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Hopefully can get some advice here.. I'm looking at quite a high powered 'american muscle' car and have been hearing conflicting stories about whether to go for the GCC vs the US spec... has anyone heard any further bad stories on driving high powered US spec cars over here? I live 5K's from work where both my work and apartment have basement parking so the car would not be left in direct sunlight during the day.. there is a sizeable difference in price between the two options...when the car is been tested can they check as to whether previous damage has been done with regards to flooding overheating etc?

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Is the American spec car you are looking at getting already here ? I am guessing it is, seeing as how you are asking about the checking for flooding etc... Personally, I would take the car over to it's authorized dealer here and ask them if they would support it (future servicing, repairs etc..). They would also be my first choice in having it checked over thoroughly for the kind of damage you mention ...
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Hopefully can get some advice here.. I'm looking at quite a high powered 'american muscle' car and have been hearing conflicting stories about whether to go for the GCC vs the US spec... has anyone heard any further bad stories on driving high powered US spec cars over here? I live 5K's from work where both my work and apartment have basement parking so the car would not be left in direct sunlight during the day.. there is a sizeable difference in price between the two options...when the car is been tested can they check as to whether previous damage has been done with regards to flooding overheating etc?

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Jbonkers - what type of car? Heating is always an issue on muscle cars - even here in the US under moderate conditions, which is why people go with cooling systems.

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Jbonkers - what type of car? Heating is always an issue on muscle cars - even here in the US under moderate conditions, which is why people go with cooling systems.
It's a Chevrolet Camaro I'm looking at desert fever. It's the 8 cylinder one I'm looking at so my concern is around driving a US spec in the summer heat!

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Well - that same car is driven in California, Arizona and Texas which are hot places so I don't really anticipate any issues.. However, you should check out the background of that car...

I am also thinking of bringing a muscle car (Corvette Z06) I own which has US specs to sell in Dubai. I am actually wanting to sell it in that market because it's highly customized and would sell quickly.

My gut feeling is that people driving muscle cars in hot weather should look into investing into cooling systems which are available after market.
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If you are talking about cooling systems and the like,"GCC Specs" on most modern cars is a myth. As mentioned, it's equally hot in Texas, hotter in Death Valley and cars aren't made only for one market anymore. But there are two things to consider nevertheless:
  • If you plan to sell it here you should be aware that many buyers honestly believe that there is a difference and so supply and demand rules will depress the price a bit even when mechanically there is no meaningful difference.
  • Warranties are very different from country to country. People here tend to expect a warranty even on a used car that would be out of warranty in the US.

I'm not sure I get that latter idea since it implies an intent to keep the car - whereas most people here seem to drive with the deliberate intent to crash the car asap.

That said, I imported my car.
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Well - that same car is driven in California, Arizona and Texas which are hot places so I don't really anticipate any issues.. However, you should check out the background of that car...

I am also thinking of bringing a muscle car (Corvette Z06) I own which has US specs to sell in Dubai. I am actually wanting to sell it in that market because it's highly customized and would sell quickly.

My gut feeling is that people driving muscle cars in hot weather should look into investing into cooling systems which are available after market.
Actually "GCC Spec" for cars covers quite a few things including the following:-

Uprated AC system
Uprated air filter system (remember the amount of sand storms we get here!)
Different radio/multimedia system (some US spec cars have digital/satellite radio)
Different dash and interior materials to resist sun fade from higher UV levels
Different tyres - for hot weather climate.

The above is examples and not exhaustive - but goes to show why GCC Spec has higher resale value and better peace of mind.

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Sorry but I really have to laugh at all these misconceptions about GCC vs NOT... Are there differences yes, but are they that large of an issue? NO! The largest differences the normal car owner will find are:

-Arabic writing on the passenger side mirror "Object in mirror are closer than they appear"
-Radio uses even frequencies vs odd. ex: 102.0 vs 102.1 but they are not "different" they are just loaded with local software to accommodate GPS/Radio etc. In newer cars this can be loaded for you.
-No warranty coverage (if vehicle is new)

Larger radiators, better AC are all trivial depending what you are comparing too. In many cases the radiators are not even larger, it is simply a different thermostat. As someone else mentioned about Southern US cars vs GCC, you would find the same things....

Different tires and Interior components? That's the first time I have heard that and would love to see a reference on it.

Is it hot here? Yes but come on, it might be hot but it's not that hot. Houston TX sees summers almost as hot as Dubai and they don't have all these 'special tires and interior components'

All I would be worried about is a crashed/flooded/repaired car from the US. Especially the muscle cars. I have imported many US spec vehicles myself and never had any issues for use or for resale!

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Sorry but I really have to laugh at all these misconceptions about GCC vs NOT... Are there differences yes, but are they that large of an issue? NO! The largest differences the normal car owner will find are:

-Arabic writing on the passenger side mirror "Object in mirror are closer than they appear"
-Radio uses even frequencies vs odd. ex: 102.0 vs 102.1 but they are not "different" they are just loaded with local software to accommodate GPS/Radio etc. In newer cars this can be loaded for you.
-No warranty coverage (if vehicle is new)

Larger radiators, better AC are all trivial depending what you are comparing too. In many cases the radiators are not even larger, it is simply a different thermostat. As someone else mentioned about Southern US cars vs GCC, you would find the same things....

Different tires and Interior components? That's the first time I have heard that and would love to see a reference on it.

Is it hot here? Yes but come on, it might be hot but it's not that hot. Houston TX sees summers almost as hot as Dubai and they don't have all these 'special tires and interior components'

All I would be worried about is a crashed/flooded/repaired car from the US. Especially the muscle cars. I have imported many US spec vehicles myself and never had any issues for use or for resale!
I worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years and 3 years of this was for one of the worlds largest tier 1 suppliers - so I know what I am talking about!

For a recent article on tyres (that's how we spell it!), please see below - article specifically mentions tyre specs for GCC temperatures.

What the law says on tyres | GulfNews.com

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