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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
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- 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 from the JDM Car Discussion Forums
Purchased this car and a 1999 V70 T5 to replace my rare 97 Volvo 850 R, 5 speed wagon but have too many now and something has to go.....
1998 V70 T5, wagon, 5 door, RHD, single turbo
automatic with winter mode for all wheel drive at low speed
all standard safety features for a family wagon
interior and exterior in excellent condition, 4/B at auction
16" wheels, new all season tires, new front rotors/pads, additional $ 931.03 in recent repairs including preinspection vehicle purchase report from excellent Volvo shop to reduce any suprises for the new owner
currently BC registered and licenced
passed air care until 2016
This is an above average example of a Volvo V70 T5.....pictures illustrate overall condition and if you are looking for a family wagon with safety, storage and power when you need it consider this Volvo.
wow 6 years and the third post but somehow I remember or know you.
Nice example and GLWS
[QUOTE=jdmvip;86835]wow 6 years and the third post but somehow I remember or know you.
Nice example and GLWS[/QUOTE]
Thanks.....this site has been excellent and helped me work through importing cars directly and clearing customs to save money. As mentioned to others over the years I think JDM vehicles can give added value to a new owner if the owner is well informed. Through this forum if a person spends the time to do their research and ask questions, they can reduce their risks, not all of them because it is still a used vehicle and you cannot control the business ethics of individuals but a person can make a more informed decision.....continued success with your forum....
Thanks figaro for the compliments, I and others have worked hard over the years and different companies and groups have tried to stop this site but all attempts have failed :).
I love to see the first members posting and hope you'll be around more often and contribute the years of knowledge you have.
I like your attitude and I hope it spreads :)
so the car was in Gifu when it was paid... its now on it's way to Yokohama/Kawasaki port. still waiting for confirmation on booking. should be on the boat either 29 or 30th of this month. Let the waiting game begin!
here are some pics of it in Japan
Sick looking S15 Alex you're on a roll now. I can't wait to see it.
Which Exporter are you using this time and did they inspect the car?
By far my favorite s chassis, very nice
So I've always been a Honda guy, dc2's eg6's but never had an ek before. so I was looking at actions one day and said hey... why not bring over a real ek9 type R. this was late June... and 2.5 months later... here it is and "Let the Mods Begin!!!"
Picked up on Aug 19 2014
since then I've been buying parts and digging up parts I've had from before... I've since removed all jdm stickers that adds atleast 50 hp's and fixed the foggy headlights.
Sept 14 2014 Apexi N1 Coilovers installed...
Parts awaiting to go on
next are Hawk's pads and a mobil 1 oil change
Nice Alex, I didn't you know were already on here.
I was talking about you a few days ago after snapping some poor quality spy photos of your Civic :)
OMG Jealous!!!!!!! I absolutely love CTR's.
Basically like the title says, I'm parting out a USDM 2004 Impreza WRX, 120,000km on a USDM turbo EJ205. It spun out into a ditch and got wrapped around a tree. Passenger side is toast toast.
I've already stripped the car, and the body has been scrapped so just PM me with a list of things you're looking for as I have too many parts to list, but I'll list some of the goodies. Pics can be provided upon request.
Some of the goodies:
-Complete drivetrain: USDM EJ205 turbo with 120,000km, 5spd trans, wiring harness (has been cut in some places unfortunately)
-BC type BR coilovers
-4 piston WRX calipers
-Goodridge stainless braided brakelines
-Tomei ExpremTi titanium catback exhaust (has a few dings from the accident)
-Helix 3" stainless steel downpipe
-factory MOMO steering wheel with airbag
Let me know if you're looking for anything.
I thought I'd make this thread because of some interesting comments from some members like William, RyanV, shoxie and CanSTi [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/WWL_Aug_25_2014_Import_Discussion_Videos_amp_Photos_Of_JDM_Cars-6715-t-3[/url]
Basically people noticed that a lot of rough cars are still coming in and there are still some high quality cars that people intend to own and keep too. I thought this ended years ago but it seems with different models of cars coming in that people are once again trying to save a few dollars even if it means high mileage, R grade cars. I don't get it because in a lot of case the price difference is not that great (except for typically more expensive JDMs like GTRs etc...)
My feelings from all sides are that this is bad for everyone. A cheap rough looking car will have a newb buying it only to have issues and think all JDMs are rough and in poor condition and will turn others off before even considering one. The other thing this saving a few dollars does is devalue high quality cars. My experience trying to sell Impreza and Aristo tells me there are a lot of super cheap people who don't think ahead (they use the wrong oil, wrong gas etc... to save a few dollars).
Here's an example of what I honestly told someone about my Impreza which is 100% true but people don't think about it this way:
[QUOTE]Honestly the price I'm selling this car for is far less than what I've put into the car (only selling because I need the space).
A lot of people think you always save from Japan but now Type RA's are more rare and are getting more expensive.
Then you factor in the risk of getting a problem car (this happened to me with my Aristo which I couldn't drive for 1.5 years and paid over $2300 to fix).
If getting a higher mileage Subaru (even around 70K is when the clutch may go on an AWD Subaru) you will probably have to change the clutch right away or shortly after (this will cost $1250-$1500 minimum).
I hope the above helps.[/QUOTE]
I think we should do a better job of educating people that the valuation for cheap, rough cars is not the same for a high quality, better condition JDM.
