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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.

Examples of why people find jdmvip.com so useful:
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  • Parts and Suggestions
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  • Common and Problems and Solutions for
In that time there have been many different websites, communities and of course companies formed to serve the JDM Import Car enthusiast community.  Unfortunately since this is the automotive industry, there are a lot of underhanded and dishonest things that do go on when it comes to JDM Cars.

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

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

This site was created first and foremost with the consumer in mind. Our goal is to provide real exciting, unbiased and factual information about the excellent variety of JDM cars available for import.

We hope you enjoy our growing community and the wealth of information it will continue to be for as long as the JDM scene is alive.

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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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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!

Thomas


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:

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

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:
[LIST
[*Budget
[*Required cargo space
[*Manual vs auto
[*Comfort vs sport
[*Opportunity for performance upgrades
[/LIST

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!


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).

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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

$7900

778-863-7611 - text or call


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?
[LIST=1
[*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?

Thanks
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).


Happy New Year 2017 - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

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(Vancouver) Niche Citrine M155 bronze 5x114.3 $900obo - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Car sold and selling the wheels.

All 4 wheels are in good condition, no scratches/scuffs/discoloration/peeling at all. Does not come with tires. Those White stuff are dirt, did not have time to clean.

$900 obo, any offers.

Text: 778-896-2111

Front:

Size: 19x8.5
Offset: 35mm
Hub: 72.69mm
Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3 or 5x4.5

Rear:

Size: 19x9.5
Offset: 35mm
Hub: 72.69mm
Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3 or 5x4.5
Nice looking wheels, do you have a picture of them mounted on your vehicle? That might help your sale :)

GLWS
new photos
rhdgc8;93761Nice looking wheels, do you have a picture of them mounted on your vehicle? That might help your sale :)

GLWS

Yea, thanks for reminding. By the way do you know how do I edit my current post? I don't see any reply buttons in the thread.


EU car import from Japan - Import Discussion -> Other Countries - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hi.

I'm looking at importing an E38 BMW 735i from Japan to France. On a VIN look up the car is listed as an EU car. VIN Number is
WBAGG41030DN63646 I'm familiar with import process of EU cars to other EU countries - my question is - is this a EU car or will it be considered as a Jap car.

VIN info :
Vehicle information
VIN WBAGG41030DN63646
Type code GG41
Type 735I FACELIFT (EUR)
E series E38 ()
Series 7
Type LIM
Steering LL
Doors 4
Engine M62/TU
Displacement 3.50
Power 175
Drive HECK
Transmission AUT
Colour COSMOSSCHWARZ METALLIC (303)
Upholstery ALCANTARA/W.N.LEDER/ANTHRAZIT (G4AT)
Prod.date 2000-02-03
Vehicle upgrades
High-End sound system Read more
Very good question I guess it depends more on your import laws. I think most countries with proof would allow the car back where it came from but I am just guessing.


What Keeps You Interested in JDM Cars? - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Just a quick thought that I asked myself after having the interest for nearly 20 years now! As I've grown older I'm still not bored, definitely more busy and less time with a family and kids now though :)

For me it is looking for cars at auction and hearing the "Gran Turismo" soundtrack in my head all the time. A lot of people have said it is all about "the cars of Gran Turismo and Fast and Furious" for them. I also love shopping for parts in Japan, especially with a lot of these parts being exclusive to Japan. You can really customize your car or have loads of parts ready to be shipped whether it is a nice set of rims, coilovers, exhaust, spare parts etc...:D

No matter what stage in life I find myself in, there is usually some JDM that is perfectly suitable for the job. But I still say no matter what nothing puts a smile on my face like WRX RA to this day.:o

As far as this site goes when I started it back in 2007 and made a few posts I never thought it would get to this point or that we would have members and friends from all around the world who were just as crazy about cars from Japan.:cool:

What are your thoughts everyone?
Personally I love the "wow" factor from others. I always seem to get someone commenting on the car whether it be at the drive thru or parking lot. People just can't seem to get over how I can drive on the "wrong" side of the car and it not be awkward.

I also love the fact that all the JDM cars are rare and most are completely rust free with low kms. I am always interested in the auctions and I find myself browsing at lease twice a week.. I have no plans on importing another JDM quite yet, but hey there is no harm of looking right? lol..

If it wasn't for JDM cars in my life, I wouldn't have made the friends I have today. I also wouldn't of been apart of this forum if it wasn't for me buying a 95 wrx back in 2012.

