Where do your low mile used engines and transmissions come from?
Why do these engines and transmissions have such low mileage?
Owning and operating a car in Japan is very expensive. The country is small and made up of several islands, so rust is a problem. Japan has a great public transportation system and very strict smog laws. Cars are inspected every 3 or 4 years. Just the inspection fee averages $1500.00, plus the repair cost, which is usually several thousand dollars. Gasoline cost 3-4 times what it costs in the USA. Cars are used mostly on weekends or daily to get to a train station. Cars with any body damage(including rust) are considered unsafe by authorities and cannot be used. Labor is very expensive, so many cars with minor body damage and perfect low mileage engines and transmissions end up getting recycled.
Japanese citizens have a propensity for owning and driving only the latest model cars. It is a point of national pride for them. These conditions result in Japanese drivers not driving very much.
How many miles are on your engines and transmissions?
The average mileage on our engines and transmissions is 30-40 thousand. This is an average based upon the average mileage of a car in Japan. Japanese vehicles are driven an average of 5000 miles a year for 5-8 years. This is the average. Your engine or transmission may have more miles or less miles. There is no way for us to know the exact milage on any particular engine or transmission.
What does the engine include?
Our stock replacement engines are sold as longblocks. The longblock is the cylinder head or heads and block. They usually come with intake and exhaust manifolds, distributor, fuel injection or carburetor, pulleys, cut wiring harness, etc. These accessory parts that come on the engine are in some cases different from the USA version and are not covered by the warranty. We ship the engines the way we get them from Japan. It you need a specific accessory part on your engine let us know and we will try accommodate your request.
Are your engines ready to install as shipped?
When you receive your engine, you will need to switch over the external parts and accessories from your old engine. You can install your engine with the accessory parts that are included with your engine at your own risk. In addition, always install a new water pump, timing belt, and be sure to take your radiator to a shop to be rodded out. And of course, tune up parts, filters, belts, and hoses should be replaced as necessary.
Will I get the engine in the picture?
The picture that you see is used to give you an idea of what engine you are getting. The engine you receive will be similar to the one in the picture but may have more or less accessory parts. Accessory parts vary from engine to engine.
Will my engine be ready to bolt into my car with no swapping over of accessory parts from my old engine?
Absolutely not. None of the accessory parts that come on our engines are covered by the warranty and some parts will be different then the ones on your old engine because they are from cars in Japan. We recommend switching over the accessory parts from your old engine, and always replace the timing belt, water pump, thermostat and any tune up parts (filters, belts or hoses) that need replacing.
Is there a warranty on your engines and transmissions?
Yes there is. Please refer to our warranty pages.
How can I be sure that I will receive a good engine?
We have over 30 years experience in the engine business. When a container of engines arrives from Japan, we test each one for leak down, compression, oil pressure and spin them over to listen for noise. Any engines that don