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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.

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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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18x10 +12 TRIAL Zelda Magnum by RAYS forged wheels - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Hello All,

I have a very rare set of forged wheels TRIAL Zelda Magnum by RAYS 18x10 +12
Spec'd for R33 GTR but will fit many other brands. The clear on lip is peeling out so will need polishing.
$1500 obo

Just washed the GTR...new pictures

wow sick R33 congrats z32 and great see one of the old school original members !
Yeah old school but not very active. Where do you guys meet in summer?

Toyota Mark 11 Blit Engine D4 overhaul - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Hello guys I want to overhaul my D4 engine 139,000km I bought on line. I have been aware of the difficulties of the D4 so I plan to extend its life further. what should I replace on this engine?

STi Forester EJ205 engine valve cover gaskets? - Subaru -> Forester

need to replace both of mine.

I tried to re-seal both of mine (didn't work) and have to install new ones. I noticed that they EXACTLY like the local EJ205 WRX valve cover gaskets. Can anyone confirm or deny ?

Here is the gasket.

I do not know for sure but would think the chance is high that they would work (older Subaru models had gaskets compatible from other Subaru's with different engines even).
There is a thread I have here for Subaru FAST, you could punch in your chassis# and make 100% sure.
jdmvip;93971I do not know for sure but would think the chance is high that they would work (older Subaru models had gaskets compatible from other Subaru's with different engines even).
There is a thread I have here for Subaru FAST, you could punch in your chassis# and make 100% sure.

can you please give me the link ?

Honest review of Sastrad KK, aka Steven Smith - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Hello fellow JDMrs,

We are Essex County JDM Tuners Inc. We have been importing vehicles and parts for just over 4 years now. We have been around vehicles, JDM specifically for over 10 years.
I am sure some of you have heard, if not been involved with what has happened with the above mentioned exporter/dealer in Japan. I will go into as much detail as I can about the transaction. This will be neither an emotional or slanderous review. It will not contain anymore info than is already available online about Steven and his company. It will only have truths and what exactly happened to inform you of our dealings with his company so you can make an educated decision when deciding to use his services.

I can not upload any files to the site as I am a new register, but if any of you would like to see the emails, Skype conversations on everything that went on with this company, I have no problem sending them to you in PDF form for ease of reading.

The short story:
We ordered 3 vehicles, a 40 foot container that later turned into a 20 foot container because of some mix ups on Stevens side. This was in 2016. The container was delayed from May 2016- December 22nd 2016 when it finally arrived. The vehicles, 1 of the 3 did arrive finally after 6 months, with no documents, occurring storage charges which were taken care of but the other 2 vehicles did not arrive, and have since not arrived. Steven has promised dates and promised dates, but the two vehicles as of February 9th 2017 have not arrived. One was ordered in November 2015, and one in February 2016. I would avoid this company at all cost. Steven Smith of Nagoya Japan, and his company Sastrad KK and its employees.

The long story:
Where do I even start...

It was October 2015. My company was doing great for just being about a year old here in Ontario. We were bringing in as many cars as we could handle to North America. We had 3 main suppliers out of Japan for vehicles, and got used to the flow of things. We could get the small part here and there shipped over, gaskets, lights, etc. but we wanted to start bringing in some serious volume. We saw a market that was just beginning, and that a lot of other companies were taking advantage of. So we started our search for a reputable exporter that did containers of parts on a regular bases.

Enter Steven Smith/ Sastrad KK. We contacted Steven by email first. We actually had heard that he was used by one of the importers out West here in Canada, and it went well. We did more digging online and found that he was used all over the world, and not only was an exporter of vehicles, but also had a dismantling license, and 3 of his own shops, being able to dismantle and load whatever we needed.