I defiantly plan on keeping at lease one JDM vehicle in my life forever. Whether it be mine or my husbands I always want one in my driveway :)
Ah yes and there is the "wow" and "rare" factor good point! Lots of people are still surprised at RHD JDM cars and people always think I got the car from anywhere but Japan "New Zealand, the UK, other European countries etc.." :)

And the mint condition JDM phenomenon is another huge bonus. I think the cool thing on top of that is that the owners loved their car so much they took care of it.

+1 for JDM Cars and friends in our life :). Going back in time your comment brought me back to 2007 when I researched JDM cars, started this forum and the IBC Japan Exporter issue and wondering if they would ever ship WRX RA is what got this forum going 10 years ago!
for me, its been for options we didnt get in domestic models, I started in 09 with a 94 Hilux Surf/ 4runner, with the 3liter diesel, as we never had diesel over here, and I wanted something to tow, and still get decent mileage, after that was an Aristo/ GS300 with the 2jz twin turbo, which we didnt get over here. I now have a Pajero/ Montero, again for the diesel we didnt get over here.

I find RHD more comfortable than LHD as well, I'm weird :P

and as I like tinkering on vehicles as well, buying my RHD's for decent prices, I dont feel any qualms about digging into it right away

and then just the simple uniqueness of it all too
jdmvip;93742

What Keeps You Interested in JDM Cars?



My perspective might be a bit different, as my journey (both figuratively and literally) with a JDM car has just begun. :)

Although I've had a '94 Hyundai Elantra for the last ten years or so, other than that I've had nothing but GM cars (Chevs since 1974, and Pontiac Fieros for the last 20 years). I've autocrossed a Fiero for the last six years, and it was at the autocross pad that I was introduced to my first Subaru, probably a 2004 Impreza WRX. I was taken for a ride around the course, and I was blown away by the traction around the sweeps. I had never gone so fast in a turn before! I was quite impressed. I felt that someday I might like to get an AWD vehicle with some power.

I had seriously considered a '91 Mitsubishi 3000GT (as I love the styling), but eventually decided against one... as after having driven a Fiero all these years, the 3000GT seemed rather large and heavy, and not really suited for autocross.

So... I then decided to more seriously consider a Subaru. It didn't hurt that the Subaru wheel bolt pattern was the same as a Fiero, therefore my track wheels/tires could continue to be used. Some of the Legacy models appealed to me, but the Impreza was smaller, more nimble.

I prefer the styling of the late 1990's model Imprezas compared to the later years, plus the older ones are lighter. I didn't want a NA engine though, as their 160 HP rating wasn't much more than what my V6 Fiero already had. If I was going to change platforms, it was going to have to be worth my while horsepower-wise.

I was disappointed to discover that a turbo wasn't available on any North American market Impreza until 2004... and then I discovered what had been available in Japan all through the 1990's! :p

And living in Vancouver, it soon became apparent to me that JDM vehicles were all basically being funneled through here. I knew the selection was probably going to be pretty good locally.

So, I watched Craigslist for a year before I grabbed the one I did. Figured I might as well go all out and nab an STi. Got a wagon as I wanted the car to also be... [Ipractical[/I. :D Heh heh...


Leaking tail lights on a '98 - Subaru -> Impreza

From what I understand, water getting past the tail lights into the back of the car is a common issue with Imprezas... or is this a problem with [Iall[/I Subarus? :mad:

I'm a recent owner of a '98 JDM Impreza STi. When I went to look at the car prior to buying it, I was rather shocked to discover that the spare tire tub was [Ifull to the top[/I with infiltrated rainwater. :eek: I joked with the owner that he could've been keeping goldfish back there! ;) We then located the drain plug and released a couple gallons of Vancouver's finest. I was quite surprised that the car didn't smell musty, as obviously the rain had been leaking in for quite some time.

I've had the car in my backyard for several weeks now while I've been trying to do little things to it between rain and snow storms. [SIZE="1"Geez I'd love to have a garage!

I've read that using butyl rope between the tail lights and the mounting area is the best way to re-seal the lights. Any other suggestions?

Seems to me that if there was a drainage hole in the bottom of the lights, that any water that makes its way past the seal could at least drain out... instead of pooling and eventually pouring into the back of the car.

