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  1. 8 points
    The reality is that even if u spend millions on these ancillaries to coat or protect another ancillary ( paint) , we travel on public roads shared by people owning vehicles of value 10000 rs to 60mil rupees on a given day, nothing can save you from a scratch or a ding or even a stone chip. So my suggestion would be do a simple wash and a high quality wax, pay the rest for insurance.
  2. 7 points
    Hi guys. Hope Corona has not affected anybody. we were not planning on buying a Mitsubishi Jeep at all. But corona had us at home, so me and my brothers decided to get one and restore it. Finding one proved difficult,most have bad documents and ALL of them with open papers. Service records are non existent. Badly rusted and abused the hell out. But the demand seems to be heavy. Even the rust buckets went fast for insane prices. Most Jeeps are HEAVILY overpriced and covered up. Many of them had “sale paints” And big tires to fool the buyer. We went through the clasifieds for almost 2 months and checked close to 25 vehicles all over the country. Expensive to do so, as the mechanic had to be with us to check,etc. Finally landed on this. Its a J24 short wheel base safari model. Pre-facelift model. We went for this because it was pre 1971, it needs no eco test and the condition was satisfactory for the price. It needs much love though. The Jeep went straight to the garage from sellers house and is being done up as of now. I will update the list of things to be done and what our plans are.also pics will be shared. I am currently away from the country, so I'm waiting on my bro for updates. suggestions and opinions welcome! Just doing my part to get back AL from Thel higannas and other cheapos. Edit.added plans on top post for future reference! So my plans for the Jeep is as follows, 1. New radiator and cooling system restore & re clean. 2. Switch to coolant. 3. Brakes are being changed. Liners/pads and the full works. 4. Full 4wd system overhaul. 5. Clutch pack/whatever necessary is being changed. 6. Tires are being changed. Will not go for huge tires/rims because this will actively be used for heavy off-roading around the island. Will go for mud tires in the same sizing. 7. Wheels will be resprayed in silver(original color). 8. Rear and front lights will be changed (except the front headlights). 9. The rust is bare minimum and the paint is mostly excellent, so we will be dealing with rust and a respray over the bad areas. 10. Seats are being replaced and been done up in Synthetic Leather. Rear seats will be redone in original specs. Not the bench type. Will post pics as I go. 11. New double layer Canopy with openings on the sides. Full black. 12. AC is being installed. 13.Full service with ALL the Oils and Filters change. 14. interior meters will be restored to work and other switches/lights will also be fixed. 15. New steering wheel. 16.re carpeting of the full interior. will have more stuff to be done as we go. Engine,Gearbox and Chassis is perfect. Engine needs a paint on top though. Any mechanicals needed are being done in one go. Nothing is being spared on the running aspect.
  3. 7 points
    Well, they had so many decades of selling all sorts of illegal products.Karma is in Kohuwala these days. The list of jil mart done by these crooks can be written endlessly, but that’s just a waste of my time.
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    Meanwhile in Premio-land.... I wonder the thought process of these dudes when they select a potential female companion? "වැඩියෙන් මාකට් straight hair with a tint ද නැත්තම් නිකන්ම straight hair ද මචන් ? straight hair with a reddish tint අවුල්ද?"
  10. 6 points
    So it's a car with US/Canada parts, German drivetrain, Austrian assembly and Japanese badge. Talk about a bastard.
