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    Default Importing a G?

    Has Anyone gone down the road of importing and federalizing a G from Europe? It seems that there is a bit of a cottage industry around bringing over JDM vehicles that are now old enough to be legally brought in and then making them comply, I reached out to an importer and they were very positive about bringing one over.

    So...Why not a G?

    Someone tell my why this wont work?

    Cheers

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    It works as long as it is 25 years old. My G is actually JDM imported and it works really well


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    21+ years old is pretty easy too as it is EPA exempt.
    DOT is the only thing required for federalization, so a 21 year old import is actually pretty cheap.

    I brought in a 21 year old 1995 G320 last year and I am probably importing another car from Germany early next year
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    Quote Originally Posted by otiswesty View Post
    21+ years old is pretty easy too as it is EPA exempt.
    DOT is the only thing required for federalization, so a 21 year old import is actually pretty cheap.

    I brought in a 21 year old 1995 G320 last year and I am probably importing another car from Germany early next year
    Iíve heard some talk about the import needing to be original....i.e. no engine swap, etc. Any truth to this?


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    Great to know, what were the shipping and federalization costs like?

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    Great to know its being done already. The only wrinkle for me is that I am in California so I need to go through CARB but by all accounts that can be done fairly easily depending upon which model(gas vs diesel).

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    Yes the engine has to be the original configuration. Nobody checked my car though.

    Shipping was $1100 Ro-Ro from Bremerhavn to Long Beach. The federalizer was another $4600. Plus shipping to federalizer from Port, plus shipping to me, plus customs, plus a bunch of other stuff. Added up to a bunch of money.

    Better to buy a collector owned car here and skip 6 months of hassles if you ask me. The 1999-2000 G500s that show up twice a year for $20k are the best deal around.

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    I am only doing it again because I am crazy and bored.

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    Good friend was Tboned in one imported, lets just say he got screwed from both sides by the insurance people when they sorted out what he was driving. Didnt help the redlight runner was in a company car which was going bankrupt. If you have family and kids? Stick to US spec rides. After seeing my buddy get raked over financially I lost interest real quick in rare rides.

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    I'm the owner of an "exotic"G camper registered in France.
    G professionnal 300 CDI with camper azalai.
    I buy it new in December 2014.
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    I would like to spend lot of my time in North America.
    Actually in Seattle with temporary importation for one year.
    Some people tell me it absolutely not possible to import in USA or canada.
    If it's possible ,what did I need to do?
    I will ask informations from Mercedes USA also.

    thanks.
    Mercedes G Azalai camper.....in December 2014

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