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  1. 7 points
    So Iv decided to open thread instead of a status update. (BTW its my 400th post for the 8 something years I've had this profile,used to have another profile since 08'. But I dont even remember the name on that) Ok peops. I got a story for u gents. I used to have an Audi A4 B5 since 09' upto 2014. Loved that car to bits. Gone through more men than a maradana hooker, but less than a model in SL. Treated badly,not run for years,ignornat bighead owner, etc etc. This was the Jayasuriya model A4 back in the day, he won a 95' for being man of the match(pic attached) Not the base base model,had a few options in it. But it was a 96' model year(the b5 came out in 95) so it was kinda old and sad looking because just after two years, the 97' came up with a facelift that really put it out there(bastards). I posted a few pics of my own car. I'll post the rest later as I need moment in the office 😏 I don't know why, but it said Audi A4 Limousine in a sticker in the boot!
  2. 6 points
    I wanted to add some blog entries to this forum for a long time as it had helped me a lot to make informed decisions. To start things with, I thought of writing about a small car which exceeded my expectations. That is the humble "Daihatsu Mira". It was in the mid 2018 when I started to look for a second (small) car to use for urban commuting with a budget around 2.8 million. Back then, I had a Vezel RS hybrid as the main car. So the unregistered options were clear. It was either the Japan Alto mild-hydrid, WagonR FX or Daihtasu Mira. Test drove the Alto and felt that it was not comfortable and the interior quality was not good. WagonR seemed to be more comfortable but the "battery-risk-factor" drove me off of it. Therefore, I was left with the Daihatsu Mira LA350 and LA300 models. I didn't have a big issue with the brand Daihatsu since the loyal Toyota DNA was on-board with it. The decision between picking the LA350 and LA300 model was simple. LA350 was the latest, had superior acceleration and higher efficiency. However, the back door and front side panels were made of Resin (instead of metal). I was worried about the safety of the new model and decided to compromise efficiency and power to resort into the old model. After a hunt of nearly 1 month, I found a dealer (ironically the same guy who imported my Vezel) who had an imported X grade 2017, LA300 with all documents. This had the following options added compared to the base model. Full two-tone dashboard. Retractable mirrors. Rear head-rests. Factory fitted alloys. Multi-color meter display (base model has an orange display) It had 5000 km on the clock with very minor scratches on the body. Negotiated with him and bought for a fair price. Since then I've been using it for more than 1 and half years and had run more than 20k kms (the total is around 26k km). There had been no issues with the car up-to now. Since it came with Kobe warranty, I had to service it with A*to Miraj. Generally, they did a good job with the car. External appearance The car has a very cute (non-aggressive) appearance. To me, the front-end and side looks okay but the back-end looks a bit odd. If you want to make a statement, this is not the car for you. The 155/65/R14 tyres looks skinny and doesn't add well to the appearance (most common with small 660 cc cars). Overall, I guess it's alright for the price you pay. The silver body paint looks good on the car and needs little maintenance to keep it shiny. Interior appearance Diahatsu Mira has a lot of leg space available for both front and rear passengers. For me, its identical to the Vezel RS. The seats are made of fabric (forgot to take a picture) and feels comfortable opposed to the Japan Alto. The dashboard looks okay with very basic controls. This minimalist feel extends to the steering wheel as well. I had it wrapped for better grip and protection. The gear leaver in the middle looks a bit odd and would have preferred it to be between the seats. Unfortunately, Mira doesn't have a lot of rear boot space. Sometimes the weekly groceries alone completely consumes the entire boot space. Therefore, you cannot use this car for outings with friends. The rear headrests comes in handy and IMHO, its the best thing (apart from the factory alloys) about buying a X grade car. The drive This is the best thing about the Mira. It feels surprisingly comfortable for a car of this category. This is due to the perfect suspension balance setting. Even the steering feel is acceptable compared to typical Toyota cars with numb feeling. This is perfect for daily city commuting. However, taking bends with a bit of soul and moderate speed seems to unsettle the car. Moreover, it feels unstable after 90+ kmph. Therefore, be extra careful and responsible when using the car. The 660cc power-house is alright for driving leisurely in the city. It feels nippy and feels excellent for driving in traffic. However, things starts to go south when you are in a hurry or a sudden need to accelerate arises. Overtaking at speeds over 50 kmph needs to be done with a bit of planning. IMHO the engine feels a bit more powerful and refined than a WagonR of the same year. The Mira also managed to pull effortlessly on a steep hill upwards (even I had second thoughts before attempting the climb). The car is at its best in the 30 to 50 kmph range. I have accelerated till 110 kmph and progress after 90 kmph is very minimal. The idle-stop is alright but you feel the car while starting (not refined compared to hybrids). I usually turn it off during traffic. The brakes seems very progressive and linear. They do a good job to stop the car up-to moderate speeds. Braking during high speeds makes the car a bit unstable (maybe because I'm used to driving the Vezel which had way bigger tyres and all disk brakes) . Fuel efficiency The guy who sold me the car claimed 20 kmpl which I was hilarious about. However, to my surprise the car did 16 kmpl on the very first run. Unsure about the results I topped it again and found out that it did the above amount continuously. After getting familiar with the car, I'm currently getting 17.5 to 18.5 (even though the car says 19.5+) kmpl during ordinary work days. This went up-to 23 kmpl during morning school holidays (and when I regularly came home during night with no traffic). To give a bit of context, during most days I drive 60+ kms daily via the Galle road with little traffic on mornings and moderate traffic (except the notorious Wellawatta block) on evenings. To compare with please find my previous vehicle's calculated efficiency below. 1997 Toyota Corolla 110 Diesel 2.0 Auto - 8.5 kmpl (had 200+ kms on the clock) 2003 Toyota Vios 1.5 Auto - 9 kmpl 2007 Toyota Belta 1.3 CVT - 10 ~ 10.5 kmpl 2002 Suzuki Alto Japan 0.66 Auto - 11 ~ 12 kmpl 2016 Vezel RS hybrid DCT - 13 - 14 kmpl Therefore, the car was very easy on the wallet for me. One thing I must say that, I'm not a very aggressive driver. I try to stick to the indicators and drive (most of the time). Maybe its the reason I'm getting good efficiency. Maintenance This car had required only the routine maintenance up-to now. Since the car came with free services, I had to pay about 12 000 rupees per service (average). Please refer the image below (yes, I maintain all records of the car). Tyres and brake pads are still in good condition after 26k kms of driving. The insurance is a bit expensive. I guess its common for all the new cars. With C*linco V*P, I parted 80 000 rupees for a valuation of 2.9 million with all covers and 2 years of no claim bonus. Guess it's worth their service. Overall verdict Buy the car if... You need to buy your first car/ needs a second small car. You need a comfortable A-to-B car. You need a car with less repairs. You need a car with good fuel efficiency, You need a car with plenty of interior space. You need a car to tackle the daily traffic. You enjoy the low engine vibration during idle (Opposed to cars such as 3-pot Vitz) Do not buy the car if... You drive aggressively (My friend does this and he claims his LA350 does 13 kmpl). You need to make a statement with the car. You need ground clearance. You regularly drive up-hill. You need a big boot. You expect all fancy tech. There you go! My honest review regarding the Diahatsu Mira LA300. Hope this will help people for making informed decisions. Cheers!!! 🙂
  3. 5 points
    Well to summarise the reason to my answer My maternal uncle, is and was an avid Peugeot collector, has had from the first 104, 305, 504, 404, 407, 406 and now has stepped to the hallowed suv grounds with a 3008. His life mission was convincing other family members buying Peugeot. Peugeot fans may know him by name, he has friends in France through forums they used to ship him stuff for free. Also my profession involves the mid decade permit trend so I tend to see gullible colleagues fall prey every season, the micro season, the vezel season, the permit premio season and now the pug season, So far I've experienced 3 cars, my uncles 3008, another colleagues 3008 and a 5008. I've no experience on the 2008, but I've met reps and was about to do a bit more research before the pandemic So my uncles car had a parking brake issue, hes done like 5000 km, idk he rectified it with the agents. Hes hiding it from me in shame, but I heard it was unusable for a few days. The 5008 had an issue with the display, again 3 days at the agent it was resolved, said it was a software thing. The other 3008 met with an accident, nothing big, front driver side quarter panel. agents repair bill was beyond fathom by the insurance, he ended up fixing it in a 3rd party place, the thing has gone AWOL since then, throwing codes. In my small random sample I've seen that brand new cars shouldn't be that hard to run and repair, hence why I said these arent the most reliable, these are sophisticated European motors, whatever you may say they need a lot of attention which people are having a ball with the so called agent. So to the offended pug owners, I respect your pride and joy and have fun running your high end cars, makes the road prettier Meanwhile some of us enjoy being able to fix a car by a sane bush mechanic or even at home after smiling for atleast 100,000km, and pile some money to spare for another car or few dozen beers.
  4. 5 points
    Work from home with the curfew being imposed gives me a bit of time to write on my new vehicle. I have so far owned only cars and I have always been am ardent fan of 4WD's so I was on the look out for a vehicle when I was getting rid of the Fit Gp1. I wanted something that is reliable and something that could be used as a daily drive. This time I didnt mind going for a 3 door vehicle as my brother was going to be out of the country for a years period and I could use his vehicle to transport my parents. So I had a look at the quick ad website and found a Toyota Land Cruiser BJ70 (Short wheel base coil spring model) ex army auction vehicle. It was advertised at a home so I picked up the phone and called him up only to find that he had given it to car sale in Malabe to sell. Asking price was also ok so I went and had a look, vehicle was very well restored but when I took it for a test drive I was shocked to see how bad it was mechanically. It would pull hard to the left when I pressed the brake at low speeds and it was scary. So what I did was I spoke to my relative running a garage and asked how much I will have to spend to sort out the brakes, luckily for me one of his wife's relatives is a big LC fan and he had restored one of these and I was told to get in touch with him. No sooner I told him the details he gave the full back ground story, and he asked me to look a round a bit more. Look around was what I did and low and behold this Suzuki Samurai pops out from no where. I have been an big fan of the Suzuki's and I had so much of literature on the Suzuki's but this was something new as the ad said coil spring. So I did a bit of research and was happy to see that they came with electronic fuel distribution and 82hp engine. I dug into my stash and then I found the original brand new catalogue which bought me down to earth as it said 64hp and carburetor. I didnt want to let go of the chance so I immediately took a call to the previous owner and ensured that it was a personal vehicle and asked if he was in around Colombo to which he said yes and when I tried to go see the car he said that he didnt bring it and the vehicle is in Ambalangoda. So I asked my brother to accompany me all the way to Ambalangoda, at first it was going to be only the two of us but since they were going away for a year they wanted to go on an outing so the whole family went with me. When I got to the previous owners place I got to know that he has a few more Samurai's / Jimny's with him and restoring these were his past time. So I asked if we could take the car for a spin to which he agreed. The first impressions were quite good it did have good pulling power and when asked he said that he has taken it on the highway and reached 120kmph. I of course didnt want to take a risk on a completely new 20+ year old vehicle with a very high center of gravity. So we did the negotiations and finally paid about 75,000 more than I anticipated but for that money I had a few off road goodies included which altogether was worth about Rs. 300,000/- which was a pretty good deal. Kit Included, 1. 2" lift kit 2. Original Warn winch bumper 3. Whinch 4. Work lights 5. Original Suzuki for lamps 6. Roof rack 7. A brand new set of Maxxis Radial (In Australia they go as AT tires) 8. Working snorkel I was not a big fan of the external colour scheme and it was more of a "Thorombal Karaththe" look to it. I asked the previous owner why he went with that look and he said it was done during a phase of his life that he liked this colour scheme. Everyone has their own liking's. I took the car home through some scenic roads which included stops at some of my brother's friends and a waterfall and got back home in the evening. Very next day I took it to my relative and asked him if he could change the colour of the grille, door handles, wiper blades and mirrors as it was painted red and white instead of the original black. he agreed and so I proceeded to take off the stickers on the body. A change of plan came during the next week as the original book said Mettallic Blue, which according to the catalogue was a colour called Reddish Blue. So I went back and asked the garage to change the colour to the original colour as per the tag bit with a change only with the final coat which should be matt. There were a few loose ends that needed to be tied up and it was left at the garage for them to attend to all. The rains in October and November didnt help me one bit as it took them a long time to get it finished, and I was getting aggravated as I had planned to do the devil's staircase in November and was pushing them like crazy. It went to the extreme of me going and sitting in the garage on Saturdays observing the work. However two days before my trip I got the vehicle but disaster struck as the garage driver was stopped by police just taking the vehicle out of the garage without license and insurance. The next day I went and took the stuff and took the vehicle home and to fix a set of new wheels which I had planned. I took it all the way to bambarakanda but was not able to go up the devils stair case due to land slides etc. I had ordered a set of new LED headlamps but they got delayed to come so I couldnt fix it on the first go.
