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Old 03 Aug 2006, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Euro imports anyone??

Just wondering how many of you guys are driving a Euro import impreza, ie from motorhouse, allbrandsnew, litchfield etc...
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ill be watching this thread

Have thought about going down this route as the savings are real big!
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what are you wondering? becuase there are threads on imports, i did a topic wither or not to import about 3 weeks ago .

its far better getting an import than a uk model as japan has such a higher imissions testing and the speed limits are strict over there aswell. and you generally find the quality of the car will be high over there also.

plus the jap models are higher in the bhp stakes.

yes its more expenisve to import but well worth it from what i have heard, but ive also been told its even better if you can buy an imported car that has already been in the uk for a bit of time.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 02:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would say imports are a little better than the UK models unless you pick a 22B P1 WR1 or limited eddition like these where the BHP is much higher. The only problem I found is getting rid of the things after you bought them.. A UK car can be sold to dealers and I have got very good prices for mine.. An import has to be sold privately..Which was a pain in the arse for me...
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other thing i have found is different countries, even in europe, have slightly different specs, aka turbo etc.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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what are you wondering?
I think davv123 is wondering whether its worth buying a New Impreza from motorhouse, allbrandsnew, litchfield etc & save money but are there any pitfalls after you purchase the car this way.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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well surely if its brand new then a pro would be the warantee.

but then the massive down would be the stupid increase of the price.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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well surely if its brand new then a pro would be the warantee.

but then the massive down would be the stupid increase of the price.
warrenties are a bit of a grey area, subaru uk will NOT cover manufacturers warrenty on imported models, but most good imports provide warrenty for them though, something to be carefull of.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 04:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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After reading a lot about import v non-import - i went for the type-uk non-import.
For a couple of reasons but mainly because I read a good few horror stories about the warranty. I couldn't decide if the warranty would be valid or not and didn't want to take the risk in the end.

Also, the imported version of the car I have has less safety features; airbags are a biggie & since I use my car everyday safety is pretty important for my family etc.

And at the end of the day the car was only £27000 which isn't exactly very expensive for what you get. On the other hand I'd hate to think what a finance company would charge you in interest if you were paying it up!

Sorry guys but I'll be buying type-uk again next time I change.
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After reading a lot about import v non-import - i went for the type-uk non-import.
For a couple of reasons but mainly because I read a good few horror stories about the warranty. I couldn't decide if the warranty would be valid or not and didn't want to take the risk in the end.

Also, the imported version of the car I have has less safety features; airbags are a biggie & since I use my car everyday safety is pretty important for my family etc.

And at the end of the day the car was only 27000 which isn't exactly very expensive for what you get. On the other hand I'd hate to think what a finance company would charge you in interest if you were paying it up!

Sorry guys but I'll be buying type-uk again next time I change.
each to there own mate, they both have advantages and both have disadvantages.

so lets just say the uk version gets the stiggy seal of approval lol
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Old 05 Aug 2006, 04:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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hang on how come, with japan being strict on everything from speed and emissions have they decided that safety is not important?
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I think davv123 is wondering whether its worth buying a New Impreza from motorhouse, allbrandsnew, litchfield etc & save money but are there any pitfalls after you purchase the car this way.
Yep, was wondering what the pros and cons of buying import were because I have a dilemma...

Basically I am looking to spend about 16k on a WRX, and I do like the MY06 version, but cheapest UK car I have found is about 18k.

So this means either buying a brand new Euro import... or the previous shape impreza but a UK car.

I understand that warranties may not be carried out by dealers, but have heard good feedback from litchfield, and that they do carry out warranties? are they reliable... Also, are dealers willing to service a euro import?

To be honest the 4k saving is almost enough to tempt me, but before i do place an order, would like to know ALL or most of the downfalls of euro importing so that I am prepared...

any advice much appreciated
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non-imports supposedly hold their value better too.
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so over all it sounds that actually uk versions of the impreza are much better?
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so over all it sounds that actually uk versions of the impreza are much better?

performance and spec wise, no, insurance, service history and holding there value yes
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