One other point I want to bring up that makes me disappointed is the "only the new model is good" and then suddenly no one wants to buy the previous version. Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs?:(
I'm going to make a thread that shows many old and new examples not being "better" in the sense of reliability or performance that may shock some people.
Those are my thoughts and let's see what the others think and let's keep it civilized if we disagree. We probably won't all agree but that's what the forums are for.:)
[QUOTE]Basically people noticed that a lot of rough cars are still coming in and there are still some high quality cars that people intend to own and keep too. I thought this ended years ago but it seems with different models of cars coming in that people are once again trying to save a few dollars even if it means high mileage, R grade cars. I don't get it because in a lot of case the price difference is not that great (except for typically more expensive JDMs like GTRs etc...)[/QUOTE]
I think that as long as young people are interested in rhd drive cars this is going to continue.... If there were no market, as in no one bought these run down right hand drive cars, no one would bring them in.
The side effect of being young is being broke. So yeah, I really cant see this changing. What compounds the issue of these deteriorating cars is that most young people cant afford a winter car so they decide to drive their JDM collector car all year round. It really doesn't matter how much you winterize the car, there is still going to be deterioration.
The other issue I see is that because it is lucrative to bring in these cheap R grade cars (look at how long Tyee has been around) there are more and more rhd R grades flooding the used car market. With a finite number of people willing to drive a rhd vehicle, the huge surplus of "supply" drives the average price down.
In my mind this huge surplus of rough cars will not really effect the people who are looking for a high grade example of a car they like HOWEVER if the market for people who will own a rhd car is small, the market for true collectors of fine examples of rhd vehicles is REALLY small.
Case in point a guy a few years ago brought in a '94 "555" impreza STI with under 10,000 kms on it. It was a 4b car and he paid top dollar for this car. When he tried to resell it at $13,000 only a few months later he was flamed and low balled to the point he took it off the market and likely still has this car today. The reality is that The WRX market is the most flooded one by far... to the point that even collector grade cars cant really be re-sold for decent money..... sad really.
[QUOTE]One other point I want to bring up that makes me disappointed is the "only the new model is good" and then suddenly no one wants to buy the previous version. Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs?
I'm going to make a thread that shows many old and new examples not being "better" in the sense of reliability or performance that may shock some people.[/QUOTE]
The answer to "Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs" is that they are few and far between hence the huge number of rough cars flooding Kijiji.
Very interesting Slowboi and I think it's true. I do think there are some young people out there who don't cheap out, I know a few on the forums here myself. There's lots of models that are fairly cheap anyway and I mean where you can get a good example with low mileage, but when it comes to the more expensive models is where many cheap out (not just the young people either). One thing I'd add from my own recent Craigslist experience is that not only is the overall market small, but the market for people like you and me who value these cars and want good examples is even smaller. And then from that pool of the small, most of us end up importing, while people who buy local seem like they only want to lowball.
[QUOTE]Very interesting Slowboi and I think it's true. I do think there are some young people out there who don't cheap out, I know a few on the forums here myself.[/QUOTE]
Your right about that for sure. I guess I should clarify my past statement. I don't mean young people are cheap lowballers, the reality is being young means most times you have less money. Getting involved in cars as a hobby is expensive. Ergo a cheap high mile car comes into the picture.
If your talking about the perception and look of JDM cars and the influence on the general public's opinion of this group, another factor is the drift community. When people see an s13/14 with mismatched wheels and body damage, even if it left hand drive (which for the most part it will be) they seem to lump them in with JDM cars. The public doesn't differentiate between rhd and lhd, they normally just focus on imports. So when they see a clapped out drift mobile, half assembled with zip ties, that impacts the rhd communities image too.
This is another long overdue review.
I first met the owner Rick ~1.5 years ago while trying to sort out my Impreza aircare issues. I called a lot of shops and he was the only one I felt comfortable dealing with. He had a good attitude, was experienced (over 20 years experience I believe), knowledgeable and not afraid of JDM cars. He test drove Impreza and looked at it but couldn't diagnose the issue for sure (but though it was the cat) and never charged me like he told me on the phone.
Rick was very straight forward and he also mentioned he would have passed my Impreza when the topic of inspection came up and since then I've recommended them and heard good things from our members. They're very familiar with JDM cars and inspecting them so this is another big plus.
Fast forward to July and I was looking for a good shop to inspect my BH5 Legacy GT-B and booked the inspection with Rick. The tech who did the initial inspection was great to deal with (I forgot his name) but he said even if the car fails they'll let me fix the issue and reinspect again later on.
They did a thorough inspection in and out, test drove it, checked the underbody for rust etc...., checked that all bulbs worked and then passed the car without any hassle. Their inspection rate is also very reasonable which is another plus. You can see below they took off my rims to inspect the brakes and one thing I appreciated is that they were very careful with the rims (I've gotten scratches from other shops before). They were also careful with the sideskirts (with Impreza another shop almost destroyed my kit by placing the lift arms against the skirts).
I really appreciate the guys at Strawberry Hill Auto and will definitely keep recommending them.
This is a long overdue and well deserved review.
[URL="http://www.surreyautorepair.com/"]A-Spec Auto [/URL]is one of the few shops I would trust with my car. I really appreciate them because I doubt many other shops would have solved my issue.
I first heard about them from my aunt-in-law who had a good experience. I figured if they were honest with a female who showed up alone that it's a good sign and they solved an electrical problem that wasn't obvious.
