Anyone here has one of these? Care to share your owner experience. Specifically around import and registration. And general service and reliability concerns.
Move to Canada... I'm sick of seeing R32s. They're the new 240SX, which was the new Civic.
A good friend of mine tracks his modded 32 GT-R with decent success. As far as reliability goes, the RBs are pretty solid, but like any tuner car, you'll be spending time under the hood. It's not a car you take to get serviced, so reliability isn't really an issue. You take care of rattles and other issues when you're under the hood doing other things. The tuner market is growing Stateside for these cars, so parts or other replacement issues aren't as serious when everything had to be brought over from Japan if there was anything broken or needed replacing.
As far as DD-ability, I've been in more comfy cars. I don't know about stock seats, but his Brides and suspension set-up is hardly favorable for normal driving. They are very capable track cars though.
Thanks for the info. I am just curious at this point and have no interest on importing one myself. What I would be interested is finding a fed legal one that was once imported by MotorRx before they got into all those trouble with the govt on the crash test certs.There are many documents that cover the fact that disassembling manufacturered cars and rebuilding them as kit cars is very illegal, but as always there are examples of successful builds.
Personally, Id be scared that the local DOT could sieze the car and crush it, leaving the owner with nothing. Thats always a possibility, just remember all these cars (except R33 Skyline, the only version that was truly legalized for importation if and only if it was modified for emisions) are here on one loophole or another. In the end, is it really worth it?
I am in Toronto, but my friend is from Montreal. Ironically, he is in Toronto right now picking up a couple turbos for his car (not sure which ones, possibly HKS?).I'm guessing you're from Toronto too? I'm also sick of seeing them here, they aren't even considered a "Rare" sighting anymore, most of them are GT-T's, anyways. Three of my friends all have them including a Nismo Z Tuned one. What's your friend's name if you don't mind me asking
It depends on your build. I was fine in them, and he still loves them after about a year of using them.Bride seats are made for midgets. They suck. I had some in my car for awhile and sold them. Very uncomfortable. Stock seats at much better.
A fed legal clean R32 GTR will run you $25k-$30k easy in the US with the R33 GTR at double the price. A non fed legal but state registrated one going for about 30% less. I guess I don't understand much about Canadian import laws, but why aren't the R33 availible in Canada right now?It depends on your build. I was fine in them, and he still loves them after about a year of using them.
R33s are going to be coming into Canada shortly, so we'll see how prices compare. Right now you can get a clean R32 GTR for 12,000$. That price has gone down in the last 5 years, but I'm willing to bet it will go up in the next 5.
Take it easy, this thread has nothing to do with what is a better car or what will I be rather be "pounding" around. I am just seeking own experience with these cars.$30k for SKYLINE...is it on blocks? You are outa your mind. I have had numerous "gray market" cars, all unmodified this is the way to go...Audi ur-quattro, ford RS 200, big turbo Escort Cosworth! But a SKYLINE under $74k, you will never be happy with. My neighbor has a show R-34, almost perfect, pure sex on wheels! He paid over $120k, I would rather pound my 996 TT Porsche around than that car...listen to the previous poster who has these cars....wash, wax, drool...but do not own or drive them....buy a 430 Stradalle instead!:shift: