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  2. Any volunteers? Can't we keep the same 504 rack and do the power conversion?
  3. That is a decision you have to make for yourself based on taking both on test drives....Sorry to be pedantic but there is nothing called a RAV4 Vanguard. RAV4 is one vehicle (SWB) and Vnaguard is a different vehicle. I personally prefer the Vanguard over the Sorento but the Sorento is also a decent vehicle and I believe you would get a bit more bang for the buck with the Kia. Also, you do get quite a few of them around and the local agent supports the vehicle so you are always covered. The Vanguard..well..for the most part it won't be any more difficult nor easier than maintaining a normal RAV4 (the local agent did NOT sell that many RAV4s in SL and 99% of RAV4s you see on the road are grey imports and our expereience with the RAV4 has been that third party parts suppliers have a lot more parts on hand than the agent). I have seen several Vanguards around...albeit almost all of them are 2WD. Even in Japan the Vanguard did not sell that well compared to the RAV4 mainly due to the price...which also reflects on why the thing never made it to SL.
  4. The flat polishing machine is a commonly used electric processing tool. Its work is mainly carried out by the motor to complete the polishing. However, the long-term use of the flat polishing machine is prone to problems and reduce the service life. How to extend the flat polishing machine? What is the service life? It is very important to do routine maintenance work. 1. The first step is to regularly check the air filter and other components of flat polishing machine to avoid malfunction. 2. for lubrication of the main shaft, bearings, etc. should pay attention to regular lubrication. 3. Carefully clean the electrical box, and the signal light should be replaced if there is any problem. 4. Check if there is noise in the bearing of the motor. If so, replace it in time. 5. keep the outside of the motor clean, and also to ensure that the motor works properly.
  5. MrCat

    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Ah yes! the Accord Euro is a great package isn't it? Very well built because it`s actually made In Japan unlike the normal Accord and Civic at the time. One of my friends` had one with over 220k kms on the clock, ran like new with minimal maintenance. The WRX is a performance bargain, but a bit towards the 'project car' side of the spectrum for me at this point Something with a new/rebuilt engine/drive-train would be good. If not, the Mrs wont be a happy chappy when that boxer blows a head gasket('s' - there`s two)
  6. Hyaenidae

    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Jokes aside, congratulations m8! Seeing as you have a Demio in Sri Lanka I can totally see you buying this as a grocery getter for your wife (Although a VRX along with the RA would have made your garage look totally badass and drool-worthy)
  7. Hyaenidae

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    You guys make me feel like I'm abusing the car by carrying 5 or more people on a frequent basis
  8. Hyaenidae

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    Be as that may, remind me to not get on your bad side 😬
  9. matroska

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    a little off topic but many many years ago - late 90's a pre-teen version of me went with my dad to a garage and there was a sedan - if i remember correctly an ae80 or a b11 that had suspension modified to carry moonshine on pot holed roads (as per the mechanic) .... so maybe your car has that modification done too 😛
  10. matroska

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    hahaha that explains it 😄 ....
  11. kush

    Toyota vitz/ Suzuki Swift/ Audi A1

    Euros have complex mechanical and electronics which need specialized tools / diagnostics and knowledge to maintain. Will need premium fuel, oils. If maintained properly technically should be as reliable as a Jap however it is not the case in SL for what ever the reason. May be it has something do do with our climate, heat, dust, humidity.
  12. Sed

    4dr5 sound

    Thanks Davy, soon ill post a video
  13. vitz

    Toyota vitz/ Suzuki Swift/ Audi A1

    Many thanks. Why an A1 is such difficult to maintain!!!! It seems like swift is the option., though we don't like. Bigger car is not an option, since this for my better half. The time it has come to get rid of the GP1 we have been using but Vitz is not near to it in terms of quality of the interior. It's really a pity that with the present situation in the market, we are left with very few options.
  14. kush

    Mithubishi Montero vs Kia Sorento

    Montero 2013 will be fairly basic but will be the better buy if you can find a good one which is not hacked to death
  15. Hi Guys, I am looking to buy a SUV and my budget is around 10 million. I am thinking about the above two option. Please suggest which vehicle I should go for considering after sale value, performance, ride comfort (front seat mainly) and easier to find spare parts Montero 2013 diesel 3.2 Sorento 2014/2015 diesel 2.4 If you think some other vehicle for this budget suggest that too. I have seen some Chinese once Glory 508 just wondering will it be another option to consider. Thanks
  16. Davy

    4dr5 sound

    Hi Sed, welcome to the forum. It's difficult to diagnose noises and sounds like this without having heard it in person. Can you maybe share a video clip to help? It could be your exhaust that's rattling. Maybe one of the mufflers have it's internals corroded or come apart, and starts to rattle under extreme pressure.
  17. Davy

    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Thanks! I too steered clear from Euros because it didn't make sense to buy a car that is expensive to run for my purposes. The Audi A3, BMW E46 and VW Golf GTI were on my list, but I drove this and immediately fell in love with it and thought it would be a perfect match for the job. The car is small enough to park in tight places (you know how it is at stations) and my wife is happy that it's so easy to drive. When you need the power, it's there for a bit of spirited driving as well. I joined an Australian Facebook group for Mazda BJ series to get to know more about the car and found out that the 323 SP20 is highly sought after. There are more "wanted" ads out there than actual cars. As for your list of options, how about these: - Honda Accord Euro Luxury (the one with the 2.3L engine and tiptronic tranny). Very comfortable car with plenty of power. A friend has one. - Subaru Impreza WRX Blob-eye or maybe even a G3 hatch - need I say more?
  18. MrCat

    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Nice Buy.!! was thinking about replacing the "train station" car myself, what other "kind-of-fun" options are there around this price point? similar sized /aged cars? There are SO many cheap/awesome European options from Alfa 159`s to Renault Clio`s , but just dont have the time to spend on upkeep required for Euro`s at the moment. :( The Swift Sport is quite high in my list. Didn't think about the SP20 before, this got me thinking. Too bad Toyota didn't sell a mild-performance oriented Corolla here, the Levin is just a cosmetic exercise. Quick list below, I may have missed some ?? Swift Sport - said to be a brilliant chassis, not too sure how good the auto gearbox is Pulsar SSS - older platform Lancer VRX - prefer the 2.4 liter 4G69. Thirsty and noisy, but has got plenty of torque. CS series auto gearbox is a letdown, dont know whether the CY/X had a better box. Non-VRX hatchbacks are cheap as chips though. Civic Sport - owned an FD series 'sport' before, but in manual form. Mechanically bulletproof, but interior and paint does not age well. Too bad the hatchback (FK) doesnt come with the 2.0 K20Z, though I think the FK series is better made compared to FD Mazda 3 SP23/SP25 - Possibly the best bang-for-buck, but i dont think the interior bits age well on the BK and later series compared to the older series 323
  19. kush

    Toyota vitz/ Suzuki Swift/ Audi A1

    Considering the high mileage that you would be clocking I would recommend the Swift for overall driving dynamics, equipment for the price. Audi would be better to drive but may have issues when you clock high miles, you will have issues maintaining it in Kandy as even in Colombo there are issues to find proper places. Aussi imports are fairly basic even the A/C is manual. You will have to check on fuel requirements as even Euros in Aussi require premium. Toyota will be the most trouble free and un involving car of the lot, you will gain at time of resale. Since it is going to be a long drive why don't you look at a bigger car
  20. Sell the car and buy a new one in India, they have better cars for cheaper prices.
  21. Sed

    4dr5 sound

    My 4dr5 j24 engine sound was normal until yesterday, When i start the jeep and accelerate up-to a certain limit, It makes the normal sound, But when i accelerate to it’s fullest, It makes a different sound, It sounds like a vibrating steel mesh, But actually there’s no mesh to be vibrate. Thats the only way i can explain the sound.if you’ll aware about this pleases advice. Thank you
  22. My daily driver is a Civic hatch mate. Same as yours.
  23. mash1981

    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Nice
  24. Twin Turbo

    Normal operating coolant temperature

    Hi, toyotas have a 82'c t valve fitted from the factory,.. Taking into account the age of the vehicle,..you might wan check the valve for proper operation and replace with new coolant,..
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  26. alpha17

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    I totally agree with you. Even with 4 grown ups in the car most JDMs are more likely to scrape underneath.
  27. alpha17

    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    I’m a humble guy my dear friend🤗
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