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I literally had the same issue took me months to figure it out, my spare wheel and taillights would always fill with water after it rained. Turned out that the oem panel bond started to crack under the rearmost part of the roof, mine were all cracked were the roof curved down the rear hatch. To fix it, i bought some rtv(non oil) and removed the black weather stripping and applied it to where I noticed cracks, make sure to give it a good clean first.
TheFuzzy;93735

Turned out that the oem panel bond started to crack under the rearmost part of the roof, mine were all cracked were the roof curved down the rear hatch.

In retrospect, that makes really good sense. You'll notice in my image I added "Water dripping down from above" with an arrow pointed to a drop of water which was running down the [Ioutside[/I of the interior plastic panel. Even though I suspect a ton of water is leaking into the car through the failed seals around the tail lights, that wouldn't explain where the water is dripping down from that I had pointed out. However... your observation is probably right on the mark! I'll have to take a good look at this area if/when the rain stops here tomorrow.

TheFuzzy;93735

To fix it, i bought some rtv(non oil)...

What exactly is "non oil" RTV? Can you name the actual stuff you used?
I had the rear tail lights replaced before I had bought the car so I can't tell you if they were leaking because when I pulled the tails the seals were brand new.
I had water running down the exterior of the interior panels as well.
I used permatex black silicone I believe. It was about 12$ for the bigger tube. I ended up sealing the tail lights, the rubber seal for the hatch, the rubber strip for the hatch wiring and all the oem panel bond and the only thing that stopped the water was after I sealed the corner of the rear hatch and roof below the weather stripping.
This leak also caused my rear quarters to start to rust of the inside put due to the water pooling between the inside of the quarter and the wheel wells. You may want to remove the paneling to make sure it's not wet and it won't be a bad idea to spray in there with a rust inhibitor.
TheFuzzy;93737

I used permatex black silicone I believe. It was about 12$ for the bigger tube. I ended up sealing the tail lights, the rubber seal for the hatch, the rubber strip for the hatch wiring and all the oem panel bond and the only thing that stopped the water was after I sealed the corner of the rear hatch and roof below the weather stripping.

Great, much appreciated.

TheFuzzy;93737

This leak also caused my rear quarters to start to rust of the inside put due to the water pooling between the inside of the quarter and the wheel wells. You may want to remove the paneling to make sure it's not wet and it won't be a bad idea to spray in there with a rust inhibitor.

Good point. I was wondering myself where the water goes when it disappears below the side panels. I was hoping it was able to drain out of there! It looks like those side panels on each side are [Ione[/I piece... all the way from the back of the car up to the rear doors. I'll yank 'em off of there and check down below.

Thanks for your help. :)
I've got this issue in my 93 WRX RA (it may possibly be the trunk seal itself) and I've had the pool/puddle since I got the car over 8 years ago and yes it is kind of amazing that nothing bad really happens (eg. no rust). My tails were resealed during a repaint job but it seems the job wasn't quite perfect and it doesn't take much to create a leak.

I am interested too in the exact product that has fixed things for others with the best results for people.
I just drilled a small hole in the trunk floor, it kept the water from accumulating. I tried everything to fix the problem in my gc8, and nothing worked.. They love to hold water.
Vancouver98STi;93738Great, much appreciated.


Good point. I was wondering myself where the water goes when it disappears below the side panels. I was hoping it was able to drain out of there! It looks like those side panels on each side are [Ione[/I piece... all the way from the back of the car up to the rear doors. I'll yank 'em off of there and check down below.

Thanks for your help. :)

No problem, dealt with that problem and spent countless hours online trying to find someone else with the issue and had no luck. My car sat for about 10 months and it was completely dry so it seems my fix has lasted. If you're interested in some photos I can grab some and show you where I put the silicone.
jdmvip;93740

I've got this issue in my 93 WRX RA (it may possibly be the trunk seal itself)... My tails were resealed during a repaint job but it seems the job wasn't quite perfect and it doesn't take much to create a leak.

From what I've read on numerous forums, the sealing of the tail lights themselves is definitely an issue, but there appear to be other locations in the back where water is getting in. Therefore, there are liable to be differences in solutions for sedans as opposed to wagons. However, let's see what we can come up with in this thread. :)

rhdgc8;93744

I just drilled a small hole in the trunk floor, it kept the water from accumulating. I tried everything to fix the problem in my gc8, and nothing worked.. They love to hold water.

Although I agree that creating a passage for the water [Ito get out[/I is a great idea... it's not good enough! ;) Let's stop the water from getting in!