Some might know that my JZS161 Aristo showed up with surprise problem after problem that left it parked for 1.5 years. I didn't want to go to just any mechanic as I know most would have no clue and the bill would just get higher without any results (many shops turned me away when I told them the history and what had been done...they were stumped). I first took it to Speed Syndicate and they did some tests that confirmed and ruled out many things but the fix was only temporary when they gapped the plugs down (I appreciate that this happened since it explains more about what happened in Japan).
The owner Sami is who makes the difference at A-Spec Auto. He's a nice and honest guy to deal with. I spent a lot of time at his shop and saw how he dealt with people. His quality of work is also very high, he doesn't take any shortcuts or leave anything to chance. He's certified and has over 20 years of experience. He really knows his stuff and he's not afraid of a car just because it's a JDM since he's worked on so many before coming to Canada.
He did a lot of thorough testing the first time I took it there, everything from a smoke test, to looking at the actual spark with a test plug etc... but the problem wasn't solved but he really charged me nothing considering what he did.
The second time he tested the injectors, changed my O2 sensor and a few other things.
The third time he was very determined and told me to leave the car with him for a few days. He said he would use a scanner to check everything and thought he could solve it.
I left the car all day and overnight and he called me the next day and said to come in and see what the problem was. He checked the voltages on every sensor and noticed the ignition was wired in reverse causing a huge loss in efficiency and the misfires I had. He said gapping the plugs down is the only thing that would make the car not misfire aside from fixing the wiring.
His prices and rates for all that he did were very reasonable.
I'd recommend him for any work but especially if you're having problems that no one can figure out it will be A-Spec Auto that can do it.
So if anyone is in the market for a nice Evo and doesn't mind waiting till march and paying a premium, theres an Evo VI TME in the red colour with TME decals...only 45,000 on the clock in auction. [url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2077]Image:
I don't think a 3.5 exterior is going to be mint. The kms are nice for sure though... Good find!
Still going to be pretty good at 3.5!
So much want.
I've seen many people who bought a 3.5 that was in better condition than some 4's. All depends on how anal the inspector is or not.
For instance, the rims look a little dirty, and that could've been the inspectors difference from a 3.5 to a 4. I'd take a 3.5 that's 15 years old any day of the week!
It's probably 3.5 because it looks like it has paint issues on the hood and roof. Might be able to get it for a decent price as a result if you are ok with the paint issues. Then again, I think these red ones usually go for quite a bit more. Personally, this is one of the only cars I'd ever buy in red.
This may be mint assuming the notes don't say anything really nasty. It's not easy to find any low mileage EVO so I'll call it mint :).
Sometimes cars are graded too easily or hard, so at another house or inspector maybe it would get a 4.
RyanV makes a good point about the faded or peeling paint on the hood and roof. If it's just fade and the clear coat is not peeling it can probably be compounded out like new.
I'd say the only question is the quality of the W2 paint work (and then again even Grade 4 cars often have unnoted paint work/repairs....including my Legacy GT-B lol).
Yeah. I'm not saying this is the best one that's ever been sold, but I've definitely seen 4's with paint issues and more marks noted on the auction sheet and much higher kms. Relatively speaking, compared to most other CP9A evos going to auction, this one looks prime.
This might go for less than everyone expects. Red paint is ridiculously expensive. I just repainted my brothers gt4 and for the stock velocity red... Or whatever it's called, just the materials at discount were over $1200.
I guess if your just buying it and driving it than whatever, but tme's are the collector car of the evo world.... If I bought this with low k's I'd be doing a restoration.
I figured I'd start a thread to document some mods I will be doing to my Evo 4. I have some parts on there way here from Japan. I am a sucker for high end mods so as money permits I will be working on the car. I have another non JDM car project on the go as well, so Ill have to split my time between the two cars I'm working on.
I had a chance to clean the car today and I figure Ill throw up some pics of what I'm doing as time permits. This is what I'm starting with:
It is a very nice starting point. Mods so far are:
- Endless front brake set-up
- 16" Advan wheels
- Rays locking lugs
- Ralley Art mud flaps
- Ralley Art stainless cat-back
- Unknown brand turbo-timer
I have a set of Work VS-XX 17" mesh wheels
ARC intake box
ARC Heat shield
Beatrush short throw quick shifter
I will be doing more suspension, likely coil overs soon to accommodate the 17" wheels, as well I am thinking of doing a rear RS diff swap to eliminate the AYC.
Luckily I have a 3 car heated garage so this will not stop for the winter.
We will see how things unfold......
Here is a quick pic of the mesh works Ill be going with.... sitting in my basement.
The fit is going to be tight, so I'm waiting on coilovers to fit them up....
Hey Slowboi, it looks great and I like how you plan to keep it and enjoy the car. I feel the Work's in silver will look awesome too.
Looking forward to your updates, great platform to start with. I defiantly like those style Evo's. Did the ARC parts come on it right from Japan? ARC is by far my favorite brand lol, never could afford any parts tho :(
Thanks for the compliment. No, none of the ARC stuff came on the car. I scoured yahoo japan auctions for it and got lucky. The intake box was only $100. Brand new it was listed at $600... ARC stuff is over priced new but I still like it.
Oh wow that is a great deal! I have never shopped on Yahoo Japan. Yes there parts are very overpriced.
Yeah all ARC stuff is very expensive (eg. for my WRX an ARC TMIC is like $2000 or something). You got very lucky Slowboi!
Thought I'd start a quick thread for this car seeing as I think this forum needs more Aristo love....that and none of my other cars are very pretty at the moment lol.
