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  1. 11 points
    Thanks alot iRage! Wholesome stuff, This brought out the inner kid in me...gonna try it out😁 Also here's a 1:12 scale diorama I made a while back, needs a few more improvements and additions, spider webs & dust maintained for special effects😉:
  2. 8 points
    As we all go through some sort of lockdown and are being directed to stay at home and practice social distancing, car manufacturers are coming up with ideas to keep the motor heads home bound....here are some selections from the Japanese manufacturers... TIP : You will need 120gsm+ paper. If you do not have access to that (or your printer cannot handle it...just print it on normal 80 or 100 paper and paste it on thin/handycraft cardboard. Part 1: Something for my petrol head friends....here is something to help you get through lockdown ..for those with car loving kids and the kid at ❤️ PAPER CRAFT CARS ! MAZDA https://www.mazda.com/ja/csr/social/kids/papercraft/ MISC. https://creativepark.canon/…/categ…/CAT-ST01-0091/index.html SUBARU http://www.e-saa.co.jp/special/download/ TOYOTA https://www.c-himeji.jp/naradeha/paper-craft… https://gazoo.com/…/ar…/salespoint/120201_13/86_color_r1.pdf https://gazoo.com/…/a…/salespoint/120201_13/86_manual_r1.pdf NISSAN http://www.nissan.co.jp/EVENT/PAPERCRAFT/ MISC. https://www.honda.co.jp/hondafan/papercraft/
  3. 6 points
    Why not ask your wife to wear a seat belt and get your kid a child seat? Then they won’t slide around, you can keep the car you like and you will be a responsible motorist.
  4. 6 points
    Hello Guys, It's been a while from my last update. 😁 So I decided to share some photos of my ride with you. So far, I didn't do any modifications to her. But I'm hoping to install a new body kit for her. Will update the thread after the modifications. 😜 Until then enjoy the pictures. 😷
  5. 6 points
    Yes the brand name is called "Chanda" and the first model to be launched is called "gundu" And the factory will be built slightly past Kuliyapitiya this time. On a serious note, there's no business case for this country to create an automotive industry. Our domestic market is too small. Our labour is expensive and lazy. Electricity is prohibitively pricey, There's nothing we can source locally for making cars. Everything needs to be imported. And penetrating the international market is impossible without a multi-billion dollar marketing budget, which no one can afford. There was no business case during Upali Wijewardene's time and there's no business case now. We can blame politicians and people, but the real reason for the automotive industry not taking off, is the lack of business justification. We need to specialize in a few industries that we are good at. For a small country like Sri Lanka, that's more than enough. We are not India or China. Only Premadasa understood that and built a garment manufacturing specialism in this country. Sri Lankan clothing industry professionals are highly sought after, all over the world, even today. We can certainly build components to vehicles like what Rohan Pallewatta is doing. But that's it. End of rant!
  6. 6 points
    Why not? When I sell my own previous two cars (purchased brand new) , both buyers set their minds to buy my cars, when I just show my maintenance records before they crank the engines. When I bought my Lancer CS1 in 2017, I had same feeling when previous owner handed over the maintenance records file to me. She clearly described every maintenance done and even an accident it faced (replaced front door panel at agents and invoice was in the file) . I cross checked her details with agents and she was 100% genuine. Still this previous owner family maintain very good relationship with me and even read my Autolanka thread on it. When I bought my lancer very first thing I did was, bought a box file to match my car colour (Matath pissu😀) All records are filed in order. Since my car is 13 years old, I maintain a summery for quick reference. Car is maintained at the agents from day one. I filled all invoices in order and attach all labels found in spare part packing. I also maintain a photo gallery in my laptop. I had two previous owners belong to same family. They had filed even below sheet they received from the agent after importation. 'Reliability' made me to buy this vehicle and I will transfer same to next owner when I sell this car one day.
