

Very good news!
[QUOTE=William;83987]If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.[/QUOTE]

Sadly, I live in Calgary. That is great news though, finally someone that is an import enthusiast opens their own shop! (:

Do you happen to know if this is all I need to change/add to an Evo VI to pass an OOP inspection?

DOT approved tires
DOT approved headlights
DRLs
Front side markers (sticker reflectors)
Rear side markers (will light up, I will probably pay a shop to install them since I don't want to fuck up)

By the way, these are the headlights I was gonna use to replace the non DOT approved ones that come with the imported Evo VI: Mitsubishi Mirage Headlights; although I am not sure if I am supposed to get the 2 door or the 4 door version (I think they might be the same).
Do any of you know if those are gonna fit?
Shouldn't need the markers or headlights or tires if you can find a shop that isn't picky. Unfortunately I don't live in Calgary so I wouldn't know a place. DRL's are a must tho.
[QUOTE=Stokes;83996]Shouldn't need the markers or headlights or tires if you can find a shop that isn't picky. Unfortunately I don't live in Calgary so I wouldn't know a place. DRL's are a must tho.[/QUOTE]

Do you live in Canada as well?

The Evo VI is road legal after the changes I have to do, right? I read something about the front bumper not meeting standards so I don't know if that would make the car illegal to be on the road and not allowed to be registered.
Yeah in Edmonton. The front bumper thing you heard about was probably the Evo 8-9. They weren't sold in Canada because the front bumper didn't meet crash test requirements at the time. We've since lowered the requirements so they're allowed to be imported. An Evo 6 shouldn't require much work to pass an inspection other than the normal things for JDM'S listed above.
[QUOTE=Stokes;83998]Yeah in Edmonton. The front bumper thing you heard about was probably the Evo 8-9. They weren't sold in Canada because the front bumper didn't meet crash test requirements at the time. We've since lowered the requirements so they're allowed to be imported. An Evo 6 shouldn't require much work to pass an inspection other than the normal things for JDM'S listed above.[/QUOTE]

Alright! I hope I can find a shop that isn't too picky about every little thing in the car.

Thanks for all the help you guys have given me! If I ever have any more questions, I hope you guys are still willing to give me answers. :P

This whole importing process has been really confusing.
It can seem a little overwhelming at first but once you do it you'll see that it's really not that bad. It helps to choose a good importer/exporter as well because they make the whole process effortless.
[QUOTE=Stokes;84000]It can seem a little overwhelming at first but once you do it you'll see that it's really not that bad. It helps to choose a good importer/exporter as well because they make the whole process effortless.[/QUOTE]

I am planning to use Mark from Brave Auto. After speaking with him via email and the reviews I've read on him and his company... I can't help but feel safe with giving him my money.

By the way, do you guys know if I have to change the backlights + back turning signals as well to pass the OOP?

Also, for the front headlights, would I need to change the turning signals too or just the actual light? I am gonna be buying Mitsubishi Mirage headlights to be able to pass the OOP.
Sometimes they'll want you to use the higher wattage bulbs, but the actual lenses don't need to be changed.
Zen is in Calgary and I can help you through to registration seeing that you are buying your EVO from Brave.

Cheers,
Sean
[QUOTE=ZenAutoworks;84017]Zen is in Calgary and I can help you through to registration seeing that you are buying your EVO from Brave.

Cheers,
Sean[/QUOTE]

Hey Sean,

After much debate and the never-ending questions that I seem to have, I think that once I have started the buying process with Mark, I will contact you (Zen) for your services.

Thanks for offering your service!
Sounds like a plan. Thanks Shoxie :cool:
In Manitoba at least, only the 3rd brake light is required to be DOT; and for my V, it is.
[QUOTE=rzhang;84028]In Manitoba at least, only the 3rd brake light is required to be DOT; and for my V, it is.[/QUOTE]

I've heard tires only need to have their loads and psi to pass the tire portion of the OOP inspection. Not too sure how correct this is but that's what some people have said.

Did you have to put on rear side-markers that light up to pass the inspection or were they just stick ons?
The shop i went to was pretty lax, but i have heard that tires require DOT. I don't have rear side-markers, but I think because the taillights wraps around to the side, the may pass for reflectors.
Good thread guys, shoxie keep us updated and get us some pics in the Video & Pic section once you have a chance.


