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RHD vs LHD

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Hey guys, this is my first post, just wondering if any of you can give me the pros and cons of a Right Drive JDM nsx and a north american one?

Thanks
 
I obviously know that we don't have Type R's and Type S-Zero's here. Im talking about importing a NA1 nsx from japan compared to getting one from north america with low mileage. Aside from the JDM being RHD what are the pro's and cons to each vehicles. What would you say is the better choice. I'm not sure if I really want a RHD but open to many options.
 
The logistics of driving a RHD car in a LHD world is more important that any of the extremely minor differences between each market.
 
....well you could say RHD is as the maker intended :biggrin: but then I'm in the UK!

Having said that I quite easily jump between L & RHD over here no probs even while driving on the left side of the road in the UK or on the right side when in mainland Europe or in the States...

I do occasionally get a little dis-orientated with you clover leaf junctions as we have mostly roundabouts or traffic circles as you call them:smile:
 
There no differences in the LHD vs RHD as far as the driving dynamics of these cars. This would only apply to the basic NSX, Type R or Type S have different driving dynamics.

Having said that, driving a RHD car in North American is a disaster, plus used NSX’s in Japan are Expensive and are usually Auto. You will find something better in North America.


Bram
 
Yes, you can drive a RHD NSX up here in Canada, and you've been warned enough times of the danger of driving a RHD on LHD streets. That being said, here are some differences...

1) JDM NSX come with short gears
2) JDM radio will not work in Canada
3) Foglights standard on the JDM cars
4) Signal lights on different parts of the fender
5) Buttons that operate the lights are in the center console where the coin tray is
 
Howabout next time you start your post with " Hi, I'm in CANADA and would like to import an nsx."
It would be helpful.

Because it's in the Canadian forum?

I would agree with the sentiments about the logistics of driving an opposite handed car would be overly complicated. Think about turning left at an intersection, if there were another car in the oncoming left turn lane you would essentially be blind.

I have considered the same with some cheap FD RX-7's, but the sacrifices don't equal the gain.
 
How about next time you start your post with " Hi, I'm in CANADA and would like to import an nsx."It would be helpful.

Biscuits, I didn't think that was necessary since I'm posting from the Canadian forum.

Bram thanks for the response, yes I was up in the air between a jdm nsx and a north american one, but from what I see there are some real good ones in North America and I'm more comfortable with LHD, was just curious if there were any advantages to RHD and importing from Japan in general?

Thanks for the responses...
 
I agree with Bram, plus - there are NOT alot of insurance companies out there that would be comfortable insuring your RHD vehicle.

Parts? we ALL at some point get our parts from the dealer, I personally have probably spent a few thousand dollars on parts..... guess where you'll have to go to get your RHD parts? haha... Not in North America.
 
"Hi, I am from Canada and I imported an NSX into Canada"
I imported it from Chicago into Edmonton 5 years ago. (LHD)

My brother-in-law drives a RHD JDM Toyota LandCruiser here and has little trouble. Passing on two direction HWYs is the most dangerous maneuver. (other than having to backup through a drive through when by himself)

I would only import a RHD NSX if it was a NSX-R. Not much chance of that happening. They are ridiculously priced. Not to mention, the majority of JDM RHD cars that get imported to Canada from Japan are problem cars. High mileage, failed safety inspection in Japan for some other reason. (Japan is very strict on safety inspections)

I was in Vladivostok Russia a few years ago and about 80% of the cars on the road are from Japan RHD on Right side of the road, (messy) because the cars are cheap from Japan, and Japan is very close to Vladivostok Russia, it is cost efficient.

Don't bother, with the JDM RHD, there are plenty NSXs in the US for sale and are easy to import to Canada.
 
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Hey Warren, yes I agree with you, unless it's a Type R, there is no need to import from Japan. I'm leaning towards a North American NSX NA1.
 
I'll preface this post by first saying that I am a huge rhd fan. I have imported the very first Skyline GTR (R32) into Canada, started a huge Canadian GTR club with 25,000+ members (check out gtrcanada.com), and currently own a lhd Canadian NSX as well as a R33 gtr.

People who say driving an rhd in Canada is hazardous have either never tried it or tried it for a few minutes and jumped to conclusions. It is no big deal at all. The worst part of it is having the driver in the next lane close to you and always having to listen to their stupid questions. :). I have a simple mirror mounted in the left side for over taking and left turns at intersections. Piece of cake.

Insurance in Ontario can be had at various collector car specialists. My GTR and NSX together costs me less than what I pay for my Grand Cherokee.:biggrin:

Having said all that, there is a current suge of interest in Japan for the NSX and prices are rising for good ones. There are even collectors importing NSX back to Japan from north America. Unless you have the cash to bring over a type r, type s or s-zero you are better off bringing one in from the states, which has always been the biggest market and best source of decent cars.
 
I'll preface this post by first saying that I am a huge rhd fan. I have imported the very first Skyline GTR (R32) into Canada, started a huge Canadian GTR club with 25,000+ members (check out gtrcanada.com), and currently own a lhd Canadian NSX as well as a R33 gtr.

People who say driving an rhd in Canada is hazardous have either never tried it or tried it for a few minutes and jumped to conclusions. It is no big deal at all. The worst part of it is having the driver in the next lane close to you and always having to listen to their stupid questions. :). I have a simple mirror mounted in the left side for over taking and left turns at intersections. Piece of cake.

Insurance in Ontario can be had at various collector car specialists. My GTR and NSX together costs me less than what I pay for my Grand Cherokee.:biggrin:

Having said all that, there is a current suge of interest in Japan for the NSX and prices are rising for good ones. There are even collectors importing NSX back to Japan from north America. Unless you have the cash to bring over a type r, type s or s-zero you are better off bringing one in from the states, which has always been the biggest market and best source of decent cars.



Sounds good Oyagi, thank you...
 
Hi
It is what ever suits you RHD-LHD still it is a NSX.
If you are interested in importing from Japan please let me know can assit you.
 
To see Michael Kent at RightDrive.ca in Vaughan if you are serious about rhd nsx.
 
Sennansx81

I'm guessing you don't own an NSX.

If you are serious about owning one why would you consider importing an RHD model?

They are more expensive, have a limited market in North America, and you can't check the condition.

The North American models are readily available, can be easily checked for condition, and are much cheaper.

NSX's are old cars now and you can expect to spend a significant amount on maintenance or else be prepared to spend time doing the work needed.

Jim
 
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