  7. 6 points
    Well you don't really have to be an enthusiast or super organized to just maintain a file with the service history - I mean you don't accumulate half-a-ton of paper bills right? just put the stuff in a file it will take maximum 5 minutes to properly file your stuff after a repair/service.trust me many people feel confident to buy your car when they see all the proper documentation and when everything adds up - service history, emission tests etc. I've gone on dozens and dozens of car hunt trips for myself and friends and a few observations in the local context: * Most genuine sellers have proper records - specially if it's a first owner and even if it's the second owner some people have a track record of since they bought the car * Usually a car with zero maintenance records (only the last emission test is available) will also usually have surprisingly low mileage, a dodgy story from the seller about how the car belongs to his brother but is still registered under the name of his brothers ex-girlfriends father's foster son's mistress, and a lot of stuff that doesn't add up - there are a surprisingly large number of 'currency-cars' out there ,trade-able commodities - the sellers are mostly buyyas(buy-and-sell scum) - no maintenance records is a great way to wipe out any track of the actual mileage of a 12 year old car that has done only 60,000 Km (There's a car sale in Dehiwala where EVERY car they sell has 69,000 mileage btw - probably the guy who tampers the odo has a dirty mind) this phenomenon is usually mostly associated with the following car models : Corolla 121, Allion, Premio, Vios, Belta, Vitz .... * A genuine buyer (not a buyya) will usually care about the maintenance of your car when they buy it and will not haggle a LOT if things look all orderly. For an example - when my dad sold his car a buyya came and haggled for hours talking only about market-price he did not give a rats posterior about the comprehensive maintenance history of the car. When i sold my GP1 the buyer was actually buying it for use and was impressed with the maintenance history and didn't haggle too much. *This applies for relatively newer cars - of course it's not practical to do this for classics, and older cars that you buy for projects etc - probably older than you : they've most likely survived bomb blasts, hauled RPG's during war or carried dead bodies in their trunks in the late 80's etc. Bottom line- (In a Lankan context) : it's always easier/safer to go for a car with a verified history and ownership despite you have the possibility to get it checked. When you're selling it's always nice to have this ready for the next buyer as he will know what type of oil you've used etc. ect.
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  10. 5 points
    Did some shooting of few of my models out of boredom. Just phone captures so please mind the lightning and white background. The actual models look much better, dont think im doing justice here.
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  13. 4 points
    Hi All, I know there is a bunch of electronic maniacs in the forum. I thought of starting a thread encouraging to share your experiences on self repairing electronic devices. It would save all of ours plenty of time, money and ultimately will bring a joy of DIY job. Let me start with the first project This is a repair of an appliance.. Appliance: Electronically controlled (remote) wall Fan. Of cause its a cheap Chinese fan branded by one of electronic appliance dealers. Problem: The fan refuses to start. Standby mode is okay, but when tried to switch on it get switched off it self. Cure: Micro controller of the fan is driven by a capacitor driven power supply. The main capacitor (Polymer capacitor 105 400V (i.e. 1 Uf) get busted to some other reason. Replace it... Cost: 20 Rupees
  14. 4 points
    Did this 1:24 scale Modulo NSX Super GT 2017 Race car that's used by Epson Nakajima Racing. Papercraft sure is a crazy cool hobby!
  15. 4 points
    America: Let's LS swap everything! Sri Lanka: Let's 2C swap everything!
  16. 4 points
    Annnnnnd the winner for 2020 goes to, this guy! GTA Inspired FAIL. Like I always say, most of our buggers have more money than brains! The crawl control would have been able to dig it out itself, but it seemed to be getting worse because of rising tide. Had a video of over 200 people watching closeby. In the video the vehicle is covered halfway in water. Pure aiyoo salli moment!
  17. 4 points
    Nice car man! Makes me miss mine. Such a good car. The amount of features and the quality for a 2006 and up jap car is amazing.
  18. 4 points
    Well said - someone added me to the numerous Groups on Facebook where they promote local goods and I tried to explain to them that not everything the neighbor does is feasible but this is too much for their thick skulls to process. In the end I just accepted that we live among a herd of cattle and moved on. P.S : There really should be an IQ test before people are given internet access IMHO....
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  20. 4 points
    well that's good to hear - are you part of the collectors groups on social media? I'm a small-scale collector myself I have about a 100 1/64's , half a dozen 1/24's and about 20-30 1:43 and 1:32;s I'm too lazy and too clumsy to be making dioramas and customizing hot-wheels. But I do enjoy taking pics of them mostly in the open. 'These days I've been staying home and snapping my die casts 🙂 here's a few: ok the S2000 is pre-lock down
  21. 4 points
    Carburetor rebuilding Before dismantling Work in progress Clean venturi New power piston Float adjustment New primary jets New accelerator pump After rebuild Lessons learnt Read the manual fully before beginning. Don't read one step, do that step, read the next, do the next. Some important information is at the end. Most Aisan carbs are similar. Therefore, these lessons are valid for a wide range of carbs. Remove the carb from the manifold, take it to a place with good ventilation, turn it over to drain any petrol in the float chamber. Do the rebuild in a well-lit, well ventilated place. Lay an old towel on a large table in a place without clutter. Some tiny bit will certainly fall out. An indoor location without clutter helps in this situation. You don't want to crawl under beds with a light hoping to find a 3mm spring that flew away! an old towel or thick cloth prevents the tendency of stuff bumping and rolling on the table. Plenty of small containers, labels, pen and paper, small bags Phone. Video every step of disassembly. Narrate stuff as you go on. Like "this nut has one copper washer. This one is little larger than the second and has a spring washer. Take couple of photos from different angles in tricky places. Video the assembly as well. when you missed one bit during reassembly you can pinpoint at what point things went wrong instead of going crazy. In addition to the usual tools have a 9mm deep skinny socket, long needle nose pliers. Proceed dismantling stepwise. Video everything, label and bag stuff then and there, take notes/narrate. Preserve every bit that you find. After completely dismantling, start cleaning. first remove the gasket residue. Don't use metal bristles to unclog small pores. Use carb cleaner and nylon bristle or compressed air. Check all the mating surfaces for flatness. I wanted mine to be 0.05 mm or flatter. Carb is a delicate piece held together by small screws. It won't hold much torque like bolts. So, ensure all the surfaces are quite flat to begin with. Mine had 0.5mm unevenness on the float bowl mating surface but didn't give any issues. Intake manifold had 0.6mm and gave issues- made me do this rebuild. Wash out everything with liquid soap and copious amounts of warm water. Don't use power detergents or soap. The particles can clog up small passages and nozzles. I used the pressure washer carefully. Make sure every passage is opened up with pressured air or carb cleaner. Again, don't use metal bristles. Buy the rebuild kit. Some gasket making paper, fresh vacuum tubes. Check what parts you have got in the kit. Have the exploded view of the carb printed. Pay the disassembly videos on the computer; last one first. Get the video rolling on the phone and go back to putting back the carb. Replace everything you got new in the kit. Make sure throttle plates move freely, pistons move freely, screws and bolts are tight enough. Mine doesn't have a sight glass. The only method to make sure your float chamber is filled up to the spec is adjust the clearances as per specks. Needle to float is 0.9mm. Float to brim is 7.5mm. Triple check because if it is wrong, there's no other way to check the level without taking apart the whole thing and measure the clearances. Adjust the accelerator pump travel to speck. Adjust throttle opening angles of the both primary and secondary and choke to speck. To set secondary throttle opening angles, you have to open it by applying vacuum from outside (by sucking in air). I don’t have a throttle plate angle measurement gauge. I have devised a mathematical method of measuring (calculating) throttle angle with several measurements using a caliper. Here is the calculation. First measure dimensions a to e with the throttle fully closed. To set the throttle to some given angle, calculate x and set the depth x measured using the caliper. It should work as well or even better than the angle gauge. When bending the tabs to set angles don’t bend them back and forth like crazy with a pair of pliers. Instead use a small G clamp. Bend by slowly closing the clamp and check. If it needs to be bent some more, close the clamps by another turn. Repeat till you hit the specs. Check al the vacuum tubes are snug. Temporarily plug those that you are not using currently. Lubricate the springs, levers, shafts and the whole moving sliding mechanism. Make sure all open and close all the way before putting it in the car. Fix the carb, put back what you removed, fire her up, tune the idle, throttle, and AC idle up. Enjoy the happy purring! Because the throttle response could be changed, take a test drive. I had a crappy secondary throttle before. I didn’t realize it till I took apart everything. Now that everything is working as intended, the throttle is more responsive. When this pandemic situation eases I'll take a test drive. Perhaps burn a few donuts!