  11. 6 points
    Enjoy some pics. Our neighbors are like “ai malli 2016 L200 ekak tyeddi oka gatte? Pinance hira welada ? Leda wadi ne owala. Thel bausar “ 🤦🏻
  12. 5 points
    Left field suggestion: The E70 X5. The 2009 & 2010 model years are very solid, well equipped as well. The ones that came before 2009 had engine head problems (I cant seem to remember exactly but it has to do with the VANOS/Valve lifters and its expensive) and the ones after 2010 are facelift and complex. There was one for sale a few months back asking 6 mil. White car, rwd and having the N52 3L inline 6 engine which is the most reliable engine option available for that generation of X5. But it had a shot out TC module and a leaking rad which the owner had trouble sorting out due to the restricted imports and financial situation. Last I checked he got a customer so not sure if its still there. Good car but rare to find in lanka. But I hope you have already acknowledged, "Most reliable BMW" is a relative term and doesn't mean it will be simple and reliable like a jap vehicle. It still has issues like interior trims peeling off, breaking, suspension parts taking a hike, sensors giving out, seals giving up and letting oil leak from every orifice. I say, get an E46. Keep a minimum of 150 - 200k for any nasty surprises during initial ownership. Look for a car with service records. Get a professional inspection from car checks or the agents (Prestige). Do some preventive maintenance with a good specialist shop like Milroy or Ultimate Motor works (I think Berlin Motor works is also good) after buying (mainly seals related and try to sort out major electronic issues if any, also be mindful of rust). Nice looking car, holds value really well, great to drive, easy to work on and alot of information is available on the internet about fixing, modifying and maintaining them. A guy I know got lucky, sold his E36 318i and got himself an E46 328i last month and I think he might end up forgetting his girlfriend judging by the amount of pictures he uploads daily. You will still get that BMW prestige and also, you can keep the remaining 2 - 3 million in the bank. Buy a suit, a nice pair of shades, a good detailing session for the car, a nice set of exhausts and some M-tech accessories, some yoga classes, a night out with the wife or family, an investment maybe? After all, who doesn't like saving a bit of money?
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    When your neighbourhood "3 wheel malli" makes it to the ESPN F1 Facebook page. 😂 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157829471453759&id=172976613758
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    What Auto "Industry" does Sri lanka have? Importing parts and assembled vehicles with zero value addition in Sri lanka, is just another part of the import industry, which drains money out of the country.
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    The white unicorn! The beast! The pinnacle of Chinese automotive engineering! The ultimate SUV! The missile 580!
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    Picture update. Tinkering and painting is being done. My bro is going OCD, or else there was no rust. He wants to make sure, So he’s re-doing everything.
  20. 4 points
    Did someone say Supra?
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    Members, All Opel cars came to Ceylon during that era had 6 Volts system, only later years they were installed by the manufactor with 12 volts. Most of German cars had similar Dynamos. Only VW had a long shaft dynamo, to drive the cooling fan fitted to dynamo one end. Later 1970 some VW owners did not sanctify with head light power to drive in the night. Out of Colombo which was not lighted well like now days. M/s. Bogala Motors which was existing at that time in Fort close to old clock tower left hand side oppesite of Bover's building, until the Central Bank development project started, imported German "HELLA" Head lamp high powered sealed beams 6Volts. That was a conversion kit did not hit the market. I converted few cars VW , Opel, Skoda, Bogward Renault to 12 volts, Some with 12 Volts complete Dynamos of UK made (lucas). VW had to change the Dynamo field coils winding also new dynamo Armature winding. To give 12 Volts high Amperage. VW dynamo turns at very high RPM to cool the engine. With a very large pulley on crank shaft end, therefore slow generating was never a problem. Some other cars had the slow driving on top gear at very slow speeds, lights used to get dim due to dynamo did not compensate the draw of current during night driving. Mainly due to some motorists did not drive vehicles at recommended gears on low speed therefore the generators did not give high amperage. Alternators did very well for this problem. Few years back I had experienced a long wheel base, 4DR5 engine Jeep had this problem. The owner had spend few thousands to convert to duel A/C New complete system, double insulated soft rear hood so that day heat will not come in, same problem when he drives at slow speeds Alternator was not charging enough in the night. I do not do any electrical repairs now days due to my present service in Automobiles. I corrected his problem with minimal cost. Most of my old friends want me to commence Electrical repairs again. Some what I have mentioned are not relevant to the topic, but it is very important to younger generation motorists to know the past era what our motorist faced. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
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    When you run out of face masks and DIY is life. The successor to the N95 mask... The K&N95! 😂
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    For the guys who are waiting for the self driving car, they have now introduced a sex toy to enjoy whilst the car drives you. Am not kidding, https://jalopnik.com/this-blowjob-machine-designed-for-teslas-on-autopilot-i-1844296987 Its targeted at the Tesla fans.