My wife bought me a Evo VI TME! - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

My 30th is coming up and I already got my birthday present :D

So I don't know how many of you collect Diecast cars but it's one of my hobbies. I only collect Rally Cars and F1 Cars. The TME has been long out of production and especially the Red is in high demand and that has sent prices through the roof for the Autoart 1:18 version. So here goes....

OK - so get ready for this because it floored me - I had no clue what was in the box!!!!

Opening the box was a b*tch. Was wrapped like time capsule!

Here's my attempt at not showing my mailing address. Not because I don't trust you guys, but because I don't trust the Internet lol
Image:http://i.imgur.com/4fFj1JZ.jpg

Box within a box... don't you just hate that!?
Image:http://i.imgur.com/IkfIQr1.jpg

Autoart logo... My heart starts racing! And it's a red box...!
Image:http://i.imgur.com/RUiCn7Q.jpg

Wife hears a loud thud... (that's me dropping to the floor) Here's why...
Image:http://i.imgur.com/jmOOVbS.jpg

OMFG...! I couldn't show my feelings because I was simply floored. My wife probably waited like 5 minutes before she heard a thank you or something to that effect...

Image:http://i.imgur.com/nC7MojW.jpg

Image:http://i.imgur.com/8lfRgYQ.jpg

I never thought I would ever own this car. The prices are ridiculous and for good reason :-)

So now I'm out to see how much my wife paid and where she found it. All I know is that it wasn't eBay... It was off a forum in France :S (Of course I had to add the fact that it's very risky) But since it worked out ok for her I wasn't too hard on her.

This car is my dream car (actual car). I am slowly saving to import an Evo VI into Canada and my hopes are to get a TME in. I know it's more expensive and I have to wait till it's over 15 years old so gives me time to put more money aside.

Anyway, sorry for the long post but I don't know who I love more at this point - this car or my wife :D jk
Very cool! I have never seen a model of that kind before, it must be very rare. Are you going to keep it in the box or have it out to display in your home?
That car and your wife are both keepers!
[QUOTE=rhdgc8;83982]Very cool! I have never seen a model of that kind before, it must be very rare. Are you going to keep it in the box or have it out to display in your home?[/QUOTE]

It's super RARE! Came out almost 10 years ago and it's really hard to find in the box sealed. I have all my Rally Cars out on display but I doubt I will take this one out of the box. I've seen them go for silly money on eBay so it might be a good future investment :D (I don't think i'd ever have the heart to sell it though)
Make sure you take her her out, for a nice dinner ;)

From what you've mentioned, it sure sounds like she put in a bunch of work/research to make it happen.
I like little diecast/model cars. That's a cool looking one. I've bought the models for my GC8A which I built and still need to build and paint my JZX100.


5th Annual Vancouver Island Poker Run for Camp Shawnigan - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Image:http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/uploads/gallery/album_38608/gallery_87986_38608_5076.jpg


Event: 5th Annual Vancouver Island Poker Run For Camp Shawnigan
When: August 23rd 2014 Weekend
- Based on the timing it is possible to attend the Poker Run and dinner on the Saturday only and be back on the mainland that evening.

Meet and greet with dinner and a cruz - Friday 22nd evening
Poker Run with banquet dinner at Mt Washington - Saturday 23rd all day.
Brunch and cruz back to Victoria - Sunday 24th.


Where: Starts in Victoria at 9:00am and ends at Mt Washington in the beautiful Comox Valley approximately 6:30 with dinner and awards to follow.
What: The Vancouver Island Poker Run for Camp Shawnigan is an annual event put on by the Vancouver Island S2000 owners. The proceeds of this event go to a very worthy cause in Camp Shawnigan, a summer camp for disabled children. Sending a child to this specialty camp cost parents over $2,300 per child. Help me to send as many children as possible to summer camp. Here is a link provided to me by Camp Shawnigan (BC Lions Society Easter Seals) outlining the good work that they do:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU3Mz2cVcoMy[/url]

[url=http://www.lionsbc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1019]Easter Seals Camps[/url]


What is a Poker Run? Since I have been asked I thought I would basically explain a Poker Run and how it works.

A Poker Run is a rally that doesn't have anything to do with speed. Everyone starts from the same location and either travels as a group or single and heads to a common ending point (in our case Mt Washington Resort in the Comox Valley). Along the route there are checkpoints that each vehicle must get to. You are supplied with a detailed map but none of the locations are hard to find. For those that know the island they can take off as a single or as a group and head whatever way they wish. Those that don't know the island and want to have more of the scenic tour can go with another group that will have some local owners and we will take the ocean routes to the checkpoints.