  5. 5 points
    For almost 20 years my dad has been scraping and dinging my cars, his response it's just metal go fix it. Today I dinged his Vitara by accident., hes called out war now. He went all Martin Luther King on me with the speeches.
  6. 4 points
    The elusive 1000km oil change! So I asked the retailer in UK from whom I purchased the Vitara, he insisted on the 1000km oil change, But my importer said to run it 5000km, to add the so called engineer at A*W Pitstop also adviced to run 2500km-5000km prior to the break in oil change. Also he insisted the engine was broken in on a table prior to installation and not to worry. This is when the car manual explicitly mentions to break in and to time the turbo prior to turning off Well it seems that the car knows better than all of us! It displayed this today just at 1300km
  7. 4 points
    You spoke of a v75 montero above hence my answer. Anyhow the 3000cc 6g72, 3500cc 6g74 petrol does like 6kmpl outstation, 2 to 4 kmpl in traffic depending on your engine condition. Older they get the more they consume. They arent that peculiarly fast either. Also the tired gearboxes add to it If you really want petrol, the 3.8l 6g75 Is the gem, pulls like a train, smooth as a euro. All of these are advised to run on 95Oc If you are that concerned about fuel economy, you are way off on the type of vehicle you are considering mate, these aren't cheap to run or maintain, hence why the 2007 montero petrol is falling in value below the montero sport. even the diesel 2013 lot ain't that good on fuel, this very moment I've run from kandy to Colombo on a montero diesel 4m41, and 3000 bucks super diesel was just enough to make it to Colombo, just 112 km, with 22 litres 5kmpl long distance. For other concerned readers.... Lol japan suv, typical market lingo.. These things are made up by sellers and grey importers. because most of the Thailand SUVs were brand new, Fortuner, Montero sport, L200 Mux etc, bought by agents so they had no control, if things went well they be out of business by now. As for the thailand made Hilux since 2005, they say "top badu" because they bought em and sold them via grey channels. They discriminate the l200 as its thailand, and mostly agent imported other than the uk ones. Yet they embrace the Thailand hilux? See a pattern ? The 2003 to 2007 montero sport yet was made in japan, again mostly got down via agents, but they say, "owa adinne Naha, lorry wage". They did this to the entire l200 lineage. Simple Marketing jargon for them to make their buck of the typical gullible sri lankan. A few in the real world know that the 150 Prado, some units here were made in china, And some made in Bangalore, I know because a friend studied there a while ago. They muffle that history as they want to continue their sale, again to add they say the Toyota lanka prado with the rear door spare wheel has less spec, blah blah. If course the 5l engine they bought was dumb. To add u realise that the company stopped production of the montero, yet they are continuing their montero sport lineage, this is because it was insanely successful in other merging markets and in cult levels, and now they are letting it wash into larger European markets as well. They did the same with the raize, the community has been brainwashed so well they have embraced the second smallest unreg suv they can buy and the smallest 4 door SUV they can buy for 6.6 million. First being the pre 2019 jimny Welcome to add opinions @Devinda_Z @iRage @AVANTE @fiat fan @ziyard_9834
  8. 3 points
    We do own 2017 Picanto I will list down Pros and Cons according to my knowledge and personal experience. We used this as a secondary vehicle and some statements may not fit to your requirement. Pros Body style. Preferred body style for small hatch Very easy to drive in traffic. Non-hybrid basic car. Handling also not bad. Very good acceleration. 1000CC engine is preferred than 660CC. Basic oil and maintenance is good enough. Alloy wheel is standard for most of the version. I don’t like steel wheels with cover. Do have doughnut spare wheel. Never use that but still prefer then repair kit. Cabin space is ok size. Good driving position. I am 5 10 and wife is 5 2. We both can drive comfortably and good visibility around the car. Verified and trustworthy mileage on ODO. Conventional auto gear box. No need to worry about CVT belt , oil and expensive maintenance. day to day repair parts like bulb, wiper blades, tires, filters and etc are cheap. No need high tech items. Mine is around 50K KM and no repairs except brake pad change I don’t think you face any issue on spare parts since it’s dealer imported car and they have responsibility to supply your needs. Ride comfort is not bad. Ideal max speed is 100km/h. 80-85 is most comfortable speed. I drove around 120km/h and feel it’s not safe for that tiny car. Finally most important thing is, Can buy newer car for very reasonable price. Cons Basic climate controllers. Minimum safety features. Only ABS and airbag (Even lower grade doesn’t have both) Second hand market is low. (I got a secondhand car and financial lost is very minimum. But it’s totally different story for who brought it as a brand new car) Fuel consumption. Max 9.5 to 10 on light city traffic. I am always heavily foot on gas paddle to match my primary drives acceleration. J but again highway its around 16-18 km/l Not a WOW factor car. Even Vitz and WagonR also not in that category. Swift is bit closer to that. Finally, Why Picanto: We had requirement to buy small hatch car for my wife to do school trip and short distance trips for daily needs. Our main goal is buy newer car with good pulling power for quick traffic jump. We don’t worry about fuel consumption since it’s use only for short distances and total 500-600 km per month. Picanto fulfill all above with less price tag. So, why not?