The first big transaction was a motor. We sent a $1000 CAD deposit to Steven, which at the time worked out to about 90000 yen, (our dollar sucks btw). We used Paypal at first for security reasons. Than we began searching in Japan for parts that we could start loading the container with.
We started reaching out to the JDM community, advertising that we could help get that huge cost down on JDM parts because we were filling a container. Being our first big shipment, we wanted to keep the cost down, so we were charging a small fee. It was not much over what we paid out to Sastrad KK/Steven Smith. Clients would pick out what they need. Most contacted us asking if we could get a certain part. We would look on a certain auction site in Japan, and other local contacts we had previously. We would find what the clients needed, show them pictures, videos and any info that was necessary to help make the decision. We would ask Steven what the total price would be. (On a side note, Steven was charging 20% on any purchase we ordered through him, he did not do this for free I might add). Steven would than give us a price to present to the customer. The customer would pay us, we would pay Steven, and than Steven would order the part to his shop to store, ready to load for the container.
The process went on like this for a couple months, we would pay Steven, and he would bring the parts to one of his shops. During this time, we had also ordered 2 vehicles through him for RO-RO shipping. A 1993 Toyota Supra RZ and a 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6. The Supra was ordered to his shop in February of 2016 and the Evo was ordered to his shop in November, 2015. The Supra was purchased from a local dealer in Japan, and shipped to "PIT STOP", one of Sastrad KKs locations. The EVO was bought through auction.

The EVO price was paid right away to Steven with no delay.
The Supra payment did have a delay of 15 days. We were working with a client in the USA. He was planning on buying the vehicle and storing it here in Canada until it became legal. He paid in two payments via bank transfer. It took us a few days to receive each transfer, something I made Steven aware of. But as soon as we received each payment we sent it on to Steven through a payment service which only takes a few days to clear in Japan account. First payment was confirmed received by Steven February 9th and the second half was confirmed on February 18th, paid in full.

This is around the time we starting having problems. The main concern at the time was, we had asked for pictures and video of each of the vehicles. He would promise that he would get them asap, but weeks would go by before we would receive them. I had a full gallery of pictures and video from the dealer who was selling the Supra, so I wasn't to concerned with that car, but we did want to see a better running video at Sastrads shop, (something we never received). The Evo was ordered from auction back in November, 2015, we did not receive pictures until February. I approached Steve about this and asked what was going on. He assured me it was lack of his employees and that he will take care of things.

From March-May we had asked Steven to send pictures of the Supra. Something we did not receive until late June I believe while it was at port. The vehicles we ordered sat at what I assumed was his shop from the time they arrived until May. Eventually realising I was not getting pictures, I just told him to get us a quote on shipping to Halifax. I asked him this many times. Requesting quotes to Halifax. It took him roughly 2 months to get this quote, but by that time I had decided it was better to just send the vehicles to BC, and have them shipped over to Ontario from there. This is where I find out that Steven not only got the quote to Halifax but also sent them to the port in Japan that ships to Halifax (Kobe port, according to Steven) something I did not ask for him to do. When asked why they were sent to Kobe, he ignores the question and begins to say that he will send them to Nagoya to ship to BC, but I have to pay for storage charges at Kobe port and the new inland shipping from Kobe to Nagoya. Wait what? Why am I paying for your mistake?

It is now May, 2016. In this whole mess of things we had already ordered our third vehicle. In the beginning of May is when we started to request the container to come over from Japan. Our original plan was for February, 2016, but we did not have enough parts in the container to make it a worth while shipment. Between February and May we received a couple more part items to go into the container. We had paid for a Skyline that was promised as a rb25det, automatic. But we later discovered after months of begging for the chassis number, that it was not turbo, or even an RB25, but an RB20, NON turbo. We did request a refund for this vehicle among other small parts totalling upwards on $3000 CAD, but never seen that money back to us. Steven said it was to be used as payment for fees on the container. Which we do not think was ever done as promised.

His company first went dark on May 2nd 2016. We did not here from him until May 10th 2016 and from here on we had nothing but problems reaching Mr. Smith and his company. It was just back and forth with excuse after excuse. Food poisoning, bad employees working for him, and so on. He promised shipping dates over and over of both vehicles and the container. The sad thing is we did not even have a full container, but at this point we were not giving anymore money to his company and just wanted what we had delivered.
He finally came to us in July and told us of a family issue that was going on and that he was going to be back to normal the following week. While this was sad and very unfortunate, it was no excuse when running a business unfortunately. This is other peoples lives you are dealing with, not just your own. I wasn't holding my breath, so I started digging around, and found out that not only had we been run aground, but many companies from all over the WORLD were dealing with this bad experience. Lawyers were involved, people threatening Steven himself. It was quite crazy what I found at this point.

