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Old 06-24-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Importing from UK

Hey guys ive been looking up e34's from the UK and the 520i is so common there, also they have a lot of cool models that aren't seen in Canada or the states

Has anyone ever thot aboot importing a car, is there a lot of b.s. involved? I saw a couple rhd e34's and a e28 that were mint, I think it would be cool it import someing really unique!! oh also saw an e30 touring.... oh my what a beaut
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1988 535i M30 (Turbo Build)
1989 535i M30 (Beater)
1990 520i Soon To Be S52 (Turbo Build)
1994 525it M50 (Beater)
2005 X5 M64 (Daily)
2009 335i (Daily)
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:02 PM   #2
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As long as it's over 15 years old, it's really not tough. Make sure you get it cleaned properly, and just pay your duty/HST/reg.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:14 PM   #3
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Why does it have to be cleaned?
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1988 535i M30 (Turbo Build)
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1994 525it M50 (Beater)
2005 X5 M64 (Daily)
2009 335i (Daily)
The Rest Is History...
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:23 PM   #4
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CBSA doesn't like foreign vegtable matter (soil, etc) getting into Canada.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:24 PM   #5
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I understand that
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1994 525it M50 (Beater)
2005 X5 M64 (Daily)
2009 335i (Daily)
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:59 PM   #6
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Talk to luke about it. his dad has imported a 2 cars, one from italy and one from california or something. he mentioned something about a gas guzzlers fee or tax or something like that
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:07 PM   #7
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Leaving aside all the import paperwork stuff, I think the main problem with having a Right Hand Drive (RHD) car here in the land of LHD, is just that: the car's got the wheel on the wrong side!
Yes, I've driven on the left and the right and adapting is not hard, but I wouldn't want to drive in the ditch and not be able to see to pass all the time. Left turns would be really interesting.
The exhaust manifolds, brake plumbing and other bits are wonky in an RHD car built in an LHD country. Apparently working on an RHD heater core is easier, but really, I bet the Germans had some wicked local LHD cars, and Portugal and Italy got a super-duper 318 that sounds interesting.

Ask me about the 'Adaptadors' I drove in Bolivia; used RHD Japanese imports that had their steering columns and racks flipped over so the wheel came out of the (left side) glove box and only my passenger knew how fast we were going. And the brake mechanism and throttle linkage ... I'm told they're illegal now.
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