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I have a friend that frequents Mexico and he said he sees the new Alfas all the time down in Mexico city. I've really been trying to find an Alfa GT and have seen some for sale down there online at the ferrari dealerships. I would like to buy one and drive it back here to the USA. The only thing that I'm wondering is, how much will it need to be modified to get it street legal? What are the illegalities of it? I currently have a 2001 Jaguar XJR and I'm sure that is more polluting than the Alfa. I know some shops that do conversions to make foreign cars legal, I'm just wondering what would need to be done. Probably just safety standards? I know someone who bought a Renault Spyder and has it here in the states, and he's going to get it made legal pretty soon.
Just wait, you can have a new one soon enough! Too much effort and money to do that!
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WOW. i never even realised that they sell Alfas in Mexico!

Surely there must be ways to get it legalized. I've seen or heard about street legal Nissan Skylines in California, and a few Renault Spyders, and all sorts of other Eurocars that get brought into the US.

A friend of mine said he saw a 'new-ish' TVR floating around San Francisco.
Oh yeah tons of them. I send parts to DF all the time.
I supply shops around here and other states with 156, 166, 2000> Spider parts for Mexican Alfa's
I send tons of these parts to another shop in Dallas all the time for these customers.

Parts take about 7 days or so to get in. But they are willing to wait to get the car fixed.



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Well, it seems to me that the unfortunate dealers and owners must contact some Alfa organization in neighboring countries or someone like Altissimo Int. who had an entry on this tread. Int. Auto Parts might be able to help, if they what to. I presume that the dealers still have the special tools, programs and work shop manuals.
Just checked Alfaromeo.com, there is a link to a fully functioning web showing all current Alfa models, are you sure that the Fiat Group just pulls the plug on the market? Just like in the US.
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Int, Auto Parts, no way. They barley understand the 164. They are old 4 cyl parts place and will not be able to order 156> model parts. If they do they will charge more and get it wrong. I Just supplied some glass to a GT owner in Washington DC. Someone smashed his passenger window and could not get a replacement. I got it to him in 6 days.

I do not think IAP has on-line access to alfa for new parts.

So if there is a need for parts for vehicles not brought to the US, I have no issues supplying the parts.

As far as DOT, I agree it is a joke, it is based on old technology from around the 1970's and still used today.
I think all cars should be inspected like in Europe. If it leaks or has a bad shock or tire. Off the road until fixed. Trucks should not be able to be lifted and cars should not be able to be lowered more than 2". headlight, tail light, side markers, side repeaters should all be legal color, not blue, green purple, whatever. Tail lamps should not be able to be replaced with cheap after-market "stylish" tail lamps that are not approved. Only OEM can replace them.
Certain allowable Db for exhaust.
NHTSA is getting better though. headlight technology for example is adopting both Euro and DOT approved headlamps which is good.
But man they have a lot of work ahead of them to even come close to EEC regulations.
We are still in the stone age here in the US. Some of the cars that are driving around should be in the crusher. I see cars spilling smoke out the tail and a cop drive right by and not blink an eye.
Yet, they somehow pass smog and get a valid registration.
The state spends money on Smog test facilities and salaries while charging us $30 for a check every 2 years which as mentioned 98% probably passes.
They spend money on mass transit but nobody rides it because they all drive their heaps of crap. if they had an inspection,took these cars off the road they would add twice as much income to the state since they would then have to use mass transit, environmentally these cars would not contribute to carbon dioxide emissions, pollution, and so forth. Therefor adding to a safer, cleaner less crowded highway/road system. Sure it seems like a dream but a few simple tings in place could have big impacts on this.
One reason I do not think they do it is they may have a huge uproar of anger citizens with confederate flags breaking down the doors of the state capitol demanding back their right to lift their trucks or drive their cars with blown head gaskets etc. I don't know I may be off my rocker..? Maybe they should be charged a hefty carbon tax or safetey tax until fixed? ;)
But I can tell you in the last 10 years driving has not been as enjoyable at all. It is dangerous and drivers these days do not have any manners or any knowledge of driving or the road at all. Since when did flashing a car become the middle finger as opposed to a courtesy to please move to the side as I am going faster than you??
I think is should be mandatory for all drivers to take a driving test and paper test every 2 years.


Just a few ideas off the top of my head at 9:30 at night.
Ciao!
 
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