We told him to just get the items we had sent over. He promised this and from July-September we received new shipping dates etc, but no vehicles or parts ever showing up. We began contacting lawyers in Japan to try and help with the issue. To our surprise one of them was already dealing with Steven, and informed us that filing a case against him would do nothing because he had sold all of his assets and closed all of his shops but one in Japan. The one he didn't even own according to "property holdings". The next step was to head over to Japan and try and deal wit this face to face. We had an old address of Stevens, and to see what would happen if WE showed up there, we sent an old friend of ours who was living in Japan at the time to his shop. When he got to the shop he said it was empty and looked as if no one even operated there. When I told this to Steve, he said that it was a lie and that the shop was just not open to the public and he would have to make an appointment, an appointment that never happened.

We started doubting any of this was ever happening, so we had to lay off most of our employees by summer 2016, and I myself had to go back to flooring business to try and get some of this money back to the clientele. I continued to work at this situation. But it continued the same way since May. No response, than a response with a shipping guarantee, than nothing.

October, 2016: ONE of the vehicles FINALLY shows up to Vancouver. BUT low and behold the shipping is not paid, and the proper documents are not sent over to clear the vehicle from customs. So the vehicle sits and wracks up $800 in storage fees, plus freight is due. We finally get this car moving after all of these fees are paid. But where are the other two vehicles? The Supra and the evo? The EVO now going on a year since we ordered it.
Oh, "they must have missed the boat" Steven tells us. We are told they are scheduled for the next one that is not until December 22nd 2016. He said that it was a sure fire thing, and that since they were at the dock they would be first in line to load on this December boat. Not having much choice, we wait.

December 11th, 2016- We are notified that that a container has landed in Vancouver by the port of BC, Canada and has been targeted for customs inspection. At this point we have already exhausted our funds, sending money back to clients across Canada and the USA. We did not expect the container at all. We go to work to figure out how to accept these charges.

December 13th 2016- We email Steven and ask if the vehicles have been shipped on the 22nd boat. No response.

December 28th 2016-Steve sends an email asking why the container has not been picked up. We inform him that is is because he has not sent over the OBL until 2 days prior, original bill of lading to clear customs. As well, the freight company is telling me that Steven is with holding this because "all items in the container are not paid for" We email him and ask why this is happening? He responds same day, saying, "That is not true. Never claimed this and so this is untrue. The items in the container have all been paid for."

January 4th 2017- I ask for an update on the vehicles whereabouts. Did they ship on the 22nd or not. Steven emails me back and says "I will reply before your Tuesday. Holidays in Japan now."

January 5th 2017-Steve emails asking why we have not picked up the container yet.

January 9th 2017--I ask him if he has an update on the container yet

January 11th 2017-Steve emails again, only concerned with the container, I email back and ask for proof of shipment of the vehicles, and that we will be pursuing legal action soon if he does not surrender the B/L for these vehicles with dates of shipment. Steve responds and I quote "I have asked the loading company for their costs. As for legally safe, I am fully aware of the law in Japan and have been advised by more than 1 Japanese lawyer regarding procedures. Like yourself, they have just said to finish the transaction with you in a timely manner. So, I suggest then that you have your lawyer contact me from now on. You are within your rights to come to Japan. I am more than happy to give you my company representative you can deal with when you bring a legal case against my company. If you are thinking of just coming to my place of business, it is private property and Japan is very specific about harassment issues, just like Canada. Be advised that you will not be welcome to enter my place of business without an appointment."

January 11th 2017--Steven emails again saying that I am not fulfilling my end of the deal by not picking up the container ( even though the container was supposed to ship back in May 2016), and that his company has fulfilled their end. I email him back explaining just how much his company has "fulfilled", again asking for shipment confirmation on the vehicles. He emails back and says brings up the container again, as to why i am not picking it up. He ignores my questions about the vehicles again.

January 12th 2017- Steve emails again, only requesting about the container.

January 28th 2017- We finally see a way that we can accept the container. At this point, most of the clients are refunded in full. Steven emails again stating that we are not picking it up. I tell him that we are working on it the best we can, and to focus on getting us a shipping schedule for the vehicles. Steven responds with, "The most urgent issue at the moment is the container ocean freight and storage costs."

January 31st 2017- I email Steve and tell him we are trying to take care of the container asap, but where are the vehicles? He ignores the question again, and only responds with "concerns" of not picking up the container.

