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JZX100 manual conversion and Chaser vs. Mark II


Best Answer Indelible, 10 February 2018 - 06:07 PM

all driveline is the same between both and interior too if same series (eg both s1 or both s2) mainly just exterior is different

 

and if paying someone to do a manual conversion for you it would probably cost similar all up to buying a car already manual

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  #1 W XXVII

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:09 PM

Hey everyone from JZX world! I've been looking for possible second cars that I could buy in the future, and I've settled on either the Mark II or Chaser JZX100. But are there any significant mechanical differences between the cars? From what I've been reading the differences are small like different panels, lights, interior trim etc. Also, would it be cheaper to buy a manual car, or buy an auto and convert to manual? The average price for a decent manual Chaser JZX100 is $15k-16k in Australia, but autos can be imported or bought locally for as low as $10k. If the manual conversion in total would be cheaper, how much would it cost for parts and labor? I'm 17 and my mechanical knowledge isn't great so if it's too hard I would probably pay someone to do it. Thanks in advance!


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:07 PM   Best Answer

all driveline is the same between both and interior too if same series (eg both s1 or both s2) mainly just exterior is different

 

and if paying someone to do a manual conversion for you it would probably cost similar all up to buying a car already manual


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

If I remember right, the trans tunnel where the shifter sits are slightly different between the auto and manual. So some cutting may be involved.

 

I think with all the necessary tools, an experienced helping hand, 3 days to work undisturbed and you could pull it off. The important part is having someone knowledgeable and all the parts needed at hand to go in.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:10 AM

I had imported my jzx100 chaser last year for around $15,000 drive away which is a auto, i had lost a fair few car at auction the were going for up near $20,000 landed and complied that were automatics, the prices are starting to rise for jzx's, but i am sure if you are patient you will find some good deals out there!


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:28 AM

I agree with Indel on this. Save up and get a manual if you can. If you get an auto and want to convert it, with parts and the such plus installation you would have spent just as much as buying a factory manual any ways.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 01:49 PM

Defo better to get a manual - just eliminates the headache/costs if you don't have all the means to do it and if you pay someone wheres the guarantee they do it properly?

On the subject of patience and good deals - looking at the last 12 weeks of iauc stats - the lowest price for a decent chaser was ~ 800,000 ¥. A good example for such price can take up to 6 months to find. Again, that depends on your definition of decent (150KM odometer and below, no replaced/heavily repaired panels, factory manual, grade 4 - those are my definition). Factor in whatever expenses your importer will require and that should be an estimate.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:18 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses, looks like I'll have to save a bit more for a manual. Which importing companies would you guys recommend? Iron Chef Imports seems really good.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:47 PM

Iron chef are one of the better ones. Do not recommend Top Secret.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:12 PM

I used Iron Chef Imports (Troy) there can be moments where there is minimal contact but i can vouch that they do find you nice clean tidy cars! Top Secret imports i caught out a few times telling me that they had done one thing, then a week later i find out that they had not done what they said was already done.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:51 AM

Iron chef are one of the better ones. Do not recommend Top Secret.


What if you’re getting a car complianced from them? Are there any other workshops for compliancing in Sydney? I know someone who recently imported a vehicle and had a horrendous experience regarding compliancing by Top Secret..
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