This is my 1992 Toyota Aristo 3.0V which I bought almost 4 years ago when I was just 15 years old. I've daily driven it ever since and since purchase have installed a few tasteful mods here and there, some of which include:
-HSD 32 way monotube coilovers
-JZA80 4 piston front calipers
-Stoptech drilled/slotted front rotors
-Stoptech stainless braided steel brake lines
-3" Blitz Nur Spec R catback exhaust with custom 3" decat and downpipe.
I have a few wheel options for this car, I switch back and forth every now and then:
-19x8.5 +43 & 19x9.5+40 Advan Siena II's
-18x8.5 +45 & 19x10+44 Rays Modena Two's
-18x9.5 +45 & 18x9.5+45 SSR Professor SP3's
My future plans involve:
-Serialnine camber adustable front/rear upper control arms
-Serialnine case series roll center adapters
-WALD "Sportline" complete VIP lip kit (front lip, rear lip and sideskirts)
-OEM 3 piece spoiler, molded into the trunk
-full Junction Produce interior decor
-67mm single turbo setup of some sort (undecided as of right now)
And that's about all I can think of at this current point in time. I will update this as things progress/change.
But for now here's some fairly up-to-date pics:
Nice Brandon, I wish we had more Aristo fans but there are guys like us here and lurking for sure. +1 for owning and taking care of this 147.
I guess the JZS147 has given you little to no problems? We had ours for almost 3 problem free years until it was rear ended (you can see the link in my signature still lol).
I think the kit and OEM spoiler (I really liked it) will complete the look of this car but you'd have to raise your coils up to avoid scraping everywhere. I still think in many ways the 147 looks better than the 161.
I haven't had any major problems with the car since I bought it. Had a few minor things like vacuum leaks and power steering leaks, wheel bearings needing replacing but that's all maintenance stuff. As of right now, the only annoying thing about the car is the valve stem seals need replacing as well as one of my cam seals.
Yes I remember seeing your 147 at Superstore once, back before I met you. I know the wrecking yard where it ended up after it got wrecked. I wanted to buy the front bumper but they were asking like $700 for it and it had been damaged so I said no to that.
I do quite like the OEM spoiler, I just wish it was moulded into the the body. The seams bother me, they don't flow with the lines of the car in my opinion.
Not bad for 4 years of ownership, how many K's did it have when you got it and what does it have now? What weight of oil are you using? I would get some minor smoke if the car sat for awhile and even my 161 will smoke for a few seconds if sitting for a few weeks or more but the problem never got worse (I've always used 10W30 Amsoil on both and I heard overfilling oil makes it much worse).
I'd get an aftermarket spoiler if you don't like the OEM but I thought it looked pretty good.
It's a small world and we really miss that 147 and wondered what happened to it. I was really upset about the front bumper because it was never damaged in the accident. What actually happened is at some point between ICBC's inspection facility and holding yard the front bumper was basically ripped in two (you can tell it was either dollied or loaded carelessly up a ramp).
Nice Aristo! The JZA80 calipers look good behind those wheels. I recently did the same upgrade to my Soarer and it's a world of difference.
Do you happen to have any pictures of it on the Rays Modenas?
[QUOTE=JZZ30_driver;86820]Nice Aristo! The JZA80 calipers look good behind those wheels. I recently did the same upgrade to my Soarer and it's a world of difference.
Do you happen to have any pictures of it on the Rays Modenas?[/QUOTE]
Here they are behind the Advan's:
Unfortunately you can't see the spokes very well due to my shitty camera.
And the Rays:
I currently use these as my winters, so don't mind the fatty 45 winter profile sidewall lol. Not my favourite look for the car, but they came with it when I bought it so I'm kinda stuck with them.
They're not half bad IMHO and another set for the rim collection :)
I have a set of DOT marked GS300/Aristo headlights for sale. The right headlight has a crack in the lens (see pics) and the tab is broken off the front corner. This doesn't appear to affect the mounting of the headlight though since there are enough other places to attach the headlight.
I don't remember why the two are different colours. I may have done a refinish on the right one a while back. They've been sitting in my closet for a couple of years now, so I don't remember what I did to them before.
$100 for the pair. Firm on the price. Located in Burnaby, BC.
GLWS but are you sure these are Aristo headlights? Maybe earlier models of the 147 were different but mine had nubs on the outside portion and none of them were DOT?
They are from a GS300 and that is why they have the required DOT markings. So technically, no, they are not Aristo headlights, but they will fit the Aristo :)
I don't think I've ever seen MK1 Aristo's come in from Japan with DOT or E code markings.
So a couple weeks ago I posted looking for winter proofing tips for an Evo VI...
Well after a few unsuccessful bids, I've finally landed one, and I couldn't be happier. I just won it this morning, so yes, I know I'm jumping the gun a little bit with the pictures, but if anyone is interested I'll certainly upload more as soon as the importer sends them to me. Right now, only the auction pictures are available.
It's an auction grade 3.5B with 63,000 on the clock.
Here they are:
Congratulations, nice color on that Evo!
Did the previous owner mod it?
The inspection only noted the aftermarket muffler, shift knob, wheels, headlights and the boost meter. So I guess I'll find out when i get a pic of the engine bay or when it lands here in a month or so.
God that seems so long away...
[QUOTE=EvoNorth;86681]The inspection only noted the aftermarket muffler, shift knob, wheels, headlights and the boost meter. So I guess I'll find out when i get a pic of the engine bay or when it lands here in a month or so.