February-5th 2017- We pay duties on the container.

February 6th 2017- I contact CN for a reduction of storage fees based on our situation with Steven and his company. I send CN a detailed PDF file container all dealings with Steve on the container. I email Steve asking for an update on vehicles whereabouts.

February 7h 2017-I email Steven again, asking for an update on the vehicles. CN responds and says the will cut storage GREATLY. I pay storage, and get ready to pay freight and arrange delivery of the container.

February 8th 2017- I email and call Steve. No response about the vehicles again.

Today, we are still waiting on our vehicles ordered over a year ago. The container as you can see was a terrible mess. This company was neither professional, or worth dealing with, and if anything was the cause of many companies closer, including the possibility of my own. While I do agree, I personally could have handled everything better with the customers, that is for another review. This is the review of Steven Smith aka Sastrad KK.

You can use this info how you please, but I would stay far away from this man and his company. I have documents as mentioned if you wish to read in depth. This has been a terrible experience, and I will continue and try to rectify this for the vehicle clients. As of today, most clients are paid, accept for a couple that agreed to wait on the container, that is now FINALLY being delivered.

Again, this is a review of Steven Smith and his company Sastrad KK. Try to stay on topic here when commenting.
If anyone has any way of helping with the last two vehicles from this company, please comment, we cant send PM as we are to new registered. We would love the help and just want to get these cars to the proper owners!

If you have any questions just ask!
if you have the 2 vin's of the 2 cars in Japan, I can see if I can help u locate them.... alteast have some info on where it was last reported

Hope I can help
alsxe10;93945if you have the 2 vin's of the 2 cars in Japan, I can see if I can help u locate them.... alteast have some info on where it was last reported

Hope I can help

Sure any help is help! We check auction and dealer listings all the time to see if he is trying to sell them off, but nothing has come up.

First car is: CP9A-0103578
Second is: JZA80-0011742
I too have a vehicle paid for including shipping which is over 16 months dealing with Smith to no avail.

If we can get enough people on side I think we can get some support through the Nagoya police force. Do not forget Smith is a Canadian citizen and there are possibilities with the RCMP if we can mount a group effort.

We need to keep these efforts off the public forums in the future - not the issues but the efforts!!

It's time!

Cima vs Crown - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I just spent two months in Japan and saw many Toyota Crowns which I had never heard of before. I also saw for the first time a Nissan シーマ (Shima) or Cima, as we call it here. I can't find much info about it online, aside from it having come here only as the Infiniti Q45. Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this vehicle, specs, etc. Specifically models manufactured from June 1996-2001. Are they reliable? Peppy? Easy to mod engine/body? Gassy? I'm looking to import one or the other (Crown or Cima) and was hoping to get some insight on the two. Crown seems to be a little more popular, but if the info is on hand, then it would be nice to hear about it as well. Thank you!
I feel the Crown would probably be more reliable but CIMA/Q45 is fairly reliable. The sportier of the two would no doubt by the Nissan CIMA.

Daily driving an import. - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

So recently I've been thinking about selling my two subarus and buying a car from one of the importers here in the states. I'm curious about how well are these cars suited for everyday driving? (I live in Ohio, and drive roughly 300-400 miles a month, with an occasional road trip.) I don't really care about mpg. I just want it to be fun and reliable transportation. The cars I'm considering are a skyline gts-t, 180sx, supra (mk3 turbo), soarer

I know its hard to generalize all these cars with one answer but, I have a few questions.

Are parts hard to find?
Is it hard to find people to work on if it's above my knowledge?
How bad is insurance compared to usdm cars?
Are they any more or less reliable than our cars? (I would assume it's the same but I've never dealt with any of these cars.)
Congrats and welcome to the forums, from what I know all the vehicles you are considering are quite reliable in general. I think you would be surprised as long as you get a good example and care for it properly.

Parts for the Skyline will be the hardest but honestly it is not hard or expensive to ship parts from Japan. For the others I am sure some parts can be found locally.

I don't know your area but in general the engines in those cars are well known by most enthusiasts, I would think most tuning/performance shops would have no issue. I've always found that any good, experienced mechanic can work on anything.

