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In that time there have been many different websites, communities and of course companies formed to serve the JDM Import Car enthusiast community.  Unfortunately since this is the automotive industry, there are a lot of underhanded and dishonest things that do go on when it comes to JDM Cars.

Most concerning of all are communities sponsored by different JDM import companies that ensure negative opinions and information cannot be circulated about their dealings, many hiding under the guise of being an enthusiast site and trying to claim they are unbiased.  There are certainly many great communities and importers to serve the needs of the import community but there are perhaps just as many that are waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting JDM Japanese Used car buyers.

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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.
  • Enthusiasts and casual owners import japanese cars
  • JDM Imports are known for their reliability and value
  • You can find JDM cars for sale on jdmvip.com
  • We have lists of Japanese Car Importers & Exporters

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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My EVO 4 Build thread.... it will be slow.... A quick update with some pictures. I cleaned up the new diff I have and painted the case as well as ....
1999 Subaru Legacy GTB - manual 5-speed 1999 Subaru Legacy GTB - manual 5-speed I'm selling our arctic white Legacy GTB as we are moving ....
jdmvip's 1997 Toyota Aristo V300 Vertex Edition Still have my wagon (ver.1) but I was changing intercoolers and may have gotten some junk in the int....
What car is your favorite and why? The MR2 are a very special car IMHO and a lot of car for the money. Do you ....
Type R DC2 Integras Ya they are still very popular regardless of the condition.....
Japan Car Network I thought this is relevant for Alex and others considering Japan Car Network is a JUMVEA member: [ur....
Observations about JUMVEA We continue to see very bad experiences with JUMVEA members, at this rate I'd say being a member of ....
Japan Partner-Possibly a BIG Mistake One question Rev5 does it say anywhere in their policy or website that they can charge consumption t....
My Be Forward Horror Story, Any Others? If the above is all true that you have an e-mail from them showing none of the issues and the transl....
UrbKlr's 99' Starlet Glanza V Looking good Urb how is the fuel economy?....

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1999 Subaru Legacy GTB - manual 5-speed - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

1999 Subaru Legacy GTB - manual 5-speed

I'm selling our arctic white Legacy GTB as we are moving to an automatic and I don't have the time I used to to dedicate to more than one car. I have spent more than what I'm selling it for and can show the receipts if one would like.

Price: $4,800 (the coilovers, tires, brakes and exhaust are worth that alone)


Arctic white, Black leather/suede interior, champagne silver wheels

2.0L DOHC Twin turbo engine
- tuned to North American 91 Octane fuel @ 290 HP for fuel efficiency

Engine is very responsive, tight and pulls strong.

5 speed manual transmission

Leather/Fabric sport seats front & rear
Electric adjustable driver's seat
Sunroof front - Moon roof rear
Illuminated digital black face factory gauges
Dual airbags - Factory momo steering wheel
Factory immobilizer (key FOB)
HID factory lights (adjustable raise/lower beam)

Factory headlight covers / yellow HO fog lights
Reclining rear seats (40/60 split)
Rear storage compartments and pet separator
17" stock Subaru wheels with new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (best all season sport tire today)

All fluids have been changed to synthetic - engine, transmission, front/rear differential

Timing belt was replaced at 99,298km's
All brakes have been replaced with new
Front and rear wheel bearings have been replaced with new

A/C recharged with North American R134A (Japan comes with R12)

After Market parts:

Full coil over NPG suspension
Front anti-roll strut bar
3" bore exhaust
ECU Tune for 91 Octane/HP (done in UK)
2001 GTB Black digital gauge cluster (have original as well with car)


I had a shop and Richmond Subaru test drive it and give it a going over mechanically. There are two things that will need attention in the near future and I've adjusted the price significantly reflecting these:

clutch is starting to fade and throwout bearing is noisy - have brand new Exedy clutch kit included and throwout/pilot bearing with sale - price reflects this
Valve cover gaskets are beginning to leak - have brand new OEM gaskets included with sale - price reflects this

I knew that I was going to have to do the clutch as it was weak when I imported it back in July, so I bought a new kit but time and family are priority now and we are rolling into ski patrol/EMT winter season so the one Subaru I've always wanted (white, 5spd, moonroof, GTB) combo has to go. That's why I'm selling it for so cheap.

