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  1. 6 points
    It's been a while since the last entry where I rambled on about the minor details but now for the all important part how does this actually drive. I've done over 5000 Km's now and I guess spend enough time with the car to give my honest feedback on how it handles etc. I'm not going to dwell on the statistics and figures since that is readily available on the internet - but for formalities sake the Civic comes with the P10A2 engine - Honda's 3 cylinder turbo charged engine which has somewhere between 125-130 BHP. So the overall driving experience ? Well it's adequate and after the break-in period it seems the car is actually quite eager than it was initially. There is a bit of turbo lag and coupled with the torque at low revs you feel a bit like driving a diesel ....no complaints though. A question I usually get from some people is whether this model comes with the much maligned DCT - well surprise surprise it does not. Honda have mated the P10A2 with a CVT. Of course there is always the manual and that is actually supposed to be great as per reviews from the UK - but considering I use this car to drive daily to and from work in the colombo traffic I had to be a masochist to opt for a manual (which I'm not - and god bless future me when I try to sell a manual in Sri Lanka ) . Those who have driven the GP5's and Graces know that the Dual clutch set up is actually a blast to drive - which is not the case with the CVT. My previous car also had a CVT gear box and frankly I'm not a fan of them at all. But then given how DCT's fared locally I guess having a rubbery CVT over a DCT setup is not a huge deal. All grades of the FK6 comes with paddle-shifters - now I know it's a bit funny to see paddle shifters and CVT in the same sentence but what the setup actually does is have more of a simulated shifting mechanism going when you use them. When you're in normal 'Drive' mode you can use the shifters to change gears but the car is too eager to override you and kind of spoils the fun. However if you change your gear to 'S' then the HUD will display an 'M' indicating that the car is ready to receive manual input and a blinking indicator also indicates when the time is right to shift up. Of course if you don't shift at the right moment the car will give you some time and after a while will override you. S mode, and the 7-Speed CVT with the shifters is a little fun time to time but I think it's there more as a gimmick to be perfectly honest. I will upload a video on this later on and update the entry. There is an ECO mode which can be enabled/disabled by a switch on the gear shifter console. Turning off the Eco mode will give you a more fun driving experience as the car is much more peppier. For more fun on an open road shift to S and use the shifters. I use the E03 expressway daily and that's where this car really feels home at. I mentioned the low end torque - around 2250 RPM there is a sweet spot and you can feel that pull. Due to it's dynamics the car feels very well planted and very stable at high speeds. You just feel the car hugging the road and hurtling forward - which is a really nice feeling. The handling is quite good -the steering is a little lifeless but adequately sharp and the ride is very controlled. I drive an SR which does not have the adaptive damper system found on the EX. The ride is generally smooth even with some potholes - though I cannot give any feedback about the rear since I've never actually traveled in the back seat. Road noise is something I've always associated with Honda's and once again this is no exception though the road noise insulation is comparatively better than that of smaller cars like the Fit. But it does a good job of cutting out the racket from that noisy 3 pot engine - which believe me is quite loud and rough when you actually open the hood and take a look. But inside the car it's generally quiet. To sum it up ... Cars with downsized engines for the sake of reducing emissions and improving gas-mileage are not meant to be fast performance cars in the first place. But Honda have tried to give the driver a bit of feel-good factor with the fake air vents and the paddle shifters and the overall 'sporty' feel. I wish it didn't have the CVT gear box and the steering was a little less lighter. But the noisy little 3 pot engine pulls really well given it's size and the weight of the car. The 1L Turbo Civic is no Type R but for a bird with clipped wings it flies pretty well. And now for the FAQ Section ---------------------------------------------------- [1] "Nice car bro how does it do on fuel ? " : I drive in generally bad traffic I wouldn't claim it to be the worst since I don't travel to areas like Rajagiriya/Dehiwala etc. And the car returns around 7-8 KMPL. On general I get about 10 KMPL in a 50-50 City/Suburban drive. On the Expressway I get around 6L/100Km which means about 16.6 KMPL. On the average long distance drive on non expressways depending on the time of the day the car will do between 12-16 KMPL. [2] "The car is a bit low isn't it? " : One fear I had earlier about the car before purchase is it's low ground clearance - somehow I have found it to be ok so far. I recently traveled on one of the most horrible roads I have seen in the western province - it was a tiny impossibly narrow dirt road with immense pot holes and pieces of rock jutting out leading to an almost forgotten home for the senior citizens where we had to give dinner. It was a hellish drive in pitch darkness but somehow i got through without a single scrape. For a better understanding I will try to upload some daytime pics of the said road. [3] "Aren't the back seats a bit cramped?" Leg-space wise no. There's quite a lot of leg space . The thing is due to the curved shape of the roof some may feel that head-space is a bit lacking. The only person to complain so far was my 6'3" /125Kg cousin. So unless you're some behemoth you are OK. Having said that I must say the Civic is a little too driver oriented with a lot of care given to the driver and lesser focus to the passengers: for instance the seat height adjustment is not available for the front passenger. It's a little darker in the back too.