God that seems so long away...[/QUOTE]
That's nice, sometimes too many mods aren't a good thing.
For me, it felt like an eternity, and it was only a 3 week wait.
Yeah I don't need a 500HP monster, I'm planning some tasteful mods depending on what it has.
Strut braces, full exhaust from the headers right to the tail (depending on what's there), full timing belt/water pump and pullies change, and maybe some HKS 272 cams when I can afford them.
[QUOTE=EvoNorth;86683]Yeah I don't need a 500HP monster, I'm planning some tasteful mods depending on what it has.
Strut braces, full exhaust from the headers right to the tail (depending on what's there), full timing belt/water pump and pullies change, and maybe some HKS 272 cams when I can afford them.[/QUOTE]
Do you plan to get it detailed once you've gotten your hands on it? I bet that color will be beautiful once it's been shined up.
How much is everything going to cost you once everything is done (if you don't mind saying)?
Ya I'm going to buff it and wax it as soon as i get it back home.
Do you mean total cleared customs the vehicle? or those upgrades later down the road?
The colour is actually what I fell in love with from a picture from when the car was previously auctioned. (I bought it the second time around in auction)
It shines brilliantly in this picture[url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2075]Image:
I really like that color. I saw there is one in the Halifax area for sale same color but haven't seen the car in person.
[QUOTE=EvoNorth;86686]The colour is actually what I fell in love with from a picture from when the car was previously auctioned. (I bought it the second time around in auction)
It shines brilliantly in this picture[url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2075]Image:
Total cleared customs/registered.
And I think I like your color more than mine (black).
[QUOTE=Shoxie;86688]Total cleared customs/registered.
And I think I like your color more than mine (black).[/QUOTE]
Im not sure about registration, as I've never insured or registered a RHD vehicle before, so I don't know if there's any different costs than a north american vehicle.
As for total cleared customs, I'll pm you right away.
Yeah I had looked at a few white ones and a few silver ones and one black one, but this one just stood way out to me. It's the absolute favourite colour that i've seen (besides midnight purple and TME red). I can't wait to see it in person.
Nice purchase! :)
I like the colour as well, but I'm definitely biased to blue :D
Looks like HKS something noted on the auction sheet. I guess either the gauge or the exhaust.
Ya it's an HKS boost gauge. Not sure what the exhaust is yet.
I'm surprised that's a factory color, vey nice...
It's called Rheims blue. Apparently it was one of their less popular colours back in the day, so it's a little tougher to find now.
I'm pretty happy with it, can't wait to get it home and see how it shines.
Hey EvoNorth welcome and congrats on the sick EVO VI. You're right the blue isn't very common but I think it looks pretty good and you have a mint example.
I wouldn't worry about abuse if the auction sheet mentions it all (unless it really meant manual boost controller and not just a gauge).
Keep us updated and it's never too soon to post pics and get us all excited :)
Thanks! Glad to be here, from what I've read, this will be the place I come when I'm stumped. And I'll be sure to post pics the moment I get them!
We do have quite a few EVO owners here and some are very knowledgeable. I don't know much about Mitsu's or EVO myself though but one day I will be forced to cheat on the Impreza and get an EVO :)
I can't wait for the pics and we should do a mini-meet if you're from the Vancouver area or come here to get it from the docks.
Unfortunately, I'm from NWT and I'll be picking it up in Calgary where I'll be getting it from Brian at B-pro, then driving it home. I considered picking it up in Vancouver, but I decided that since I can basically fly to Calgary for free due to my job, it'd be smarter to pick it up there.
No worries and who can argue with free :). I always hear good things from B-Pro's customers. So what made you decide on an EVO and a VI?
Well I wanted an AWD sedan, with a turbocharger, and of course it had to be manual.
In the past few years I'd been really interested in getting a Subaru STI, but obviously 30+ thousand was too much for me right outta school. So one of my friends brought JDM vehicles to my attention. Well i started looking into them and basically a year or so later I had it wittled down to either An Evo or an STI.
They're both exceptional cars built for rally purposes, and can handle NWT winters (hence the need for AWD).
So when it came time that I was financially able to pull the trigger, it essentially came down to aesthetics. I significantly preferred the look of the earlier Evo's over the early model Subaru's. So it came down to either the 4, 5, or 6. The 4 was nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the spoiler on them, very similar to the GC8 spoilers. So that one was cut out.
So I looked at the 5's, and I absolutely LOVED the wider body look of the 5's and 6's along with the split vent hoods. I noticed a sliiiigght difference in the shape of the spoilers from the 5 to the 6, and i preferred the 6, along with the smaller fogs. Although I have no problem with the large fogs either. So I was looking for either a quality 5, or a quality 6; whichever came first..
Lo-and-behold, this beautiful 6 ended up being one of three that I bid on, but the first one i won by hitting the reserve price. That's it!
Nice story behind it so you're a real enthusiast and that's what we like around here.
I personally think the 4,5,6 were the best EVO's although people should appreciate how advanced the 1 was.
Oh definitely. The 1 was well ahead of its time.
It's success paved the path for the others I say :).
Even though I'm an Impreza fan I have to say the EVO series has "evolved" a lot more. There weren't nearly as many changes or improvements compared to EVO so it definitely is named properly!
Alright, so today I was sent ~35 pictures of the car exterior, interior, underbody, and noticeable blemishes. Obviously I'm not putting them all up, but here's a couple handfuls.