Sorry I do not know about insurance at all in the US.
To be honest if you want a reliable car, I would say steer away from 25 year old turbo cars :P

Breaking a 2001 Legacy GTB E Tune for parts - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Please respond via link as I don't check this forum often.


Local meet up in tokyo/kyoto? - Import Discussion -> General Discussion


I'll be heading to Japan for 3 weeks in April and I was wondering if anyone knew of any meetups in Tokyo or Kyoto? Maybe I've just seen Tokyo Drift one too many times, but I would love to wander into a parking garage filled with JDM Monsters ;)
There are some local clubs in Japan and wish we had contact with them.

One thing which is a pain but worth it would be to take the Tsukuba line way out there and go to Tsukuba circuit!

Generally just walking around Japan you will see a lot of nice JDMs but especially the farther out you go from main areas I find. Eg. I did not see any JZS147 Aristo in Tokyo but saw one in Tsukuba...also there are a lot of garages around that area.

Let us know what you find and learn. I wish there was a "JDM Car Tour" package in Japan!
Yeah I just spent two months in Shimonoseki, which is largely rural, and I saw multiple FD3S and R34 daily. Parked and driven. So he might be right about straying from the core areas. I can't help you with Tokyo other than saying Japan is a blast and most of the people are probably too friendly. Their driving is a lot different, and over here would be considered dangerous (slightly offensive - taking shoulders and sidewalks) but it works well for them haha. They have these curtains they hang up to block the side windows, rather than tinting them. I thought that was pretty neat. Safe travels!
Very cool and welcome to the forums? Can you make a new thread and use our VB Image Host with some pics? Did you ever drive in Japan (I have not) but would like to rent a car if any tracks have a company near or a service like that. In Tsukuba they appeared to have a lot of car shops right near the track too!
Thanks for the info! When I get back I'll share some photos for everyone!!

BH5 Tie Rod Replacement Parts? - Subaru -> Legacy

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking at replacing my Tie Rod Ends, Inner Tie Rods, and Boots. Has anyone found if there are North American equivalent parts for these?

I found some of the parts I'm looking for on Amayama, but I'd rather buy locally, then pay for the international shipping.

Thanks for the help!
These should not be an issue, take the part number you found on the other site and take it to your Subaru dealer or punch it in online and find aftermarket part equivalents.

New GC8 Owner Looking For Guidance - Subaru -> Impreza

Hello All,

I just bought a 1993 JDM Impreza WRX GC8. The car is 90% (rough estimate on my part) stock to include the paint, though the dude that had it before me put these terrible camo decals on it. As far as I know it only has had the following done to it:
- Turbo-Back STI Exhaust
- Turbo Timer
- Boost Gauge
- Aftermarket suspension

Other than that its all stock (to my knowledge). Im super excited as it will be old enough for to import back to the states when I go back.

Since I've bought it, I have replaced the rear brakes (pads and rotors) and parking brake.

I do have a problem with the windshield washer fluid pump. It just doesn't work. Ive done everything I can think of to fix it and I cant even get spray when I disconnect the lines. Any idea where I can find a replacement or suitable substitute?

I've been lurking around this website and forums and I am real excited to have stumbled across this car.
Congrats let's get some pictures! I have a 93 WRX RA myself, I really love this first series of classic Impreza. You also probably have the famous closed-deck block.

If it doesn't work at all I would check the fuse first and also make sure the pump is plugged in and connector/wiring looks good.

Do all non-sunroof Imprezas have sunroof drain tubes? - Subaru -> Impreza

When the weather cooperates, I'm in the process of dealing with a water penetration issue which I've discussed here... "https://jdmvip.com/forum/Leaking_tail_lights_on_a_98_Subaru_Impreza-7521-t"Leaking tail lights on a '98

However, as I'm taking out more of the interior, I'm finding strange things that are unfamiliar to me. I had no idea what the following black device was in the lower left hand corner beside the rectangular vent on the right side of the car.


It turns out that it's a drain to the outside (behind the side of the rear bumper) which is supposed be oriented with the hole facing straight up, and the black tube at the top of the image is supposed to be stuck in the hole. From what I've learned online, this is drainage for the sunroof... but this wagon has [Ino[/I sunroof.:confused:

Are [Iall[/I of these cars built with the tubes and drains in place, just in case a sunroof is added during the car's assembly? If so, why then is the tube and drain missing on the left side of the car, as (sort of) seen below?