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    Depending on your usage pattern - weekend driver/long distance trips there's no point in getting a used hybrid and running the risk of hybrid related maintenance headaches. Overall the obvious choice would be a Corolla 141 - it's a simple car easy to maintain and will be more comfy than the Yaris on long drives/Outstation trips.
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    Mahattaya, this thread is from 2013!
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    When downforce is life, and drag is just a myth...
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    Thanks bro. Quite a looker too. Had to go for smaller wheels due to bad ride quality on our roads.
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    A used 2013 CDI diesel is out of warranty anyway so no point going to the agents...Unless you want to maintain a perfect service history, otherwise a simple service can be done outside for a fraction of that cost. The cost of doing a simple oil change at an independent garage including Mobil or Castrol fully synthetic oil and Mann filters will be only 45,000 to 50,000 depending on what you get and where you go. (I know most owners balk at the thought of taking their cars to anyone else other than the agents, but really as shown above it doesn't have to be the case. And at the time of resale as long as you are honest and show potential buyers how you've maintained major component failures or car specific work on the car at the agents but opted to do simple maintenance like oil changes, tyre changes, wheel alignments etc at independent garages it should not be a big deal, especially if the car is in good condition and you can demonstrate that you have kept up with all the required maintenance.) (2013 CDI Merc Engines are pretty decent and is a good choice if buying a used diesel Merc. The only extraordinary issue you will have to check for is: Build-up of black soot under the injector covers caused by weak injector seals.)
  30. 3 points
    @fiat fan this?
  31. 3 points
    Anything and everything other than a pre 2000 Toyota is bad for Scotty. Since recently new Toyotas have become the best thing on the planet for him (he seems to get all the hottest models from Toyota...so no matter what it almost looks like Scotty is getting sponsored by them :D) FYI...the CBA-J32 will come with a RE0F10A transmission and the DBA-J32 with the slightly updated RE0F10B transmission. The JATCO part number is JF011E (same transmission as the T31 X-Trail). The transmission is neither more nor less reliable than every other CVTs of the period. The earlier versions had a shuddering problem and few other niggles (over heating) which were resolved in the subsequent updated of the system. So if you do go for a Teana try to go for the newest one possible. Unlike the RE0F10D which the the new XTrail comes with; the older ones seem to have survived okay as long as it is taken care of with regular fluid changes, etc (which you have to do anyway with any CVT in SL....I wouldn't be surprised if Scotty found this to be an issue because in Typical American fashion they expect the things to run with minimal maintenance...which 80s and 90s Japanese cars did)
  32. 3 points
    Its because they are not very common? A regular DSG (DCT) service for Audi's and VW's is mad expensive. And if memory serves me right, it needs to be done every 40K-50k kilometers. If its skipped well: Lets just say, no sane person would want to find out how far you could push your luck given the prices for a new DSG unit. However, given the high cost of a DSG service, I can see how a cheapo owner would be quite tempted to skip them, prolong them, or even sell the car off at market price around the time the DSG service is due. As such, I would be leery of any Audi or VW with a DSG that hasn't got detailed service records showing the DSG was serviced diligently.
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    Some updates guys! Undercoating was done.
