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Old 03-25-2020, 06:16 PM   #531 (permalink)
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You must be used to see pictures of the Daihatsu HiJet (on which the Asia Motors Towner was based) with the Japanese-standard plates which are taller and narrower than the Brazilian and European ones.
I see more of these little RHD vans around town than you might expect. People are importing them using our classic car laws.

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Old 03-25-2020, 06:36 PM   #532 (permalink)
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:24 PM   #533 (permalink)
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Yes, they are out there. The problem is that clean stock Samurais are massively overpriced before you spend the money and time to do the TDI swap.

First gen Escape Hybrid AWDs are $5,000, run on cheaper gas and get 30 mpg. Not nearly as capable off-road but I don't rock-crawl, I drive gravel roads to hike, fish, ski.
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My brother's wife has the Escape. It's their go-to-town vehicle.

IDK if these are still around:

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2011/1...united-states/

I lost a cousin to four-wheeling. There exists a Veep/Scamp that does everything but rock crawling.


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I see more of these little RHD vans around town than you might expect. People are importing them using our classic car laws.
American classic laws are slightly less stringent than Brazilian ones, as it allows 25-years old vehicles to be imported while in Brazil it's only 30-years or older.

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