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Why do Japanese engines have low miles?

Why do Japanese engines have low miles?

Well, you should know that used cars from Japan usually have low mileage because they are put out of service after only four or five years. Car owners are required to subject their vehicle to the Shaken inspection once every two years. Often, the inspections can be pricey.

Does Japan have smog laws?

Sidemarker reflectors and lights and fog and driving lamps are permitted. All devices must function correctly and emit or reflect the required colours of light. Windows: No tint can be present on driver and passenger side windows however commercial UV window blocker is allowed.

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Why Japanese import cars have low mileage?

Public transport is generally excellent and road tolls can be expensive. As a result many Japanese vehicles don’t get used as much as we might expect, based on our own vehicle usage. There are lots of cars available with genuinely low odometer readings.

Why are engines imported from Japan?

Importing engines from Japan is useful if you are trying to get your hands on what’s called a “JDM spec” engine. Typically, the only reason you would want to do this is if you are trying to overhaul your car or truck with a motor from Japan that has a higher power output than its American counterpart.

Why does Japan export used cars?

One reason the Japanese have come to dominate used-car exports is that the other big new-car markets, the European Union and the U.S., each have huge domestic used-car markets. Strict and expensive vehicle inspections in Japan discourage people from holding on to cars as they age.

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Are old cars allowed in Japan?

Furthermore, vehicles older than 10 years have to pass the inspection every year. As a result, most car owners in Japan write off their cars after 10 years and buy new ones. Hundreds of thousands of perfectly fine automobiles are demolished every year.

Do you have to change your engine in Japan?

No, there isn’t a requirement to replace engines at 50,000 miles, but the Japanese roadworthiness test (‘Shaken’) is incredibly strict and quite expensive. It includes emission tests amongst numerous other testable items.

Are Japanese engines good?

The Shaken inspection is one of the biggest reasons JDM engines become available at such low milage and seem as reliable as they are. Rigorous inspections would indicate these are good engines to go with. By the time they are used in Japan, they are still considered good engines stateside based on miles.

Why do Japanese sell their cars?

When did Japan introduce new emission standards for cars?

Japan introduced new engine emissions standards for on-road vehicles in the late 1980’s. The Japanese standards, however, remained relaxed through the 1990’s. In 2003 the MOE finalized very stringent 2005 emission standards for both light and heavy vehicles.

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Who regulates nonroad engine emissions in Japan?

After the reorganization of Japanese government in 2001, nonroad engine emissions fell under the jurisdiction of MOE and MLIT, the same ministries that are responsible for regulating emissions from highway engines. First MOE/MLIT standards for nonroad engines were promulgated in 2005.

What is Japan’s low-volume vehicle certification?

While all vehicles in Japan must be certified for safety and emissions standards, the Government of Japan has established a certification option for low-volume imported vehicles of less than 2,000 vehicles per vehicle type.

How fuel-efficient are Japanese cars?

As a result, auto manufacturers selling in the Japanese market have steadily increased their fuel economy. For example, today the passenger car fleet average fuel efficiency exceeds Japan’s fiscal year (JFY) 2010 target of 15.1 km/liter (35.5 mpg).