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Old 12-09-2000, 02:10 AM   #1
Question New guy needing advice

I am curently living in northern Japan working for uncle sam. I never knew what a impreza WRX was till I was with my friends on a snow covered road on our way to go snowboarding when a WRX and a Evo 4 blew by us at about 120Kmh. I was amazed that a car could do that on icy roads and still have control. The problem I have is I want a U.S 2002 WRX (yellow), But I will be here (japan) for another year and a half. If I do buy one I will have to make payments on it and pay full coverage insurance and not be able to drive it. The only thing the Air Force will pay for is storage. So do I buy one while I still can (yellow) or wait and run the risk of subaru not making WRX's when I come back to the motherland.
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Old 12-09-2000, 04:20 AM   #2
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I'd personally wait. There are things that some don't like about the MY02, like the brakes and small things like that. With any luck, they'll change that for MY03. And even if they don't, there's a change, albeit a small one, that the STi Ver. 7 will be here by then. Here's to crossing our fingers!
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Old 12-09-2000, 04:30 AM   #3
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I should know this because I lived in Japan for 12 years, but can't you buy the WRX or STi in Japan, and import it to the US? I'm not worried about the fact that the car is a right handle car. I've seen too many of right handle car in US for some reason. But, emission might not go through in the US?
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Old 12-09-2000, 08:49 AM   #4
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you cant do that because of crash testing and what not. if you keep up with the skyline, here is a prime example.

a company in california called Moterex actually ships the skyline over here. vehicles that are not sold here at dealerships have not when throught the testing they have to before sold in the states. motorex actually spent their money crashtesting and getting the skyline up to par as far as american standards go. other countries often do not have the standards that america does for "keeping their drivers safe."

anyways, in a word, no. you couldnt import the vehicle over here and drive it around on the roads. you could drive it on tracks and stuff.. but im sure you dont wanna just do that. i would wait as well. every car that comes out as a new body style has quirks. give SOA time to get the kinks worked out.

hope this helped
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Old 12-09-2000, 08:52 AM   #5
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Or how about this? He pays, we drive!

No, huh? Darn.

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Old 12-09-2000, 09:22 AM   #6
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with reference to the skyline...its coming.

a guy iknow took pictures of a r-34 skyline being crash tested just outside baltimore. looked awefull, but thats a good sign. if nissan gets backinto the game with the r-35 they have planned(ttv6/SCv8) other companies will bite too....especially now that subaru has major contendors coming over...next few years are going to be interesting.
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Old 12-09-2000, 10:35 PM   #7
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i'll get one in japan and sent it over
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Old 12-09-2000, 10:46 PM   #8
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Hey, you can buy one in japan and bring it back over here but you have to buy the U.S. domestic model. We bought a volvo in germany and brought it back with us to the states and just had to make sure we bought the US model instead of the european one. There should be no trouble since your military and you get free shipping for your car. I'd buy it now and get all the Japan Sti goodies i could find for it. Instead of waiting. Best of luck.
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