Note for servicing:

All body parts are interchangeable with North American Subaru Legacy 2002-2004
Entire driveline interchangeable with North American Subaru WRX 2002-2004
Front brakes rotors/pads - 2002 WRX
Rear brakes rotors/pads - 2005 Legacy GT









Toyota Part Numbers - Toyota -> Toyota General

Hey all, I just wanted share a website I've known about for a few years.


I recommend you register with the site for the full experience ;).
Yes it's been helpful to me too, they basically took the Toyota EPC and put it online. I think we may have linked it but it can never hurt for those who don't know.

Wheel bearings - Subaru -> Legacy

Does anyone have part numbers and costs ? Can we interchange with Subie's here ?
Yes I'm quite sure of it but not 100% sure because with Subaru you never know. I will say for GC8 WRX I used bearings for a 2002 WRX which is practically universal.
These old threads may help but I'm not 100% sure so please don't quote me.



BH5 EJ206 Fluid Recommendations (Engine Oil & ATF) - Subaru -> Legacy

Does anyone have a JDM manual that shows us more about the EJ206 in the BH5 Legacy's?

Engine Oil:

I can't find much solid information but I'm a bit worried after hearing jesse75's car was not happy with Amsoil 10W30 but liked T6 5W40. That tells me that these engines (EJ206) may be designed for thinner fluids.

How big is the sump, is it the typical GC8 Impreza 4.5L or is it more or less?

I'm planning on using Amsoil 10W30 or 5W30 depending on what I find.

ATF Oil:
Subaru has their own ATF but I'm not sure if it's available in Canada or required since it was made and intended for later model cars. I believe DEXRON III is specified for our transmissions but I'm not 100% sure.

How big is the ATF sump and will all of the oil drop out since the filter is a spin on external type?

I'm planning on using the Amsoil ATF and here's what Amsoil said to me about it.
[COLOR=#1F497D][FONT="]AMSOIL would recommend using product ATFQT in the transmission. We would recommended running the product straight with only AMSOIL, but if you were to mix the two fluids together you can, but with you not know what is in the transmission I would have the whole system flushed out and get a product in that transmission that you know what it is.[/FONT][/COLOR]
My original e-mail to their tech department so people know the context:
I have a JDM Subaru Legacy GT-B with auto transmission (very similar to a 2002 WRX). I want to use the Amsoil ATF but is it safe to mix with non-synthetic? It holds about 9.5L and I will probably only be able to drain 3-4L at most so I will be mixing with whatever fluid is still in there and I have no idea what the previous owner used. Which of the following ATF products do you recommend most for this situation? Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) (ATFQT) OE Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (OTFQT) Torque-Drive Synthetic Transmission Fluid (ATD1G) Thanks[/QUOTE]
ATF DEX 3 - with new filter 5.1L / without replacing filter 4.9L

EJ206-208 = guys have been running T6 5/40 Rotella for years here in Canada and US. 5/30 recommended gives you that nicely pronounced tap tap tap. There is a oil weight change notice official by Subaru on one of the Aussie sites.
Thanks Jesse what is the source on that and have you confirmed it yourself? When you say 5.1L do you mean for the transmission or engine?

Can you give a link to that Australian thread? I really don't want to mess around with these engines and would like to be 100% sure what Subaru recommends and what these engines like.

I'm also thinking though that 5W30 should be fine and if people are getting a tap it's a bad sign about the condition of the engine. Going to a thicker oil always helps but kind of implies IMHO that there are issues or it could just be that these engines really prefer thicker oil. I will probably do a UOA on the current dirty oil to get a feel for what's going on inside.
I did my fluids twice. First time I left the tiny trans filter on. It took just under 5L. 2nd change I put in a new filter and it took 5.1L. That's just ATF

As for the Rotella T6 5/40. I've been running that since my first 02 WRX and every turbo suby after.

I usually go with the masses and over the years, Rotella T6 has garnered a lot of use and praise from suby turbo owners. The polls and endless threads point to that.

These engines tap. Some louder than others. The tapping goes away when warmed up. If not, then at best case the tensioner is worn. At worst, bend valve/rod but that's not as common as the usual "these engines just do it"
jesse do you own a shop in vancouver or just a home enthusiast? i would like my g/box oil changed. :D
Use my friends shop. We grew up together and both enjoy wrenching. Works out well :)

1997 Subaru Forester S/tb Turbo 5 Spd Manual , 79,822 Km $5,500 - Sponsors -> B-Pro Auto JDM Imports

Hey Everyone!
We've just acquired a nice 1997 Subaru Forester S/tb in Japan auction. It's currently in Japan and will be shipped out in the next couple weeks on the next available vessel. It can be ordered & imported in your name via direct brokered import. If it's not sold prior to reching Vancouver, we'll import the vehicle in B-pro Auto's name and sell it locally as Calgary stock at market value (higher).
You always get a better deal having it imported in your name though, so act quick!

