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Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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? Importing a S class from Japan to Guam/USA

I have been looking at these for a while now, I have done some searching on the forum but have not found out much about are these Euro spec LHD or US direct market LHD vehicles. To bring one to Guam they still need to meet all the US specs and meet the NHTSA (DOT) & EPA standards.

My question is how do you tell if it is our not? can the VIN let you know if it is Euro or US specs?

What are the differences on the two and who has brought one to the US and what did you have to change to make it legal to register if anything at all. I was looking at BMW 850i's but they were all euro specs there and required a 5K to 10K to get them to US specs.


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Old 01-29-2009, 03:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, a W140 in Guam is overkill, isn't it?

Seriously, try the MB club or Russia's VIN decoder. That should at least get you started in the right direction:

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A side note. I lived in Guam for a few years back in the '80s. Is the speed limit there still only 35mph?
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User dbmoylan has a W140 on Guam:
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...procedure.html
He may know?

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Old 01-29-2009, 07:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nah, we cruise around at a pretty good clip these days, Besides I'm close to Japan and only in Guam for 1 more year then it's back to the states.

At that point the car is shipped for free through the navy

Right now shipping a full sized car is only around 1200USD from Japan to Guam, so I'll be saving some money if I can find a US specs vehicle. I look at 10 VINS already all were Euro
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At that point the car is shipped for free through the navy
Dumb question, but why don't you just drive a "Guam Bomb" for another year and save your pennies to buy a nice US-Spec car when you get back? You could save the $1200 shipping and use it towards payment on the car?

You'll be coming back to the States through either LA or San Francisco so you can get on the internet and arrange to have a nice SoCal car waiting for you at the airport!
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Well I don't do Guam bombs, they really don't save you much when you have to put tons of money it to keeping them up. And the prices on Guam are ridiculous hence the reason I want a car for Japan. Sorry but I won't pay $4000 dollars for a 1992 Tercel, Prices are not as cheap as you think you would have to look for a desperate seller to get a 1200 dollar car and it's going to be a total POS, and probably no AC. Try living there without aircon.

I'll keep researching, Since tickets are only 350USD round trip might take a little pop over to Tokyo in a few months.
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Yes, I guess I can see your point. When I was there I had a Celica that I bought for $50. I had to start it with a screwdriver and it had a family of geckos living in the trunk. If I left it parked for more than two days the cops would come by and put a "suspected abandoned car" ticket on it.

The thing finally blew a head gasket about 3 weeks before I was due to return. Rather than fix it (the gasket cost more than I paid for the car), I put it on a flatbed and took it to the blasting range at Andersen AFB where we proceded to load it up with det-cord and and a little C4 and turn it in to scrap metal. It was hugely satisfying!
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