I believe the thin plastic tube is for the rear window washer. Notice that there's no vent either. That's just a flat plastic "dummy" panel sitting there.

While we're in the area, anyone know what the unused electrical connector is at the top-right side of the image? A closer view is below.


What's it for?
I aimed a space heater at the drain tube to make it nice and pliable, and then I stuck it back into the drain assembly where it had escaped from who knows when. It's now held securely in place by a nylon zip-tie.


Before I stuck the tube into the drain, I poured water into the roof rack gutters to see if any water would make its way into the tube. Nothing appeared, so I have no idea why it's there. :cool:

However, when the water ran down the sides of the hatch opening and got to the tail lights... there was [Ino[/I question that water gets into the car through those two areas. I'll focus on [Ithat[/I from now on.

JDMFan_ZA Youtube video's :) - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Hey guys,

I thought I would post some of the videos to my Youtube channel, we filmed some JDM cars, and I thought you guys would want to see them :)

So here it goes....

This is the link to my channel:

One of my popular videos, my wife and I won a drive in a brand new GTR around the Kyalami Race Track in South Africa, what an experience!!

A compilation of South Africa Street Races..

Our first showcase - a petrol head's Honda S2000:

Hope you guys enjoy it, I will post the latest videos when they are up :)
Love the s2k!
rhdgc8;93900Love the s2k!

Thank you for watching :) Yep really love the S2k as well, next time maybe we should film a more modded one
Good morning everyone :)

So we finished editing the JDM Meet-up video this past weekend, and we uploaded it last night.

We really enjoyed meeting up with the car enthusiasts from Cape Town, and one of the highlights of the meet-up was being able to go for a drive in an R33 GT-R!

We hope you enjoy this video.

Wow fantastic I would love to be at a meet like that!

FS: 440 Robtune chip+ecu - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Selling my robtuned chipped ecu tune for our 91 octance gas, best and safest tune for the v1/v2 ecus. Only for the v1/v2 sti ej20g, works best with the td05 stock turbo but also runs fine with the td04(wrx).
This is the 440cc version of the tune, with knock light and 3500rpm launch control.
Price is 200 cad + shipping or pickup in Halifax.
Item now sold.

Importing Motorcycles from Japan - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Dear members,

This is my first post, I was unsure where to post it, please tell me if I'm wrong.
I'm involved in a large Suzuki/KTM dealership in the Netherlands. Lately, we've been investigating the possibility of importing bikes from JP.
It looks like their registration won't be too much of an issue.

My question to you: What are good importers to work with? I'm looking to fill a container so I suppose that the intermediate should have appropriate storage etc. and ofcourse be an auction member.

I've been searching around the web and the forums but no luck yet..

Thanks in advance!


N00b - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey everyone, im new to the forum. Been lurking for awhile though. Im in the mist of saving for my first JDM ride :) even better, my wife gave me the go ahead haha. Im looking at either a Toyota Aristo (Jzs161) or a Nissan Stagea 260RS Now since i live in northern BC (currently in MacKenzie but moving back to PG soon) an this will be my DD what do you guys figure would be the better engine for DD Duties 2JZGTE or RB26DEBT. I would love a FD but dont think their really DD Friendly haha

Also I'm talking to B Pro an JDM Connection, who did you choose an how was your experience with them? Thanks everyone!
I should also explain why its between thoughts two cars. I wanted a Nissan Skyline R33 GTR or a MKIV Toyota Supra.. But since me and my wife plan on having kids at some point I figured I'd be a grown up and buy a car that is
A: 4 Door and suitable for a growing family
B: Still sporty and had an amazing engine and the ability to have some fun with
Either car i choose won't stay stock for long plan is to mainly do BPU but doesn't everyone say that then the HP bug bites and then they end up going for more? Haha but for reals I would be more than happy with just BPU because I plan on building a drag strip car/truck in the not so far future so that'll calm my HP demons in me lol
IMO you aren't comparing apples to apples with the JZS161 and the RS260 Stagea:

[*Only sedan vs wagon
[*Only auto vs manual
[*and the biggest difference is price

You can almost buy 3 JZS161's for one RS260. A closer comparison would probably be the RSFour and then you have the RB25 engine.