  9. 3 points
    So coming down from Bambarakanda I lost one of the headlamp lenses which put back driving for a coupe of weeks until the LED's came. The end product is as follows, From this, to this -
  10. 3 points
    Disconnecting the battery on a car with an EFI engine causes the ECU to be reset. This throws the fuel trims and stuff which contributes to the rough idle. The ECU takes a while to re-learn and let the engine run smoothly. If the car has a factory fitted navigation unit, the map data might be cached in the unit's memory which is volatile. If this is the case, disconnecting the battery without a backup erases the memory which will cause the unit to show the "Insert Correct Map Disc" error. Other obvious things that get wiped are your fuel consumption stats, mileages, radio stations, and other settings depending on options in the car. So no, it's not just hybrids.
  11. 3 points
    Smell was back as the compressed air flush of the vents wasn’t sufficient (thank you Sta**ord! 🤬). Got a can of BG Frigi Clean evaporator foam cleaner and did it myself by passing the tubing through the blower motor assembly. Total time taken: 30min. The AC is now draining perfectly as I can see a steady stream of water (initially some brown stuff) coming out of the drain tube under the car. Here’s a guide so anyone reading can do the same without spending big money at idiots’ garages. 1) Remove the glove-box by following instructions in the owner’s manual (carefully unhook the dampener) 2) Open the cabin filter cover making note of the airflow direction indicator (downwards). You need to press on the two side clamps to release it 3) Pull out the filter from the slot to expose the blower motor assembly below 4) Shake the can of FrigiClean and attach the tubing to its nozzle 5) Cut off the other end of the tubing if it has a screw adapter nozzle as it won’t fit through the blower motor 6) Pass the tubing through the blower motor (important to get the tubing past the fin otherwise you’ll damage the motor) 7) Spray the can until empty and foam will fill through the assembly all the way into the evaporator. If you see or feel foam backing up into the motor fins, stop immediately and withdraw the tubing 8 ) Replace the cabin filter cover only (without the filter) and start the engine 9) Switch AC blower on Full and temp Lo with standard ventilation (face). recirculate mode off. 10) Watch the stuff coming out out of the drain tube under the car and leave it running for 10min 11) Switch off the car and replace the cabin filter into position while closing the lid (cabin filter airflow direction has to be downwards). 12) Re-fit the glovebox but first get the dampener hook attached (it’s very hard to do this after you’ve got it into the hinges) 13) Leave the car unused and unoccupied for 30min and you’re good to go!
  12. 3 points
    Sahara plash gahanawada machan buc eka dript karaddi? Eka wasi! thada thada! thada kora! jathi Monara pattikge dhoom machale horn eka fatta ne machan @AVANTE?
  13. 2 points
    May be a lot of your childhood memories in this video...enjoy
  14. 2 points
    In these stagnant times would it be a good idea to have a automotive stories thread? Where everybody can chip in with unforgettable car-stories?
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    Your car may have a compression leak into the cooling system causing the over flow.. TT.
  17. 2 points
    Thank you for this! In a world with hideous so called hatchbacks posing as 4x4s And mpg crap, value for money, euros This Is like therapy, made my day!
  18. 2 points
    Care to share some enthusiasm? The swift needs no introduction. Along with the Jimny, it's Suzuki's biggest money maker. It's a popular car among young enthusiasts, Tuners and ricers alike in Australia, Pakistan, India, Japan, Europe, Thailand and even here in Sri Lanka. It's the best selling hatchback in some of those countries. Alot has been documented on these cars in the internet due to its popularity as a grocery getter, learner-mobile and fun to drive machine. Suzuki took it rallying too and it is a popular budget track/autocross car. The Go The base JDM version has the M13A (equipped with DOHC & VVT, pushing 91hp) while our car having been the indian ZXi, had the G13BB engine (SOHC & Non-VVT, 86hp) , which is shared with the Zen, Gypsy, Jimny, Cultus & Esteem (not to be confused with the iconic G13B in the Cultus GTi). It's a simple engine, reliable and very economical. Nothing special here. It was discontinued after 2010 but new parts are plenty. Can be ordered from India, Japan, China and some other Suzuki engine parts are interchangeable. The gearbox is a 5-speed, smooth and is nice to use. The clutch on the Indian version is known to be weak though. Our car had an Exedy set on it and it was decent. The Looks It's a carbon copy of the Japan swift. The only differences are: 1) The antenna on the Indian version is upfront while it's on the back on the JDM version 2) The Wheel wells have a bit more gap due to the slightly taller suspension 3) There's a VXI/ZXi badge & ABS sticker on the trunk A smart looking hatchback, and the Azure gray paint suited it well. Not a Pininfarina product but not an ugly little bread loaf either. Only gripe for me were the 14 inch rims and the wheel gap which needed a bit of reduction. Shifting the Swift Swifts are stiff cars, this is a well known fact. Ours even had a set of KYB Excel Gs upfront so there goes. Body