TheFuzzy;93745

If you're interested in some photos I can grab some and show you where I put the silicone.

That would be excellent... yes, please post some images!

I'll follow this up by posting images of where I eventually apply the silicone, and of course I'll also post the results.

With all the rain that we get here on the west coast, it's imperative that any car that's kept outside (as mine are) are well sealed. At this point, stopping the rain from leaking into my newly acquired STi is my #1 priority. There's nothing worse than a mildewy/moldy car interior.
Since it's pouring rain outside today, I've been researching online how to find and fix leaks in our cars. The following link here... "http://minimopar.net/trunkleak-p.html"P-Body Trunk Leak Repair has got some pertinent info.

If you've got time to kill, the following video isn't bad either. I often feel that Eric The Car Guy needs a good stiff drink of Java before he does his videos, but I still enjoy them. Eric is bit more long-winded than usual in this particular video, but nevertheless I stuck it out 'til the end. ;)

[youtubetecuW9cB-Xk[/youtube
Eric has some great videos, been watching his channel for years now.
Here of some pictures, it aint pretty but it works. Kinda gave up making the wagon look pretty, starting to look pretty tired at 270k kms.
Unfortunately I'm unable to post direct links to pictures until I have more than 10 post.
imgur com/a/NaLgL
imgur com/a/NghZq
TheFuzzy;93752

Unfortunately I'm unable to post direct links to pictures until I have more than 10 post.
imgur com/a/NaLgL
imgur com/a/NghZq
Well, [Ithat[/I doesn't work. ;)

As explained to me "https://jdmvip.com/forum/showpost.php?p=93701&postcount=68"Here, use the [IOpen[/I and [IQuick Upload[/I that you'll see for photos on the right side of the box you type your message in.
That's what I used, I just get a message after I hit reply that I need 10 post to have links in my replies.
TheFuzzy;93754

That's what I used, I just get a message after I hit reply that I need 10 post to have links in my replies.

Ah... so the forum mods were giving me a bum steer, eh? :rolleyes:

Go tell three forum members how much you like their chariots... and then come back here and post your images. :D
Hopefully this will all be fixed in the near future, sorry for the inconvenience.
TheFuzzy;93754

I just get a message after I hit reply that I need [SIZE="4"10 posts to have links in my replies.

I don't know if you've seen this very recent post...

jdmfanatic;93774

OK guys so the posting requirements have been removed from the Video and Pic section. I have also made the post requirements just [SIZE="4"5 posts.

Okay Fuzzy... let's see those images! :)
http://jdmvip.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2852Image:http://jdmvip.com/forum/jdmcarpics/20161230_144112.jpg-51815866ac24d62c9.jpg
http://jdmvip.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2853Image:http://jdmvip.com/forum/jdmcarpics/20161230_144122.jpg-51815866ac2c9c3b6.jpg

There we go :)
Thanks for those images. Is the second one looking down on the [Isame[/I corner as the first... but from above?

TheFuzzy;93737

This leak also caused my rear quarters to start to rust of the inside put [Idue to the water pooling between the inside of the quarter and the wheel wells[/I. You may want to remove the paneling to make sure it's not wet and it won't be a bad idea to spray in there with a rust inhibitor.

Any idea how deep the water was? From what I understand, there's not only a drain plug on each side that can be removed... but there's also a vent (it's removed in the picture below, but it's normally where the arrow is pointing to) that should allow any collected water out. This image is from the 'net, and I haven't had a chance to inspect my own STi yet, but was the vent on each side [Inot[/I allowing water to escape from those areas in your car?

http://jdmvip.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2855Image:http://jdmvip.com/forum/jdmcarpics/RearVent.jpg-5343586c9977afde4.jpg


[EDIT I found another image with the vent still in place.

http://jdmvip.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2856Image:http://jdmvip.com/forum/jdmcarpics/vent2.jpg-5343586c9f53b9b0e.jpg


