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Old 07-06-2019, 18:04   #1
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Is this a real Evo? The VIN seems strange.

Hi,

I live in Thailand and I am about to buy a Japanese imported Evo 8 MR. According to the owner the year is 2003.

I'm doing a check up in some stuff and a few things I noticed:

- there are a lot of things in Japanese, especially near the screen
- the speedometer only goes to 180km/h, the owner told me the car was originally limited (Japanese rule at the time) and he has installed a bypass
- the dashboard center part doesn't look like the images I googled for EVO 8 MR. It has a screen that it's not in any EVO.
- when searching the VIN number I'm getting some strange results


The VIN for this car is MMTSRCS3D2F000718 - it does not look like an EVO VIN, but could it be some Thai import thing in order to comply with the local format?
There is another number which I believe could be related to the engine and it says 4G63GB9379




The gauges look exactly like these:




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Old 07-06-2019, 18:55   #2
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the dash was an option ,ive seent it before on here but there rare

but you wouldnt convert a cedia in japan shells arnt exactly hard or expensive to buy surly theres WAY to much work involved never mind the cost
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Old 07-06-2019, 19:06   #3
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That's an evo 7 rocker cover (is the rest of the engine from a 7?) and the strut brace has paint on it indicating it's come from a salvage place also. The plastics are also quite white - they could have been laying around in the sun.
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Old 07-06-2019, 21:39   #4
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The clocks are the same as mine, which is a 7 jap import. I'm pretty sure the dash is a rare jdm st nav set up, I've seen it a few times in 7s

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Old 08-06-2019, 07:42   #5
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EVO VIII MR wasn't released till 2004 and it hasn't the Aluminium ridges in the roof.


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Hi,

I live in Thailand and I am about to buy a Japanese imported Evo 8 MR. According to the owner the year is 2003.

I'm doing a check up in some stuff and a few things I noticed:

- there are a lot of things in Japanese, especially near the screen
- the speedometer only goes to 180km/h, the owner told me the car was originally limited (Japanese rule at the time) and he has installed a bypass
- the dashboard center part doesn't look like the images I googled for EVO 8 MR. It has a screen that it's not in any EVO.
- when searching the VIN number I'm getting some strange results


The VIN for this car is MMTSRCS3D2F000718 - it does not look like an EVO VIN, but could it be some Thai import thing in order to comply with the local format?
There is another number which I believe could be related to the engine and it says 4G63GB9379




The gauges look exactly like these:



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Old 08-06-2019, 10:00   #6
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That's an evo 7 rocker cover (is the rest of the engine from a 7?) and the strut brace has paint on it indicating it's come from a salvage place also. The plastics are also quite white - they could have been laying around in the sun.
Engine number 'GB' hints at a 7 too from the engine numbers thread on here

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Looks like a 7 as all the above and also it has evo 7 front and rear lights, evo 8 ones are black inside.
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From what little can be seen of the seats, they look like 7 seats too.
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to the OP is it a 5 speed gearbox or 6speeder ,if its a 5 its an E7
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to the OP is it a 5 speed gearbox or 6speeder ,if its a 5 its an E7
It's 5. Thanks for the info
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I believe I'm closer to finding the truth here:

In order to bypass the exorbitant Thai taxes on high power vehicles, I believe the VIN plate was replaced by one from a regular Lancer, this is why the code doesn't relate to any EVO.

The owner told me he is sure it's an EVO 8 MR, told me that only the MR has the yellow billstein shocks (see photo below).

He couldn't explain why it has an EVO 7 interior and engine. Could this really be an EVO8 MR with a replaced dashboard and engine?

He couldn't find the original VIN anywhere on the car

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Old 08-06-2019, 20:28   #15
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That looks dodgy!
I believe this is another car plate, used to evade the high import tax.
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