  22. 4 points
    The issue was the gasket between the carburetor and intake manifold. Carburetor per se is alright. I didn't go to Banda's place because many said place doesn't live up to the hype. Some members recommended the Cotta road place. I went there. What he said was that the carb is alright, but not in perfect shape. Doing a rebuild right now would not be the best value for money. Plus fixing the choke would cost quite a bit. Replacement would be cheaper and reliable. So while I removed the carburetor to make a gasket, I decided to do a carburetor rebuild on my own. The only time I used to touch the carb is to adjust idle☺️. Since reliable carb mechanics are difficult to find, I decided to learn the dark art of carburetor repairs. Carbs have been difficult to understand for me. I did quite a bit of reading on carburetors, went through the manual and went ahead with the dismantling. I'll update once the rebuild is done.
  23. 3 points
    Well..considering the economic losses the country is taking and is going to be taking over the next few months...we will be lucky if it is only for 1 year. But, if it really does help the country and help with the valuing of the LKR..is it not worth the sacrifice in the long run ? If the ban does go through, I hope the government will take advantage of the pause and implement strong guidelines and regulations before the market is open again and all kinds of crap start flooding in.
  24. 3 points
    welcome to the forum. Your heart seems to be in the right place 🙂 overall the CS1 is more car than the perodua ever will be despite being older. When it comes to cars being logical is good but at the same time it HAS to give you some pleasure otherwise you're going to get sick of it soon. I'd go for the CS1 if I were you - as long as you put in a bit of effort to finding a good unit.
  25. 3 points
    Good idea and a correct logic. Though most people asking code for their own cars. That`s why I shared the decoder. (Unfortunately the link removed by hosting provider). Not only me @Hyaenidae also providing this service freely from long time. Here Carworld seems honest because mentioned the real situation. Anyway how much are you charging for this service from a customer ? 😝 (Just kidding you. Dont expecting the answer) Cant you do it as a free service ? If so I can provide code via this forum. That`s my thought.
  26. 3 points
    This is like the ultimate හපොයි.. situation for you @tilvin !! You'll have climb to the roof of your house, stand on the roof top and yell හපොයි...🤪 at the top of your voice for at least 5 mins straight today buddy....
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    I want an episode where they discuss all the interesting quirks and features and give a Doug score for the Bajaj Qute. Not to mention, trying to get into the back seat.
  29. 3 points
    Greetings gentlemen, I just serviced the distributor of my project A72 and wanted to check and adjust the ignition advance curve. At minimum I needed a timing light and a dwell angle meter. As expected, decent tools are expensive. So, here I am looking for a cost effective solution to buying a bunch of speciality tools. Since Arduinos are (relatively) cheap, have sufficient processing power, and has a lot of sensors, I'm trying to make some car diagnostic kit based on Arduino. Disclaimer- With global supply chains down, it will be some time before there is any significant progress in making this. For the time being I'm using this as a note to self and thinking out loud with the hope that experienced AL members would help me realize this project. Intended use I'm building it to use on my 1970's Lancer project car. The goal is to make a cost effective, easy to build, and reliable (for personal use) toolkit for cars of the era with similar technology. This will include most petrol cars with distributor driven ignition system. Once this takes off, I will make everything free and open source for anyone to replicate. Requirements 1. Timing light 2. Tachometer 3. Dwell angle meter 4. Vacuum gauge 5. Exhaust gas analyzer a la emissions test 6. Lambda sensor 7. Compression tester Construction Using Arduino as the brains of the toolkit, peripherals like led light, induction clamp, pressure sensors and gas sensors will be hooked up to it depending on the scenario. It will be connected to a computer over serial where all the input can be displayed. Real time data will be displayed with options to record, analyze, manipulate and share data with Matlab. 1. Timing light A ferrite core with a few windings is placed on the first high tension lead. After monitoring the behavior of the induced voltage with the serial plotter, mathematically determine when to fire the LED to give accurate timing. Consider any delays in the setup and hard code the lines to fire the LED at the correct time. Problems- High induced voltage can fry the arduino. How to control a high wattage LED to give the correct strobe frequency? How fast can the arduino respond? How to address any delays? 2. Tachometer Use the same input as for the timing light. Find the frequency high tension lead is fired. RPM is twice that. Problems- same as above. How to cancel noise from other HT leads? 3. Dwell angle meter A crocodile clip on the contact points with a large resistor in series could pickup the duration the contacts closes. Together with RPM the duty cycle can be calculated. Mathematically determine the dwell angle from the duty cycle. Problems- Will the capacitor mess with it? Protection from any voltage spikes during opening and closing? 4. Vacuum gauge Sensors are pretty cheap. Adapt it to plug in to a vacuum hose. Problems- Range, accuracy and sensitivity? will it respond quickly as analog ones to give real time data? 5. Exhaust gas analyzer Carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon sensors are available. SL emissions tests look only for those two. Temperature and nitrous oxide testing can be added. Problems- Range, accuracy and sensitivity? (will not give real time data because of the design of these sensors. That's alright.) 6. Lambda sensor These wideband oxygen sensors are available off the shelf. problems- Cost. Reliability, accuracy and range. 7. Compression tester Tiny pressure transducers are cheaply available. Can drill out old spark plugs, mount the transducer and seal it. Can make 4 and run simultaneous compression tests on all 4 cylinders. problems- Range, accuracy and precision. Will data be real time? at least all four in sync with time?