roll is minimal and the car is stable but they are uncomfortable for very long trips. But who cares when you are tackling the corners with joy and making the passengers sick. Compared to a March or Vitz, it's slightly more spacious and it's tall so visibility is awesome. I'm 5'8" and my dad is 5'10" and both of us fit well in the driver's seat and had ample headroom. Space and dimensions are exactly the same. Interior is the same too except there is no fuel economy calculator & external temperature thermometer. The Indian version is prone to rattles when it ages, they did exist in our car but it wasn't annoying and occured only when traveling on rough roads. Don't be fooled by the 200km/h speedo. V-max is 165km/h, 0-100 takes nearly 12 seconds but that's not the point. This car is all about the 'driving a slow car fast is fun' philosophy. It's no slouch either, as it is lightweight, it can pull off overtakes pretty well and has decent torque at low rpms to compensate for the 86 pony powers. It's a fun little bugger, never failed to make me smile. Some reviews compare it to a go-kart, it kicked off an affordable tuner culture in India, Jeremy Clarkson said the Sport version is better than the Mini of that year and James May said the 1.5 is a fun thing. What it lacked in power, it made up for in handling. Bells and whistles The ZXi has dual airbags, ABS/EBD, Auto AC with LCD screen, multifunction steering, rear defroster, rear wiper, 14" alloys including the spare tyre(same ones as the JDM 'Style' edition) shod with 185/70/R14 tyres. All these options are absent on the VXi and the tyres are 165/70/R14, hence I do not recommend the VXi for safety reasons. Indian cars have a reputation for being death traps,but the ZXi is an exception. It may not be solid as the JDM swift but its worlds above any other Indian hatchback. Like stated earlier, it's stable and solid enough for its size and weight, which is 1010kg (dry). Do keep that in mind when considering a car for a budget of under 2 million. Frankly, it's the only Indian car I'd recommend. Care to Mod? Alot of possibilities but If I could, I'd put a nice cat back exhaust & Cold air intake, flash the ECU, put 195/60/R15 tyres with a good set of 15" alloys as the chassis' potential is restricted by the stock wheels. Then for cosmetics, a Swift Sport Bumper front and back with a twin exhaust muffler, a subtle spoiler and a set of projector headlamps is more than enough. Or just swap in an M16A from a Swift Sport/SX4 and call it a week. A check through the TeamBHP forums will show guides on DIY mods and cases of turbocharging, engine swap and tuning too. What to specifically look for when buying *The interiors are of good quality but find one which hasn't been baked under the sun. *It seems overheating is a common issue of all Swifts (Indian and Japanese), so inspect the engine bay for any oil leaks or stains which are signs of gasket/seal failures. Inspect the paint on the hood, if there are tiny dots of popped metal/paint, it could be a sign of an overheated car. *These cars can be cornered and used hard, so keep an ear out for rattles and clicks from the suspension during the test drive. This is a 12 year old car afterall. *Check the engine bay, sills, underbody, wheel wells, under the rear seat & spare Tyre compartment for rust. Due to age and quality of the metal used in the Indian version, it's not scary but it's inevitable. Ours was well maintained yet had a tiny spot of rust in the spare tyre compartment and engine bay, still miles better than what I have seen in recent model Altos. Economy Obviously the Indian is cheaper to buy than the JDM, parts are cheaper/similar pricing as the JDM and fuel economy is better. *JDM manual does an average of 10-14kmpl *JDM auto does around 8-11kmpl *Indian manual, does an average of 11-16kmpl As of 2020, Expect to pay 1.85 - 1.9 mil for a 2008 ZXi (150k less for the VXi). All 2008 cars will have the magical 80k - 100k mileage on the odometer so don't bother believing that. If budget permits, a Japanese manual is a better equipped choice (provided one comes up for sale, as they are rare here). Expect to pay around 1.9-2.0 mil for a 2006 version. It's a shame to see the swift ZXi included in the 'Indian cars are crappy tin cans' package, just because the build quality isn't upto jap standards. No point in arguing with the bayyas and sales people either. It's a decent all rounder, as reliable as a japan swift, was alot of fun and proved to be good value for money. Ours was with us for a short time but I'll really miss it
  19. 2 points
    Woah..!! Look at that Audi trademark longitudinally mounted engine.!! You know why? Because Quattro.! Even the FWD`s are designed the same to provision for Quattro. Even today, there`s very few FWD cars with a similar design.
  20. 2 points
    @Sir Lancerlot is much better than Hyundai..😝😝
  21. 2 points
    Wait what? That's you?? Oh it is frowned upon in all corners of the Internet. Do you remember what happened tk the last guy who was using multiple profiles? @MADZ, what are our options here? Can we deactivate @Sir Lancerlot and rename @Hyaenidae to be @Sir Lancerlot? Ane manda bung... You and your fancy names. At least now I don't have to look at your username every time I mention you to make sure I've spelt it correctly.
  22. 2 points
    @Sir Lancerlot @Hyaenidae @AVANTE the yanks call burgers, Sandwiches. Its sometimes confused cos of that. Its actually a cheeseburger!