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    Members, I do not know what I post on this thread is correct, but my memories go back to when I saw the 1 Sri 1 which was owned by our late prime minister one of the greatest brave Politicians we had. I have not heard those days that he was crazy for motor vehicles. Still when Sri was first used to automobiles in Ceylon by late Prime minister who opened the eyes of under privileged society in Ceylon. He had insisted then authorities to reserve the first number to him. Almost all people who are living in Sri Lanka today had free education, thanks to our great politicians in the past. During my young days Civil servants were the top government respected officers. Today that respect is not there for the officers who are called today as Lankan administration service. Inside the office when they do their duty, will be respected by their subordinates, as well as who come to get their requirements. Moment they are out of their office they are like normal citizens. I remember very well one politician mentioned referring to another politician that he let loose ( I do not want to write that word hear) respect what public service officers were enjoying. Coming to jeeps in 1945 post war models were very popular among the poachers, hunting in our jungles were made illegal, there was few affluent class of people who was engaged in hunting our wild animals. That was mainly in Anuradapura, Polonnaruva. Udawalave, Hambanthota, Panama. Where ever Railway lines were their the hunters used to get down large wooden cool boxes stuffed with Ice to one of their closest hunting site Railway stations to transport the killed animals body parts. Next day they they will be at Colombo 02 famous food stuff organization to store in their cool rooms. Today that site is a building development site. During 1940s to 1970s it was a pride for hunters to have a stuffed carcasses of killed animals by them, on their bungalow large halls. I used to go for earth moving heavy machinery electrical repairs with my late father and after his demise my self with my assistance. I have visited to almost all Irrigation development sites in the entire Island. Most earth moving machinery owners had few licensed shot guns, Early mornings their hobby was to shoot a animal or a bird for the lunch table. Above is little what I remember of those 4 wheel drive small left hand drive jeeps, Some had Trailers attached to them. Did a valuable service to our motorists in good old days. Also have to mention that all rest houses around the Island those days catered the hunters as well as travelers Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
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    BMW E36 320i.. Can never go wrong. Fits your criteria well! Reliable, easy to work on, cheap parts, good resale, comfy and a looker. Should do some preventive maintenance (upgrading plastic water pump into a metal propeller one, suspension parts, seals) with a specialist shop like Milroy or Ultimate Motor Works. Or a Toyota Mark X is a good choice too. In fact it's faster than the E36.
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    Members, Little memories I have on Jeeps in Ceylon. This I should post to the page, requested by the moderators to write, still I post because jeep subject is disused above. During my young days Ceylon did not have many Japanese vehicles. Almost all jeeps available in the country was American Willis Jeeps, they were sold in Army auctions. I cannot remember any exclusive agent in Ceylon in 1950. Many motor spare parts dealers imported spares for them. Ms, Bogala Motors imported all electrical spares for them. They also had plenty of engine spares, Pistons, Piston rings Gaskets many others for the WW2 and post WW2 models. Many parts of USA jeeps were fitted to UK vehicles, some spares our mechanics were able to fix them without any difficulty. Innovative mechanics fixed them with few modifications. Most Peugeot Diesel vehicles came to Sri Lanka after 1970 I did a modification to starting problem they had due to a inherited problem on early Peugeot Diesel engines. Few hundred vehicles were imported and given to Transport contractors, Planters, Industrialists and few others who were close to then Government. They were the first new vehicles came to Sri Lanka with Alternators. Our Auto Electricians were not used to alternators, what they did was fixing 12 Volts UK make dynamos. At that time all leading spare part dealers did not have any spares for Alternators. Like Diode plates, Regulators Alternator slip ring brushes. Later Auto alternators came with Electronic regulators inbuilt. Lucas of UK had few alternators with a Electronic regulator can be fitted outside. Above is very little I remember mostly on my specialty during past era before switching to another modern technology in Automobiles. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  37. 3 points
