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Old 01-30-2014, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Middle East Subaru's passing US inspections??

Hi guys,

I am currently living in Bahrain for the next two years. I am curious if i purchase a new Sti, when I return to the states will I have any issues passing federal and state safety and emission inspections??
Has anyone had any success and or horror stories?
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Glenn
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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hey, since the new sti's that are imported into the middle east are Euro Specs you shouldn't have any issue with passing US inspections.
and it will be in your favour since Middle East spec cars have better cooling systems as well as AirCon.
so enjoy ripping it around the states

and congrats in advance !!!
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:54 AM   #3
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That is incorrect kharusi86. Only exceptions are MY94 or older can be legally imported. If its newer than 95, its definitely NOT going to pass. You will need to have 2 more catalysts to the exhaust system, which means you have to detune the car for at least 93 octane fuel if not 91 depending on where you stay and the type of Subaru. Also your emissions equipment will not pass federal regulations in most states. Windshield is different and will need to be replaced to pass 50 state regulations. Bumpers may fail too depending on the year of your car. Headlights are aimed and specd different for RHD cars so you may need to replace those as well.
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:51 PM   #4
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That is incorrect kharusi86. Only exceptions are MY94 or older can be legally imported. If its newer than 95, its definitely NOT going to pass. You will need to have 2 more catalysts to the exhaust system, which means you have to detune the car for at least 93 octane fuel if not 91 depending on where you stay and the type of Subaru. Also your emissions equipment will not pass federal regulations in most states. Windshield is different and will need to be replaced to pass 50 state regulations. Bumpers may fail too depending on the year of your car. Headlights are aimed and specd different for RHD cars so you may need to replace those as well.
95? No. It's 25 years for imports, not 20.

Once it's 25 years or older (from date of production) you can bring them over as is. No modifications, no different headlamps, just bring it over.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:49 AM   #5
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The NHTSA has a website detailing what has to be done, but basically, forget it. The car must be imported by a registered importer, you must post a bond equal to the value of the car. The car must meet all US collision, bumper, emissions and anti theft standards.
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:44 PM   #6
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Thank You, Car was sold in Bahrain
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