At each checkpoint will be a deck of cards. Each car selects a card. If you don't like the card you get, you can pre-purchase "mulligan" tickets which allow you to exchange the card at the checkpoint and return the card you first selected. Mulligan tickets are purchased at the start of the event and you can only purchase 3 tickets. Of course you "draw" a card you don't get to see what it is until after you have it in your hand.

Once you get to the finish you should have 7 cards. From those cards you make the best Poker hand you can and submit it to the event people. We have a nice sit down dinner at Mt Washington Resort (last year was Carved Roast Beef and Chicken Cordon Bleu with a great selection of salads and other nice things). During the dinner you are encouraged to purchase tickets for the silent auction items with all proceeds going to Camp Shawnigan. After dinner we award the silent auction items and we then award prize money to the 1st, and 2nd, and 3rd place card hands.

After that we have the bar and the facilities until midnight.

Most of the participants will stay on the Mountain in various accommodations that are available. Participants of the Poker Run do get a special rate on the Mountain. It is also possible to attend the festivities and still make it down to Nanaimo to catch the ferry to the mainland, should staying overnight not be an option. The next day we normally cruise back to Victoria as a group stopping someplace for lunch. This year it is proposed that we may include a further 'sight seeing' tour further up the island, before making our way back.

Any questions, don't hesitate to PM me or fire me an email at [email="dave.donovan@elocas.com"]dave.donovan@elocas.com[/email]

Thanks and I hope you can make it out to this worthwhile event.

Face Book Event Page: [URL=https://www.facebook.com/events/292997577521682/#]2014 5th Annual Vancouver Island Poker Run for Camp Shawnigan[/URL]
Updates:

- The registration form is now up and live.
- Mt Washington is offering special pricing for Poker Run participants that are planning on spending the night on the mountain with us.
- All checkpoints confirmed for this year (Fanny Bay Inn Pub is a new checkpoint for 2014).
- Mt Washington dinner menu has been selected.
- Accent Inns offering special pricing for Poker Run participants that want to come over for the Friday night pre-meet. Hotel located right across the road from the start of the Poker Run and the pre-meet.
- Sponsorship donations have started coming in.


For more information and for the link to the Registration form please go to the Face Book Event:
5th Annual Vancouver Island Poker Run for Camp Shawnigan 2014

[url]https://www.facebook.com/events/292997577521682/[/url]


Calculating total cost help - Import Discussion -> General Discussion



Calculating total cost help - Import Discussion -> Japan Car Export/Auction Discussion

Ok, so I need help to calculate the total cost of the export/import.

What does CIF include? Does CIF include the agent fee inside that? How much is the brokers fee on this side of the ocean?

Thanks
CIF basically means shipped to your port excluding fees on your side (eg. storage, container fees, customs, brokerage etc...).

Yes CIF includes all fees in Japan including the agent fee.
The brokerage fee will be based on duty on the value of your car and the service fee.

For Canada
As for total costs remember you will pay tax at your local vehicle registration, you will probably/should replace your tires with new ones, other maintenance at a minimum like new oil, filter and possibly unexpected maintenance and of course OOP inspection fees.
Anyone in Calgary knows a good place to take the OOP? I heard Canadian Tire and KalTire will fail your vehicle for the smallest of things and that they overprice.
for a good, thorough place to take your vehicle in Calgary, I would recommend Pro Active auto in the northeast, while I havent had to do an OOP with them, I've taken my vehicles to them over the years, and have been pleased with their service.
I did take one vehicle to them for an insurance safety, they checked it over almost as if it was an OOP, and if I remember right, they said for things that failed their check, I could get it fixed ( them or me) and they would reinspect within X# of days for no additional charge
Stay away from Canadian Tire and anything similar for an OOP. Find a good small shop that won't be too picky. I'm sure there is some Calgary members here or on a GTR forum that would be able to help you out with that
[quote=Stokes;84026]Stay away from Canadian Tire and anything similar for an OOP. Find a good small shop that won't be too picky. I'm sure there is some Calgary members here or on a GTR forum that would be able to help you out with that[/quote]
+1 and at least in BC I think most refuse to do OOP.
Usually just by talking to a shop and letting them know about your car will give you a very good idea how they will be and that way you know who to avoid. Please post your experiences in the forums too if you find a good shop!