1997 Subaru Forester S/Tb
-5spd manual
-250hp turbo ej20 engine
-Great condition inside and out.
-pwr windows, pwr locks, pwr mirrors, ABS, A/C, Driver airbag, fog lights
$5,500 total cleared customs price. I'll do a $100 discount for forum members as usual.... that includes everything up to the Vancouver port via direct brokered import in your name. From there you either pick it up and drive it home, or I can arrange further transport to any Canadian City.

If you want anything else imported, we can special order whatever you like at a $1000 flat import fee (including GST), and offer you top notch service.



Nikkyo Exporter Review - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

How do you know the Exporter or how did you first find them?
I can't remember exactly but ran into them first in about 2007/2008. It either would have been while building a database for this site, Google or on IVOAC.ca/15years.ca

I also need to thank the friend/person who doesn't want to be identified for help over the years.

Why did you choose them?
I have a contact there that I trust and they are a large and reputable Exporter considering their size and volume. The whole story of the Legacy is in the build thread!

I also need to apologize here for doubting them after believing a bad story Derek Weldon from Pacific Coast JDM told me (he used to resell through Nikkyo for those who don't know) where he of course gives everyone else the blame but himself.

What services did they provide?
I paid for a full inspection in their yard and RORO shipping.

What relationship do you have with them if any?
I've had a contact there for at least 6 years but rest assured all of my reviews are accurate and honest.

Are you making money off them for referrals or being paid for this review?
What did you buy from them and provide some proof if possible (eg. auction sheet, BOL, pics)?
1999 Subaru Legacy GT-B E-Tune (will link to the build thread at the end of the review).

Quality of the Vehicle 4.5/5:
The car is almost like new inside (aside from being a bit dirty) and runs just as good (possible BCS issue that needs sorting but that is all). This is aside from the cosmetic issues I knew about on the auction sheet and from Nikkyo's inspection. The only things not reported to me were that the power door locks, interior door light and stereo were not working due to a a missing fuse/short (don't really expect them to dig into the fusebox).
They also didn't point out in their pics that the rear right had some yellow tinge (not a big deal and kind of identified in the auction sheet but as fade which I thought would just be oxidation).

Customer Service 4.5/5:
It was really no hassle with the customer service and I was not dealing with my contact either. Sometimes it's nice not dealing with someone you specifically know and the transaction was just so simple and smooth, hassle and stress free which I appreciate especially with what happened with my last Exporter (Derek Weldon from Pacific Coast JDM/Auto-only clarifying to spare people confusing Brave Auto Japan as being responsible for my nightmare).

Communication 4.5/5:
Few Exporters respond as quickly and consistently as they do. I had a reply within seconds to bid on the car just before it went through at ARAI Bayside where it was live bidded on. From then on all requests were replied to within 24 hours tops.

I want to add that their departments work seamlessly and they're all in Japan (an easy concept to appreciate after frustration when dealing with IBC Japan years ago) so this means whether your account rep, shipping, accounts etc... they all seem to work like one unit which is important and impressive for a large company.

There was only one thing I had to followup on twice which was to ask them to make the invoice so the car cost, fee and shipping were separate so I don't pay unnecessary tax (I wish they did it by default).

Shipping 5/5:
It would have shipped a few days after arriving in their yard if my wire had just got there a few days sooner. I want to add that the transport from auction to their yard was super quick.I can't remember when it shipped but it was on the next boat so it doesn't get any better or faster (verified by checking NYK Line's schedule).

Pricing/Value 4.5/5:
One thing that adds value to me is the "hassle" free experience and how quick they are. They got my car into their yard very fast (I think within 3 business days or so) and almost had it on the next boat a few days after if my wire had arrived a day or two earlier.

I would have given them a 5/5 if the pictures were more detailed and higher quality.

I will say that perhaps the best value for "crazy" people who use other Exporters straight to port service is their own straight to port service (no pics AFAIK with their service) but you save a bit and these guys are a real Exporter (they are not a reseller) so this is a big plus. I think the fee for straight to port is just 70,000 JPY which is a huge savings over Exporters who charge 100,000 JPY+ for straight to port service.