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  24. 2 points
    I have used alcohol sanitizer spray for a long time for personal hygiene, also in car. No complaints
  25. 2 points
    Not spam fellas https://www.autoblog.com/2020/03/14/2020-c8-chevy-corvette-break-in-period-redline-easter-egg-video/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016&guce_referrer=aHR0cDovL20uZmFjZWJvb2suY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABHdRio6xkWLJ76iqCssznlMc_NZNDFJeeE3AltzJc7BR2DN9E-xdsOrlEhTZosM0XQUd0N2PLxHUg_I2KkH2zApvJpg1BJe3slrBls68vRFw0gNvSL74cLl1mCXUz-uV9LPVRPox1trJTXxVcaJNQkV6_XXo-giszLdGd04dhou&guccounter=2 A reminder to those who think breaking in a car is old talk / overrated
  26. 2 points
    Found this on FB. Sharing here as I think its important. Moderators, feel free to delete if you think it's not worth. ඔබත් මේ වංචාවට හසුවුනාද? පසුගිය 4 වෙනිදා ( 04/03/2020) රාත්‍රී 9 පමන කලල්ගොඩ keels ආයතනයට ගියේ ගෙදරට අවශ්‍ය බඩු කීපයක් මිලදී ගැනීමටයි. මම වාහනය ( කලු පැහැති ) නතර කරන විට යම් පුත්ගලයෙක් වාහනය නතර කරන සීමාවේ සිට මදක් නැවතී මග හරස්කර නැවත මට ඉඩදී ඉවත්විය. මා ඒ ගැන එතරම් ගනන් නොගෙන ආයතනය තුලට ඇතුලු විය. පසුව මා ආයතනය තුල විනාඩි 30 වැනි කාලයක් ගතකර මට අවශ්‍ය දේ රැගෙන ආයතනයෙන් පිටත් විය. මා පන්නිපිටිය දෙසට මගේ කාරය දාවනය කලෙමි. පොල්වත්ත හන්දිය පසුවී මගදුරක් ගියවිට රතු පැහැති ත්‍රී රෝද රථයක් ( SP QH - 3718 )මග හරස්කර මට නවතින ලෙස පැවසිය. ඔහු පැවසුවේ මා ඔහුගේ ත්‍රී රෝදරතය හප්පා නොනවත්වා දාවනය කල බවයි.( වාහනයේ කැමරාවේ දිනය හා වේලාව වැරදිය.) මා දන්නා පරිදී මා දැනුවත්ව එවැනි අනතුරක් සිදු නොවුවද ඔහුගේ කීමට මා වාහනය නතරකර වාහනයින් බැස්ස විට ඔහු කියා සිටියේ ඔහු ත්‍රී විලය නතර කර කෙනෙක් බස්සන විට මම දකුනු මන්තීරුවට වාහනය එකවර ගත් බවත් එවිට ඔහුගේ ඉදිරිපස කොටස මගේ කාරයේ පිටුපස වැදුනු බවත්‍ය. මට එසේ අනතුරක් සිදුවූ බව නොදැනුනු බව පැවසූ විට ඔහු කියා සිටියේ මගේ වාහනය පරීක්ෂා කර බලන ලෙසත් ඔහුගේ වාහනයේ පාට ගෑවී තිබිය හැකි බවත්‍ය. මා කාරය පරීක්ෂා කලවිට ඔහුගේ රතු තීන්ත මගේ කාරයේ ගෑවී තිබූ අතර පිටුපස ලයිට් එක සීරී තිබුනි. මට අදහා ගත නොහැකි උවත් නොදැනුවත්වම හෝ අනතුරක් සිදූවී ඇති බව මට සිතුනි. අනතුරුව ඔහු පැවසුවේ ඔහුගේ රතය සාදා ගැනීමට 10000/= මුදලක් අවශ්‍ය බවත් රැකියාව ලෙස හයර් දුවන බවත් මේ අනතුර නිසා දින දෙකක් වත් රැකියාව කරගැනීමට නොහැකි වන බවය. මගේ වාහනයේ ඉදිරිපස කැමරාවක් පවතින බැවින් එය පරික්ෂාකල යුතු බව මා ඔහුට පැවසුව අතර ඔහු එකවරම පිටුපස කැමරා ඇත්දැයි අසා සිටි අතර මා පැවසුවේ පිටුපස නොමැති බවත් යම් අනතුරක් සිදුවී ඇත්දැයි හෝඩුවාවක් ඉදිරිපස කැමරාවෙන් ලබාගත හැකි බවත්ය. මා හට කැමරාව හරි හැටි ක්‍රියාත්මක කරගැනීමට නොහැකි වූ බැවින් මා මිතුරෙකුට දුරකතනයෙන් කතා කර පැමිනෙනෙ ලෙස දැනුම් දුන්නේ මෙය හරියට පරීක්ෂා කර මොහුගේ මුදල මොහුට ලබා දීමටයි. නමුත් ඔහු ඉතා හදිසි බවත් රැකියාව කරගැනීමට ඇති කාලය අපතේ යන බවත් 5000 හෝ ලබාදෙන ලෙස පැවසිය. මා පැවසුවේ එසේනම් පොලිසිය ට ගොස් ගැටලුව විසදා ගත හැකි බවයි. ඔහු පැවසුවේ පොලිසියට ගොස් තවත් කාලය යන බැවින් දරුවන් තුනක් සිටින තමාට හයර් දිවීමට නොහැකි වන බවය. අවසානයේ මගේ මිතුරා පැමින ඔහුගේ හා මගේ වාහන පරීක්ෂා කර කියා සිටියේ ත්‍රී රෝද රතයයේ ඇත්තේ පරන හැප්පිම් ලකුනු බවත් මගේ වාහනයේ සිදුවී ඇති හානිය සැලකීමේදී ඔහුගේ රතයට වී දැති හානිය ඉතා වැඩි බවත් ඒවා පරන ඒවා බවත්ය. අවසානයේ ත්‍රී ‍රෝද හිමිකරු එය පිලිගත් අතර ලයිට් එක සදහා පමනක් 2400 ලබාදෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලීය. මගේ මිතුරා මගේ වාහනයේ කැමරාව පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට කීප විටක් උත්සාහ කලත් නිසි ආකාරයට එම වේලාවේදී කරගැනීමට නොහැකි විය. මා අතද laptop එකක් ඒ අවස්ථාවේ නොතිබුන නිසා ගෙදර ගොස් පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට තීරනය කල අප ඔහුට 2000 ලබා දුන්නේ මා අතින් යම් වරදක් සිදුවී ඇත්නම් සොයා බලා ඔහුට තවදුරටත් කල හැකි උපකාරයක් කිරීමටත් , සිදුවූ දෙය නිවැරැදිව දැනගෙන ඔහුට දැනුම් දීමටත් ඔහුගේ තොරතුරු ලබාගෙන එතනින් පිටත් විය. පසුදා මා මගේ වාහනයේ කැමරාවේ චිප් එක ගලාවා laptop එකට දමා බැලූ විට අනතුරක් සිදු වූ ලකුනු එහි නොවීය. පාර අයිනේ හැප්පිය හැකි ආකාරයට ත්‍රී ‍රෝද රතයක් කීල්ස් ආයතනයේ සිට මොහු කාරය නතර කරන තුරුම දක්නට නොමැති විය. කෙසේ වෙතත් මෙගේ කාරය BMW නිසා ඉන්සුවරස් මගින් සාදාගැනීමට වඩා අතින් සාදා ගැනීම වාසි දායක නිසා මා දන්නා ආයතනයකට යොමුකර 16000 මුදලක් ගෙවා මගේ වාහනය සාදා ගත්තෙමි. මගේ මිතුරාට මට වඩා වාහන හා අනතුරු පිලිබද හොද දැනුමක් ඇති නිසා ඔහුගේ උවමනාවටම මා වාහනය හදන ස්තානයට පැමිනි ඔහු මගේ laptop එකෙන් විඩියෝ පරීක්ෂා කරන ලදී. කීප විටක්ම විඩියෝ පරීක්ෂා කල ඔහු එක් වීඩියෝවක ත්‍රී විල් රියදුරු කීල්ස් ආයතනයේ සිටින බව හදුනා ගත් අතර මා වාහනය නතර කරන විට ඉදිරියට පැමිනෙන්නේ ඔහු බව හදුනා ගත්තෙමු. අප කෙලින්ම ගියේ කලල්ගොඩ කීල්ස් ආයතනයටයි. එහි කලමනාකරු