Japanese carmakers took the world by storm in the 1970s and 80s, introducing a string of high-quality, affordable economy cars with releases that perfectly coincided with a couple of world oil crises. Where once the automotive market in the United States had been dominated by boatlike sedans, beefy muscle cars, and massive pickup trucks, an influx of imports shook up Detroit like an earthquake.
Consumers all of a sudden realized that they loved the reliable and efficient cars being designed and manufactured in Japan. Detroit’s response was to start imitating the aspects that they thought made Japanese products so successful, but the results were bad and consumers only turned to the real deal even more.
Japan has its own automotive landscape, however, and what brands like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan shipped to this country didn’t represent the entirety of their national industry. In fact, many cars destined for these shores were available in radically different form for the Japanese domestic market. Known as JDM cars, cars built specifically for Japanese use are increasingly popular to import to the States these days.
But just like any industry, even the Japanese automotive world has had its fair share of swings and misses as they’ve tried to stay ahead of the curve in terms of design and engineering. And yet, many fans of JDM sports cars refuse to buy anything made anywhere else. Keep scrolling for 10 big-time flaws that most people seem to ignore about sports cars from Japan.
The Acura NSX was one of the world’s greatest automotive achievements when it debuted in 1991. Sold in Japan with Honda badging, it was a lightweight, balanced, cost-effective Ferrari-beater with fighter jet styling and a comfortable interior.
But the NSX suffered from a few flaws, the most notable being its relative lack of power.
A 1997 engine upgrade helped a bit, but still the NSX had less than 300 horsepower. Another infamous issue was the ‘snap ring’ failure, which came about because of an improperly manufactured transmission case for a specific range of build dates and could result in dangerous metal shards grinding in the transmission itself.