What went well 5/5:?
The bidding was the most impressive, they were on it within seconds in minutes I had won the car. They also took my insistence of "don't go to negotiation no matter what" seriously as much as I do trust them (bad experience/memories from somewhere else:().

I also love their system which tracks your purchases with details, photos etc..

What could be improved on 4/5:?
Their inspection sheet noted that power door locks, interior lights and stereo were working when they couldn't have been (the fuse was removed by the owner in Japan at some point due to a short). However they insisted the car was running fine which it is and is the most important part of things for me these days.

The biggest thing they could improve on is to take pictures somewhere else such as outside and take high resolution and quality pictures. The reason I say this is because there were some paint flaws that can't be seen in the pics and if the car had been damaged in shipping I'd have no proof of it (the main reason many pay for an inspection and pics in Japan).

I wish their system would notify you by e-mail when your car arrives at the yard or a status update is made.

Would you recommend them?:

Would you use them again?:

Pics/Link to build thread:


1995 Liteace Question - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Hi everyone.
I'm the confused owner of a '95 Toyota Liteace 2C diesel truck.
Helluva truck and did everything I wanted it to until the day I lost the keys
for it.Of ci';ourse Toyota Canada wanted nothing to do with making a key so
I thought I'd just pul the cylinder and rekey.
bad move.
The cylinder broke up and the "tie" between it and the ignition switch,a complex
little pot metal casting,broke with it. No locksmith in the countryhad ever seen
anything like it.So,crafty me sez,no problemo I'll just use a screwdriver for now
to turn in the ignition switch. Worked like a charm except the truck won't
start. Turns over like a good thing but no go.Pull out the MM. No power
to the glow plugs,no power to the stop solenoid. I can't find the No.2
glow plug relay and I can't find the glow plug timer. There is no shop manual
in English for these trucks.No wiring diagrams anywhere. It's all byguess and by golly.I've ordered a new No 1 relay.It took 2 months to get here and turned out wasn't the problem. I've followed every blind alley I could find
and no solution. It's not a matter of wiring a separate switch to the stop
solenoid to get fuel to the pump.The alternator,the glow plugs and the stop
solenoid are apparently part of 1 circuit - if 1 doesen't work,nothing works.
My question is: Does anyone have any idea where the glow plug timer is
on this truck? Or the No 2 GP relay? I think that's where my problem is.

Can anyone help?

Japan Partner-Possibly a BIG Mistake - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey guys so I'm new to this site as well as importing. Was originally gonna import a black GTS through JAPAN PARTNER but reserve was a little high and the car never came back. At this point I was trying to find positive reviews about Japan Partner to convince me to stay with them but I found reviews about delivering cars in shittier condition than the ones the customer had selected and sometimes not arriving for many months! Voitek Kwiatkowski the sales manager in charge of foreign trade seemed like a good guy so I gave them a chance. Soon found a much more honest exporter and importer. Before sending Japan Partner the 100 000 yen In the beginning I was unsure about the whole thing and it was a major dilemma and Voitek had gave me a rough estimate and what he thought the car would sell for and said I could get a refund if we didn't get the car. Later came a white BEAMS MR2 at this point I was hoping to ask for a refund but thought hey might as well place this bid as I was still unsure and thought I wouldn't win and I would ask for a refund. We ended up winning the car and I had now found out through another exporter that they claim back the consumption tax. Not only did the invoice include consumption tax but also an inflated shipping price. Voitek didn't agree to correctly adjust any of these figures except for something like $35 off of shipping which in reality I would be paying more than $200 less through more honest exporters and importers. Finally I was going through Japan Partners site and found that they had added the car I had won in auction up as their available stock. So I got back to Voitek and he this is what he had to say :

"Consumption tax and issues related to it are not for discussion."
"Car has been uploaded on stock, because this is a procedure for new inventory. So we can keep track of who we purchase / sold and shipped , as well all shipping updates will be saved in record of the car."
"It has been removed from available stock already."

Now this is complete B.S. since the they have only had a few MR2s in their stock that never change even though they aren't available except for one which is actually a gen2 not a gen3 .
So now I have 100 000 yen with Japan Partner but don't trust these guys enough to send over the rest unless I was some how able to get them legally obligated to send over the actual car I bid on chassis # 0111044

Now Im hoping to find some way to get a refund or take some kind of action against them but don't know what to do. I would highly appreciate any advise as I feel like im in a lose lose situation either be deceived and receive a MR2 of much smaller value which I suspect would take months regardless of what Voitek said before or lose a $1000+
A few things on their site that I would have had questions about before turning over a deposit:

The Seller does not guarantee that the information provided on the Seller’s website or in the Seller’s correspondence or any other communication with the Buyer is accurate or correct. The Seller will in good faith make best efforts to upload information as accurately as is available.