අපගේ ගැටලුව පිලිබදව අසා අපට cctv පරීක්ශා කිරීමට අවස්ථාව ලබාදුනි. කීල්ස් ආයතනයේ එලියට සවිකර ඇති කැමරාවේ දෝශයක් පැවතුනුද අපට අවශ්‍ය කොටස පෙර පිනකට මෙන් සටහන් වී තිබුනි. එහි දැක්වෙනේ මගේ කාරය නතර කර ඇති විට පිටුපසින් ත්‍රී ‍රෝද රතය දෙවරක් හප්පා වෙනත් ස්තානයක නවතා මගේ කාරය පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට ත්‍රී ‍රෝද රත රියදුරු පැමිනෙන ආකාරයි. ඔහු අනතුර හිතා මතා සිදුකර මා පිටත්වූ විට මග හරස්කර මා අනතුරක් කල බව පවසා මගෙන් මුදල් ගැනීමට සැලසුම් කරන ආකාරයයි. මොහු මෙය වියාපාරයක් ලෙස සිදුකරන අයෙක් ලෙස අපට පසක් විය. තවදුරටත් ඔහුගේ දුරකතන අංකය ( 0702866156 ) truecaller පරීක්ෂා කල විට ඇත්තේ accident ලෙසය. ඒ මොහු විශාල පිරිසකට මෙය සිදුකල බවට කදිම ශාක්ශියකි. අවසානයේ මා තලංගම පොලිසියට මේ පිලිබදව පැමිනිලි කල අතර ඔහුට පොලිසියට පැමිනීමට දැනුම් දුන්නද තවම පොලිසිය මග හරිමින් සිටී. ඔබත් මෙම වංචාවට හසුවූ අයෙක්නම් තලංගම පොලිසියේ රථවාහන ස්තානාධිපතිවරයා හමුවන්න. ( තරුණයා පාඨකයෙක් එවන ලද තොරතුරකි )
  27. 2 points
    Here is the good news! After being tracking each and every data ECM produces while driving and knocking, it was realized that there is nothing to do with any sensors or anything related to false data. Purely it was a dead end by the way. so it was convinced that this is something related to combustion chamber or exhaust back pressure. Since pulling the exhaust header out is the easier way, I decided to go ahead with it. After removing the header, I realized that one catalytic converter honeycomb was entirely missing and other one is still in tact. I believe there should be two cat converters by the way! In this model, there are two exhaust header chambers (bank 1 and bank 2) with two separate o2 sensors in place and no o2 sensors in place after the cat converters. Each chamber/bank has each cat converter in place. My expectation was a clogged cat but one is already missing and other one was not so clogged, it was a dead end again to me. But when I was trying to clean the cat with soapy water, I realized it took so long to travel water to the other side. I submerged it for few hours and cleaned thouraly and dried it under hot sun. while the cat dries, I inspected the exhaust ports and found out leaking oil from top of the valve may be due to leaky valve seals (hoping). This could be same in intake side I assume. Since this requires tons of work and head needs to come out, I kept it for future repair. after drying out I fixed the header and also cleaned both o2 sensors just in case if there are any clogged passages that may not visible to bare eye. today I drove the car as usual to office and had few mid day trips around Colombo and did all the possible steps to create the knock but it was hardly there! So I assume that there was an exhaust back pressure that was causing the engine to knock. Or may be cleaned o2 sensors did the trick? I don’t think so as I get the same reading from sensors like before. opened for discussion.
  28. 2 points
    Lovely car, but not the recipe for a beginner. As a first car I believe you expect reliability A to b and all that, cheap to run None of the above in this car sadly More or less for a intermediate as a weekend project till it's in good nick. If you have the funds, buy it cheap as a hobby car, rebuild it slowly, while you have a main daily runner. But if you are scraping savings and getting into loans leases, go far far away from these, The involved costs and requirement of parts and attention is far beyond an average user and investment point of view, just a black hole
  29. 2 points
    Lot of lessons to be learned. It is about time that we also factor cost of replacement tires. 17,18,19 inch with low profiles look nice but cost arm and legs to replace.
  30. 2 points
    Monawada bn fatta? Fatta withara newai, maxxa machan maxxa Aniwaren balanda one, oyata danne ne thiyanna athal eka? Thada thada Dn Monawada karanne? enda balamu. Supiri machan, kiyala wedak ne
  31. 2 points
    @fiat fan you need this in your life.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    I only hope these ventilators are tested properly and approved. The technology itself is not complicated. Specifications for medical ventilators are widely available but even a small malfunction can cause death for a patient.
  34. 1 point
    Absolutely agree. Nowadays, we are all concerned only about the economy, however it's not the most essential thing about having a car.
