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The inspiration for our community grew since 2004 since the rise of imports of amazing Japanese cars from Japan's domestic market (JDM), most of which were previously unavailable in markets outside Japan.

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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.

Unlike many other communities and sites, we have absolutely no involvement or ties to anyone in this industry.  We are individuals who want to get the most out of Japan's finest offerings of JDM Cars and help others do the same.

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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.

Latest 10 Forum Posts

1995 Liteace Question Hi everyone. I'm the confused owner of a '95 Toyota Liteace 2C diesel truck. Helluva truck and did....
Japan Car Network Wow, I just hate reading about these kind of incidents. Thanks for posting, as people always note a ....
Japan Partner-Possibly a BIG Mistake Hey guys so I'm new to this site as well as importing. Was originally gonna import a black GTS throu....
My 99 GTB Etune How are those new intercooler hoses? Driving feel? I just received a Samco set for my BD5.....
After roof racks, what fits? Canadian Tire Sport Rack, look at the USDM equivalent for your Legacy. That's one option in a....
My EVO 4 Build thread.... it will be slow.... Next I'll be looking around for sway bars. I think I'm going to go with whiteline. If anyone has som....
Subaru oil plug I don't know why it leaks but I have heard Subie's do that I guess.....
Need some help with finding interchangeable CV axle parts maybe the be5 parts will fit, http://v....
Aaron's Evo V I made a boost leak tester after I couldn't find the parts to make the one Speed Stick lent me fit m....
Current in transit vehicles Date listed: October 24, 2014 Year: 1997 Make and model: Subaru Forester S/TB Mileage: 55,202 Km....


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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+


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.


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.


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]


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.

Thanks
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...


Current in transit vehicles - Sponsors -> JDM Connection

Date listed: October, 24, 2014
Year: January, 2000
Make and model: Subaru Legacy B4 RSK
Mileage: 87,141 Kmís
Transmission: Automatic
Price: $4700
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Date listed: October 24, 2014
Year: 1999
Make and model: Subaru Legacy GT VDC
Mileage: 97,474 Km’s
Transmission: Automatic
Landed Price: $4400.00
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Date listed: October 24, 2014
Year: 1998
Make and model: Subaru Legacy GT-B
Mileage: 105,898 Km’s
Transmission: Automatic
Landed Price: $4700.00
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Date listed: October 24, 2014
Year: 1998
Make and model: Subaru Forester S/TB
Mileage: 85,578
Transmission: Manual
Landed Price: $5950.00
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Date listed: October 24, 2014
Year: 1997
Make and model: Mitsubishi Delica
Mileage: 152,811 Km’s
Transmission: Automatic
Landed Price: $6500.00
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Date listed: October 24, 2014
Year: 1997
Make and model: Subaru Forester S/TB
Mileage: 55,202 Km’s
Transmission: Automatic
Landed Price: $4700.00
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05 STi TMIC w/bov - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

off an 05 STi with 90k, needs a good clean but its solid. Includes bov and y pipe. $275.00 STi bov not pictured but I have it and it comes with.
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2038487936 if seriously interested, PM's have gotten to be a hassle


Uncut 05 STi USDM bulk harness with ECU - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

pulled from an 05 STi with 90k in good condition no water damange or frayed lines. $350.00 plus shipping. Great for someone looking to do a merge or full dash swap.
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2038487936 if seriously interested. Pm's have become a hassle.


VF40 Subaru Turbo 25k - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

please txt me at 2038487936 if seriously interested. Pm's have become a hassle.VF40 Turbo with 25k miles off a 2005 LGT- $400.00 plus shipping

no play no wastegate cracks, inspected by a Certified Subaru grand master technician today.


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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.

[url]http://www.kijiji.ca/v-playstation-3/mississauga-peel-region/playseat-evolution-with-logitech-g27-racing-wheel-bonus-gift/1027196297[/url][URL="http://www.kijiji.ca/v-playstation-3/mississauga-peel-region/playseat-evolution-with-logitech-g27-racing-wheel-bonus-gift/1027196297"]http://www.kijiji.ca/v-playstation-3/mississauga-peel-region/playseat-evolution-with-logitech-g27-racing-wheel-bonus-gift/1027196297[/URL]

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

PRICE = $500 obo
GLWS makinen


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. :(

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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.