  2. 5 points
    You are choosing ONE car -it could be a 27-year old japanese car, 8-year old indian car, 15-year old European car or whatnot. What you should be worried about, is that specific car. Not whether it is Japanese or Indian or Andromedian. Keep your options open. Assess a few cars and buy the one that would be in the best condition. Don't worry whether it is Japanese or Indian or Andromedian. However, in my experience, Ford Lasers hold on to their build quality far better than most other cars, even after they age. One reason could be because your average penny-pinching gamey goday person goes for Toyotas most of the time.
  3. 4 points
    @alpha17 @Davy I added a new sub forum under Autolanka Forums as BLOGS and redirected to blog section. It should redirect forum users to blog section. Further I will also try to create a new section for AL blog posts in the AL home page. Cheers!
  4. 3 points
    Restoration work began. The idea is to work at home. Found a person to do the tinker work. I do the mechanical work and hoping to do the paint job as well in the future. Firstly removed the interior parts such as car seats. After that, the four doors were removed. Then front and back wings, bonnet & boot. Finally the differential and the engine were removed.
  5. 3 points
    The car was exposed to the sunlight & rain for a long time. So there was corrosion on almost all body panels and floorboard too. Cleaned the plug wires, filled the tank, connected a charged battery and attempt to start it. After several attempt it started. The destination (my home) was 120 km and we started the journey around 11.00 am. As I was aware cars condition, selected rural roads. Brakes were very weak. So could not exceed 30kmh. During the trip had to replace a tire and the fan belt. Finally reached to the destination around 9.00 pm. Here are some initial condition pictures. Special thanks should go to @Davy for encouraging me to write this in a discussion.
  6. 3 points
    I'm going away for a few days for the awurudu weekend - you can stay at my house - there will be no humans and due to the power cuts there are no lights either.
  7. 3 points
    How badly scratched is it ? Are you sure it can't get taken off by polishing ? What is the color ? Can't you just pant the effected regions ? (eg. door, fender, bumper, etc...as opposed to the entire car) For a full body paint job, with 100K you might be able to pull off a decent job (not the best) at a reputed garage. Again, depends on the color too...and the amount of tinkering that needs to be done. There will be plenty of garages who will jump and say it can be done for half, or even less, of your budget. My experience with these places have been that they use substandard paints and fillers and really careless painting (so there will be over spray all over the place, etc..). The car will look nice and shiny for a short time and then it starts to look really bad as the putty starts drying up and the paint starts flaking. My advice is...go to a decent garage...(there are quite a few if you search the forums or the usual Automotive FB groups). Go get a quote. Talk to them and see if there are any alternatives than doing a full body paint. Then work from there....