Unfulfilled purchases from Japan Car Network - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Hi Folks, I'm new to this forum. I found it while trying to work out what to do about a couple of classic Minis I've bought via Japan Car Network.
Looking at some of the posts here, I'm not the only one to have experienced the angst of purchasing vehicles and never seeing anything.
After an initial successful purchase from JCN, I decided that it was safe to proceed to further purchases. I'm into Classic Minis and have restored a few in the past, so it is great to see them as rust free from Japan.
My first purchase led to confidence and in April 2015, I paid for another Mini Cooper. The first one hadn't arrived too quickly so in August 2015, after spotting another one, which my brother fancied, I paid up for that too. More fool me it appears as I have had numerous promises from the proprietor Hiroyuki Murikami, none ever materialising into an actual car or shipping notifications.
I'm a patient guy, which is one of the reason I find myself at this stage this far on, I'm also self employed and have been through a lot, so I haven't had the capacity or energy to deal with more hassle. However I'm not happy to accept being conned out of my hard earned and saved money, so I need to do something about it.
So finding JDMVIP could be a promising step forward. Can anyone point me in the appropriate direction of what I can do to getting my Minis or my money back?
I'm happy to post more details if it helps, but this abridged version may be sufficient.
Any advice would be greatly valued and appreciated.
Thanks, David
Welcome to the forums and sorry to hear about this issue ;(. Have you demanded an explanation and promised actual date of delivery? From what I can see most have never got a resolution from this company.

Quite honestly from experience a shady foreign or local company in Japan is very difficult to go after even with a lawyer. If the company wants to run or is not being co-operative, it is likely that they will go all out to avoid making things right from what I've seen. I may make a thread about this trait I have seen in Japan, some companies defy logic in dealing with people and have gone bankrupt over a few bad transactions (of course in reality the true number is likely much larger).

With that said if you can find a reasonably priced lawyer in Japan and you've weighed the cost vs likelihood of recovering your loss do go for it and let us know how it goes.
Hi, thanks for your response. I have been both patient and firm with them, asking for a firm delivery date numerous times.
I don't know what a lawyer would cost yet, but if anyone here has experience and could point me in the right direction I would be very grateful.
I understand it could cost more money and take time which is a real downer, but if we all just rolled over, it wouldn't be helping anyone.
Thanks


Merry Christmas Everyone! - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family from JDMVIP.COM


"http://jdmvip.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2846"Image:http://jdmvip.com/forum/jdmcarpics/SeasonsGreetings-AdobeStock_94463782.resized.jpeg-458602decf0b1f.jpg
+1 sorry I hijacked your OP with the pic :)

Cheers everyone!
All good, looks better anyways ;)
Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone!


JDM ownership concerns - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey all,

I've been doing research on importing a Subaru Legacy B4 RS-K from Japan here to Ontario to be my daily driver. I'm going to be grilling insurance brokers in the near future in an attempt to get a written guarantee that I will get insurance on this potential vehicle before I go through with the import.

I fell in love with the late 90's-early 2000's vehicles that are coming out of Japan. I know I'll never find anything here in such amazing condition with such low mileage. Around here, the best you can hope for would be a 150K KM + overpriced WRX with the standard awful rust. And even that would exceed how much I'm willing to spend by a good ~4k.

I'm looking for advice on whether importing this car as a daily and maintaining it is more cost effective than buying some local rust bucket. My budget is between 5-8k CAD.

The answers I'm not able to get from research is what the ownership of this car would be like. I'm used to having a repair manual for my car, and tons of online resources to be able to perform repairs. I haven't been able to find anything like that for the prospective Legacy, so that worries me. The other thing is, are there any sources for cross-compatible parts with the USDM Subarus of similar make? I know that there are some parts I will absolutely have to import, but I'm hoping for the most common stuff, I will not need to go through that.

Any advice you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the forums, some people in ON are getting insurance but it looks like you will have to dig, research call around and have some persistence and patience.

A lot of us are here because we love the 90-2000s JDMs, I am one of them :). I think the Legacy B4 RSK's are fantastic cars, just note the auto has the EJ206 (260BHP) and the manual has EJ208 with (280BHP). I had the Wagon BH5 version and liked it but would not go back to a wagon again (it felt too strange having such an extension over the rear wheel base).

If you get a good Exporter that you can trust to do an inspection you should be able to get a good example that will serve you a long time. Just make sure you maintain it well, with correct fuel and oil etc.. Some USDM parts are compatible but some are not, but that's not an issue, it's not hard or expensive to get them shipped from Japan. Common parts like brakes, suspension etc you will have no problem finding locally.

Hope the above helps!
Thanks for the reply jdmvip! It makes me feel better about going ahead with this. I will be getting the manual version. Did you have to tune your wagon for 91 octane fuel? I am anticipating having to arrange a tune in BC before shipping it over simply because all the expertise on JDM cars seems to be there.
My little brother has a B4 RSK. He really likes it, but unfortunately he is selling after one year of ownership. Reason being is the difficulty getting parts locally and the lack of room. So far he hasn't been able to find any vehicle to cross reference for parts.

