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Old 02-01-2006, 08:13 AM   #1
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Importing Focust ST to the States?

I currently have a 2001 ZX3, and it's a great car. However, I've been eyeing the ST ever since pictures have been available, and that's probably the only car I'd buy right now if I had the opportunity. If I wanted to import it to the states, does anyone know what would be involved? How do I find a shop that will make sure it complies to emissions regulations, or do the work to get it there? Secondly, would I have a warranty? And how does insurance work on a car that you bring over from Europe?

I know that there are shops that will get Skylines to pass certifications, but I don't know if these cars are only brought over for racing only.

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It's a good question. The shop that imports skylines charges extremely highly for the US conversion... This is because it is a very lengthy and involved process to get certified to import non us cars. One of the silly regulations: you must submit on 10mm film a video of your shop. This video must illistrate the ability of your facility to perform the upgrades as well as show at least ten years of records proving that you have been performing such upgrades...
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soooo to legaly import a car you have to show that you have been doing the upgrades for at least 10 years... usualy this includes emisions testing and installing bigger crash foam...
I looked into this a couple of years ago. The US gov. and the US auto manufactures don't want people spoiling their marketing by importing cars from over seas. so poopy on them.
Most insurance companys could work out an insurance plan, but expect to pay a high premium.
you can buy it and register it as a track only car or as a show only car, then illegaly use it as a daily driver. just don't get pulled over...
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european-pats.com will ship it to you, but you are responsible for certifying it... the info above seems like your best friend...

if you know of someone doing this, ask whether they could do it and how much... what the process is etc.... overall, however you will get bent nicely.

if you have hte money though it is possible.. or if you really has e the moeny, wait for the C30 or Mazdaspeed3.

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If you register it as a show car only then I believe that you are only allowed to drive the car 1000 miles a year. Although I'm not sure how they would keep records of how much you drive the car a year. Just my 0.02 cents
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actualy an international vehicle regestered in such a way can be owned, you can pay taxes on it, and you can drive it around in parking lots, but you can't drive it on public roads... hmmm uncle sam wants his $$$ but you still can't drive it.

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I wouldnt imagine their emissions over there would be awhole lot different than here would they?
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Not only emissions, but you have to factor in the crash testing as well. which will require two other ST's. Soooo, you are looking at buying and importing 3 ST's. Its a losing proposition, for sure.

FYI, Motorex, the skyline importer, isn't doing them anymore. some governemtal problems.
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The us government is a B***H when it comes to forien cars. You should do like they do with some exotics. I'm not sure which one. The car is legal in europe but still exotic. they offer it in the us, but it is not street legal... so they ship the engine and a few other bits seperatly, you assemble it and it can be registered as a kit car... tada! have them send your shift knob and tire valve caps in a seperate envelope and register it as a kit car!


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Not only emissions, but you have to factor in the crash testing as well. which will require two other ST's. Soooo, you are looking at buying and importing 3 ST's. Its a losing proposition, for sure.

FYI, Motorex, the skyline importer, isn't doing them anymore. some governemtal problems.
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Thanks for the info. That's why forums are so great - the wide knowledge base. It looks like i'll just continue to mod mine until another car arrives that I cannot resist buying.
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The us government is a B***H when it comes to forien cars. You should do like they do with some exotics. I'm not sure which one. The car is legal in europe but still exotic. they offer it in the us, but it is not street legal... so they ship the engine and a few other bits seperatly, you assemble it and it can be registered as a kit car... tada! have them send your shift knob and tire valve caps in a seperate envelope and register it as a kit car!

that is a great idea.... I know of couple "garage projet" cars that get sent here like that... but as you said they are illegal on the street right?

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