I think some things to help narrow down you decision is to prioritize things like:
[*Required cargo space
[*Manual vs auto
[*Comfort vs sport
[*Opportunity for performance upgrades

The last item on the list obviously costs more money, so that would need to be considered. If you want to reign in your spending you could get something NA and I would highly recommend an AMG W210 E55T.
Jzs161 the supra engine you can swap parts around with usdm no problem, rb26 must be shipped from Japan. And aristo has all DOT approved headlamps in you are getting the car by your own it will be easier to pass inspection.

And using an agent to import a car is costing more money to be honest. But they know what they are doing.
wrc555ltd;93882Jzs161 the supra engine you can swap parts around with usdm no problem, rb26 must be shipped from Japan. And aristo has all DOT approved headlamps in you are getting the car by your own it will be easier to pass inspection.

Sort of...the 161 used the VVTi engine vs the non-VVTi sold in North America. I believe this can cause some headaches if you go to use a stand alone ECU or go to do turbo upgrades. The auto transmission seems to be a PITA with stand alone units as well, but that's all upgrade type stuff if you take on a big project with it.
Welcome to the forums Cody. If you are in Prince George and want to DD an Aristo or Stagea I think it will be hard in the winter.

I've owned both Aristo series, they are fantastic cars, great for the family with lots of space but being RWD are barely passable in the snow here in Vancouver. Finding parts for JDM's is really not hard and also keep in mind I have found many dealerships do not stock a lot of parts so normally it is to be expected that you need to ship something (it is not a long wait from Japan often less than shipping from the US). For the Aristo most parts aside from some different engine parts is also not going to be an issue.

The Stagea AWD AFAIK is not "true AWD" and this type has been said to be dangerous in snow. It is a nice ride though and no one has it here!

Good luck with your purchase and keep us updated on who you use and what car you bring!
Thanks for the replys guys!

By daily driver i mean id drive it in the winter if need be but i have a 2006 Ford Escape that i could daily in the winter so if i can get 3 out of 4 months driving a rwd then I'd be perfectly fine with that lol.

And by what RyanV said about the auto being a PITA if i go stand alone, im not too worried about the A340e cause if i go that far then I'll prob swap in a Th400 or 4L60e with a manual valve body.

Budget, well i was looking at mkiv supra's and r33 gtrs so my budget it 20-25 thou. But if i can basically get me a 4 door "Supra" or a wagon "skyline" for cheaper (especially the Aristo) then even better :)

The more i look into it i lean towards a Jzs161 but being my first time getting a good car i am hesitant and keep jumping between like 8 types hahah but the Aristo is a front runner.
Anyone, manly in BC, know anything about VelocityCars in Vancouver? How are they? Are they legit and good people? Or Tyee Imports?
Neither have good reviews. I don't have first hand experience, but i have read a lot of negative reviews on both. I think you'd be better off sourcing through a reputable exporter.

My recommendation for an exporter would be Brave Auto. I've sourced about 10 cars through Mark and every one of them has met or exceeded my expectations.


Toyota Estima 2000-2004 MCR40W (4WD) questions - Toyota -> Toyota General

I have been considering one of these over the Toyota Alphard mainly due to Estima weighing much less.

There are so many models to choose from even in the MCR40W chassis (eg. T, L, G Aeras, non-Aeras) and I have looked around but haven't found a lot of useful information. This model was also sold as Previa in the UK and Terago in Australia. One thing I would like to have is the 7 seater version with the captain style middle row swivelling seats.

Do the JDM models have anchor/tether bolts behind the middle seats to attach car seats? I heard the middle bench does while the very rear cannot be used for this purpose but others claim Toyota has a bolt-in anchor bolt from the dealer.

As for the 4WD does anyone know much about how it works? Is it 25% to each wheel or is it more like AWD and if so what style? Is it OK and safe to use full time? It sounds like there is a button you need to engage it each time you start the vehicle and there is a "4WD" and "Auto" setting. Is there a way to permanently engage the 4WD?

Just thought I'd start this thread off now and add other info/links later and hope others can help.

Toyota OBDII JDMs Require a Techstream Cable Code Scanner - Toyota -> Toyota General

I have tried many scanners that were said to work with different Toyota's and Lexus's but nothing worked on my UCF31 Celsior.

