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Old 11-14-2005, 10:02 AM   #1
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In Febuary Im moving to Japan for 3 years. I won't be able to take my WRX with me and I can't see making payments on a car of 3 years that Im not driving. So will be selling it along with all my mods over the next couple months.
I am trying to find out about the Jap Spec subies. I have heard that you can get cars super cheap over there but I haven't really investigated it yet. Does anyone know know were I can get good info on Subies in Japan. Any suggestions on what I should pick up and drive the crap out of for 3 years. And yes Im already dreaming of the Skyline
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Old 11-14-2005, 10:04 AM   #2
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get a skyline!!!!! I always wished of getting the hell out of here for a few years and moving there.Then owning a skyline. How sick would that be?? By the way skylines there go from like 9,000 - 25,000 used. Ive seen some good deals on them on ebay, but im sure if you go there yourself youll get even better deals. If you buy a skyline, do us all a favor and get the r33 gtr or the r34 gtr. And then post some pics here on NASIOC PWEEETY PWEEZZ?
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:56 AM   #3
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are you in the military? you can't take your car becuase the military isn't shipping it or because japan won't allow it imported in? if its the latter case, i believe you may be able to ship it since the vehicle was made and assembled in japan (i know wrx's are for sure). the rumor i heard was you can only ship a vehicle to japan if it was made in japan. might want to look into it.

then you could swap an ra motor and tranny and bring it back to the states instead of buying a really cool car and having to leave it there when you come home.

just a though
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:11 PM   #4
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I am in the military and going through the process of getting the car over there and back is too much cash and a big headache so I will be selling it before I go. I can't wait to start shopping for JDM models once I get there.
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:40 PM   #5
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You will need a fast car to outrun Godzilla
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:12 PM   #6
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Get an older car. The rules get a little looser every year on what you can bring back. A classic STi with RHD in the states would be an eye catcher.
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:22 PM   #7
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do you know what base you are going to? what service are u in. if its the marines you will be more then likely going to camp butler (all bases in oki) and skylines are easy to come by for 3000 to 10000 depends on what you want! tt 300z are also common. sti in oki i rarely saw. evo's are all over the damn place. and wrx's i barely saw also. as far as bringing them back when i was there you had to stay two years and you rated a pov to be shipped back but there were rules on what it could be. good luck!
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:01 PM   #8
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i say get the S15.. nothing like it here in the states.. fast as hell, mod all you want and it is the sexy! do a search.. you'll love the way it looks.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:05 PM   #9
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:14 PM   #10
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get a skyline!!!!! I always wished of getting the hell out of here for a few years and moving there.Then owning a skyline. How sick would that be?? By the way skylines there go from like 9,000 - 25,000 used. Ive seen some good deals on them on ebay, but im sure if you go there yourself youll get even better deals. If you buy a skyline, do us all a favor and get the r33 gtr or the r34 gtr. And then post some pics here on NASIOC PWEEETY PWEEZZ?
Does Japan still have that screwy insurance system where the older your car is the more the insurance costs? They had that when I was over there, and it made the notion of buying a used car deceptively attractive until you went to go insure it.

Just FYI.
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Old 11-15-2005, 06:49 PM   #11
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dude they are comming out with the skyline over here in the us soon.. I think next year around the spring
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:11 PM   #12
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Im going to Camp Zama if I don't get a stop movement droped on my a##. My Brigade just came up for deployment to Iraq this coming summer. So as of now they can still cancel my orders. If that happens you will read about some poor guy who decided to drive his shinny blue WRX into a brick wall at max speed.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:12 PM   #13
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i still say get a skyline... or maybe a spec c?
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:23 PM   #14
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Get a STi and not just a regular WRX. Of all the cars I would choose a Spec-C, Evo IX MR or Wagon, R34 v-spec. Im not pesonally into the big HP so the Skyline would be a last option (great car but not for everyone). If your looking for the fastest track car out the box then go with the Evo MR RS then the Spec-C. The R24 is only fun when modified because of its weight.

just my .02
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:43 PM   #15
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get a s15 or a spec C
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:55 PM   #16
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GTR34 all the way.

Might as well get one while you can, since it's so freaking hard to get one for a decent price in the States.
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Old 11-15-2005, 11:03 PM   #17
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skyline skyline skyline.....
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Old 11-15-2005, 11:29 PM   #18
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Funny, I'm moving to Japan as well. Yokosuka, off to the Chicken Hawk.
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Old 11-16-2005, 01:53 AM   #19
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If you are going to Zama, there are several choices on cars that you can purchase. There is a used dealership right outside the main gate that can elp you. If you can make friends in your unit, you may be able to catch a ride out to the Skyline used dealership approx. 15 mins from the Camp.

