My father's colleague imported a Toyota Axio 1.8 luxel from JAPAN. It was self import with genuine auction sheet and 4.0 grade car. when the car arrived and he got it cleared from port. guess what? Engine was making weird TAK TAK sound. Engine oil level was appropriate too.
He got the oil changed the same day but no use. Finally upon getting it checked from a reputable workshop in Karachi. It was diagnosed that engine's rods were making sound and he was like banging his head against wall. Even after spending nearly 19 lakh for a good car and he still ended up spending more on engine. Do you still think is it worth buying a JDM over brand new car? At least brand new car ka engine to farigh nae millay ga apko.
JDM's are built much better than local cars. Agreed. But you are not 100% sure that car is ok or not.
I remember when we imported a LC200, Importer didn't give any guarantee of engine and transmission. He only took responsibility of exterior, interior, accessories and body touching. Buying a JDM car is always a gamble. That's why I said buying a local car is peace of mind. Everything is in front of you and you can check it thoroughly.
I do agree about comfort part that comfort level of city is less and 17 lac is no way a fair price for City and it only deserves a price tag of 13-14 lac but we have no other choice. Look at that crap XLI which is being offered for 16 lac. At least city is better than XLI and compete GLI other than comfort category.