  8. 3 points
    1. Buy a car that looks like its below its market price (for 3-mil, maybe a wagon R, Spacia, alto or something like that). The important thing is you need to buy LOW! So you need to find a car which a owner is looking to sell in a hurry, but at the time, you need to make sure its not a dressed up car. If you pay CASH, people are willing to give a serious thought of reducing the price. 2. Advertise it in AL, ###### etc. slightly above the market price, with the hope of selling it for the market price. Skills you need for this: 1. You need to have an 'eye' on finding a cheap car. You may need to scour the internet endlessly to find one. If a vehicle is 50k below market price, buy-and-sell guys will be flocking it like crows. So the moment you see one, you need to get there asap 2. You need to be good at negotiating with the seller. You need to be persuasive but not be a pain in the ass. Selling part is easy. Buying a good car for cheap is tough. And if you expected that this is an easy business, you are better off selling kadala in galle face. FYI, the profit margins of kadala sellers in galle face are over 500%
  9. 3 points
    great timing with power cuts to use the budget concessions 😉
  10. 2 points
    Bodywork started after disassembling almost all parts. Remain only the outer shell of the car with wiring harness which can not pullout easily. Gauge 14 & 18 zinc coated metal sheets used for most places. Firstly cut the right side of the chassis and welded new bar. Then the left side and floor board plates one by one. All door bottoms, front and back wings repaired. Mean time door hinge pins refilled at a lathe workshop. Finally attached all doors and wings again to check the aligning. Carbide 9kg and a oxygen cylinder consumed for this works.
  11. 2 points
    The most unrefined petrol car I’ve driven - Vitz KSP130 3cyl 1.0l
  12. 2 points
    Wanted a jimny, tried for a Copen, ended up behind a vitz sigh’ married life
  13. 2 points
    Toyota Lanka did this in the early 90s. However they stopped after a few years because it was not economically viable for them. This was a time where 3rd party car importers were popping out like mushrooms. A*W did the same thing... At the time the used cars were sourced from Toyota U-Car lots, i.e. official Toyota used car stock. In Japan the manufacturers' used car stocks are are sort of the primary source for used cars at auction. These are cars that are traded in by owners (which is the most typical way Japanese people discard their cars) or cars from the manufacturers' rental/lease stocks. When a manufacturer gets these used cars they decide to either sell it on thier used car stock or send to auction. If the vehicle doesn't get sold on their used car lot then it goes to auction These stocks carry a 1 year warranty with the Japanese manufacturer (in Japan it was legally required for used car dealers to provide a minimum 6 month bumper to bumper no questions asked warranty on all used cars sold and registered. There were plans to extend that to 1 year). If you buy a used car that is put up for sale within Japan at a car sale (such as the manufacturer's used car lot); the benefit is that you know the car is 100% road worthy and that whatever mechanical defects have been fixed to meet roadworthyness. So in essence they are not messed around with.
  14. 2 points
    But you will be buying a Mazda for a significantly lower price than an equally spec'd Toyota...so it balances out.
  15. 2 points
    What he meant was that the car turned into a bad old one quickly. Not that the car was fast. 🙄
  16. 2 points
    If you don't know how to ask a question, don't ask. How do we even know whether you are talking about Toyota Corsa or Opel Corsa???
  17. 2 points
    This is wrong. What A*W sells is a rebadged version of WagonR FZ. I too was in the same boat as you few months back. Ultimately made the decision to go with the agent imported WagonR. I would like to give my exeperiance in case you opt to go for a WagonR. WagonR is a fast moving car or as our mudalils say "sata gala yanawane, market badune". Therefore you will come across all kinds of shady units dressed up for sale. I have seen a car with only 100km in the odo but has almost 20+hours in idle stop timer🤔 (most probably the guy who reset the odo forgot to reset this timer😆). But the one that shocked me most is an unit which was bought by a very close friend of mine from a popular place. It seemed like a proper little car until I stepped on the foot break (hand break) When you press down on WagonR foot break you hear Tak Tak (wheel locking sound) sound which I think is a mechanism designed to keep the paddle from coming up. This is very audible and you could almost feel the tactile feedback when pressing down. But in my friend's car which was sold to him as a brand-new car had no tactile feel and the Tak sound is alomst non existent. You could hear it but it's day and night compared to mine. Think of how many successive operations this particular mechanism had to undergo. And it was a so called zero milage Brand new car. So if you decide to go with WagonR consider this.
  18. 2 points
    YES. Aside from obvious safety issues, reselling a lower grade Picanto will be difficult, potential customers would definitively be put off by the lack of ABS in a car made in 2019.