Definitely going to replace that Rusty OEM heat shield. It's a shame how bad it actually looks.
Looks to be sitting on HKS coil overs..
And of course, as with most 15+ year old vehicles, there are probably some blemishes..
Hopefully the touch up paint I ordered will be able to make it look a tad more presentable than it already is.
Definitely going to have to repaint those callipers.
This is the only rust on the vehicle, looks to be on the gas tank protector plate.
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the vehicle. Feel free to make any comment on it; negative, constructive, and/or opinions! I wanna know what ya think, this being my first JDM vehicle and all.
It looks fairly mint. I think of paint defects in terms of how many panels have issues
The vents are easy to repaint and so is the front bumper and a touchup may be worth a shot. Otherwise the paint is nice and give it a clay, cut and seal when it gets here.
A rusty heat shield is normal for most EVOs. The same thing with rust on the gas protector plate or whatever it is.
Yeah I'm extremely satisfied. I expected nicks and whatnot, but there's really no obvious body blemishes besides around the bottom of the front/side skirt on one side. Oh except of course the rear quarter panel right behind the wheel, that one kinda sucks...
Yup I knew the heat shields were prone to rust haha i just never expected it to be that rusty, I haven't seen one that rusty before.
I just noticed this tie rod looks a little bit oxidized so I'll probably be replacing those as well.
That's not a rusty heatshield ;)
Mine was like a piece of paper it was so rusty!
Paint peel on your hood intake vent is normal. Front lip/spoiler you should be able to get repainted easy enough.
Awesome car, congrats!
Overall that doesn't look bad. All of that is fixable.
Good looking car buddy. Blue is definitely my favorite colour on a car. As mentioned, the few blemishes you have are standard on these cars when imported. A good clay, polish and wax will make the paint look brand new and painting the calipers as well.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions. A lot of us on here have gone through the initial maintenance and inspection phase with these Evo's.
I'm thinking a blue G2 caliper paint kit and then some high heat brembo decals in black off ebay once I know the right decal size. Then plasti dip the rims matte black, throw some black mudflaps with blue ralliart logo, and then replace the heat shield and get some strut braces, stainless headers, and by that time I'll probably be getting squeezed for cash...
That sounds like a pretty good set of initial mods. It's quite common for these cars to need inner/outer tie rods for inspection so just a head's up
Yeah I bought these [URL="http://www.ebay.ca/itm/400620402455?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649"]Tie Rods Inner/Outer[/URL] on ebay, hopefully the cheap nature of them doesn't mean they'll snap on me. They look pretty similar to the OEM ones in the picture I have, but I guess I won't know until I actually take one out and compare it to the ones i bought.
Hey there I own a 97 sti type RA and recently (as in the last few months) I've had an issue where it'll often only boost up to like .55 bar rather than my usual 1.1ish. Almost exactly half it seems. That'll be it's new maximum. Sometimes it'll cut in and out like this several times during a drive but for the most part, it'll last a few days and be fixed for a few days. and that steers me away from the thought that it's a vacuum leak because of how inconsistent it is.
The other thought I had was that maybe my wastegate was getting stuck open? So I sprayed some spots with some lubricant but if I understand how a turbo works correctly, I don't think that could be the issue either as I've watched it drop from 1.1 to .55 while I'm still accelerating and should still be at full boost.
94 octane from chevron, rotella t6 oil - No check engine light, nothing else not working and no other real problems other than a bit of oil leaking from valve cover gasket and a slight whirring noise while steering under load (I know that's vague but any ideas for this as well? CV? wheel bearing? Seems like I can feel it in my steering wheel when this noise is being made as well.)
Thanks for reading! hopefully I gave enough info.
I would suggest doing a leak down test to check if your bov is leaking boost
Hey nexile, where do you live as that will be part of my guess as to what is going on :).
How long have you had the car for and how long has it done full boost and when did it start to reduce the boost?
There are really only 3 possibilities IMHO in random order.
1.) Huge boost leak, you should be able to hear this one and you should be able to spot a hose with a huge hole in it. If it's a huge boost leak it should be consistent especially once the car is hot.
2.) It could be detonation and the ECU is reducing boost to save your engine especially if your RA ECU differs from the normal STi ECU and is more aggressive. To test this, you could reset your ECU and see if it gets better and then eventually goes back to the .55 bar.
3.) Turbo issue of some sort, a faulty stock boost controller, stuck wastegate or actuator as you said or a turbo that's going bad and has some internal damage. Do you always let your car cool off after spirited driving (if not this is a common turbo killer).
Sadly must sell my 97 Lancer Evo IV - positive is going to Australia and get to try some new cars!
1997 Evo IV GSR, imported at 77k
101200km - 85% hwy mileage
all fluids changed (except for trunk YAC)
interior great, no door panel sag
4 Michelin floor mats
new Front tires (>1500km flat/puncture)
very good rear tires
4 Winter iPike studded on rims used less than 2000km (+$2000)
Bad - scratch on pax door
- rear pax electrical window motor u/s
- having to sell this car :mad:
Open to good offers, on here before I put it on CList.
Don - car is in Pemberton
Nice IV, glws!
Wow nice. Good luck.
Thanks guys, I'll be sad to see it go. I've been getting under 10l/100km, did 8.7l/100km today highway driving!
