Ya little scamp!!, You are having a dig at my GTS aren't you?.
Just wondered if the Gts-t was any better(I realise the performance is better) but all round. I have been told by good sources that there is a surplus of good R32 GTR/S's in Japan because they normally are swallowed up by the downunder guys, but due to there New compliance laws(which means they can't buy them anymore) means that prices are fairly low.
Me having a dig ? no way , I leave that to the 'banter' boys... any Skyline is good in my book
Although there are some mechanical differences between the GTS and the GTS-t, the main thing is obviously the turbo which gives a stock 214bhp, the Silver car with it's HKS exhaust should be somewhat more...
Having had a R33 GTS-t before my R32 goes and handles better, as it should having been lowered with much stiffer springs plus 225/40 16's and suprisingly with a wee bit more grunt than my old 2.5lt R33 as well, I'm well pleased with it and yes it was bought private from an ad in Autotrader (cheaper than the Silver one too )
The only trouble with a surplus of cheap R32 GTS's in Japan is the cost of importing a single car could be more than the car cost or would be ultimately worth, so unlikely that many will make it here
Paul, There are some nice 32s out there, I remember before I bought the GTS4, but also there are some GTS4s on Auto Trader too, but read the print cause lots of the dealers dont know what they got. There were at least two last time I looked, and the handling and traction of a GTS4 is the same as a GTR!!!! Plus you'll only pay half the price!!!!!! All you lose is 600cc, and a turbo dont mind that for 5000ish........
There was one in Manchester for 5500 not reged yet too, dont know if its still there though, take a look on autotrader.co.ukyou'll be surprised...... I was
Elliot, I dont have the car quite yet... didnt realise that I had given off that impression!! It will turn up at Southampton on friday 24th may
Paul, yes it came from Best Japan Car, I wasnt really looking to buy one, but a Skyline that looked as pretty as that for that little money, I couldnt resist!!!
Youve got good eyes to identify that car!!!
Yep... Im importing it myself... my first time! not looking forward to SVAing it... if only it was 8 months older I could avoid all that!
Hopefully not too much will need to be done to it, Im having a custom set of MPH dials made, other than that it 'should' just be the fuel restrictor and fog light... maybe 4 tyres if im unlucky.
Have you bought from best Japan before then?? They were very helpful!
and yes, she looks good doesnt she!
I haven't bought from them before, but was interested in the one you bought, but didn't have the money. Importing yourself is fairly straight forward. Are you bringing in the car through YUWA shipping?, I know they have the facilities for SVA testing. If you have your car booked in then it shouldn't take you long to get it. You can drive the car home without plates if you want. You have one trip to home from the port, and to and from the MOT station. I bought mine from a photo also through a company in Japan(who no one had ever heard from(wouldn't deal with them again!). But the car was in a right state when I got it due to a fire on the ship.
Hey don't worry too much about the SVA test. I've just imported an Evo 1 and all it needed was the fog light, fuel restrictor and MPH converter and the test is easy. Make sure that you enter the correct details on the form and the "bottom of the fog light must be 250mm (I think) from the ground." I've got an R-32 GTs-turbo but when I imported it it turned ten years old on arival so I didn't need the SVA test. I did exactly the same thing as yourself; wasn't looking to buy the car but couldn't resist it but now I need to think about selling.
I was hoping someone would say the SVA wouldnt be too bad!!!
My car seems to be quite famous!! your the second person Ive met that was interested in buying it!!! I went to Abbott Racing (Saab specialist) and mewt an old friend from school that I haddnt properly seen for some years... turns out that he was thinking about getting it too!!!
Im not too worried about fires on the ship.. its theoreticaly insured against that! its pianos falling from the sky when it gets off the boat that worries me!!
Yua Shipping is the company that Best japan use...
I wouldn't worry, the SVA should be ok, Are YUWA doing the SVA?, The fire on board the ship that carried mine had to detour to Malaysia which took another 2 months to get here, I was gutted. They told me that it would be cleaned before I got it, but it wasn't, at first I thought they had bought the wrong car out of the pound. Which port are you collecting it from?. It must be nice tio have a famous car.
No, im doing the SVA myself... works out a lot cheaper... eg speedo.. they were charging £250 where I can get the parts for £125ish... but im getting dials madeup calibrated in mph (proper backlit ones) for abut £60...
Im picking it up from Southampton, I have a friend with a car tansprter and im borrowing that... I considered driving it home, but, just to be on the safe side!
did your car get damaged in the fire? and did you get anything out of anyone for your delay? It would have been a nightmare waiting any more time!!! thses past 5 weeks ive been waiting have been auful! it like waiting for christmas!!!
Picked mine up from Southampton also, No I got nothing for my delay, tried to no avail. The car wasn't damaged but I can still smell the smoke now after even valeting it. You are probably right doing the work yourself. I drove mine home to Birmingham from Southampton, what a nightmare that was as the car wasn't really roadworthy(dodgy tryres, buggered steering rack). passed 2 police cars but not stopped even with writting all over the windscreen from the customs. wouldn't do the same again. stopped for petrol outside Southampton and the battery was dead, being in a petrol satation I wasn't allowed to jump start due to sparks!!!!. Couldn't leave near the pumps, but being auto i didn't realise that there was a override swith to place in neutral.....Anyway eventually got home.
Once you have finished preparing the car for its SVA or MOT test you are legally allowed to drive it to a pre-booked test before it has been registered or road taxed. You do have to have it insured on the chasis number though. I would advise putting pieces of card where the number plat goes and writting the chasis number on them. We just drove to Inverness from Newcastle like this and were not stopped.
Mine had to be SVA'd and they had to put stupid side repeaters on it, due to the front dome repeater being at the wrong angle or something stupid...... just thought i'de mention due to mine being SVA'd last month....