03-03-2016, 05:05 PM
Drives: 2010 R35, 1990 Nismo R32
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Originally Posted by Krisfort
I would like to purchase and r32 GTR. I'm just trying to get everything lined up. Its a car I've always wanted and now have the ability to get ahold of.
My questions are:
Where to buy? I'm curious if anyone has experience with rightdriveusa.com. Other than that I'm open to options. I would like to go to a reputable dealer that offered financing as I would like to finance a portion of it. I'm also located in Indiana if anyone knows of anywhere close.
I didn't buy my car from Rightdrive but have dealt with them for parts. They were very helpful with sourcing some harder-to-find stuff and I've seen other people who've bought cars from them with no issues. In the Northeast you can also try Japanese Classics as a reputable dealer. They're in Virginia and have been featured on Motorweek and Jalopnik. I don't know if either of them offer financing. The one importer I know that has helped people get financing is International Vehicle Importers. I bought my car from them but didn't finance. They're a reliable dealer but pretty far from where you are since they're in SoCal. Be warned though that getting financing on an R32 isn't easy since most places won't even consider doing it due to the car's age and lack of a US VIN. If you have excellent credit you have other options which I discussed on my blog in my buying guide.
What do I need to know about these cars maintenance wise? Are there any quirky things, special tools, or uncommon fluids?
Basic maintenance is not too different from any other car and no special tools required. Most consumables may not be available readily at your local Pep Boys but are easy to order online. It's only some GT-R specific parts that don't need replacement very often like the timing belt or wheel bearings that you'd have to do some digging for.
Also what should I look for in the car? I'd like a "stockish" one (I understand stock will be hard to find). What mileage is reasonable? And what sort of modifications are reasonable?
If you want the least headache the simple rule is get as close to stock as possible with as low mileage as possible. Read my blog post on inspecting a car for more details.
I should also state that I would like to drive this car a decent amount. To work which is a 60mi round trip and road trips.
A well-kept and fairly stock R32 can be a reliable car but I don't recommend having it as an only car since it is 25-years old after all and if something breaks you'll probably be in for a 2-week wait to get parts. If you have another reliable car it'd be better to use that as your main daily driver to minimize wear and tear on the R32.
Thanks in advance.
Had some time today for a more detailed reply.
- Tales of US GT-R ownership, R32 restoration, JDM car importation, and a few other weird things.