10 Affordable JDM Cars That Should Be Avoided


The Japanese Domestic Market is known for its exotic car production resulting in many beautiful cars. JDM cars are meant to be sold in their own market but many of the vehicles are being exported because of the kind of performance these vehicles deliver. The JDM has seen many iconic cars over the years made by Japanese automakers. In the same line, there are a few JDM cars that failed to perform well because of the issues in many departments. Here are a few JDM cars that are too good with the design and also cheap to buy but should be avoided. (Source : hotcars.com)

10. Nissan Sylvia

Nissan Sylvia JDM
Nissan Sylvia (Via : wikipedia)

This small sports car made its debut in 1965 in the domestic market. Nissan Sylvia or Nissan 240SX in the USA has a 2.4 L KA24DE I4 engine and equips either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. This vehicle is too good at delivering power but reliability and handling are the issues.

9. Toyota Supra MkIV

Toyota Supra MkIV JDM
Toyota Supra MkIV (Via : motor1.com)

The Toyota Supra MkIV is one of the fastest cars ever made. It comes with a 3.0L 2JZ-GTE 6-cylinder engine delivering a power output of 321 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. But the ride feels terrible with a low-grade plastic interior and bad handling.

8. Nissan 350Z

Nissan 350Z JDM
Nissan 350Z (Via : cargurus.com)

This vehicle is known for its hardcore performance with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 300 hp. This can be tuned furthermore to give even better output. But the vehicle misses out on safety and handling which became a reason for 145 deaths during the time.

7. Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI (Via : Wikipedia)

The WRX STI export model came with a 2.5 L EJ257 H4-T engine that produces 305 hp at 6000 rpm and a torque of 290 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. The latest version of this high-performance vehicle isn’t that expensive to buy. Maybe because of the performance issues it had with the latest model.

6. Mitsubishi GT3000

Mitsubishi GT3000 JDM
Mitsubishi GT3000 (Via ; alphacoders.com)

One of the most attractive and powerful vehicles ever made. Equipped with a Twin-turbocharged V6 engine this vehicle produces 320hp and 478 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 160mph. With the weak chassis, this vehicle has reliability issues.

5. Mazda RX-7

Mazda RX-7 JDM
Mazda RX-7 (Via : completecar.ie)

The Mazda RX 7 is a pretty-looking car with a twin-turbo B13 engine. And gives a decent performance providing a power output of 200 hp at 6,500 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. The vehicle is always prone to engine failures and needs very high maintenance even if this can be bought at a low price.

4. Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8
Mazda RX-8 (Via: topspeed.com)

RX-8 came with a naturally aspirated 1.3-liter twin-rotor Wankel engine making 191 hp. and the North-American version had a turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 212 hp and 232 hp after tuning and it came with 6-speed manual transmission. The successor of RX-7 came with even more maintenance cost.

3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X (Via : Wikipedia)

Produced from 2007 to 2016, the vehicle has a 2.0L 4B11T turbocharged I4. It gives a power output of 291 hp and a torque of 300 lb⋅ft. It has either a 6-speed twin-clutch transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. But the vehicle isn’t that great when it comes to performance.

2. Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R (Via ; uniquecars.com)

The vehicle comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.6 L I6 engine that is capable of making a power of 276 hp. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and provided better performance. The engine when tuned can even make a power of around 500hp but need the double the price of the vehicle to upgrade with all equipment.

1. Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Eclipse (Via : caranddriver.com)

Even after many recalls, The Mitsubishi Eclipse had issues with ABS and bad fuel tank mounting brackets. Other than this the vehicle has great performance and handling with the flat-four engines over the years.

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