Prado Import - Advice needed.





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    Default Prado Import - Advice needed.

    Hi Folks
    I'm considering buying a 2003 v6 4.0L Prado (120 Series). It's in reasonable nick, modest mileage - only problem is it's an import from the UK and therefore has different spec to SA models. I assume suspension, motor, drivetrain etc is standard (as per SA spec) but the interior spec is different and it only has the 87L tank, with the spare located under the vehicle.
    I really want/need the 180L tank, esp with the V6 petrol.
    Any ideas on what it might cost or how I might go about:-
    1. Retrofitting a 180L tank or an additional (aux) tank and;
    2. Relocating the spare to the back door (no bracket currently in place).
    Also - should I be concerned that this is an import?? Other than the fact that the speedo reads in miles and the ancient satnav is defunct, everything else seems familiar. Paperwork seems to be in order.
    Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Cheers, Andrew

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    I used to own a UK spec 80 series, and never had problems with spares (although you will find that the stealers are not too keen to help, but it's best to stay away from them anyway). Make sure that the paperwork is 100% in order - not seems to be.

    You will not be able to retrofit the spare wheel onto the door if it was not designed for it. Look at something like a Kaymar rear spare wheel carrier, it's a much better option.

    Cannot help with the fuel tank.

    Good luck

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    I believe that there are rules against the importation of vehicles into SA over 3 years old, unless you are returning from working abroad and bringing your own vehicle home. You need to have owned it for a while to qualify for this. You need to contact SARS, or check their website, before you commit yourself to this deal.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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    Maby you can get the fueltank at a scrapyard for a few cents. Or try N1 4x4. Steel bumper with sparewheel carrier will be your best option exept if you could pick up a rear door from the a scrapyard aswell. My Prado 90 is an import and I havnt had any problems with paperwork ect.

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    Mike, if the car was registered as a new vehicle, day one, then it is no issue.
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    Isn't that a bit dodgy? Registering a 7 year old vehicle as new?

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    No Mike.

    If the car was imported new and then registered in ZA, it is fine to re-register in the used market.
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    Hi fella's - thanks for all the advice!

    After deliberating for a while, I decided not to take the imported vehicle and to wait for another opportunity to find a Prado that actually suits my needs - which in no small part amounts to the 180L tank and the convenience of the spare wheel on the tail gate.

    Back to trawling the internet!

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