How Much Did the SW20 Toyota MR2 Cost New?

After the enormous success of the first generation MR2 which launched in 1984, Toyota had big shoes to fill with its successor. Kazutoshi Arima, the chief engineer for the Mk2 project, wanted to take the nameplate upmarket and make it more exotic. The design of the SW20 MR2 was handed over to Kunihiro Uchida who … Read more

Are Left Hand Drive Cars Legal In Japan?

Japan continues to fascinate motorists from across the world. As the birthplace of many legendary, desirable cars such as the Toyota Supra and the Nissan Skyline GT-R, many are interested in anything to do with Japanese motoring. There is a certain “mystery” to the workings of the Japanese automotive industry, thanks to all kinds of … Read more

How Much Did The Nissan GT-R R32 Cost New?

After discontinuing the Skyline GT-R in the early seventies, Nissan would revive the nameplate in 1989. The third-generation GT-R would be given the chassis designation E-BNR32 (more commonly known as the R32) and it would quickly go on to make a name for itself on both the road and the racetrack. The R32 GT-R was … Read more

How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

When it comes to car washing, people tend to fall into one of two camps: They either love it, and wash their car frequently, or they hate it and don’t mind having a car that looks like the inside of a rubbish skip. At Garage Dreams, we think that taking good care of your car … Read more

Are All JDM Cars Right Hand Drive?

JDM cars are becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan. As we discussed in a recent article on whether or not JDM cars are better than the competition, there are a number of appealing reasons for considering such a car (primarily access to rare and interesting cars that weren’t originally meant to be sold outside of … Read more

How Often Should You Check Your Tire Pressure?

Tires are one of the most important – but most overlooked – components of your car. They are, after all, the only things truly connecting your car to the road. It therefore amazes us here at Garage Dreams how few people take proper care of their tires. One of the biggest issues is incorrect inflation/tire … Read more

Nitrogen Tires – Your Questions Answered

Have you ever seen a car with green valve stem caps? If so, then you’ve seen a car with nitrogen filled tires. In fact, you may have a car with nitrogen filled tires sitting in your garage or on your driveway right now. But what is the truth about nitrogen in car tires? Is nitrogen … Read more

Are JDM Cars More Reliable?

Here at Garage Dreams, it’s no secret that we love Japanese cars. In fact, one of our editors even lives in Tokyo! We are especially fond of JDM cars (if you’re not familiar with the meaning of JDM, then read our article on the subject here). In our recent article on whether or not JDM … Read more

Are JDM Cars Better?

Here at Garage Dreams, we are big fans of Japanese cars. From the humble Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, through to the likes of Nissan Skyline GT-R and Honda NSX, we love all of Japan’s automotive creations. But what about Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) cars? There are a number of vehicles that Japanese manufacturers have … Read more

Why Are Used Japanese Cars So Cheap?

New Zealand is famous for many things. From being the best at rugby, to being the home of the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand has a lot going for it. One thing that flies beneath the radar, however, is the number of cheap, used Japanese cars that are available in NZ. Although prices aren’t … Read more