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Old 02-02-2017, 01:05 PM
Sbrumfield1 Sbrumfield1 is offline N00b
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Default Daily driving an import.

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.)
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:18 PM
jdmvip jdmvip is offline
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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.
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:16 PM
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To be honest if you want a reliable car, I would say steer away from 25 year old turbo cars :P
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