I did promise to put up some pictures once I got my car so I guess I should follow through.
Anyways the back story: I was looking for a daily this summer that had to A) Not be American B) RWD C) Manual D) Be student-budget affordable. I looked at IS300's but with a manual tranny they are way too rare here and I would have to travel a couple thousand kilometres to find something in my budget, which could very well end up being a total piece.
I also sat in a miata locally.. I actually fit decently well but I would have probably needed a custom seat for daily driving and I wasn't sure if I wanted to be cramped for 1-1.5 hours of the day. BMW's were also on the list but maintenance and potential problems turned me off.
So I started seriously looking into buying something from Japan. It was between the S14 and the Altezza, I was seriously considering anS14 but they are the typical teenage-wanna-be-drifter car here and I wanted to set myself apart from all of the other wanna-be-drifters, so the Altezza it was.
I bought my first Altezza off of Tradecarview, which the seller claimed it wasn't from auction, price looked good, photos looked good, so I bought it. Fast forward one week later, I'm browsing for old auction sheets and boom, I find my car which I had bought with 3 TIMES THE LISTED KM on the auction sheet. I messaged the seller and luckily he complied and cancelled the deal, but I didn't get the money back until about 3 months later.
In the meantime I found another Altezza, with an auction sheet and odometer that wasn't rolled back. Nothing really special about it, but it met my criteria and was a grade 4 car so I went for it. Also had the original dealer sticker from Netz Chubu which really sealed the deal. A couple of months later, and a little bit of red tape and its arrived on my driveway.
I work at a Toyota dealer which means I can get certified techs to work on my car on the side at a heavily discounted rate but I still want to learn how to at least do the basic stuff myself. So far its had basic maintenance/repairs and I still have a few more things to work out but after that I plan on doing some minor mods. There are some drift days here now so that's sort of the style/direction I want to go. My initial plans are for more visual/suspension mods and keeping the engine stock (until I can afford a 1J
) but we'll see how that turns out...
Plans for the future:
-An actual working head unit, also replace blown speakers in the trunk
-Drifty button on the handbrake
-Wheels (Works, Weds, Rays, something else? used from Japan)
-Steering wheel (nardi deep corns are soo nice but also sooo expensive), shift knob
-1.5/2 Way Diff
-Other suspension bits
Annnnd the terrible pictures:
Shipping depot the night after it had arrived
Annnd in my driveway (can you tell winter is coming
If you have any comments/suggestions throw them at me, I'm open to pretty much anything that isn't too expensive. Also if anyone could identify my wheels that would be cool, I don't think I've seen them on any other Altezza...