I have up for sale a July build of a GT-B ETune BH5 Legacy (5 speed) with 116,500 kms. Auction grading for this car is 4B (see auction sheet below). I bought this back in March with the intention of using as a daily driver for a while on the assumption that the Mercedes E55T I have would have sold by now. Unfortunately, I still have the Mercedes, so Iím putting the Legacy up for sale so I can get it off my mind and Mark at Brave Auto doesnít have to store it for me anymore. The car will be stored in Japan until a buyer leaves a deposit or until I sell my Mercedes (or maybe it wonít be for sale if I sell the Merc :) ). However, please note that I have purchased this car from Mark and, technically, it is mine. Therefore, if you have any questions please send them to me and not Mark at Brave Auto.
Unlike most Legacy GT-Bís that are imported this one is a 5 spd manual. Other positives to note are:
∑ Aftermarket "Fitted" Leather Seat Covers - Original Seats Underneath are perfect.
∑ Momo Sports Leather Steering Wheel with Air-Bag.
∑ Pullout Rear Cargo Cover (removable) with Pull-up Cargo/Dog Mesh Guard.
∑ Fold Down Rear Seats.
∑ Removeable Rear Floor Mat.
∑ Factory Slim Line Roof Rails (perfect for anyone who wants to mount a ski rack, bike rack or additional storage on the roof.
∑ Aftermarket Genuine Tommy Kaira Body Kit.
∑ Aftermarket 17" Gold RAYS Turismo Alloys with 1/4 Worn DOT Tyres
∑ Aftermarket Front Strut Brace.
As you will probably note this is a list from Brave Autoís website. In addition to the above I have purchased:
∑ Zerosports hood scoop splitter
∑ Fujitsubo axle back exhaust.
Both of these will be included with the sale of the vehicle (as well as all items listed above). Other important items to note is that the car comes with DOT tires that are in good shape and the headlights are E code, so itís likely that all you need to do to pass inspection is wire up daytime running lights.
My price for the car is $5,900 with the buyer picking it up from the warehouse (container shipping). So GST, broker fee etc, are included in the price. PST (applicable provinces) and inspection fees are the responsibility of the buyer.
A couple of photos and the auction sheet are shown below. A more thorough group of photos can be found here:
Photos of defects can be found here:
Please note that the GPS/Speed ďthingyĒ probably wonít work over here. Maybe it will, but Iíd guess that it wonít.
Very nice looking example, GLWS and the leather is very rare especially in the wagon's and to find it in the 5-speed is even more rare.
The other day I drove my favorite road and would like to share this beauty with you guys [URL="http://goo.gl/maps/XkTwx"]road[/URL]
Anyone else have a great drive they want to share if love to check it out
Great thread idea ... one of my favorite roads is HWY 6 from Vernon BC to Fauquier BC
Used to drive out to Vernon to meet up with a close friend and rip down this road each summer. Those were good times.
I don't think your map worked google makes it a pain to share a map here's how
[URL="https://support.google.com/maps/answer/144361?hl=en"]how to post maps[/URL]
[URL="http://goo.gl/maps/KcWox"]Vernon to Fauquier HWY 6[/URL]
Thanks! Hopefully this works?
Good thread Steve, I can't think of a particular road that I like but now I'll have to :)
Just wanted to write a short review about my experience with Zen Autoworks. The reason I am including Brave in here as well is that Zen sources a lot of their vehicles through Brave and for good reason. They are solid.
First off I will start by describing the situation I was in:
- I have money, I am well established and I make a good living. My previous vehicle was an Evo X which I bought new. What I am short on is time. I am a fairly good hobby level mechanic and autobody man. I can do most anything with vehicles so I'm not afraid of turning a wrench if necessary.
- I am interested in Grade 4 vehicles with low miles and I am willing to pay for that. Its not worth it to me to buy an R or a grade 3 vehicle because Ive done that before and have friends who have also done that and in the long run you will spend more money.
- I am the type who is at peace with loosing money on a car if I have to re-sell it. I look at cars as a hobby. My enjoyment costs money. If I loose a few thousand.... who cares.
- My hobby cars are NOT my primary mode of transport. I am not in a position where I will drive these cars in the winter because I have to. I have a daily driver for that.....
The reason I say the above is that this is me.... this may also be you.... If so Zen is the right company for you. From the get go dealing with Zen was easy and I got a sense right away that they are every bit a full service luxury Importer of fine examples of Japanese cars.
The hiarchy of words to describe Zen would go like this:
Quality, Service, OCD like attention to detail ................. price
I respect this, I am not looking to save $1500 to have the headache of a poor quality vehicle showing up with me running around doing all the little things to save a small amount of money.
I e-mailed Sean at Zen and told him that I wanted to buy an Evo that was coming up at auction. He quickly went over how he does business and 2 days later the car went to auction and was won by us. The car was then inspected with the intention of putting in a claim with the auction house if it was misrepresented.
The car was then cleared to be shipped out and was sent out in a container to Vancouver. There it was cleared by a broker and put on a truck (not rail) to Calgary. The car was then ran through the out of province BY ZEN on my behalf and all the work to pass the inspection was completed.
When I showed up to pick up the car it was clean, detailed, the carpet was vacuumed, and I was handed a package of papers to take to the registry.
When I walked into the registry with my pink card I handed the registry worker the documents that were pre-prepared and in order in the package. Nothing was missing and it took 10 minutes to walk out with a plate.
The car was as described, in fantastic condition, and there were no surprises.
I cant stress enough that the extra money you are paying with Zen is money well spent. They do absolutely everything for you. Sean even asked if he needed to drive me to the registry! You are getting a car buying experience from Zen!