  35. 1 point
    @fiat fan on the subject of B5's and Quattro's that red one was for sale some months ago.... Would that be a simpler place to start your project from?🤔
  36. 1 point
    That was a nice one.. And oooo a surprise eh? We'll see.
  37. 1 point
    Yeah hope that's not frowned upon Came up with this totally dope ass username and wanted to have it to myself while having my original profile intact Edit: besides, it's easier to pronounce so that's an added bonus
  38. 1 point
    check whether oil is dripping from oil sump. it could be the sump oil seal which has worn out.
  39. 1 point
    Halt! We caught you defying the laws of physics. We have no choice but to arrest you and confiscate your quantum defender until the government can come up with a decision on how to deal with you.
  40. 1 point
    Also, as they had the frame less doors, you have to keep an eye out for the beading/seal conditions. Maintenance would be the same as any 25 year old Toyota with a 1.3/1.5 engine (AE100, Carina, Starlet, etc.)
  41. 1 point
    Go for the viva. It's relatively new compared to the March and has better fuel economy. Also, it looks decent compared to the egg the K12 is.
  42. 1 point
    Suzuki's and heat love each other it seems. We had an every at one point and can confirm. Maybe that's why the drug dealers prefer them, cause they get hot and keep you warm when you are chilling high on some ice. Wonder how the new Suzuki K-series engines deal with heat. The buyer bought it as an upgrade from a 2016 Alto and he praised the car to the point I realize it's in good hands. Atleast they don't fall apart like an Alfa 😉
  43. 1 point
    depends on your requirements. If you are in to fuel efficiency, low cost maintenance, running less than 1000km per month AND don't want to lose money when selling it back, Vitz is what I would recommend.
  44. 1 point
    If you are buying a montero buy the v93 petrol or v97 v98 diesels, the last shape or the center spare wheel shape. Do not buy the older ones above 6 mil, they are just being overrated and played by these new kids who make a quick buck doing car sales and Facebook propaganda, and will plummet in value in few months once the craze is over, The v75 petrol was 3.8 to 4.4 mil in 2008, just floated now. Consider the montero sport otherwise, cheaper to buy run, equally fast, taller, equally large, equal road presence, a bit less comfortable but far more capable off road.
  45. 1 point
    You have posted your question in the wrong section sir. For second hand prices, search adsites and ask your nearest broker.
  46. 1 point
    My cousin had a 2010 and her husband has a 2015 (new one). 2010 got quite a beating with school run, short trips but was reliable as a typical Toyota. Economy i believe was par with what Clark'sson mentioned above. 2015 is unbelievably economical returning average 30-35 kmpl on very relaxed commute of 40-50 km at average speed around 50-60 kmph (daily commute) We have one hired 2013 in office which has clocked over 250k km still original (even suspension) If you are into high mileage and want a comfortable no nonsense car one of the best options available. Word of warning most of them are uses as hired vehicles/ cabs and are hacked to death and most probably clocked after running to moon and back. Get a privately owned one with reliable history. You will not be able to find a low mileage ones as no one will buy a Prius to park and keep at home.
  47. 1 point
    Updates: Thank you all for your valuable responses. Those were really useful. During past few weeks I took time, observed the market and had some test drives too. Below are the findings as of now Hyundai Venue: OUT. Since it's made in India and Not met my preferences. MG ZS: OUT. Visited their showroom and had a test drive. Car and ride was nice. Interior quality and comfort / space batter than I expected (except for few areas). But considering the future uncertainty on resale and reliability had to exclude this nice car even I was so attached to it. Toyota Raize: OUT. Couldn’t manage a test drive, but visited a car sale and took a look. When considering the price tag (Z grade is going around 6.5 mil) it’s overpriced. Many car sales said they don’t have stock but can order for the next shipment. When looking at the interior quality it’s below the expectations and looks & feels cheap. KIA Stonic: Possible buy as of now. Went there and took a test drive (Ex grade with luxury package, which has leather interior). Satisfied about the features, comfort and the look and feel for the price they offer (5.5 mil). There might be some pros (5 year agent warranty) and cons (DCT/ GDI). Still this may be a good buy. BUT, as the Raize is out from the picture, for the same budget (6 mil, max 6.2) Toyota C-HR is coming into the picture to evaluate against the Stonic. This is mainly due to the C-HR got safety features such as radar brake, adaptive cruise control etc. KIA does not bring the Stonic safety edition to SL market, so we will get only normal cruise control and reverse sensors. Now the comparison is between a brand new 2019/ 2020 KIA Stonic Ex vs unregistered (reconditioned) Toyota C-HR 2017 GT (with safety package). (As main context of this thread is diverting, I will open a new thread for this).
  48. 1 point
    Yeah it looks like the original colour of that Town Ace was beige and painted in blue. The unique part of the chassis number appears to have been masked during painting as Twin Turbo said. The chassis number should also be printed on the info sticker in the passenger side door jamb under "FRAME NO". You can check the original paint code from there as well.
  49. 1 point
    Is some one know are Honda Fit GE6(non Hybrid) and Honda Fit GP1(Hybrid) same car? Is GE6 only difference it doesn't have hybrid Battery? Are other parts (Body, Engine, Suspension,Interior is same) so the GP 1 spares will compatible with GE6. I have searched the Forum buy couldn't find the answers. If anyone know in details please knowledge me. Any idea highly appreciated.
  50. 1 point
    I do Windscreen Repair. Pioneer Windshield Repair Work Shop in Srilanka from 1992 to date uninterruptedly and Franchise holder for "NOVUS" Glass Restoration. I was first Qualified in USA "NOVUS" Incorporation in Minnesota for Glass Repair and polishing if any Automobile owner wants my service please contact me. M.S.G.P.Wijesinghe. Tel:-2573690 / 0712222420 / 0779651618. Chief Glass Repairer and Polisher. Uditha Wannigama. Tel:-0776593188. Assistant Glass repairer and Polisher Sarth De Silva. Tel:-0719297574.
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