Sastrad export (Car service) - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Experience with Steve at Sastrad Export. – Excellent experience!!

So I decided to import a car myself instead of hiring an importer. After contacting three exporters, I decided to go with Steve because he replied email fastest and had most detailed email replies. Steve was patient in answering all the questions I had. This is the first time i imported a car myself so I had a lot of questions. I even find myself annoying but Steve answered all my questions and was very patient with me. The buying process went smoothly so not much to say there. Steve stored the car for me for 2 month before it was time to be shipped to me in Vancouver BC.

Some problems started to come after the car arrived at Steve’s Pit Stop Garage. The car would not idle properly. Steve had his mechanic look at the issue, put in more gas, and cleaned the spark plug. The car was running fine afterwards. Steve did not charge me anything for the repairs! At this point, I was really happy with the way Steve does business.

More issues came afterwards.. just before the car was getting ready to be transported to the port for cleaning and exporting, Steve noticed a big dent on my quarter panel. He called me right away and told me the issue. He sounded more upset than I did! He admit that his guys at the garage caused the damage right away and offer to pay for the damages once I received the car. If he did not tell me about the dent, I would have believed that the car came as is or even the shipping company caused the damages. With all the crazy stories of things getting stolen, car being damaged during shipping, a dent wouldn’t be surprising. After this incident, I knew I would import my next car from Steve.

So… More issues after the car was picked up from Pit Stop Garage… It was not Sastrad’s fault. The inland shipping company said the car would arrive at the port on a Monday, but the car did not get to the port until Thursday… If the boat did not get delayed, my car would not have made it to me in February. During inland shipping, the company and the port guys said my car would not start!! Steve took care of this problem by sending his mechanic down to the port for the whole day and put in new spark plugs and battery for me. I was amazed by Steve because he did not charge me any labor because he had not asked for my permission prior to the repairs! I offered to pay for the repairs but Steve did not take it..

After the car arrived in Vancouver, I took the car to 3 body shops for price quotes to repair the dent. Two shops quoted 200 lower than the shop that I usual go to. Steve has already done so much so I told him that I would like to receive the amount for the cheaper shops and I will pay the difference to go to the shop I usually go to. Steve ended up paying me the full amount for me to go to the shop I usual go to which is 200 more. After I received the payment and dropped off the car, Steve contacted me and asked how the repair went.

Steve at Sastrad is an amazing guy and took care of everything for me. I would import another car from him again. I feel bad as after deducting the repair cost and labor cost, Steve probably didnt make a penny from me :(
Ignore the :( beside the title,it is a good experience!
i can't find the edit button!
Fixed it for you :)
Great review Nismo, the only thing you missed was what vehicle it was and do you have any pics of it? Please post here: [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/Import_Discussion_Videos_amp_Photos_Of_JDM_Cars-50-f[/url]

This is one of the reviews I call accurate and I appreciate on this site because it is truthful, detailed and not a fairytale lol (but no seriously it happens). It wasn't the typical "my Exporter is the best person and friend in the world and everything went perfect" :D.

The reason I value your kind of review is my own personal experience with my JZS161 Aristo is because I made a bad decision based on "unreliable/questionable" reviews and is something I'm still dealing with over a year later. Choosing an honest, reliable and professional Exporter is the difference between huge time and money wasted IMHO.

Your review was different and is how we prefer them to be done. You mentioned exactly what happened good and bad without leaving anything out. It also benefits Sastrad in the end too because no experience is perfect but what makes it good in the end is how the Exporter handles it.

In my case I'm jealous of you, I had my car inspected by another Exporter at port and paid for an inspection and other work at a shop in Japan.......yet my car showed up with huge surprise issues that I wasn't told about from day one and it's been one after the other. No one in their right mind believes my car's many issues went unnoticed in Japan. With Steve and any other reputable, honest Exporter I'm sure instead of pleading ignorance he would have told me honestly what's going on and gave me options and advice.

What I like hearing about is that Steve was completely transparent and honest, he didn't make excuses or complain to you or make you feel bad. I've seen first hand how he's handled issues and he's always been professional about it which I appreciate compared to my last "Exporter from hell experience".
[QUOTE=rhdgc8;83962]Fixed it for you :)[/QUOTE]

Thank you!

[QUOTE=jdmvip;83963]Great review Nismo, the only thing you missed was what vehicle it was and do you have any pics of it? Please post here:

This is one of the reviews I call accurate and I appreciate on this site because it is truthful, detailed and not a fairytale lol (but no seriously it happens). It wasn't the typical "my Exporter is the best person and friend in the world and everything went perfect" :D.

