10 Highly Tunable JDM Cars That Are Cheap To Maintain

Japan is one such car manufactures which produces cars loved by the mass. Upon that they are highly tunable. Here are some highly tunable JDM cars that are surprisingly cheap to maintain…


What makes a good project car? Most gearheads will respond that affordability is the first important component of a project car when this question is posed, and we would agree. In order to have enough money for all the upgrades and modifications, a project car must be reasonably priced. Reliability is another crucial component of a good project car. Nobody wants to put hours into a build only to try to enjoy the fruits of their labour when it keeps breaking down. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Given these two crucial factors, it is simple to understand why many gearheads favour Japanese project cars as alternatives to European and American models. Japanese vehicles are excellent project cars because they are more affordable than others and are designed to be as dependable as possible. This list features ten of the most stylish and dependable JDM project cars available for purchase. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

10. Subaru Impreza WRX


One of the best manufacturers on the world rallying stage has always been Subaru. To demonstrate some of its rallying technologies in a road-legal vehicle, in 1992 the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the Impreza-based World Rally eXperimental, or WRX. The Subaru Impreza WRX was a huge success and continued to be manufactured until 2014, when it was separated from the Impreza as a separate model. The Impreza WRX is adored by gearheads for its usefulness, toughness, dependability, all-wheel-drive system, and the abundance of aftermarket parts.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​9. Nissan 350Z


Nissan decided to produce the aforesaid 240Z in a series known as the Z-car because it was such a huge commercial success for the automaker. The 350Z, the fifth vehicle in the series, made its debut in the early 2000s and left everyone in awe. It was greatly improved over the 300ZX, especially in the area of design. It also had a fantastic 3.5L V6 engine with more than 300hp available. Because of the extensive aftermarket, the 350Z is easily modifiable like other Z-cars. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

8. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO


Although it was one of the top Japanese automakers in the 20th century, Mitsubishi has largely slipped people’s notice in the 21st. The Lancer Evolution is a line of sports sedans built by Mitsubishi from 1992 to 2016. It is one of the best vehicles the company has ever produced. The Lancer Evo had a huge cult following despite being discontinued after ten generations because of its customizability and involvement in the Fast and Furious series.

7. Honda S2000 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The 1990s were undoubtedly Honda’s most successful decade in the auto sector. With the iconic NSX at the beginning of the decade and the S2000 at its conclusion, the Japanese brand left a lasting impression. The S2000 is beloved by gearheads for many reasons, starting with its outstanding design. A 2.0L or 2.L 4-cylinder with 247hp is one of the best naturally aspirated engines ever made, and it’s under the hood of the S2000.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6. Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ

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The Toyota GT86 and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, were the products of Toyota and Subaru’s 2013 collaboration to produce a new sports car. Even though the sports cars were quite underpowered, they had fantastic looks and were very reasonably priced. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The two vehicles have evolved into some of the best modern project cars money can buy since they were invaded. There is plenty of room for improvements given their reasonable prices. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

5. Honda Civic


You’re likely to see a few Honda Civic models if you’re driving on any American road. The Civic has been among the best-selling cars in the US since its introduction in 1972, so this is not a surprise. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Civic offers the general public a useful, economical, dependable, and reliable way to get around, and if you get one of the high-performance models, like the Type R, it can also be fun to drive. The Civic is popular among enthusiasts for yet another reason: it’s simple to modify. A wide variety of aftermarket parts are readily available for every generation of the Civic making it easy to build the vehicle quickly.

4. Datsun 240Z


Toyota debuted the magnificent 2000GT in the 1960s, and everyone was awestruck by its exquisite design. Nissan created the 240Z because it realised it needed to counter with a strong rival. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Similar to the 2000GT, the 240Z was praised for having a stunning design that could compete with anything from Europe. The 240Z, on the other hand, was made in mass quantities unlike the 2000GT, which was only made in 337 examples. As a result, the 240Z is still reasonably priced today.

3. Mazda MX-5 Miata


One of the best products to come out of Japan is the Mazda MX-5 Miata without a doubt. Few vehicles can match the exhilarating driving experience provided by this tiny two-seater sports car, which is neither the best looking nor the most powerful in the world. Despite being in continuous production since 1989, the Miata has always followed the same successful formula. The fact that it is currently the most popular two-seater sports car ever means that aftermarket accessories and cheap alternatives are simple to find.

2. Toyota Corolla AE86


Since its release in the late 1960s, the Corolla has sold millions of units, making it Toyota’s flagship model. The Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of the most admired of the many models and versions that the Corolla has produced over the years. The three-door liftback AE86 made its debut in 1983 with the same 1.6L twin-cam four-cylinder engine as the MR2, which produced 128hp for the rear wheels. The AE86 is regarded as one of the best drifting vehicles ever.

1.Toyota Land Cruiser

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Toyota unveiled one of its most popular models of all time, the Land Cruiser, in the early 1950s. Given the Land Cruiser’s long history of dependability and durability, Toyota has sold more than 10 million units since then, which is understandable. The Land Cruiser is one of the least expensive used SUVs you can purchase because there are so many available examples. You can transform the Land Cruiser into an off-road beast using a variety of aftermarket upgrades.





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