In case the Buyer has made a payment for an order to the Seller and the Seller is in a position to deliver, cancellation of the order is only possible with permission of the Seller. Giving or withholding the permission to cancel is entirely at the discretion of the Seller.
In case permission to cancel is granted by the Seller the Buyer agrees that a 400 USD cancellation charge applies, which will be deducted from any payment made by the Buyer. Moreover, the Buyer agrees that all other expenses incurred by the Seller in connection with the order the Buyer wishes to cancel, may be deducted by the Seller from any payments made by the Buyer to the Seller.
So it sounds to me at minimum your on the hook for $400 usd but that's if they agree to cancel.

So why didn't you just use one of the importers on this site that have good reviews?
Japan Partner actually does have a good review here:

[URL="http://forums.jdmvip.com/Praise_for_JapanPartner_Import_Discussion_Vendor_amp_Exporter_Feedback-68-t"]Japan Partner review on jdmvip[/URL]

It's from back in 2008 though, so things could have changed.
[QUOTE=Slowboi;87717]So it sounds to me at minimum your on the hook for $400 usd but that's if they agree to cancel.

So why didn't you just use one of the importers on this site that have good reviews?[/QUOTE]

You don't know how much I regret not having found Mark at Brave Auto or Brian at B-Pro before I sent Japan Partner a deposit and think about it often. The thing is I was brand new to all of this and was just looking around for MR2s didn't really see any in BC that I wanted. I unfortunately came across Japan-Partner and saw the car on their auction page which required no registration I guess that's the bait that lure's you in it was a black 99 GTS with 90k and didn't want to let it get away and this car lust drove me to send them the deposit and get everything set up as fats as I could to be able to bid on it in the next auction. I actually talked with Voitek over an hour before going through with it all He seemed pretty personable and honest but I was dead wrong.
[QUOTE=RyanV;87719]Japan Partner actually does have a good review here:

It's from back in 2008 though, so things could have changed.[/QUOTE]

True but if you go through all the posts in that thread you will find that the number of negative experiences heavily outweigh any of the positives . That should be enough to steer any one away from them.
Sorry to hear about the situation, the OP is right about the review RyanV linked. I remember it well because our former mod DJ (comes back every once in awhile but no longer owns Soarer) had a good experience but what followed in that thread has been complaint after complaint consistently over obvious issues and faults not being reported.

+1 Slowboi their policy does seem harsh but in all fairness most large Exporters don't have very friendly sounding policies. Usually it's to protect the company from customers who want to cancel cars for no reason but the company always has the option of not enforcing those policies (but personally if I read that policy I'd stay away from the company unless they had good reviews). An honest company would help and work with the customer to find a solution and waive the fees if the customer is not being unreasonable (eg. a car from auction comes with unmentioned rod knock but then again the bad Exporter would already send it off and claim ignorance later).
One question Rev5 does it say anywhere in their policy or website that they can charge consumption tax and have you asked them? I would ask them, it's not illegal to charge it but also not legal or valid if they never mentioned it anywhere before. Do they mention the shipping rate anywhere and I would ask that too?

It is common for some Exporters to make money off things like consumption tax, increased shipping and transport charges etc... not that I like it though.

The one thing I would worry about is some complaints have appeared about Japan-Partner not shipping vehicles for months or shipping something different. In one case it was an issue with buying from stock (it sounds like they probably took money for a vehicle they didn't have in stock any longer or sold to someone else around the same time).

In your case it's something questionable, is this a high grade car without any issues mentioned in the notes? Based on past reviews I wouldn't trust what they tell you about it's condition and may be worried if they will ship the car.

From here I guess you have two options, see if they are willing to work out something you both find to be fair or walk away from your deposit or at least some of it.