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    Of course bro...👍. Because OP has thought that we all are sellers of used Japanese spare parts....🤪.
  32. 3 points
    The car they shipped to the Geneva motorshow didn't have the capacity to do 0-100 in 3 sec nor did it have the claimed range. It was as you mention: Not production ready. Appaprently the production version will (they are still sorting out the battery apparently). While I hope its all true, I can't help but wonder if it isn't all smoke and mirrors...I mean the performance claims the Vega makes put it in contention with the Tesla Roadster. (I believe the claimed range and claimed sub 3secs to 0-100kmph makes it just as fast but with more range than the Tesla Roadster?) Granted Tesla Roadsters are a bit controversial as well, but its the only bench mark I can think of, and I'm suprised the Vega claims to be just as good. (I think the Tesla Roadster is a bit iffy, as I still don't understand how the Roadster handles all the heat from multiple sub 3sec 0-100 pulls or how its able to maintain range and dependability even after multiple back-to-back runs when both the Model 3 and Model S can barely pull off two back-to-back 0-100kmph pulls without going into limp mode. But that's just me, and it could be just an issue of simply being thickheaded ) Plus, if Vega have the know-how to pull off such Tesla Roadster style feats, why don't they start with a range of more practical vehicles as proof of concept, as well as test mules to refine things further? For example some long-range electric Tuks or game-park type vehicles for the tourism industry? Even if electric buses, delivery vehicles and stuff, are a bit of a stretch due to cost effectiveness; electric sightseeing Tuk-Tuks for Colombo and some zero-pollution, low-noise vehicles for Yala, Pinnawala and our other wildlife sanctuaries would make a lot of sense wouldn't it?
  33. 3 points
    The Vega's story is very simple. That car is a prototype. That's it. Whether it's a fully functional prototype or not... I've no idea. I've completely ignored its marketing material but has anyone seen it reaching its supposedly top speed of 240km/h? I've seen one blurry video taken in the night, with no lighting at all, from one camera with the claim that the car reached 100km/h in 3 seconds or something and another video of a guy taking a joyride around tripoli yard. Niche car manufacturers usually present their prototypes in motor shows around the world with the hope of getting some orders or to test the market. Whether its Koenigsegg or Lotus, they bank a lot on their reputation. Put yourself on a buyer's shoes. Would you pay a deposit on a $250,000 car made in Tanzania, of which only one has been built and has never been crash tested, from a company that has never built cars previously, and from a country that has never manufactured a motorbike, let alone a car. Now replace 'Tanzania' with "Sri Lanka" and you understand the problem. Of course people in the motor show will go "wow", "nice", "I didn't know Sri Lanka could do this" and so on. Some guy may do a test drive and says its spectacular. But will anyone pull out their wallets? Again, this comes to the question of business case. The time and cost expended to build that reputation is simply prohibitive. And just one prototype is not very helpful for it either. Again, if these guys have developed a new way of creating a component, equipment or software, that's what they can sell. And if you read Rohan Pallewatta's story about his first seat belt sensor. You would know how difficult it is to convince a buyer to buy even a small component.