There are also several auctions in your area that can help you get a car (or just use the dealership outside the gate to purchase for you). You have to remember that there are several thngs you have to do to get prepared to drive. First: You have to pass a driving test. Depending on your unit, you may have to wait to take the test. Second: You have to pay JCI, a kind of vehicle inspection that gets more expensive as the car gets older. There is also a recycling fee (1 time fee that a dealership usually adds to the cars cost or it comes with a used car). Third: Insurance can be kinda expensive, depending on the model, but thats normal.

A few things to consider when purchasing a car in Japan are fuel cost (by the liter, not the gallon - Average Y240 per liter), parking and toll costs. Tolls and parking can add up quickly and if you are going long distances or staying several nights at a location. It is not unheard of to pay close to $50 US for tolls to go 50 miles in Japan.

If you have questions, there are a few people here that live in Japan. Most people in the military purchase a vehicle is they have family. You can PM me for more information, I am willing to help.
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Old 11-16-2005, 03:26 AM   #20
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R34's are still not that cheap over there either guys, so telling him to get a brand-new car is kindof silly.

I'd say get an old Evo, WRX, Sti, or either an R32 or early R33 GT-R.

Should keep costs down that way. Check out 95+ Rx-7's as well
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:23 PM   #21
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A few things to consider when purchasing a car in Japan are fuel cost (by the liter, not the gallon - Average Y240 per liter), parking and toll costs.
Just a correction here, gas is about 130yen per liter for High Octane right now in Japan. About $1.15usd per liter, or about $4.60usd per gallon. Prices are actually dropping a bit, which I am glad for...

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Old 11-17-2005, 12:04 AM   #22
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That or an FD. Apparently there are lots of them in used car lots.
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Old 11-17-2005, 12:37 AM   #23
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Prices on base are $2.50 a gallon for 93 octane. There are all kinds of cars here. I lived here for 2 years before, and now I am back indefinatley. Cars are very cheap here. My friend just bought an older WRX for $3000. It is in great shape. I bought a AE86 with $12,000+ of parts in it for Y600,000. I wanted an S15. The lowest one I have seen was for about $12,000. I drove it and they are very nice, but for now I decided to stick with a cheaper car. I've drive an R32, 33, and 34. The R33 sucks, or at least that is the general concensus here. I dreamed of owning a skyline, right up until after I drove one. It is a big heavy beast. It really didn't seem that fast. Email me at keirnna@gmail.com if you would like any real world advice as someone living here as a civilian that did live and work here in the military. I also don't know what you are talking about when you say you will crash your car if you get orders to the persian gulf. That is what you joined to do.
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Old 11-17-2005, 09:26 AM   #24
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If I were going to bring a car back from Japan.. it would be either a Ver5 STi Wagon, or a late nineties 2nd gen MR2.
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:42 AM   #25
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I shipped my 02' WRX to Japan back in August. I thought that since my car was built in Japan that it would just fly through all the inspections. Not! Just a bunch of headaches.

- First you have to buy liability insurance, at least a years worth (I think). Which was around 350 bucks.

- Second JCI (Japanese Compulsary Insurance). Its like our yearly inspection due on our cars in the states, but since I brought my car over I had to get 3 years worth, which was around 400 dollars.

- Once you get those two items you can then go to the city hall and get temp plates which is only good for 5 days and costs like 6 dollars. Then go back to the base and get a temp pass good for only 5 days. Trust me it took me about a month to go through all the inspections and had to make more than a few trips back and forth getting new temp plates.

Anyways, you have to get a emissions test in Tokyo right near Yokota AB and that will run you 200,000 Yen (around 1700 dollars). I think if your car was made before 1976 you don't need the emissions test. Once you pass the emissions test then you go to the local LTO office and spend literally a day going through the JCI inspection there where they check everything on the car (definitely had a few nail biting moments there). Once you pass that inspection you get your "E" plate which stands for "Exempt" from the import tax to Japan. Normally "gaijin" (foreigners) in Japan have "Y" plates. Then you gotta also get the Japanese license plates to fit on your car, through a few modifications and cussing I got the rear to fit and the front I had to buy the Japanese license plate bracket to make the plate stay securely. Finally, take your temp plates back to the city hall.

Trust me I love my car and didn't want to leave it in storage in the states and I figured heck I am going to Japan, might as well take advantage of the cheaper parts.

I already picked up driver/passenger version 7 used seats for 400 (set).

I run gas out in town the premium stuff and it runs me around 6500 yen for a full tank that lasts me around 1.5 weeks at least I dont get any ping like I did back in the states now. The only thing is japanese premium gas is 103-104 octane and want to get my car tuned to take advantage of that extra octane.

Anyone know of any good Suby tuners in the Yokohama/Tokyo area?
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