At Black River Details, I offer specialist detailing services for our Hampshire and West Sussex based clients. I’m fortunate to work on a huge variety of vehicles at our premises. But, if you’ve read previous blogs, you’ll know that I have a real passion for JDM cars. So, I always get a buzz from detailing these in particular. I recently wrote a blog article outlining why Japanese car manufacturers led the way in technology in cars back in the ’80s and ’90s; you can read that one HERE.
But after publishing that post, other interesting facts came to mind. So, you could consider this article part 2 in the series of blogs outlining why I think JDM cars are so amazing!
Amazing facts about JDM Cars by a Specialist Detailing Professional:
R34 GTR Multi-Function Display
Whilst it’s been commonplace to have a centre multifunction screen in our cars for many years now, it was scarce back in the ’90s. So, it was quite a talked about feature of the Nissan R34 GTR that launched back in 1999. This generation of the GTR had a 5.8” LCD multi-function display. It was mounted on the top centre of the dash, and it showed all kinds of data. It showed boost pressure and oil temperature, right through to more technologically advanced readings like g-force. You could monitor all of the car’s vital signs along with data to show you what the car’s systems were doing. As an example, it would display how much torque the 4WD system was sending to the front.
However, the system differs from modern-day systems in one key area, which was how you interacted with it. Rather than being a touch screen, buttons and a joystick to the side of the screen were the controls.
Interiors that Stand the Test of Time
The interiors on these old ’90s Japanese cars have stood the test of time far better than other cars of the same era.
If you were to look at many of the ’90s German cars from BMW or Mercedes, you’d probably find leather that’s lifting or bubbling up from armrests or dashboards. You might notice plastics that don’t quite line up like they used to. More generally, it’s like everything ever so slightly melted a little in the last 30 years…
In comparison, open up the door of a Toyota JZX100 Chaser, and you’ll find none of this. You might find some wear on the seat bolsters and touchpoints like the steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake lever, but that’s about it. A few early ’90s Nissans suffered from cracked dashboards, but most JDM cars didn’t have this problem. Overall the interiors on these cars still feel tightly screwed together to this day, with good quality materials made to last.
Exterior Build Quality
It wasn’t just the interiors that were built to a high standard. The fit and finishes of the bodywork and underlying mechanicals were also at a very high standard. The panel gaps were comparable to what you’d find on the equivalent German luxury car. Furthermore, underneath most of the bolts and hardware came with extremely tough zinc plating to protect these metal components from rust.
The rubbers and trims also tend to fare much better on these ’90s JDM cars than, say, an E36 BMW. On the BMW, it’s very common for the rubbers and plastics to be dry and brittle. These can be costly to replace and causing rust issues where seals start to let water into places it shouldn’t be. However, on an equivalent ’90s JDM car, you will usually find all the rubbers and seals, especially those around the windows, in good condition. Even after 30 years! In my opinion, as a specialist detailing professional, the materials are far better quality around the entire car compared to those of other manufacturers at the time.
If you are looking for specialist detailing services, for your JDM car or any other vehicle please contact me. I help clients throughout West Sussex and Hampshire.