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18 hours ago, Leadwing said:

 

The Super Oscars were huge ... like the ones in the photo.  What you may have had were Oscar Pluses.  (I have them on my 44 year old Honda Gold Wing)  The Oscar + lights have a little red plus sign on the lens.

No, I have Oscars now, used to have Oscar+ in the old days.  The lights on Keith's truck are something else.

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BC is one of the places it rarely makes sense to buy most used cars, especially Japanese ones.  I've seen people trying to sell 2 year old Corrollas for the same as brand new :lol:

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1 hour ago, MikeT said:

No, I have Oscars now, used to have Oscar+ in the old days.  The lights on Keith's truck are something else.

 

I don't doubt that.  In my first post about the lights, I mentioned that they "looked like" Super Oscars.  Huge and a very deep shell.  No big deal though.  They were great.

 

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Here's an example of a TWO wheel drive Tracker in plain jane trim with a SOFT top only, and albeit low kms/clean, they still want $7500

That is a $4000 truck in my world due to the 2WD 

And I know some will say that is still too much!

 

 

https://vancouver.craigslist.org/bnc/cto/d/burnaby-92-geo-tracker-collector/7013042515.html
 

Back to Mitsu

 

I could take the risk and import a Japanese vehicle myself and handle the clearance/conversion/inspection and for that Pajero i/o / Shogun Pinin I might have been able to get that cost to as low as $5500-$6000 CAD on the road provided there's no surprises/mechanical issues upon arrival.

 

Roughly assuming $2500 CAD bought in Japan with any fees there

$800 Ro/Ro freight to New West

$450 clearance/cleanliness inspection

6% duty

$100 AC tax

5% GST

$1300 compliance/DRL etc....

$150 BC Inspection

7% BC Tax

 

Could luck out and do better in Japan on auction, and if I felt like it, could get the mechanical/DRL done for less (DIY some of it)… maybe get that vehicle on the road for as little as $5000 - but assume all the risk

 

There are a few importers selling unregistered/still needing inspection vehicles for around as low as $4000-4500 range - and I am assuming they are getting a great rate on containers and bringing 4 at a time, thus spreading the cost around....

 

Now, about bringing over those three roadsters..... LHD from Europe, that is going to be my next challenge!! in a 40 foot container, but that means assembling three roadsters in one port city..... and there's costs to doing that..... so..... :)

 

 

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The problem is that the transport, taxes and conversion costs don't fundamentally add value to the vehicle...but then willingness to pay is also a factor with low volume imports.  If I ever get an RCZ in Japan, it will be LHD and I would still be paying over the odds for one.  I probably won't, being so deeply into the 404C (which is very costly to restore!).

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Absolutely, the vehicle didn't become more valuable just by carting it across the Pacific and putting a silly DRL module on it...!

 

For this purchase, it was a choice based on:

1) I cannot get my hands on a clean low km (say about 150,000) Suzuki with low range and manual transmission without spending at least $6000+ (And if I get lucky, I will buy one when it appears)

2) Here's an even cleaner and lower km vehicle for about the same dollars.... with a built in novelty factor :)

 

The following mini-Pajero clearly is NOT a great deal for anyone, except the dealer...

https://nanaimo.craigslist.org/ctd/d/2001-mitsubishi-pajero-minijdm-km/7007105380.html

1) 660 cc

2) relatively very high kms for a JDM (150,000+)

3) NOT even passed inspection or registerable in BC!!! That will take a minimum if you are LUCKY, $1200 likely...… but more likely it'll be more!

 

 

This vehicle probably sold at auction for a few hundred US dollars and landed here for not much more than $1500 CAD out of pocket with transport/clearance etc....

With half the kms I would suggest it's $4000 plus tax already inspected and registerable - the place I was at has one for about that much

 

Back to Willy's previous comment - I have about zero interest myself in the under-powered 660 cc turbo machines, unless the kms and price are such that it could strictly be a toy for the back roads that don't involve anything resembling a highway required to get there

 

I would just as soon get LHD from Europe, but they are a bit more beat up and higher kms and the cost to get to BC is significantly more

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And Mike - the RCZ is very cool! I did a quick look, and interestingly there is about equal qty of LHD and RHD on the Japanese auctions sites! (You knew this of course....)

Just have to wait 5 more years roughly!

Shoot me if I ever end up in a bird-watcher ok! lol

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1 hour ago, smartzuuk said:

Back to Willy's previous comment - I have about zero interest myself in the under-powered 660 cc turbo machines, unless the kms and price are such that it could strictly be a toy for the back roads that don't involve anything resembling a highway required to get there

I agree 100%, they are selling here near Lake Simcoe as side by side ATV's for half the cost of a new ATV.  For trips out  onto the lake ice fishing...imho.    Like i said IF they could do easily 100kms/hr I would concider one, but it's screaming at 90km/hr  so no way!  It's all basically secondary roads around me but they still travel 100 everythere so it must keep up.  I like wierd vehicles especially smaller ones so it would fit the bill nicely.

 

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The (Kei) Pixis Joy we drove in Nagano last year was fun, even 4 up with its 660 cc it would go 130, and the turbo is better.

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