100% customer service + 100% upfront and honest
I will buy through Zen again.:D:D:D
What series Evo did you get? I wanna see some pics of that baby.
WHy'd you choose to go with evo again after owning a X?
I ended up getting an Evo 4...
[QUOTE]WHy'd you choose to go with evo again after owning a X?[/QUOTE]
I liked my X a lot, however, the general consensus from the automotive critics is that the X really moved away from what made the Evo popular through its history: a light, powerful, no compromise rally machine.
They are right. The X is a great car but its heavy and has a lot of computer aided nannies that numb the driving experience. My Evo 4 is just as quick as my X but WOW the driving experience is 10 times that of an X. It is way more raw and direct in many ways.
So because I liked my X so much and I bought it new, I decided to buy a 4 (my personal favorite Evo) and try and get one with as low kms as possible so that I could have a pure Evo experience, as if I was buying one in '96 brand new.
couldnt find much on this topic
What kind of headlights and DRL solution have you guys gone with on your FDs?
Do the reflectors on the side-rear light up getting around a need for custom stuff?
Update your location in the "User CP" so we know what province you are in.
ah sorry about that, I'm from BC
As far as I can remember off the top of my head, I think the stock fd lights are the same as the export model so they're dot approved. You'll need side markers and dot tires but I think that's it if anyone knows anything I missed feel free to correct me.
Picked up my EVO 4 from Sean at Zen Autoworks in Calgary today. Im going to get it registered tomorrow. I will be doing a review of Brave/Zen when I have some time. I am very happy with the car as it is every bit a Grade 4 car.
29000 original kms
No repainted panels
No engine mods except for very quiet exhaust
Very high end mods, Endless front brakes, Advan forged wheels
I am going to throw this out there: Zen would be my pick as a luxury full service importer. Fantastic car, as described, I will use them again.
No it was not cheap, but when is a grade 4 car with 29000 kms cheap?
I will be doing some tasteful mods over the winter for handling purposes... otherwise Im going to just enjoy a low km example of a great sports car.
Some pics from today: (car is dirty from the blizzard in Calgary)
Im very excited to drive this thing tomorrow.....
Congrats. Looks amazing!
Crazy low kms wow! Beautiful Evo, I love the red mudflaps
Drove the car around the city all day today.... Fantastic!
I can't believe that mitsubishi didn't think in the 90's that they could sell these cars in the us and Canada. What domestic vehicle in 96 would have been able to keep up with these cars in the twisties?
I'm very happy with the car. This thing is just as quick as my X was with bolt ons and a tune without the added weight. You can really feel the difference 500 or so lbs. makes.
Congrats on the buy!!! And welcome to the Evo club.
I'll upload more once I wax + polish it.
Oooo, nice. It's going to look awesome all shined up.
[QUOTE=Rygar;86618]Oooo, nice. It's going to look awesome all shined up.[/QUOTE]
Thanks. I am hoping to get it fully detailed tomorrow or next week. I just gotta buy the tools first.
Looking good! Is it an rs? I like the fog covers....
[QUOTE=Slowboi;86620]Looking good! Is it an rs? I like the fog covers....[/QUOTE]
No, it is a GSR. I was debating on taking the covers off or keeping them on but I think they look better with them on.
If it is easy to take them off you ought to try it in the night, those fogs are killer!
[QUOTE=Rygar;86622]If it is easy to take them off you ought to try it in the night, those fogs are killer![/QUOTE]
I'll try them out next week (busy this entire week).
I think when I wax and polish it, the roof is gonna be a pain for me.
[QUOTE=Rygar;86622]If it is easy to take them off you ought to try it in the night, those fogs are killer![/QUOTE]
I'll try them out next week (busy this entire week).
I think when I wax and polish it, the roof is gonna be a pain for me.
Why do you think that?
I'm 6'1" and do half the roof of mine from either side of the car. I can reach well past halfway though. I don't find it bad.
[QUOTE=Rygar;86625]Why do you think that?
I'm 6'1" and do half the roof of mine from either side of the car. I can reach well past halfway though. I don't find it bad.[/QUOTE]
That is because I am much shorter than you; I'd have to get a step ladder to be able to reach over properly but I'd risk accidentally scratching the sides. I may just get a taller friend/family member to do the roof for me considering I don't want to risk a scratch.
Nice looking evo! Looks sharp in black.
Congrats on the Evo! From what I see, it looks rather nice!
[QUOTE=Shoxie;86626]That is because I am much shorter than you; I'd have to get a step ladder to be able to reach over properly but I'd risk accidentally scratching the sides. I may just get a taller friend/family member to do the roof for me considering I don't want to risk a scratch.[/QUOTE]
Just get a footstool.
Better dirty than scratched!
I'm liking the black.
[QUOTE=Rygar;86630]Just get a footstool.
Better dirty than scratched!
I'm liking the black.[/QUOTE]
I'll try to see if I can do it without risking a scratch but if it looks like I might, I'm not gonna risk it. Too expensive to fix a risk.
Congrats how many Ks does it have? I agree with the others give it a nice clay, compound and sealant and it will look like new.
Where are you from by the way?
[QUOTE=jdmvip;86783]Congrats how many Ks does it have? I agree with the others give it a nice clay, compound and sealant and it will look like new.
Where are you from by the way?[/QUOTE]
It's got 116k's on it, quite a bit but it runs really well (better than some other evos I've tried with much less kms). I am from Calgary, people who go to UofC might see me drive around there as I attend the school.