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Anyone here has one of these? Care to share your owner experience. Specifically around import and registration. And general service and reliability concerns.
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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

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.
 

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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?
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.

Is it worth it? I don't know. For the price of a used 10 year old R33 (if you can find a legal one), you can get a brand new EVO. But there is something appealing about the exclusiveness of these cars in the US (appearantly not in Canada). I am not trying to compare these cars to anything else, just though it might be a neat car to add to the garage. And no, I have no interest on the new GT-R. It is just too ugly, at least to me. :D
 

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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
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 think the rarest "Skyline" I've seen is a 240SX with a R32 GT-R rear clip. Totally pointless, but still funny.
 

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Quite a few out here in WA. A lot of the shops that imported them went under tho
 

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I own a 1995 Motorexed GTR R33 Vspec. I have owned it since 2004. I bought it stock but have since modified it with the best of everything. The car is absolutely awesome. A couple of comments for those that posted earlier in this thread. 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. Evos may be fairly nice cars but are not in the same league as a GTR. Buying quality performance parts is still very difficult. Language barrier if you try to order direct. If you try to order from the California folks, plan on one screw up after another. Does anybody in California work more than three hours a day? Is everyone in California stoned all the time? Parts that should take weeks can take years to get. And of course, everything has to be prepaid. GTRs are nice but honestly not worth the money or the trouble. I also have a 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec R that I brought in myself that is state legal. Also a bigger pain in the ass than it was worth. Both cars have been taken down to the frame and restored to perfection. If anyone has a burning desire to own one of these cars, let me know. I will gladly sell either of them or both of them. Low six digits for the R33 and high five digits for the S15. If you own a Honda, please don't even ask me about either car.
 

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Six digits for a R33 is a bit steep, yes even for a Motorex car... Any how, You are a lucky guy.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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?
 

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$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:
 

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$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:
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.

Can't find you an example on a fed legal R32 right at this moment, but here is a nice copy of a Motorex R33 for $65K.

http://brokerprosllc.com/BP10.html

And if you know anything about these cars, then you must have heard of Sean Morris. Thread #1370 is his comment on this particular car being legi.

http://forums.freshalloy.com/showthread.php?t=171725&page=35
 

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Sean is a personal friend. The R33 you reference is nothing special. Personally I hate the way so many people repaint these cars and change the color without taking the cars apart and painting all the detail areas. Raise the hood, open the trunk or open the doors and you still see the original color of the car. Yuck. The background in the picture of this R33 is right in front of RB Motoring. A true GTR lover will know what I am talking about when I use the name "Big Bird". That was the yellow R33 in the Fast and the Furious. RB Motoring owned that car after Hiro from Motorex went to jail. I bought it as a rolling chassis from Jack at RB and later sold it, still as a rolling chassis, to someone for 18K. That particular car was never even federalized. It also held the showroom stock record at Pike's Peak when driven by Reise Millen several years ago. It was originally a white car and it was painted just a lousy as I mentioned above. My point is, truly nice GTRs are extremely rare and would certainly demand a higher market value than the $65K being asked for the orange car.
 
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