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Old 06-07-2019, 10:12   #1
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Budget versus real life conditions

Hello!

Been lurking for about 6 months and finally got enough to buy the car I wanted when I was a teenager - an evo 5/6.

Iíd love to get some feedback from you esteemed forum heads before I commit so here are a few points which I havenít found satisfactory answers to.

Is it advisable to pay a bit more on a car with the common mods done up front, but done in the past, or is it better to get something more stock and pay more to have the mods done afterwards? Just exhaust, intake, blow off, suspension.

I donít have a garage so is it stupid to spend 13 grand on a older car that will sit under the elements and possibly rapidly reduce in value while I own it?

Is it better value to get a fresh import from the likes of SVA or Japcars or to wait for the right priced car to appear on the forum listings? (The forum cars do seem to be better looked after but also a bit past my budget on average and Iíve already gone from ~10 to ~13 and canít scrape any more together up front).

Do I need boost gauge and oil temp etc or is it just to make the cars look more race? Do people actually drive with an eye on the gauges when on beginner track days?

If I repaint alloys white does that make them less desirable on resale if theyíre not original colour?

Has anyone got a price for recovering worn seats?

The car will be for weekends / occasional track days rather than every day family use.

Iím sure these have all been answered individually but I havenít found answers yet.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:28   #2
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A fresh import is usually quite clean, you can then have it properly undersealed to be sure you're starting with a really clean example.

You can save a few quid buying a car with mods already installed, the only issue is you might find out you don't actually like the parts and swap them out anyway.

White wheels??? That is a pretty strong move tbh, especially if you're looking at a white car as well.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:30   #3
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White wheels??? That is a pretty strong move tbh, especially if you're looking at a white car as well.

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Old 06-07-2019, 12:42   #4
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White wheels??? That is a pretty strong move tbh, especially if you're looking at a white car as well.
Is that why thereís been a white wheeled and TME front bumper evo 6 for sale for six months from jap cars? People donít like the white wheels and itís trying to be a TME?

I have to admit that Iím relatively new to performance cars so ultimately the purchase is going to be guided largely by looks!
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Old 06-07-2019, 21:14   #5
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Get it properly inspected, they rot, a lot. Make sure you do not buy a gremlin because it has white wheels Buy on condition/state/maintenance instead of mileage.

I do not even care for colour anymore, I love white but currently looking into a silver 7. Last 6 was a silver one to. And I still prefer white.. lol
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Get it properly inspected, they rot, a lot. Make sure you do not buy a gremlin because it has white wheels Buy on condition/state/maintenance instead of mileage.

I do not even care for colour anymore, I love white but currently looking into a silver 7. Last 6 was a silver one to. And I still prefer white.. lol
Totally agree. First and foremost, by a long-long margin, is the condition of the underside and of the chassis legs in particular.
If you don't know what you're looking for, then try to find someone who does and have them look at the car for you.
Pretty much *everything* else can be repaired. Sometimes the other things are not cheap, but certainly not as expensive, in one hit, as a chassis leg replacement...

I bought my recent VI from a dealer that I really wouldn't recommend or trust - JDM Imports in Coventry. However, I kinda knew what I was looking at, and the underside was in amazing cindition. Almost "as new". But I also have an expert on Evos as a friend and still wouldn't commit to the car solely on my own inspection and waited until they'd given me the thumbs up to buy the car. The paintwork and interior are a little dog. A lot dog in some places in fact, but I can address that at my leisure. Unlike a car that has the beginnings of rot taking hold.

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Old 07-07-2019, 14:51   #7
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Great advice. Luckily my cousin is a mechanic, I’ll make sure to get any prospective purchase up on a ramp before sale.

Appreciate it!
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Unless itís a white Mak
Sometimes you can pull it off, but most of the time you end up looking like an 80's Essexboy throwback.

but when they look nice they do look nice.

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Same as Rampant here bought my white tme off a dealer which is not highly recommended on here !But i knew what to look for being my 3rd evo6 usual fresh import issues full of sound system stuff, aftermarket wheels,lights,suspension,jap spec remap,braces everywhere.Looking past all that the chassis condition was really good so its cost me a bit to replace all the bolt on stuff back to original,but im pretty pleased with what ive ended up with.So to conclude yes underneath condition is top priority as these cars rot bad
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Sometimes you can pull it off, but most of the time you end up looking like an 80's Essexboy throwback.

but when they look nice they do look nice.

Off topic. Who's is that, want to know the wheel spec.
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lots of good questions.

where are you based? I think you would benefit hugely from a visit to a forum member with a similar evo, and some experience. Go for a drive, have a look around, be educated about what you're looking at, and learn from their experience.

MY experience with jdm cars, is that I always always end up modding them, and that's very expensive. This time around I bought one that had had loads of work done, and saved myself a fortune, although it has since had issues in other areas...

I would personally advise to get one with the mods done, just make sure they have been done well and not skimped, also perhaps with a modded car get the engine compression tested and leakdown tested before buying, and pay particular attention to the condition of the turbo also.
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One thing I would say when buying is .. don't spend to the top of your budget , its always best to have 2k in reserve as even though these cars are very reliable on the whole they are not cheap to repair ( its called evo tax) .

If I were buying again it would almost certainly be a fresh import and if importing the 3 months or so wait wouldn't bother me .
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lots of good questions.

where are you based? I think you would benefit hugely from a visit to a forum member with a similar evo, and some experience. Go for a drive, have a look around, be educated about what you're looking at, and learn from their experience.
I'm based south london, there doesn't seem to be many owners around here, although I saw one Red TME parked on the road next door. It would be hugely beneficial if anyone around here is reading this!



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I would personally advise to get one with the mods done, just make sure they have been done well and not skimped, also perhaps with a modded car get the engine compression tested and leakdown tested before buying, and pay particular attention to the condition of the turbo also.
This is what I'm leaning towards. There's a modded one at SVA imports in Dover at the moment, so as soon as I can get my mechanic to come look at it and check for rust, I'll be taking it for a test drive.

Thanks for the good advice!
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One thing I would say when buying is .. don't spend to the top of your budget , its always best to have 2k in reserve as even though these cars are very reliable on the whole they are not cheap to repair ( its called evo tax) .

If I were buying again it would almost certainly be a fresh import and if importing the 3 months or so wait wouldn't bother me .
This seems very sensible. But who are the most trusted importers?
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SVA have a decent rep, so sounds that youíre on the right track.

Iím in Woking, if you can get up in the next couple of weeks Iím available.
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