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US Import

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Jagster, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    Jagster

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    Hey guys,

    I am debating whether to purchase a Tacoma from US, I have searched and found all of the documentation and procedural steps on RIV.

    I was just wondering the pros and cons of the day-to-day driving and pet peeves people have experienced (ie the speedometer impossible to get used to, trips are calculated in miles)

    Thanks
    J
     
  2. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    chaz834

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  3. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  4. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    IIRC, The Canadian Tacomas have a 4 leaf rear spring pack, and the US ones have a 3 leaf spring pack....Oh....ANd the US ones are filled in Gallons. :p
     
  5. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    There's a couple importing threads around , I'll link you up when I get home , it's too painful on my phone .
     
  6. Mar 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM
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    that'd be much appreciated!
     
  7. Mar 10, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    I have a US import. The speedo is easy. The only painful thing is knowing the odo says 153k miles but its really means 245k km :(
     
  8. Mar 10, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    i've heard stories about some dealers not wanting to touch an american vehicle.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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  10. Mar 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    thanks OZ it was a helpful thread for sure!

    Toyota's warranty carries over from the US to Canada im 99% sure.

    the ODO is a bummer eh? I saw some people changed the lights on the speedo to make them brighter to see the smaller KM/H, not necessary? The trip calculator tick you off?

    I was always wondering but was never able to find out for sure, does the Tacoma have a Range calculator that shows the remaining kilometers left in tank? and does it display outside temp and direction? this has always seem to slip by me when i saw them at the dealer. :D
     
  11. Mar 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM
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    My pleasure
     
  12. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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    My taco came from Arizonia....cool little reg cab 4X4....I have had it since Sept/10....I am used to the speedo now....only thing that is a bit odd is no Daytime Running Lights

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    I'm not sure there are any places in Canada where you can fill up in gallons, we only have liters up here.
     
  14. Mar 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    I just recently imported my 06 from maine, (2 weeks ago). So here is some first hand, recent experience answers.

    Speedo: I'm more of a drive by feel driver, therefore the speedo being in miles is almost irrelevant because the amount of times that I look at it I could really care less. Im sure you'll be happy enough with your truck that a small thing like that will not bother you.

    Warranty: Warranty is 100% transferable to Canada, recalls etc. My dealer has no problem at all with service, I only know because I asked before i bought, I have not had to bring my truck in yet

    Remaining Distance: Not on my truck

    Outside Temp, Compass: As far as i know the TRD models have this, there is a button to switch from Fahrenheit to Celcius, (one click for off, another for F and a third for C)

    Pro's: Truck is awesome, could not get Double Cab, Short Bed, with and auto in Canada, more selection, savings $$

    Con's: Gas is killing me coming from a 2000 Jetta! (But don't let this deter you, its really not that bad)

    Other Notes: You will not pay any duty on the vehicle because it is assembled in the U.S. As well I did not pay tax in Maine, i paid federal taxes at the border crossing and my provincial taxes at SNB (dept of motor vehicle)
     
  15. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM
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    thanks spares! I was wondering why i cant find ANY short bed double cab TRD's in canada, ive been looking everywhere!

    im still searching through the states but im keeping the 01-04 models open DCAB + TRD 4x4 for sure..still in university so just looking for something to take on adventures with..

    I thought if you imported a year older than 2008 you needed to pay additional taxes?
     
  16. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    You can get a DCSB Sport in Canada
     
  17. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM
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    oh ye sorry let me rephrase..i cant find any used anywhere! their really hard to come by, and buying new is too much $$$
     
  18. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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    No doubt , LOL .

    Even the new ones are rare . :)
     
  19. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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    That annoyed me for a bit too. I even got pulled over for not having them! (not ticketed though) But then I noticed that the headlights turn off when you take the keys out and open the door. So now I just leave the headlights on all the time.
     
  20. Mar 23, 2011 at 4:14 AM
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    Exactly what I do!
     
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