Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 02:59 pm, by: Scott Wilkes(Scottywilkes)
i think theres a specific cutoff date that LHD cars can be registered, and they can only be registered as a Special interest vehicle, so you can only drive them so much in the year. Thats my understanding
Lance, I can foresee many problems with doing that. Firstly, the Aussie dollar is not great at the moment as far as the exchange rate is concerned, secondly the cost to import from the USA would be astronomical. I can't really see why you would want to drive a left hand drive vehicle in any case. If the issue is buying a late model Soarer (SC400), they do come up from time to time in the usual places i.e. Ebay, Carsales, Motorpoint, Carpoint etc. It would be good to check out the model though as I have seen 94' models advertised as 2000 models. Clearly this is the compliance date and not the year model of the car.
Monday, December 29, 2008 - 10:02 am, by: Ben Socratous(Socrates)
In SA we have just changed the LHD drive laws to be over 30 years old too. Also, the owning for a year part of your plan... in SA you actually have to prove that YOU lived over seas with the car as well, not just had the car garaged somewhere while you were over here. If it were that simple, we'd have so many cars on the road using that loophole that would otherwise not be allowed.
Monday, December 29, 2008 - 12:07 pm, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
WA & NT allow LHD drive cars to be registered. There are a few here in Exmouth, the US service personnel bring them in (and I guess take 'em home again as they'd be hard to sell being weird US models). There are also plenty getting around Alice Springs from Pine Gap people. Other states, forget it unless you have deep pockets.
Sounds like a lot of trouble to get a VVTi V8 and 5-speed- better to get from a later Lexus out of Japan maybe.
i had a look into importing a car from japan. I'm not sure if the same law applies from USA but a family friend owns an import company and he said that you can't privately import any vehicle that has a production date after 1992. I think he told me the reason was that people will then import all the current model cars for dirt cheap prices from japan. EG, was looking into importing a 2008 suzuki swift for my girlfriend which would've worked out to about $12000AUS plus taxes on top. More than half the same model was currently selling into Australia. I had the car lined up and everything and unfortunately was told that i'd never get it into the country. I'm not sure if the same rule applies to the USA but i'd imagine there'd be some limit. Otherwise there are some car import companies around that can legally import cars here, but you'll pay through the roof for them to do it
Monday, December 29, 2008 - 05:35 pm, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
Peter Nitschke wrote on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 04:29 pm:
I read somewhere that the 5 speed auto isn't a great box, might reduce the enjoyment a bit.
Yes, if it's the same box as used in Lexus 470 and Landcruiser, many journos bagged the 'box in tests. I'd assume it is as the 4.7l engine is essentially the same (detuned for 4WD use although torque was relatively high if outputs weren't great for a 4.7l).