Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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I'm rather surprised I have to defend myself on this thread for wanting to bring a car in from Japan. No one seems to have any hard info on sulfur levels.
Here are my reasons for looking at a Japanese vehicle:
1. $4500 in my drive way is the price I am looking for. I have brought 2 vehicles in from the states before and know what costs are involved. Shipping to get the vehicle to Minot, driving down there and bringing it back would range from $750 to $1100 depending on where it is. Even if I fly down and drive it back it would cost almost the same factoring in flight, gas, food and hotel. This takes us down to $3750, best case scenario.
2. Upon importing the vehicle, I will have to pay GST (6%,$175 ), PST (5%,$145), duty (6%,$175), AC exise tax ($125) and the federal inspection ($205). Factoring this in takes me down to just over $2900 to find a car for.
3. 5 years and older vehicles in Japan are put through a very vigorous inspection process including a "shaker" test. This almost gaurantees the level of quality a vehicle must have if it is still registerable. I have contacts who have bought vehicles through the site I am using and all the vehicles have been represented correctly according to them (a grade of good condition is in good condition etc...).
4. Only vehicles that are 15 years or older to the month are admissable into Canada from Japan, this means that a 328 is out of the question. I would like a 325, but the 320's are more plentiful, cheaper and still a 6 cylinder.
Maybe I am looking in the wrong places, but I cannot find an e36 with a 6 cylinder and 60000 kms (37000 miles) in very good condition for $2900. If these are available in the states, I would be the first one in line to buy one....so no, its not pointless...
I guess what I would really like to know is will gas that is rated as "top tier fuel" destroy these engines (european spec M52)?
Last edited by titanium330; 11-16-2007 at 02:07 PM.