Japan Car Network - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

so I bought a car from Japan Car Network let aug. the car arrived early oct. but what arrived was totally a different one than what I ordered. the VIN is different, the proforma invoice has different stock number than the VIN number, after this incident they have stopped replying my emails, skype's and messages. So I have contacted lawyer's in japan and is prepared to sue their ass off!!! NEVER BUY FROM JAPAN CAR NETWORK!!!. I have found reviews afterwards that its not the first time they switch cars on their customers and have not told the customers about accidents or incidents.
Wow, I just hate reading about these kind of incidents. Thanks for posting, as people always note a lot of these cases go without being reported anywhere. I am assuming the car is no where near the quality of car you thought you were buying. What type of car? Did they send you a lower model type, or is it the same model but just much lower quality?

Do you know any Japanese in order to work with the lawyer's or have you found lawyer's in Japan that cater to English speaking clients?

Best of luck to you, we will all be rooting for a positive resolution.
This is the original thread for some background


Best of luck
+1 Slowboi
Sorry to hear about this again, Alex sets a good example for just speaking up about your experience no matter who your Exporter is to protect others (just one thread like this could save hundreds or even thousands of unsuspecting people). Can you link to the other bad reviews or C&P them in case they disappear in the future?

Alex if you need a lawyer there's one I've found helpful in Japan that I can refer you to (not 100% sure if they have experience in this situation though).
I thought this is relevant for Alex and others considering Japan Car Network is a JUMVEA member: [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/Observations_about_JUMVEA_Import_Discussion_Japan-1080-t[/url]

Subaru oil plug - Subaru -> Legacy

Hey all jut wanted to see what you guy's/gals think of my idea. After my last oil change the oil started to have a slight leak at the oil plug , so I bought a new plug and some crush washers and with and o-ring set this is what I came up with.
Hmm... I know when you buy a oil filter at subaru they include the crush washer. So you just added the o-ring? If it works well then that's good I guess. I never had a leak at the drain plug on any vehicle though.
Ya pretty well just messing around thought be a good idea.
I don't know why it leaks but I have heard Subie's do that I guess.
Mine had a bit sweat after my last oil change but dried up after driving for a few hundreds km.
Do you know the part# and was this from Subaru? I've never had a leak from my WRX but I hear the crush washers can wear out (never changed mine or I think I did back in 2008 on Impreza) and sometimes if they are inserted in the wrong direction they can crush and fail.

Need some help with finding interchangeable CV axle parts - Subaru -> Legacy

As the title says. Looking for cv axles for bh5 gtb. Thanks in advance.
maybe the be5 parts will fit, [URL="http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/pts/4682384397.html"]http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/pts/4682384397.html[/URL]
Thanks for the reply. Tried that contact didn't work ...
what happened to yours? why didn't that contact work out?
Are you looking for auto or 5MT axles as they will be different.
We have a transmission thread with all the diff and transmission ratios. If you match it with any other Subaru with the same ratio it should be compatible but there's no way to be sure.

I have the Subaru FAST system but it crashes when trying to get the part number and I haven't solved it.

You could also give a parts company in Japan your chassis# and they could probably look it up and source it.

Another option is to use Yahoo Japan and find a BH5 axle on there.

After roof racks, what fits? - Subaru -> Legacy

i am after some roof racks for my bh5 gtb. can someone point me in the right direction for fitment.

there isn't one that's a complete fit.

The closest one is a NA OEM 99 Forester.

I bought one via ebay for $90 but I needed to do some cutting/filing to make the arms fit properly.

Either way, to have a solid grip it will need to be modified a little.

The pictures show the difference between the original arm and the one I altered on the left. They were cheap ebay subaru compatible roof racks.
Canadian Tire Sport Rack, look at the USDM equivalent for your Legacy. That's [I]one[/I] option in any case...
I'd think that the same model year USDM Legacy should fit but maybe there are some differences in the chassis that would cause issues. If you buy one make sure it can be returned :).

Are the stock ones not able to carry or support what you're trying to move or you just want ones that would protect the roof better? I could see the car getting scratched putting things on the stock roof rack.
USDM Legacy does not fit at all incl Thule and generic eBay racks

Forester does with some mods as I posted above.

There are no direct fits since no USDM cars came with this style roof rails
I can't be certain, but aren't USDM BH Outback roof rails almost, if not, the same? Perhaps roof bars that are meant to fit on MY00 and newer Outback's may work? I have a BG Legacy and Canadian Tire model generic Sport Rack fit to my roof (yes, different that attaching to roof rails), although I had to remove my rain guards. Like I mentioned above, since Sport Rack is a model generic system, maybe they would have universal bars that clamp on to many different styles of roof rails, such as on a BH Legacy?