Am I welcome here? - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Due to being banned i have not been part of this community.

I believe i was lumped in with a group of "derek supporters" and was not given a [I]Clear[/I] reason for being banned. But it was forever.

I am IMPUL. I believe I posted here as IMPULR33R ?

I am not here to flame or blame anyone. Simply post about skylines.

If I am welcome, I would request that Information not be censored.
As that is not unbiased, and not friendly.

I would also like it to be noted that while I have had dealings with Derek in the past, the dealings were not perfect.

But they were resolved. And I purchase through him again.
Word of advice. Stay away from the thread that shalt not be named and you'll be fine. I got called a liar by the admin and lumped in with the Derek's friends virtual group.

I'm working on an R34 v spec. What have you got ?

Good definition of this forum from the front page:

This site was created first and foremost with the consumer in mind. Our goal is to provide real exciting, unbiased and factual information about the excellent variety of JDM cars available for import.
[QUOTE=jesse75;87611]Word of advice. Stay away from the thread that shalt not be named and you'll be fine. [/QUOTE]

Probably best lol. Outside that thread this is still a pretty decent forum.
Lol. Dually noted.


I currently have a GF-ER34 2.5GTT tiptronic sedan.

I have had in the past an 1992 R32 gtst and 1994 R33 gts25t that was kitted out by IMPUL. One of only 200 made.

I have recently purchased "NISTUNE" and am waiting to finish tuning it.
But life happens. So although its 95% complete i have yet to enjoy it.

Though I would love to add some input ( to the thread "not to be mentioned") I will reframe from doing so. As it will acomplish nothing.

I am here solely to enjoy imports. Specifically the technical portion.
Glad to see I'm not the only one that came back here for the tech area. That's great guys.

I signed back up because there are quite a few old timers and suby members who asked me to keep posting in the tech section, so I'll do that.

I don't think he-who-shalt-not-be-mentioned realizes that not everyone is out to throw him or her under the bus and that there are people who literally LOVE the tech/mech side of cars and having the education and hands on experience/passing on that info is just plain old good karma if you believe in that stuff.

Keep on stacking the tech chips... it only gets better over the years.

I've got an encyclopaedia worth of tech write ups on delica . ca and people still use it along with the other mechanics' DIY/write ups. It's an awesome form of media/help sharing that will hopefully continue.
welcome! I look forward to lots of Skyline chatter!
Thanks!
I agree. I feel I have somewhat of a duty to share. Every time I have to track down a spec. Or tolerance, A scale or formula, I think to myself ... "Maybe someone else needs it too" at the very least [I]I[/I] may need it again. So posting it makes sense. My posts may not be literary works of art, but there is useful info. Sometimes hard to find info. But if your really into skylines and technical stuff alot of those aussie site are stock full of info. Mind you its page 83 when you find what your after sometimes. Which is then disproved by page 97 ... Diggin through that stuff takes time and understanding. Before I owned a skyline I , at the very most , understood half of what I learned. Now with hands on you get these fantastic eureka moments of total clarity. Not to mention they are BAD ASS!
Im going to stay in the shawdows a while longer as I dont like that some of us returning to the site are already being called pot stirers..

Thi is exactly why i made a post IAM I WELCOME HERE.

So far i feel 3 ppl have replied to the affermative. So i will stay here in this post only for the time being...
Hey, I just started coming back to this site as well, I missed looking at some peoples builds (like sharpshooters). I'll see how long I stay, it's seems hard to avoid the one thread, but the rest is so good. I left of my own free will, just got so annoyed see the that thread every day.


A trio of wonders - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Rarely can I work on a trio like this.

A good evening for test drives after the changes.

Image:https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5615/15557672496_1e9542cb40_b.jpg


Pacific Coast JDM, Nikkyo Co, AutoRec and Brave Auto International - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

I've been importing JDM vehicles since before this and many other JDM forums starting popping up.

After dealing with 7 difference exporters over the past 10 years, I can say that I have a good handle and experience with exporter feedback.

I'll go in order from most recent down to the first time I've imported.

