Hooniverse Asks: Did you/would you buy a JDM import?


I’m looking for a second vehicle in addition to my Bronco. I have a few requirements: AWD, seats five, safe, spacious, reliable, functional, budget friendly. With that said, I also don’t want something boring. My requirements would be satisfied by a new Camry but I don’t want t drive a new Camry. Complicating things further is the fact that the market is not exactly buyer friendly.

Last weekend I looked at a promising 2003 Land Cruiser. Everything was great until I peeked under it and saw two decades of New England’s best rust. I’ll keep looking, thanks. This search has brought me to JDM importers’ websites. All kinds of Land Cruisers are being imported and they all seem much cleaner than comparable USDM vehicles. But there are a few issues for me:

  • Higher price, which is fine as long as it’s clean.
  • Part availability.
  • No warranty of any kind.
  • Potential registration and/or insurance issues.
  • Recent events of JDM vehicles’ registration cancellations.

Has anyone here bought an imported vehicle? What were your experiences and issues?

East Coast Editor.
Races crappy cars and has an unhealthy obsession with Eastern Bloc cars.
Current fleet: 4Runner, Integra, Regal, Lada



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