    So I have been hearing a rattling noise from the left side of the steering and I checked with my trusted mechanic who confirmed that the voice is definitely from the Rack end.Needless to say I was not fully convinced at his conclusion and we decided to tear the suspension apart and investigate further. In the meantime I checked with unimo who quoted 26k for both rack ends. (Hmmm bit exorbitant). Upon further checking the suspension it was noticed that Left lower control arm bush was tattered in half and there were tons of play on left link stabilizer bar. both my self and the mechanic were surprised to learn that both rack ends and tie Rod ends were in very good condition and there was no play whatsoever. Just out of curiosity I checked the prices of stabilizer bars with Unimo and they quoted 30k for both stabilizers. (Seriously unimo?) I didn’t even bother to check the lower arm bushing prices. Time to hunt for parts. I roamed around Kandy and went for a place recommended by a fellow civic owner. This place is called Auto traders (they are suspension experts and Famously known as "dunu kade" in Kandy) both link stabilizers were available there and quoted 3400 for both. even the exact bushes were available with them and they did the re bushing for both left and right lower arms. I got the parts back to the garage and the Job was done. Ride is pretty much smooth now. However I could still hear a bit of a noise from the steering when I am on uneven roads. As per my mechanic’s advice I am going to revisit the steering rack and probably do some re-bushing and re-greasing which I will be doing in the coming weeks. Oh and finally wheel alignment was done. Cost Breakdown. Link Stabilizer bars (2) = Rs 3380.00 Arm Bushes (2) =Rs 3500.00 Service charge (for Re bushing)= Rs 300.00 Service charge ( for Garage)=Rs 2000.00 Wheel alignment- Rs 1500.00
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    fiat fan, When I read list of things you have done, I think it is cheap as for today's cost due to high cost of our mechanics charges.Unless DIY. Where do you have the baby for me to have a look, if you permit. Because good old days did not have complicated advanced technology on them. Most of our technicians can handle repairs without any difficul Only If the vehicle is within 25 to 50 Kilo meters close to Colombo. As my old age 76+ do not permit me long distance traveling. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
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    I have a similar story to @K.o.N.o.S. About 10 years ago when I had my CS3, I was travelling to my grandparents place in Mathugama. This was before the expressway, so I was heading south on Galle Road. At Katukurunda, we decided to to stop at a Cargills supermarket to pick up some stuff. As I was slowing down with my left indicator on, I saw a white CS heading in the opposite direction. The driver and I made eye contact and I knew at that moment that I may know the dude because the car had a GI number - just like mine. I was parked on the side of the road, still in the car and just about to get out when the white car had made a U Turn, and parked in parallel to my car. I put my window down and the passenger of the white car put their window down. He goes "Davy?" This guy is none other than @trinity. 😁 Someone I hadn't even seen in person or had a personal conversation with prior to this. He had made a U Turn just to come and say hi. A few years later, we're visiting each other, working on the other person's car and taking photos of the ladies together. 🙂
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    On the Subject of the Wrangler and Bronco. Also worth noting that Bronco seems to be taking the center stage from Wrangler and the Defender. I infact do like the Bronco more.
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    6th April 2019 - At the movies 21st September 2019 - In front of an Auto Spares Shop Gotta love the plates of both the cars. I spoke to the owner of the white one too.
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    Either way....the name is going ot cause a lot of chuckles in Sri Lanka. If this thing was 0% duty/tariffs people will not buy it just because of the name Or they would buy it and re-badge it as some XTrail G Supiri or something
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    Sri Lankans be like:
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    [Topgear intro music plays in the background] Tonight! - Masterdon drives a Batmobile - Kavvz has daddy issues - Crosswind creates a thread [Intro music hits its crescendo and fades] [Applause] Hello and welcome, thank you, thank you [applause fades] now!....
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    Writing is not really my profession, Just a very,very fulfilling side hustle. Owner of the Batmobile is a good friend. We are both second generation car collectors as our dads were among the first to start collecting cars as a hobby in SL back in the day. So that,and the fact I also have a collection myself, with experience in ownership and restoration helps other owners be at ease when handing me the keys I guess. Just to be clear I didn't "thrash" the car. Just drove it fairly hard,at a decent pace that I was certain to not have any adverse effect on the mechanicals. I know how to show respect to the machine and have fun at the same time, especially when in a classic. I think that's what separates me from most other auto journos. Trust me, I was well aware that it was a super rare and worth 400,000$. Edit - Found a pic . Mods pls remove if it violates forum rules regarding other publications.
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    Ask the seller to renew the license before the sale. Its his responsibility not yours. Why do you want to take someone else's problems to your head? When buying/selling a vehicle: 1. Upto date revenue license - seller's responsibility 2. Getting insurance - buyer's responsibility 3. Filling transfer papers and sending 2 copies to RMV - seller's responsibility 4. Up to date emission certificate - seller's responsibility 5. Luxury tax (if any) - seller's responsibility 6. Getting a valuation (for a lease if required) - buyer's responsibility
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    The ultimate Yakuza ride
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