IMO I would stick with a early model wrx/sti from Japan, parts are easier to find. I use to own a 95 wrx and everything either cross referenced to the 02-07 wrx,2.5rs or the 92 legacy turbo.

Either way good luck with your search and like jdmvip mention make sure you get a good reputable exporter/importer and you shouldn't run into any issues.

Welcome to the site :)
Thanks for the reply rhdgc8. I've been doing some more research, and you seem to be absolutely correct. The B4 RS-K models seem to be among the more problem-prone models of Subaru that you can get. Even people in NZ and the UK report how expensive it is to just get parts. I might look into a WRX but I feel like having to deal with JDM parts might already be enough trouble without the difficulty of working on Subaru engines.

The next car I have my eye on is the Altezza RS200-Z which is the exact same style as the Lexus IS300 we had here. You can't find that car in good shape and low miles, though. From that I can see in the Altezza RS200-Z has a different engine from the straight-6 the IS300 had. The Altezza has a 3S-GE BEAMS with higher output and revs which is actually right up my alley. How are the parts compatibility for these compared to the IS300? The engine is completely different and not common in north america.
Your welcome glad I could help. The WRX would be a good choice if you do stick with a Subaru.

As for the Altezza, I really couldn't help you out with that sorry. I never owned one, but they are beautiful cars and it would be a nice purchase if you can get the parts locally.

Have you spoke with any of our sponsors yet? They can probably lead you in the right direction if your still up in the air on what car you want. I have bought from William at jdmconnection before and also spoke with Mark from Brave.

You can check directly on the auction site as well to see what cars are available daily :)
I've had great experiences with the BH5 and BE5 Legacy thus far and imported a lot of them. I find parts easy to locate and cross reference locally and for the most part (besides some common sensors and such) pretty reliable.

They're not inflated in price like some WRX's are these days...GC8's and GDB prices have gone through the roof compared to years ago.

I've dealt with lots of Altezzas as well and owned one personally for a short while too. Feel free to contact me with any questions :D

nikke;93729Thanks for the reply rhdgc8. I've been doing some more research, and you seem to be absolutely correct. The B4 RS-K models seem to be among the more problem-prone models of Subaru that you can get. Even people in NZ and the UK report how expensive it is to just get parts. I might look into a WRX but I feel like having to deal with JDM parts might already be enough trouble without the difficulty of working on Subaru engines.

The next car I have my eye on is the Altezza RS200-Z which is the exact same style as the Lexus IS300 we had here. You can't find that car in good shape and low miles, though. From that I can see in the Altezza RS200-Z has a different engine from the straight-6 the IS300 had. The Altezza has a 3S-GE BEAMS with higher output and revs which is actually right up my alley. How are the parts compatibility for these compared to the IS300? The engine is completely different and not common in north america.
Where are you finding parts easy? What vehicle cross references? My brother has had one hell of a time finding parts for his B4, hence why it is for sale right now. If you could steer me in the right direction for parts, I will defiantly let him know and maybe he will think about keeping his car. It is such a sweet car I hate that he is selling.. if I didn't have some many cars I would take his to haha
Those Altezza are pretty nice, I really like them a lot. I think they are pretty cheap too. And your right about parts for it being pretty easy, like you could buy an extra engine/transmission for one of those things for under a grand just to have in case. The 3SGE beams that is.
Whenever I've researched either the Altezza or the Legacy I always end up at the conclusion that the WRX (particularly the STi for my preference) is a better choice. I'm sure there are lots of EJ206 and EJ208's running around without issue, but there have been a few problems noted on forums in Canada. Also as the OP mentioned there are also a number of documented issues in the UK and Australia. Maybe that's the reason they didn't produce many vehicles with that twin turbo setup?

