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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

I finally drove a RHD car - overall, the driving part was easy. No problems with the clearances on that passenger side as I went down small alleys, etc. The lanes on the highways here are incredibly small though, and people actually drive very fast, I think traffic was going about 120kph in an 80 and there were plenty of cars, as you can imagine. I think I drove for about 4 hours yesterday. The only problems I had at first were remembering to get over to the left after making a turn,

I have only driven a RHD car once and I started in central London(waterloo) during rush hour and I had to drive to Bristol and back again.

You should try driving on the autostrada in Italy, everyone does 130-140 in bumper to bumper traffic and the speed limit is 80, it's nuts.
post #6872 of 15340
You're talking about 80mph, I'm sure? Italians usually do not go that much faster than the limit, as fines are pretty steep. When driving in any European country with their speed limits I feel like the king of the road, but coming back into Germany - it's fucking war on the Autobahn and I quietly go back to the rightmost lane.
post #6873 of 15340
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Originally Posted by Stugotes View Post

You're talking about 80mph, I'm sure? Italians usually do not go that much faster than the limit, as fines are pretty steep. When driving in any European country with their speed limits I feel like the king of the road, but coming back into Germany - it's fucking war on the Autobahn and I quietly go back to the rightmost lane.

I know a bunch of italians and they same something else.

The autostrada in question was between Venice/mestre and Portogruaro, during rush hour.
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post


I know a bunch of italians and they same something else.
The autostrada in question was between Venice/mestre and Portogruaro, during rush hour.

 

I guess they know better, as I usually only drive on the A1 between Milano and Parma, but I found that driving on Italian strade is way more relaxing than on German autobahns, which I'm used to.
post #6875 of 15340
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Originally Posted by Stugotes View Post

I guess they know better, as I usually only drive on the A1 between Milano and Parma, but I found that driving on Italian strade is way more relaxing than on German autobahns, which I'm used to.

I wouldn't call the autostrada stressful at all, it's an experience and the traffic flows, so you don't notice that you going that fast (unless you are in a rented 1.2L Micra)

To quote an Italian friend of mine: In northern Italy we don't care about speed limits, in southern Italy they don't care about traffic lights, it's like driving in South America.
post #6876 of 15340
Just spotted a MB cls shooting brake.
Edited by Find Finn - 8/29/12 at 7:11am
post #6877 of 15340
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Originally Posted by deepitm View Post

Anyone here ever have experience with importing a car into the US? Just wondering how much of a headache it would be to get a used RS4 Avant into the States.

That'll never happen, and still they cost like $50-60K USD on the used markets in the countries where they were sold, but it wouldn't be that hard to make a replica one nowadays, considering what it'd cost to get an RS4 wag and then import it.

My wife still wants a wagon. If I get one for her, I might get an E91 318i wagon as they're ridiculously cheap and unwanted, and then keep looking for an M3 sedan donor to do a major swapover. Been thinking project cars lately.
post #6878 of 15340
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Originally Posted by deepitm View Post

Anyone here ever have experience with importing a car into the US? Just wondering how much of a headache it would be to get a used RS4 Avant into the States.


I have sent several from the US to the UK, it is a pain in the ass even for me. If you want to find out what is involved you must contact a freight forwader to do your bidding. He will give you the ins and outs and an idea of the cost of shipping, duties, INSURANCE, etc. Expect around $5500.00 US excluding duty and a few other fees from the UK to Long Beach. I don't know about to the east coast. My gut tells me if I were to bring in a 50K US value car it would be somewhere around 10-15k US for everything all in. I hope this helps.....actually I hope you decide to go another route. There are tuning shops that can do some amazing things for 10-15k. That is the route I would choose.

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My new neighbor has one of these:

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the car or a garage of that size? wow.gif
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I want that NSX-R

post #6882 of 15340
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

My new neighbor has one of these:
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A riced NSX?
post #6883 of 15340
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Originally Posted by Apollotrader View Post


I have sent several from the US to the UK, it is a pain in the ass even for me. If you want to find out what is involved you must contact a freight forwader to do your bidding. He will give you the ins and outs and an idea of the cost of shipping, duties, INSURANCE, etc. Expect around $5500.00 US excluding duty and a few other fees from the UK to Long Beach. I don't know about to the east coast. My gut tells me if I were to bring in a 50K US value car it would be somewhere around 10-15k US for everything all in. I hope this helps.....actually I hope you decide to go another route. There are tuning shops that can do some amazing things for 10-15k. That is the route I would choose.
in the US, you also won't be able to title a car that hasn't passed federal safety (crash) and emissions standards. which means you can't drive it on public roads. so forget about importing and driving RS6, 959, TVR, pre-R35 GTR, etc
post #6884 of 15340
Yeah it goes beyond just swapping out a cluster or getting 'US spec' bumpers and just showing that the engine is the same as sold in the US with that RS4 Avant - people forget that everything from the wheels and tires to the glass, cats, seats, headlights and light lenses, etc, etc - those have to be DOT approved, so you get into a bunch of money there. Stuff overseas often isn't, because it doesn't have to be. I read about a guy importing an old RS4 Avant to the US and he allegedly spent $100K and it took 2 years to get it street legal.
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^^ The feds can get very excited about these things. Buy a 911.

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