  19. 2 points
    Whether the extra money is worth to have ABS...My opinion is yes.......I will gladly trade all the other stuff like the stereo and the carpets and funky head and tail lights for ABS. It is sad that in this day and age ABS and Airbags are still not a standard feature across all the grades for markets such as Sri Lanka. Do the calculation as to how much your monthly payments, depreciation,etc... would differ if you go for the highest spec one as opposed to the low grade. My guess is it won't be too much of a difference and that difference would be worth the peace of mind.
  20. 2 points
    You need to get down a brand new or a within one year old to get the maximum tax advantage. Ensure all documents state that the motor power is 100KW, recommend you get a clarification from customs that what rate it will be taxed 50KW to =< 100KW is @ Rs. 10,000 per KW if this is the case your duty will be Rs. 1.0 Mn. Price in UK around GBP 26,000/- if you can get the VAT refund organized it will be GBP 21,667 plus shipping and other costs whic will be around GBP 1,500- 2,000 total CIF approximately Rs. 5.6 Mn. Make sure CIF is less than Rs. 6.0 Mn. otherwise you will have to pay additional 60% luxury tax on CIF This brings the total up to Rs. 6.6 Mn. No agent support, no warranty personally I do not recommend this as you could and also will end up loosing your money. Hope you're planning to keep this for a long time as you will not be able to sell this car.
  21. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum and I wish you the best with your business endeavor. Not to sound discouraging in anyway, but it has to be stated that the whole buying and selling business is a mafia-like operation. Profit margins are small unless you too go down the level of being unscrupulous and engage in things like meter rolling and covering up body defects...and it is a tough business...there aren't many honest cars for you to buy to sell off honestly. If you buy a not so honest car then to sell it of honestly you will have to fix it up (which can cost a lot) or sell it off as it is with barely any economic profit. Perhaps you should look in to focusing on a specific/niche market ? <for example serve the enthusiasts ?> When you say you hope to start with 3mil...are you saying you want to source your car for 3m ? or you want to find something you can sell at 3mil ?
  22. 2 points
    When you say Wagon R brand new I hope you are planning on buying it from the agent A*W (what they call WagonR Premium Hybrid). The zero mileage Japanese imports with warranty sold by the car sales people cannot be trusted. Although both cars look like small hatchbacks they fall in to two different categories. The Picanto is a compact hatchback whilst the Wagon R is a kei-car which is pretty much the smallest city car that has restricted power and engine capacity (by law). Personally for family usage I believe the Picanto will be a better choice. The shape of the body might make it seem like the Wagon R has no space but the Picanto is a tad bit bigger in terms of dimensions (the Wagon R really does not have much space for luggage with the rear passengers. The Picanto on the other hand does have sufficient space for luggage larger than a few grocey and duffle bags even with the rear seat up). The Picanto is heavier than the Wagon R...so on long trips you will feel less road fatigue on the bodies (human bodies). Yes the Wagon R is a comfy car but for city usage...long drives you do feel the road vibe. On the other hand, the Wagon R will be quite economical on petrol, especially in the city (being Hybrid). The electric motor will give you a lot of oomph from start...BUT it will be high revving at high speeds which also adds to the strain the body feels on long trips. Unlike the old model the new Wagon R does a lot better on pulling up hills and stuff with a load. The WagonR (atleast the Japanese version) comes a bit more well equipped in safety features. If you are going to be driving in the city 90% of the time..then go or the Wagon R but look in to renting a car for long family trips (I know some people who do that and this method is not that expensive). If you want to have a single overall car....then go for the Picanto
  23. 2 points
    I doubt it's an Indian given the safety options. Could be the Japanese one came with same body styling. Did you check the CR?
  24. 2 points
    Why do you have to switch them on in the first place? Seat warmers are meant to be used during winter or very cold weather when the seats are uncomfortably cold to sit on or if you feel really cold. Your Suzuki Stingray is a car made for the Japanese Domestic Market. A country where it gets extremely cold in winter. In Sri Lanka, seat warmers are useless.
  25. 2 points
    You should PM a mod ( @Davy ) and send all the links of the posts you have opened so far on this matter - and ask him if he could merge them all to one thread - "Best vehicle for a 4 - 4.5 million budget". And get your username changed to "Posthard" or "Spamhard" while you're at it
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