When Japanese and Korean vehicles first hit our shores in the 1960s and 70s, they weren’t exactly the cars American drivers lusted after. This was the Muscle-Car-Era, after all, when massive V8 engines were stuffed into anything automakers could fit them in. NASCAR and drag racing demanded huge power, and gasoline was cheap.
Toyota, Datsun, and Honda all hit our shores with small, lightweight cars with diminutive 4-cylinder engines that didn’t offer the excitement of Mustangs and Camaros. When the oil crisis hit in 1973, suddenly fuel economy replaced horsepower as the biggest buying factor when it came to cars. The Japanese cars had excellent fuel economy, good looks, and were proving to be extremely reliable. To top it off, cars like the Datsun 510 and 240z proved that a small, economical car could be fun to drive.
Through the 80s and 90s, imports like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Nissan Sentra were all the rage. Economical and fun to drive, the American car companies tried to imitate their success. Families started replacing their Fords with Camrys, Accords, and Maximas. Import-mania was in full swing. During this time, we also saw Korean cars from Kia and Hyundai enter the states capturing market share.
By the 2000s, Honda Civics and Preludes, Mitsubishi Lancers and Eclipses, Toyota Celica, MR2, and Supra, and Subaru Impreza, had all replaced the V8 muscle car as the performance platform of choice. Hollywood even embraced the new era of hot rodding with the movie The Fast and the Furious. The sport compact car had become king, cheap to buy, cheap to drive, and cheap to make fast.
Acura, Infiniti, and Lexus all stepped up the the plate as premier luxury brands, and were well established competitors to Cadillac, Lincoln, BMW, and Mercedes. The Import car had become established everywhere in America. Many shops, however, neglected this huge portion of car owners when it came to specialized service and repair.
Here at Cincinnati Transmission Specialists, Inc., we know how different import cars can be from American cars. High revving engines like the B18C in the Acura Integra require precise valve adjustments and routine timing belt services. The rugged 4×4 systems of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier require specialized knowledge and the right parts to keep going.
Whether you drive a 3000GT on the racetrack, or travel in luxury in a Lexus, we are the number one place in Cincinnati to have your import car serviced, repaired, and maintained. If you are looking to buy an import, whether a late model Honda Fit, or a classic Datsun, we have the expertise and the tools to make sure you’re getting a great buy.
Don’t be afraid when other shops tell you they can’t repair a Honda Odyssey transmission because it operates differently. We can take care of it, and back it with our C-Guarantee, 3-year, 100,000 mile warranty.