Finding the Right Engine For Your Japanese Car

For years, the United States and Japan have been major business partners and traders across the Pacific Ocean, as Japan is one of the United States’ biggest allies in the Pacific. In 2016 alone, U.S. goods imported from Japan totaled $132.2 billion, and in that same year, Japan was the United States’ fourth largest supplier of import goods. These are mainly mechanical and technological imports; in 2016, the top three Japan-to-U.S. import categories were vehicles, at $50 billion, machinery, at $29 billion, and electrical machinery, at $16 billion. Several brands of Japanese cars, from Toyota to Honda to Nissan to Subaru, have become common and well-respected Stateside, and this means big business for these and similar brands for new cars, used cars, and most of all their parts, such as used Japanese import engines. Finding the right used Japanese Engines can put new life into a car for a good price for any car enthusiast.

Toyota often leads the pack in car sales in the United States and abroad. In 2016, for example, Toyota was #1 in the world’s most valuable car brands, with estimated value of just under $30 billion USD. And in that same year, a total of 389,000 Toyota Camry cars were sold in the United States. Honda is also a big player; that company sold 4.7 million automobiles around the globe in 2016, and in that year, Honda built two of the top five selling cars in the United States, those cars being the Honda Accord and the Honda Civic. It is clear, then, that the car market is well-saturated with Japanese cars, and this also means a large market for used and replacement parts. Used Japanese engines, used Japanese transmissions, and used Toyota motors from Japan, among many others, are hot-button items for car owners who invest in Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, and more.

Many dealers around the U.S. specialize in one particular brand of car, and offer the parts for those cars, big and small, and specialize in repairs and maintenance of those vehicles. A Nissan dealer, for example, can easily fix a Nissan’s brake pads or change its engine filters, and a Toyota Camry will find many new parts available at a Toyota dealership. Used Japanese engines follow similar patterns: finding the right engine imported from Japan means matching the brand name, and ensuring that a good-quality used import is being installed.

According to Auto Trader, there are pros and cons to buying a car with a used engine or installing one yourself, and that certainly applies to used Japanese engines, too. For one thing, a used car’s new engine simply has less wear and tear than whatever engine was originally in that car, boosting its lifetime and reliability. Tracking the new engine’s mileage means subtracting the odometer’s total from the mileage the car had when the new engine was installed. A new engine may also be more efficient and reliable than the original one, and spare parts for it may be easier and cheaper to find, since they are more recent.

The main downside to a car with a used engine is wondering why the old owner replaced the engine. What was so wrong with it? Will this also reflect on the car as a whole? Also, replacing an engine is very skill-intensive, and if an under-qualified mechanic did the job, that could lead to issues, and having used Japanese engines in cars could also lead to complications in warranty. Overall, someone installing or buying a car with used Japanese engines ought to balance the car’s performance versus the old and new engines, and make sure that the right person did the best job for the right reasons.

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