The reason I value your kind of review is my own personal experience with my JZS161 Aristo is because I made a bad decision based on "unreliable/questionable" reviews and is something I'm still dealing with over a year later. Choosing an honest, reliable and professional Exporter is the difference between huge time and money wasted IMHO.

Your review was different and is how we prefer them to be done. You mentioned exactly what happened good and bad without leaving anything out. It also benefits Sastrad in the end too because no experience is perfect but what makes it good in the end is how the Exporter handles it.

In my case I'm jealous of you, I had my car inspected by another Exporter at port and paid for an inspection and other work at a shop in Japan.......yet my car showed up with huge surprise issues that I wasn't told about from day one and it's been one after the other. No one in their right mind believes my car's many issues went unnoticed in Japan. With Steve and any other reputable, honest Exporter I'm sure instead of pleading ignorance he would have told me honestly what's going on and gave me options and advice.

What I like hearing about is that Steve was completely transparent and honest, he didn't make excuses or complain to you or make you feel bad. I've seen first hand how he's handled issues and he's always been professional about it which I appreciate compared to my last "Exporter from hell experience".[/QUOTE]

I'm sorry to hear your bad experience. It is weird how the problems were not mentioned to you during the inspection or auction sheet.

Steve has translated all the auctions sheets that I showed him.. which was a lot because it was so hard to find a 4.5B R34 GTR and early production date! In the end, we were able to find one with lower km, high grade, mostly stock and in Blue! It wasn't a vspec but I was okay with that.

Photo's to come after photo shoot!


Insurance in Calgary - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I wanted to get a quote for myself and I went to my current insurance provider (AMA) and their price is ridiculous.

For third-party insurance for a 1995 R33 will cost me $210/month. How is that even possible when my car right now is 2012 and it costs me $400/month for full coverage!

Can anyone recommend a different insurance provider that has reasonable pricing?

My age is probably the biggest factor to it, but I still don't agree in doing this. I'm currently in school so I don't really like paying too much for insurance. :(
Morgex/Johnson is who I'm with and they insured my 98 WRX with full coverage for $90/month however they have a $2500 deductible policy for RHD vehicles. Intact will also do liability on RHD cars. However they gave me a bit of a run around with needing a pic of the vin and bill of Sal before they'd even insure it so I just hung up on the guy. How was I supposed to take a pic of the vin w/o insurance to go get the car? lol
Yea, I specifically said that I wanted a quote so I know if I wanted to buy the car and they kept asking for a VIN because they don't want to look up the model because it's an import. That was when I was talking to AMA and then I went to a shop to ask them myself in person so they wouldn't be as annoying.

We'll see though, I'm going insurance shopping on Monday.
I believe what my insurance guy did was base it on the insurance price of a similar car which was an 02 WRX. They can't look up the VIN on a JDM. I was flat out told NO by RBC so don't bother with them lol. I was also under the impression that AMA won't insure a RHD car here in Edmonton. Johnson was great, they knew what I was talking about and had no issues with giving me a quote. Also helped that I had another vehicle insured with them already.
AMA will definitely insure a RHD in Calgary. I went to their store personally and had them look it up and everything. I still got the printout for the quote, the problem is that it's just too expensive.

Have you heard anything about that TD insurance?
No but TD was fairly cheap when I used them for my Mazda a few years ago
Nice, I was planning on getting Meloche Monnex because they said they could cover me with $120/month, which is perfect for me. :)
I am with intact through lundgren and young, and they havent had any trouble insuring my various RHD's over the last few years, and its' been good prices too, I pay 60-70$ for my aristo
Whoa, that sounds really good! I want to pay $60/month! :)

I'm gonna call them up today.
60$ a month might be hard to find if you are young and insuring a R33. If you pay 400$ a month for full on a new car, I expect for your risk index you'll be 200$ for a sports car, I use Morgex as well but I'm older without tickets, it reduces things a lot, 60$/month for my old Sti.


fd3s rx7 hks Hypermax D coilovers - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Hey guys
I've had these in my parts shed for a while and it'll probably be a few years before I get another fd3s so I'm looking to sell these coilovers

[url]http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/pts/4384800672.html[/url]

I know there isn't a huge number of rx7 owners on this site but if your interested let me know. I'll let them go for 600 to jdmvip members and I'm interested in trades.
thanks
-steve
I know this site doesn't have the biggest rx7 following but these are still for sale
-Steve
GLWS Steve, do these fit any other cars other than RX7 or another Mazda at least? If so that might help you find another buyer.