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Year: 1999
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Transmission: Automatic
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Year: 1998
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EJ20K Oil Catch can - Subaru -> Impreza

Hey, just wanted to see what setups you guys have used for catch cans, and installing them, etc.

Playseat Evolution with Logitech G27 Racing Wheel **BONUS GIFT** - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Miscellaneous

Hey All,

Moved to a smaller house so selling some stuff including my prized Playseat and G27 setup. Below is a link to my ad on kijiji.

Please feel free to ask any questions. Trying to make the deal as sweet as possible by throwing in some extra stuff so I'll work with whoever's interested as much as I can.


Located in Ontario. Not willing to ship because it's too large and heavy.

PRICE = $500 obo
GLWS makinen
SOLD to a great car enthusiast.
Nice to hear and sorry you had to let it go.

What clutch do I need for my version 3 sti? - Subaru -> Impreza

I have a 1997 version 3 sti, I have to replace my clutch again because I was sold an incompatible clutch. What kind of clutch and fly wheel do I need? Not looking for a stage clutch as I am going to sell the car after the installation.
Just get oem replacement. I purchased a exedy with flywheel for cheap on ebay. This will be my 3rd year with it no issues.
The OEM replacement I believe is the Exedy KSB03 2002-2005 WRX (just make sure it's not fake) [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/Exedy_KSB03_Clutch_Kit_Review_fits_GC8GDA_WRXSTi_Import_Discussion_Vendor_amp_Exporter_Feedback-1068-t[/url]

I wasn't so lucky with mine having some annoying scraping sounds and maybe it's because I had the flywheel resurfaced? The clutch itself has held up fine and well otherwise. I also came across lots of complaints from the UK and unfortunately Exedy wasn't much help.

End of the silver surfer 300+HP GTB E-tune - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Originally found this gem that turned out to be a grade 4.5/B. pretty much unmolested and new.

Sent the ECU off to the UK for a remap and began the mods.

3 months later while going through an intersection, a girl driving while not looking straight t-boned us doing between 60-70 they estimated.

It was a sad day. Someone who buys that as a salvage will reap the rewards for cheap. :(


Ouuuch. It was a sad day indeed...
that sucks! what a great looking car... how was the remap?
Oh no! It was such a sick looking Legacy. It was manual as well wasn't it?

Girl driving while not looking... doesn't sound unusual.
It's was an auto tiptronic. First one in Canada May 1st prod date.

Remap was awesome. Sucked the shift points together and it brought the slushbox alive.

It pulled harder in the first two gears than my manuals.

Was a hard hit. She never braked and pushed my car sideways 10 feet with her foot hard on the throttle.

That Subaru frame took the brunt of it. Cracked subframe and side pillars. I loosened up by my girlfriend looked at the last minute and got locked in that position on impact. She got the worst if it. Going to be a long physio recovery process.

Could have always been worse.
jesse, who took your car? i have an auto gtb and wouldnt mind the ecu ;)
ICBC bought it outright. It will be auctioned off as salvage title. I have two people watching for it but nothing yet.

The drivetrain alone is worth a ton. Did everything consumable - bearings/bushings/brakes, etc.

I hope to buy it back and transplant the whole drivetrain over to another.
righto, who was the tuner you sent your ecu to?
Man sorry to hear about that Jesse, that was a very mint auto (I remember you mentioned it before). I hope you and the GF make a full recovery.

I lost my prized JZS147 Aristo 3.0V from Mark due to being rear ended in 2012 and that's how I ended up with the very problematic JZS161 purchase from another Exporter :(.

My GT-B was a June build that I've hardly driven since I picked it up but I love it already and plan to do a review for the car itself.

Can you tell us how the ECU was modified? Did you just have a new ROM flashed and get it on the dyno?
My sister used to live in England (married a British guy) and he got the ECU rom flashed for me. I didn't need it on the road right away so the timing worked out. Came out to just under $800. It's actually set for 90 but I still used 91. The speed limiter was gone as was most of the VOD. If I would do it again, I would get a remap locally so that I can set the fine points with a good tuner. The suby rally team in Squamish will be my next remap spot.
I'd like to see a thread about tuning these cars. I wonder how you flash new ROMs to these. I think ECUTek and others have ROMs they can flash to this generation of Subaru's.
^ agree, i know 3 options for our GTB's 1. aftermarket ecu eg mines, zerosport, ect, 2. ecutek 3. eculabs.

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