[SIZE="2"]Pacific Coast JDM (2009-2014)[/SIZE]

I've imported mostly Subaru JDM's via Derek Weldon. To me, he is a very friendly and honest person to deal with. Every vehicle has been satisfactory, for the exception of one (blown center differential that he could not have known about) for which he gave me credit for for future imports. One thing about me: I like to support the little guy = the guy working hard to create a solid name/company and to be able to enjoy running it. Derek is one of those guys. He works the amount of 2-4 humans and puts out an enjoyable and decent experience as an exporter. He may not be the top tier exporter, but it's nice to know your money is going to a small business owner who works hard compared to a massive corporation with hundreds of employees.

Good: Really good, in depth video's that go over the car before it leaves Japan. Most exporters just go with the pictures and vehicle description when it comes to positive/negative vehicle notes.

He speaks my language = canadian. It's good to communicate with a Canuck over in Japan. That's just me.

Bad:I find that sometimes it may take longer to get the documents I need to clear the vehicle and/or the car may end up coming on a later boat than I had anticipated. It's not a deal breaker, but for some who absolutely need punctuality, definitive landing dates, then there are other options.

[SIZE="2"]Amazing Auto Imports (2009-2014)[/SIZE]

On the occasion when I have to either go through an importer on the Canadian side or refer someone to an importer, I usually go with Mardy at Amazing Auto Imports. He's based out of Richmond and does a pretty good job considering he's a one+ man show with a small office and 2 tier bay service shop. He's always been very good with communication via email and keeping me or the clients I've referred to him, updated on upcoming searches with that 'one' car.

Good: Honest, local and knows a lot about the shipping industry-importing/exporting from countries outside of Japan. He imports some of the coolest, what we consider JDM spec vehicles, Left-hand drive cars from the other Pacific side of the ocean. What you can find in Japan, he may be able to find in Left hand drive format either manufacture OEM or re-done at that country. Good for people who was JDM vehicles in LHD format.

Bad: English is not his native language and some people may find it at times difficult to communicate. With that said, it's worth it.

*[SIZE="2"]Brave Auto International (2011-2014)[/SIZE]

I'm putting Mark in this list because of the amazing resource that man is behind that company. I have not had the pleasure of importing via Mark, however, I have walked through hand in hand seven different people who have purchased/imported through him because of my recommendation.

Mark is, in my opinion the cream of the crop JDM exporter. The vehicles that have come over have been amazing and the transaction/shipping/docs have all been perfect.

Good: Wealth of JDM knowledge, high-end JDM's and easy to approach about anything JDM/Export related even if it involves advice without compensation and you are dealing with someone else. Two words : selfless + consistent

Bad: I can't fault anything except for the format of shipping. It's personal preference. Some people prefer RO/RO which others Container. Mark ships via Container shipping. You end up paying more at the tail end of the importing process, but the upside is you can cut the cost if importing more than one vehicle. Not really a 'bad' thing.

[SIZE="2"]Nikkyo Co. (2010-2014)[/SIZE]

I started importing via Nikkyo due to the fact that I was able to access, what seemed like, more vehicles at auctions (daily) than through the other exporters. Whether it's due to their auction format or house listing access, I'm not sure. I did find some diamond-in-the-rough single-day auction cars that ended up being incredibly cheap because I could not find the same car/listed on any other exporter auction/search engine.

Good: They are a massive JDM exporting machine. Every importing instance, they shipped out the car within 2 weeks. Every time. I swear, they have hundreds of empty spots on each boat reserved for them. I win auction on day 1. Same day updated. Day 2. Pictures/Car detail report. Day 3-4 Export/De-reg documents emailed. Day 6-9 Car shipped. Amazing.

Bad: The big guy. It's like buying a car at WalMart. Just feels like I'm feeding a big corporation.

[SIZE="2"]AutoRec Enterprise (2004-2010)[/SIZE]

Probably the 2nd largest JDM Exporter I've imported from. Every transaction has been really smooth and the communication has been consistent. Even though the english is not 100%, the process of buying to receiving has always been simple and straight forward. I imported my first JDM through this company and I wish everyone's first import would go like mine. The Pajero was a Grade 3.5/B and it turned out to be a 4.5/A. What that means is that is was essentially a brand new vehicle. Less than 10,000 document km's and a locally BC appraisal was set at $17,000 CDN due to the condition. It was an incredible find and the whole transaction was seamless.

