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Old 20 Jul 2004, 12:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
Tom
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In Japan, you'd first need to have that parking space...then there's the inspections (especially that nasty one for 2-year old cars).
And the Japan models might want octane that might be hard to find elsewhere (I used to be able to get 100 Octane Unleaded near an airport - but the station closed (might need to get it on the airfield ?).
My Dad lived in Shibuya for 8 years, long enough to actually get his own parking space...I went nuts in Aki Habara buying stereo gear when I visited. :shock:

And I also recall what we had to do to a US-Spec car to get it 'street-legal' in Europe.

Here in the USA, a person can have one (non-US-spec) import (in a lifetime), and it cannot be resold (except for scrap or perhaps parts). But the stupidity about fuel is enough to make it tough to feed a fussy engine...(many states mandate specific blends of ethanol, etc. Without any regard to what is most easily supplied - there are some 30+ specs for fuel and about 9 refineries large enough to deal with them - so occasionally there are shortages of specific blends despite adaquate oil supplys - politics are so exceedingly dumb sometimes...).

Speaking of politics - can one get a (stock) car that produces over 300 Hp in Japan ?

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