Will we ever be bidding on Korean Cars? - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Is there another market as dynamic as the Japanese Car Market.
Do the Koreans have the same passion for vehicles as the Japanese?
Is there any other country with the same Shaken rules?
Would you buy a 15 year old Kia or Hyundai?
^ +1 15 year old Korean cars are not known for there reliability or quality, there changing that now but the older cars are crap
^ I agree.

You don't see too many 15+ year old Korean cars. When I was a kid, my entire family used to drive Japanese cars because of reliability and just because they're awesome. My dad used to own a plethora of Mazdas and Hondas while the rest of the family used Hondas primarily.

Right now, Korean cars are starting to get better but they still aren't up to what I'd call Japanese quality. Hyundai tends to be as expensive as some Japanese cars but without the history or current rigor to match a Japanese car. My friend recently bought Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T (Auto) and he had a problem with his engine recently. Apparently, whoever was supposed to maintain the car from the dealership didn't properly lubricate it and some stuff started acting up. Not really sure the in-depth problem, but that's all my friend could tell me. :)
I've heard good and bad things about the Genesis. Apparently the first model years were known for Engine/Transmission problems. Hyundai/Kia has come a long way & I'm expecting them to keep getting better. The main problem is they made so many pieces of junk in the 90's that people are afraid to buy them. I personally wouldn't buy a 15 yr old Korean car.
Very interesting thread guys. I think I may have said it before but my prediction is that Korea will be the new Japan for everything including cars. They are already the most high-tech country in Asia AFAIK.

I agree the 15-year old Hyundai's aren't quite there yet but the current batch is getting exciting. I expect if they keep producing cars like Optima Turbo that they will produce the next cult-car such as Impreza, EVO, Skyline eventually and go through the gold years that Japan experienced in the late 80's and early 90's.

Koreans are also very meticulous and take care of their belongings like in Japan so I think we may have a perfect recipe in the long-term.

Maybe I should register the domain kdmvip.com and hold it for 10 years just in case? lol
Japan and Korea are back and forth in technology. Some focus on transpo/civil services while the other focuses more on sale or private uses.

In terms of cars, I'd say Korea may come to start being better but currently, I don't think they're going to be anywhere near JDM. Even looking at it from a positive perspective, KDM has only so much great aspects that when compared to JDM, they just falter.

For everyday, daily driving: Korea is slowly getting there. For performance, KDM is still way too young before I personally can say they're within a shout of being as good as JDM.

/opinion
Even the performance of the Genesis is not what it should be considering how much HP they have. Almost everyone I've talked to has told me their manual transmission is garbage as well.
Here is the 2013 JDPower Dependability chart and this is why KDM is really not up to par as some people make it out to be.

Image:https://pictures.dealer.com/j/jdpower/1048/d113c91c0a0d02b701d3ac6eb051e9f9.jpg
Lexus and Porsche seriously? Lexus I get but I wasn't expecting porsche near the top with the 911's catching fore and what not.
Lincoln #3...what? Maybe only 50 cars were sold so they really had 224 problems per 100 cars.
Hahaha, well, I don't know what JDPower looks at. Their information seem to be acknowledged so I kind of take their findings without question. :)

I do agree, Lincoln doesn't sound like it should be #3.


Fs: 11+ Oem Subaru Sti Enkei Wheels 18x8.5 +55 5x114.3 - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Picked these up to use for auto-x/summer, have my eye on something else right now. Won't be needing these.

Specs:

Diameter: 18"
Width: 8.5"
Offset: +55
PCD: 5x114.3
Weight: 23.55 lbs

Condition:

All 4 wheels have paint chipping ranging from hardly noticeable to somewhat noticeable. From ~5ft away, the damage is barely noticeable if at all. 95% of the damage is just chipped paint, only one of the 4 wheels actually has a section where the wheel was slightly scraped. Majority of the rest looks like it was done when the tires were installed/removed. It wouldn't take much to have the wheels refinished and they would be looking brand new.

Pice: $700 OBO

Pictures:

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Wheel one is near perfect, minimal tiny paint chips on this one.
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Wheel 2
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Wheel 2
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Wheel 3
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Wheel 4 is the only one with damage deeper than just paint, but not much.
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