  34. 3 points
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    Anyone else a fan of 3Dbotmaker?
  36. 3 points
    No men ! Prius TRD Pro ....
  37. 3 points
    Thinking about the revenue license information in the RMV database. Guess when a DS office issuing a revenue license, they check it with the RMV. If more than one license issued for same CR (same chassis number), that should be display. But not sure whether they have allowed one-to-many relationship in their Database which should not.
  38. 3 points
    When I purchased my CS3 in 2008, it only had the receipt from UM for the most recent service. What I did was submit the car to UM for a check-up after feeling pretty sure that I might be buying it. At the inspection, I was able to verify the car's history with records at UM. So I didn't hesitate. This is to point out that there might be alternatives to finding out the vehicle history if it's not physically available with the seller. When I had to sell the CS3, it had a folder full of service records, every bill, every nut and bolt I've spent money on. On top of that, it had more emissions test certificates than the number of educational and professional certificates I have. 😝 And I had people queuing up to buy the car. In Australia, service records do play quite an important role, especially in circles of enthusiasts. There are also important regulations that prevent cars in poor condition from switching owners. Cars are subject to a mandatory roadworthy inspection before transfer, and in most cases, buyers go for ones with a roadworthy certificate (as opposed to buying without one and spending money fixing issues which is risky), which indicates all inspections have been done and the car is good to be put on the road. This however doesn't guarantee whether the car is mechanically sound, but does eliminate cars with obvious issues. In addition, even the oldest cars on the road usually have their service booklet in the glove box and is the first thing an average buyer would check. In Sri Lanka, there's quite a bit of odometer tampering, dodgy grey imports, cut and bud jobs, badly repaired cars that should have been written off and even situations like people forging documents and selling cars they have rented as if they were their own. So it makes sense to be extra vigilant. If the car has a proven service history, that is a good indicator that it's legit. Maintaining service records just might be the deciding factor of the price of the car and how quickly someone will take the car off your hands when it comes time to part with it.
  39. 3 points
    Its an OK lens, light weight and compact. But if you do it from a F2.8 lens it will be so much better. A pic just in front of the garage would look like porn.. (This is from Nikon 70-200 F2.8 at 70mm F2.8 - Had to reduce the quality to 7MB to upload to AL)
  40. 3 points
    I found the source of the noise today😅. It if from the carburetor intake manifold gasket. Something has caused a gasket failure. Carb mounting bolts are tight. But there is some invisible gap between the two. To confirm my diagnosis I used some gasket maker glue and the noise disappeared. Now that I know what is wrong, I'm going to take out the carb, face the mating surfaces (at home with sandpaper) and replace the gasket. I wonder why the new gasket failed so quickly🤔
  41. 2 points
    I think the Fit has evolved to be a better family hatch. The last generation only deviated a bit from that thinking, at least in the styling department. There new press piece talks a lot about comfort & convenience. In most other countries I presume that this is a second car hence versatility & comfort is more important. Their website also classifies this as a 'compact'. The 'sports' tag is attached to the likes of s660, Type Rs, NSXs etc. You obviously cant have both - Sports & Comfort in this price bracket. Hence in a way good that it is moving away from pretense, trying to address every desire in a car & be more focused on being better than the others on what most of their buyers want. https://global.honda/newsroom/news/2020/4200213eng-fit.html Toyota on the other hand is trying to be getting out of their reputation of a being boring car manufacturer hence infusing sports elements to their base models & taking up a notch with the GR lineup. Whether this shifts their focus from their key strength of being frugal & reliable will only be seen in the long term. Maybe it will help Honda catchup to it on those elements on segments where it matters (i.e. hatches with more comfort & frugality - aqua). Or they both will be made redundant by the likes of Nissan, Hyundai or Tesla with their EV lineups Let's watch & wait!
  42. 2 points
    @kmeegnow look who's digressing 😅😂
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    There is a business case for EV conversions in Sri Lanka, although I simply don't understand why a supercar was needed to get there. If they want to get from Borella to Bambalapitiya via Rajagiriya, Nawala, Nugegoda and Dehiwela, let them knock themselves out. This time around the problem is technical. ICE cars are simply not designed to be converted to EVs. Hell, you can't even do a petrol-diesel conversion without messing up most of the time. I'm not even talking about the Mini but for even a standard car like a Corolla. Placing the battery bank, appropriately distributing the weight and ensuring safety, is not straightforward without some butchery and damaging the integrity of a car.