For the Altezza, I've looked at it a number of times, but for the size of the car and the power output I'd expect much better fuel economy. It's really not that much better than the WRX and the WRX puts out way more power. Not a major deterrent, but an item to consider is that the coils on the Beams engine seem to be prone to failure and I think they can be difficult to source. Therefore, you should plan on having a few spares on hand or be prepared to have your car sidelined for a few weeks while you find parts and also wait for them to arrive. I'm not sure what the cost of a replacement coil is off hand, but from memory I don't think they are cheap either.
Very useful information everyone. This brings me back to when I couldn't decide what to import and I read all kinds of information about the Version 1 WRX on various forums that I haven't found to be correct. In general I am still scared of Subaru engines, I can read so many horror stories about almost any of the engines. One thing that really scared me was "high running costs" but I disagree they are any higher than most Japanese cars (if anything cheaper than say a Honda timing job). I didn't own the EJ206 long enough to have problems but it does seem like a lot more people have reported problems with the 206 and 208 (though I've heard of a fair number of failures over EJ20K and G). But I also read the early model Legacy BD5's were unreliable from reading various forums which didn't seem to ring true for our members. I had a whole thread about issues with EJ20K that actually seemed to be a myth now so it is hard to say.

I was also scared of my Version 1 Aristo 147 3.0V because everyone said they all have serious valve seal issues but I never had any issue like that.

So I guess I am saying half of it seems to be the condition of the car as it comes, maintenance and how you drive it.

With that said I don't know why but I feel the least nervous about the Toyota engines.

I hope the above could be useful.


Interesting read about 2002+ SG5 Forester - Subaru -> Forester

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/926B65DDAACF4797CA256E6E0013C28C

http://www.usedcarexpert.co.uk/cars/subaru/forester/advice/subaru-forester-2-0-xt/3035/

http"http://www.theaa.com/allaboutcars/cartestreports/2004066.html"://www.theaa.com/allaboutcars/cartestreports/2004066.html
Sweet, thanks for sharing that article.
Yes some interesting impressions and info from the UK. I am complaining about the JDM SG5 XT with 220BHP but the UK has a mere 175BHP. I think the practically, driving impressions etc I think are very useful. I usually find of most sites the UK and AU ones have filled in a lot of questions I've had about various JDM models that I could never find anywhere else (well except on this forum later on lol).

SG5 may have only 220BHP EJ205 vs 250 SF5 but I hear the low-mid torque and acceleration is much better. I even saw a video of an SG5 beating an SF5 (not sure if they were both stock though). One nice thing about SG5 is that I read it has more cargo and interior space so it may be more useful for the family. I am still not 100% if Forester based on WRX platform will be large enough but it is worth a shot and the ground clearance and car handling (much better than all other SUVs I read) is very attractive.

I am leaning towards SG5 XT Cross Sport (if I can wait for October 2017) with the nice bodykit and BBS factory rims.
They are surprisingly really big inside but the handling isn't the best tho.. I find it corners like a bus lol
Ya October 2017 is a long wait :(
The handling is the only concern but I hear it is better than other SUVs.


FS 1993 - 1996 wrx apexi intake - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Selling an Apexi intake. kit is complete minus the filter. Bought the wrong kit for my 97 stb but the filter fit so I kept that but I don't need the rest asking 60$.
Located in Vancouver, Bc.

Pm for deets
Great intake, I had the same one on my old GC8.
GLWS!!

Please make a intro and welcome to JDMVIP :)


Thompson Logistics - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Located on Annacis Island close to the WWL docks.

I was referred to Al Thompson by a work colleague, and I have to say that Al was first class all the way. My first import - something like 7 years ago - I used a broker out of Vancouver and paid at least double.

Did the next couple myself, but was unable to get to Vancouver for this one... but I can tell you, for the piece of mind, I'll never do it myself again.

Top marks given.
+1 I used him years ago back in 2010 when he was working at Courtney Agencies and also last year. His service cannot be beat and is a very great and solid guy to deal with.
Ive dealt with him before and it was a very professional service. I'd recommend him too.


Carter Subaru, Seattle Washington USA - Online Parts Ordering Review - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

I placed the order on the weekend December 10th and got an e-mail on the 12th saying the parts would ship out in 2-3 business days. We are now on the third business day with no update on shipping and it's taking more than I had hoped (compared to most eBay sellers).

I've come across this where it is 50/50 with dealership sellers who are not directly selling on eBay where it can take days or weeks to have an item shipped. I chose them because Subaru has reviews of dealers parts service and they have positive reviews but they are usually all vague and often I suspect on local pickup.

Does anyone know of a Western US dealership that sells online and ships more quickly?

I will update once the items ship.


GC8 WRX/STi V1-6 Tether Child Anchor Bolt Part Numbers - Subaru -> Impreza

Part#96031FA120

Note I haven't confirmed this myself and it may also only work on V1-V4 as I am not 100% sure if the Subaru North America site is correct.



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