I bought the following cable "OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner Cable TOYOTA TIS Techstream MC". I haven't tested this cable or software yet but it should do the trick as many others report.

I will update this thread once I do test the Techstream but for other JDM Toyota owners do not waste your money on random scanners even if other Toyota forums and Lexus forums work for similar models (eg. Celsior vs LS430).

What's the operating system requirements on this cable? Hopefully it doesn't only work with old outdated stuff like xp or 7.
Sorry I am not sure actually my old netbook has XP. I still haven't had time to test this cable. I think it more so depends on how Toyota Techstream software is supported on different OS's.
ive taken my celsior to the lexus dealership and they were able to communicate fully with all the ecu in the car
Good info Ryan! So it means this cable should work since Techstream is what dealers use (my cable is an obvious clone though). Can you review the Lexus dealer you used? I didn't think they would service our cars.

Toyota Celsior - UCF31 - 91,000KMs - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Hey Guys,

Selling my 2000 Celsior

Here's the specs

91,000 KMS
Leather Interior
Heated Seats
Power options on everything - windows, doors, mirrors, seats, etc
Keyless entry
Smartkey - start without keys in the ignition
20" 2-piece chrome wheels
Height Adjustable suspension WITH aftermarket controller
Rear View camera
HID Headlights and Foglights
Soft closing doors and trunk
Parking sensors
Cruise control

Could have missed things, so feel free to ask


778-863-7611 - text or call
bump it uuuup
Super low price on this nice looking Celisor GLWS!

We Still Need Your Help - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Hey guys

So in the past few years we've doubled our traffic while many forums have come and gone. As it stands now we have a lot of great members and new signups but we need more of you to contribute and get involved.

We know there is lots of information here but in order to keep things fresh and keep up with changes (new cars, regulations etc..) we need your help.

What Can I Do To Help?
[*Make a thread for your car with pics and info (how do you like it, how does it handle, etc..)
[*Make DIYs to explain how to fix problem's you've had.
[*Ask questions about any issues you have with your car, Exporter, Importing etc.. (nothing is too simple or silly).
[*Share interesting info and pics with your friends on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instragram etc..)
[*Invite your friends and family.[/LISTJust to put it into perspective one of the reasons I made this site back in 2007 (yes nearly 10 years ago as of October) was because all the questions I had couldn't be answered. I tried various forums and found a lot of people laughed at my questions (I was new, I had no idea about how cars worked or importing). But because I searched for answers I've learned a bit over the years.

We've got lots of great changes coming up this year but we'll always need help and input from the community. If you have new information or just want to share your importing experience I find I still learn from virtually every thread like that because things change.

Thanks for your support and Cheers everyone!

Self-importing clearance of a jdm is hard? - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hello all,

Just talked to a import broker and he said that it will be hard for me to self import a car to Canada and the reason is the soil inspection standard from CFIA is harsh and the CBSA may decline my import because they don't know me?

He also claimed that it will be better to leave everything to him because his company has a good connection with CFIA and CBSA so it will be easier to pass the soil inspection and clearance.

Is that true that it will be a lot harder for me to import myself?

Do you mean "Customs Broker" or an actual local JDM Car Importer?
A lot of us import our own cars and clear customs including soil sample no problem. But if the car is covered in dirt, it shouldn't pass regardless of who submits the paper work.

I don't think what you were told is correct based on my experience, there is no reason a person shouldn't be able to do their own customs. It is nice to have it done for you and a big time saver though (if your broker is good and quick, some are not).
jdmvip;93773Do you mean "Customs Broker" or an actual local JDM Car Importer?
A lot of us import our own cars and clear customs including soil sample no problem. But if the car is covered in dirt, it shouldn't pass regardless of who submits the paper work.

I don't think what you were told is correct based on my experience, there is no reason a person shouldn't be able to do their own customs. It is nice to have it done for you and a big time saver though (if your broker is good and quick, some are not).

Yes custom broker. He claimed that letting everything for him because the custom knows him and will have things done easier compare to myself.

By the way jdmvip, is your soil inspection form still be able to use in the request for soil inspection?
There is no doubt a customs broker is easier but if you want to do it yourself it is possible.

Yes I think the form is still good, it may have changed a bit but should be accepted (haven't heard of any issues).

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