  45. 2 points
    Well here's the thing - you really can't predict resale value a LOT of factors depend on it. But I really don't agree with your friends idea about a Mazda being difficult to sell....there's a bit of a stigma spread around by car sale folk. You can't sell any car for profit now you'll just have to accept depreciation. For instance I know two people who really struggled to sell an Axio and a Premio a while back. Anyways your mazda has already gone through initial depreciation (the poor sod who brought it b/new has already taken the hit ) if you buy say an unreg new car the depreciation will be even more. Since depreciation is common why dont you select a car that you like and suits your requirement than think of re-sale? Note that the korean SUVs will not fare any better than the Mazda regarding depreciation. Parts and maintenance-wise Mazda don't fare too badly and there are 3rd parties who undertake Mazda repairs so it's not like having a rare euro. It's like marrying a woman you don't actually like just because it seems she will not ask for big compensation when you're divorcing her. If you really really want to 'feel' good about resale then you can consider a Toyota but imagine getting a hacked disaster and spending days and days in garages you'll hate yourself for taking that option then.
  46. 2 points
    Great thread after a while! Definitely nudged the inner kid in me. Will give this a try. That is amazing! I can only imagine the time you must have spent on this. Moving to another country sort of pressed the reset button on all my hobbies including the stuff I have been collecting. As a kid, I collected: - HotWheels. I had about 50 or 60 of them. My parents forced me to give them away to my much younger cousins, and I did. I couldn't let go of two of my favourites though. A 80s T-Bird (AKA Hot Bird) and a 80s Dixie Challenger. I still have them somewhere in a box back home. - Diecast models (1:18 scale) About 6 cars and 6 motorcycles. All Maisto. Not really a collection. All back home in boxes. - Vintage video games/consoles. My first ever console was one that belonged to my father. A 1980s Atari 2600. Got a couple of Nintendo Game n Watches as well as the ever popular Casio handheld games. I may have had about 10 in total - not really a collection. Then I got a Nintendo Entertainment System, A SEGA Genesis (AKA Sega Mega Drive) and a FAMICOM as well for some reason. The SEGA was again given to the same "younger cousins" mentioned above but I still have the NES. The FAMICOM stopped working with the notorious control pad jack issue. I was missing the NES so badly so I bought two consoles just a few years ago. The NES Mini and the SNES mini. Now I don't have to feel like flying back to Sri Lanka whenever I want to play a vintage video game. These are the only consoles I have with me ATM. Hoping to complete the mini consoles collection someday. . - TINTIN The entire collection of paperback books. Some books are from the 70s and ones my father was gifted by my grandparents. This is one of my most treasured collections and the only collection I brought with me to Australia. I also had several car brochures because a few of my relatives were working for D*MO and Unit3d M0tors. I have shared some of them in our Car Catalogues and Brochures thread several years ago.
  47. 2 points
    Members, I maintain the petrol record (km to last/ new and consumed liters) book, their I always include the maintenance records. Whenever I sold the used vehicles buyer never wants the records as few members say they want a price reduction. 90% of vehicle dealers do the mileage alteration to get a better price. This is Sri lanka. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  48. 2 points
    Thanks IRage!!! See what came out!!! it helped me to distract my daughter from the phone though
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Like I mentioned.. They don't care, their priorities are somewhere else. Or the vehicle is a sketchy one. I recently checked out a BMW E36 with an engine swap done to it and has been that way for 2 years now but doesn't have any service records. I had to reach out to the previous owner to find out more info on the car but that was in vain. Later I found out this vehicle hasn't had its book updated, has been abused hard and the owner declines to share much information with me. Also I'd assume it happens everywhere else too. When cars are cheap people just buy it without much inspection or thought. It's the expensive cars that usually have their records checked. In the middle east, cars are cheap as chips (can buy a Mustang or Camry V6 there for the same price you pay for a brand new 150cc motorbike here) so most people don't mind unless the buyer is a serious enthusiast or the vehicle is rare or highly valuable. Bottom line: Service records are vital and helpful for any buyer/seller.
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