Good: Easy to navigate/online format-fast and clean (japanese to english) communication. Email is best. I found they grade their stock less than it actually is. Also reimbursement for mechanical issues - they reimbursed me the cost of an entire vehicle because I needed to do the brakes on it when it arrived (seized calipers). I didn't ask for compensation. I just made of note of it via email. Their response a few hours later was the credit.

Bad: Stock/Auction searching - although the two most amazing JDM's I've ever imported have been through AutoRec, they were 3 years apart. I could never find what I was looking for. I ended up going with other exporters who were able to cater to what I was searching for, but my experiences were short of awesome.

Hope this helps some of you guys looking to use an exporter from Japan.

I can provide more details on the cars and the people/sale people behind the exporter companies but I feel that would take away from the simple and straight forward reviews I posted.

Jesse
[QUOTE=jesse75;87572]

*[SIZE="2"]Brave Auto International (2011-2014)[/SIZE]

I'm putting Mark in this list because of the amazing resource that man is behind that company. I have not had the pleasure of importing via Mark, however, I have walked through hand in hand seven different people who have purchased/imported through him because of my recommendation.

Mark is, in my opinion the cream of the crop JDM exporter. The vehicles that have come over have been amazing and the transaction/shipping/docs have all been perfect.

Good: Wealth of JDM knowledge, high-end JDM's and easy to approach about anything JDM/Export related even if it involves advice without compensation and you are dealing with someone else. Two words : selfless + consistent

Bad: I can't fault anything except for the format of shipping. It's personal preference. Some people prefer RO/RO which others Container. Mark ships via Container shipping. You end up paying more at the tail end of the importing process, but the upside is you can cut the cost if importing more than one vehicle. Not really a 'bad' thing.

[/QUOTE]

Wow....... I do not think my head will fit through the office door way tonight.

Thank you for the comments, it is nice to know my help and advice over the years to non customers of mine has been appreciated.

Just one thing I will add - Container Shipping - I can and do export via Container and Ro/Ro to any country including Canada.

All exporters can export via Ro/Ro, some exporters can do both where others cannot. Ro/Ro is like getting your learners licence in the car export business.

The funny thing is, although most think I prefer container shipping I in fact hate doing it due to the logistic's of putting a container together compared to Ro/Ro. I would rather send all vehicles via Ro/Ro any day and I will if my customers prefer this at the time of buying their vehicle.

There are pro's can con's to both methods and I am not going to go into it now.

Cheers

Mark.
Good to know and thank for you help going back a ways. Some of your advice has proven to be invaluable regarding production date versus registration date.

Cheers


Mitsubishi Legnum VR4? - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey guys and gals,

Ive been on the fence for awhile about possibly selling my S15 Spec S, i love the car but i have so many different cars i want i don't know what to do.

Ive been trying to find the right Legnum VR4 to import, i was wondering if anyone has one, any input on them, if theirs any for sale in Canada?


Belts + Timing belt kit / water pump #'s for 1999 Forester ST/B - Subaru -> Forester

Sourced all of this and it's all good. Forester runs like new.

Timing kit (belt/pulleys/tensioner):
Gates K015612XS sourced in*ebay UK $250

Idler pulley adjuster:
Subaru 73134AC001 *amazon.com $15

Drive belt idler pulley:
Subaru 73131FC000 *amazon.com $35

Oil Seals:
Cam shaft seal 806732160 *$5/ea amazon.com
cranksaft seal 806733030 *$15 amazon.com

Fan AC Vbelts :
Gates 5PK880 amazon.com
Gates 4PK898 amazon.com

Throttle body gasket:
Subaru 16175AA201 *amazon.com

Water pump kit w/gasket:
X2111AA042 Sourced from Subaru in Japan OEM (couldn't find anywhere else)


99+ BH5 GTB front/rear brake part numbers match up USDM - Subaru -> Legacy

For all you guys wanting to know the brake part interchangeability for the 1999+ BH5 GTB's here it is:

Front calipers / rotors / pads
- USDM 2002-2004 WRX 2.0L Turbo

Rear calipers / rotors / pads
- USDM 2005 Legacy GT 2.5L Turbo (they are the holy grail of rear-brake Subaru upgrades and they come standard on the GTB's)

Only way I found out is by starting with 2002 Legacy and moving up each year/model from there starting with the calipers and then the rotors and pads. (my rear caliper came seized so I needed the whole set)



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