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March 04, 2017, 09:14 PM #0

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Right now I drive a Honda Element with 360,000 KM's on it and a 1996 Firebird. The Element is really practical in the winter with AWD, and it has a ton of space in the back for camping and hockey gear and stuff but it's really slow and I can feel it dying a little more every day. The Firebird is a lot more fun to drive then the Element, but it's an automatic, I'm not that into muscle cars and it has no room at all.

I'm wanting to just have one car, and I'm thinking about importing a Forester or an Legacy station wagon, I want something that I can drive year round, take camping and road trips, and tune and have fun with. Any suggestions besides the Fozzy or Legacy? Also where is a good place to import cars from? I've never done anything like that to I don't know anything.

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    March 05, 2017, 12:13 AM #1

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    Look into Nissan Stageas. I believe they have more space than a Legacy, plus they have an rb25 so should be quite abit of aftermarket support.
    http://jdmconnection.ca/inventory/

    You could import with jdmconnection or @B-Pro Auto JDM importer  which is a vendor on this site. I am sure there are many other importers on the interwebs you could go through if you would like to but I would recommend those two.
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      March 05, 2017, 01:19 PM #2

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          Yeah, your budget is going to make all the difference here. But I guess if you're looking at old Foresters and Legacies, you're looking for or ok with mostly sub-10k stuff?

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            Originally posted by firelizard
            Yeah, your budget is going to make all the difference here. But I guess if you're looking at old Foresters and Legacies, you're looking for or ok with mostly sub-10k stuff?
            Yeah I would say like under $8000, I've been looking around online and most of the Foresters and and Legacys are well under that.

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              Originally posted by jessetabak
              Yeah I would say like under $8000, I've been looking around online and most of the Foresters and and Legacys are well under that.
              I'd vote Forester. Legacies can be cool with the more powerful engine but I always see ones that are blown. And yeah, expect 5500-6500 to Vancouver depending on mileage and auto vs mt
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                Originally posted by dano
                I'd vote Forester. Legacies can be cool with the more powerful engine but I always see ones that are blown. And yeah, expect 5500-6500 to Vancouver depending on mileage and auto vs mt

                Forester and put a built STI motor and trans in it?


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                  Originally posted by dano
                  I'd vote Forester. Legacies can be cool with the more powerful engine but I always see ones that are blown. And yeah, expect 5500-6500 to Vancouver depending on mileage and auto vs mt
                  From what I've heard if you keep up with regular maintenance with the Legacys they're actually pretty reliable. The cars going to be my daily driver so I don't plan on going for crazy power.

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                    Originally posted by jessetabak
                    From what I've heard if you keep up with regular maintenance with the Legacys they're actually pretty reliable. The cars going to be my daily driver so I don't plan on going for crazy power.

                    Regular USDM Legacy's here can be reliable even if they came with the EJ255.
                    However you're looking at the JDM versions, which came with the EJ208TT, twin turbo setup.
                    The twin turbo engine only came in the JDM version of this car, and known to be a pain in the arse.
                     So hence you see legacy GT-B blistein edition and it's only 5k with low km's, but it's usually because they can be a pain once they start causing issues.

                    I'd x3 on a forester
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                      Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                      Forester and put a built STI motor and trans in it?


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                      He is looking for something practical and affordable, this is not. Coming from an element, a Legacy GT or a XT or a STI will be more than enough

                      Originally posted by jessetabak
                      From what I've heard if you keep up with regular maintenance with the Legacys they're actually pretty reliable. The cars going to be my daily driver so I don't plan on going for crazy power.
                      Originally posted by McRae555
                      Regular USDM Legacy's here can be reliable even if they came with the EJ255.
                      However you're looking at the JDM versions, which came with the EJ208TT, twin turbo setup.
                      The twin turbo engine only came in the JDM version of this car, and known to be a pain in the arse.
                       So hence you see legacy GT-B blistein edition and it's only 5k with low km's, but it's usually because they can be a pain once they start causing issues.

                      I'd x3 on a forester

                      50,000 on my JDM legacy with no issues. The second gen used the EJ20H and EJ20R setups being 265HP and 280HP respectively.

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                        Unless the car is local, plan on spending $1000 to get it to WPG (fly & drive or ship options), plus whatever it takes to safety (could mean headlights, corner lights, DRL's, seatbelts, etc), and possibly a fresh set of tires on top of purchase price.

                        Subaru's are a great car for an active lifestyle in MB where we have winter conditions half the year, good luck!
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                          Originally posted by IanB
                          Unless the car is local, plan on spending $1000 to get it to WPG (fly & drive or ship options), plus whatever it takes to safety (could mean headlights, corner lights, DRL's, seatbelts, etc), and possibly a fresh set of tires on top of purchase price.

                          Subaru's are a great car for an active lifestyle in MB where we have winter conditions half the year, good luck!
                          Should only need the left hand side headlight, corner lights (to make use of the parking lights) and daytime running lights. I'd just replace both headlights anyways, but if its stretching your budget, you only need to do the left one (because it points into oncoming traffic and doesn't have the proper DOT or approved E code stamp).
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                            +1 for a jdm subby. I dealt with William at JDM connection, but also heard great things about Brian at b-pro.

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                                There so many JDM Foresters locally already I'd just wait for one you like to pop up for sale.

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                                  I think if I get the car in the summer, I would go out and pick it up but if I ended up getting it during the school year I would get it shipped here.

                                  How are the Stagea reliability wise compared to the Subies?

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                                    Originally posted by jessetabak
                                    How are the Stagea reliability wise compared to the Subies?

                                    Here's some reading for you:

                                    http://import-era.com/threads/stacey-the-stagea-station-wagon.1474/
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                                      If we are picking unique imports, Toyota Caldina GT-T (ST215), could be a cool one too. The guy who imported my Legacy bought one of these right after and drove it for a few years
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                                        Originally posted by jessetabak
                                        I think if I get the car in the summer, I would go out and pick it up but if I ended up getting it during the school year I would get it shipped here.
                                        I got a car shipped from Florida to North Dakota. $1600 Canadian.

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                                          Originally posted by jessetabak

                                          I think if I get the car in the summer, I would go out and pick it up but if I ended up getting it during the school year I would get it shipped here.

                                          How are the Stagea reliability wise compared to the Subies?

                                          Had my gc8 shipped to Winnipeg from Vancouver by train. Cost about $1000 and a week for it to get here. It left Vancouver during the last five or so days of August and arrived during the first few days of September.
                                          This was two years ago.

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                                            Originally posted by Cheeyahboii
                                            Had my gc8 shipped to Winnipeg from Vancouver by train. Cost about $1000 and a week for it to get here. It left Vancouver during the last five or so days of August and arrived during the first few days of September.
                                            This was two years ago.
                                            From my knowledge there is one train that is Van-Winnipeg and its only based on the Walmart shipments. Once the train gets enough walmart cars to roll, only then will it take off. You have gotten lucky, it can be sitting for a few months sometimes if there isnt a big order piggybacked onto the train
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                                              Originally posted by Colby
                                              From my knowledge there is one train that is Van-Winnipeg and its only based on the Walmart shipments. Once the train gets enough walmart cars to roll, only then will it take off. You have gotten lucky, it can be sitting for a few months sometimes if there isnt a big order piggybacked onto the train

                                              I had my car shipped from Vancouver, and it was a few weeks, nothing crazy for wait time, but good info to know.
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