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  1. 2 points
    Just a long shot...are there any street vendors where the car is parked ? or a security guard in a near y building who has line of sight to the car ? You might want to befriend one of them...worked for me when I had to park the car on Marine drive and walk down Melbourne Ave to the office. Just bought the security guard drinks and chocolates and was nice to the guy and he considered my car ├Ąpe mahaththaya ge kar eka"" Might work...
  2. 2 points
    What you say has validity...but your reasoning for compromise of sfety and performance applies only when you do modifications pointlessly and aimlessly like a majority of Sri Lanka's so called car fans who are ricers. Yes..in stock form the car is configured to be safe and economical to the best of its ability. However, NOT optimally. The car in stock form is configured to meet the regulatory and consumer requirements in the best possible way. This means the manufacturer has to balance all performance and functional aspects of the vehicle. This is coupled with the fact that the components used are components have the minimal specifications that will meet the given requirements (i.e. the above balance); after all no one will buy an over engineered car because it would be too expensive. So looking at it...this way....in stock form cars like the Vitz, Fit, etc, have significant body roll and this contributes to under-steering and can be dangerous..can the manufacturers drastically reduce body roll ? Yes...they can and in special models they have ! But the stock Vitz and Fit still has the softer, body-rolling suspension because it gives the best between comfort, performance and price. Adding strut braces will improve handling/steering and will have NO compromise of safety; tests have shown that it will drastically reduce the chances of a roll-over in an emergency maneauver. Does Toyota had strut bars to the Vitz ? No..only on the higher grade models.Why ? Original strut bars which are TRD or CUSCO adds 30,000-50,000yen to the price tag of the car. Considering the type of people buying the low-end Vitz and what the car is used for, putting that extra 30K-50K to the price tag is not worth it because a lot of buyers will get turned off by the price. These cars have appalling braking distances and the type of brakes they have are susceptible to heat fade making the car dangerous if you drive and brake constantly on curvy roads. Can you improve this ? Yes....and Toyota has with special models with better ventilated brakes, etc.... Out in the market there are plenty of performance and upgrade parts made by third parties that are far better than the stock parts. Manufacturers themselves use these parts for special models. They do not put them on standard models because although it improves the performance it compromises on the customers' requirements of cars like the Vitz which are budget friendly city vehicle (thus breaking the balance I mentioned earlier). We Sri lankans have this stupid mentality that stock parts are the best (in reality even the manufacturers do not make these parts, they buy it from other manufacturers). So upgrading the vehicle with these proper parts is a value addition. In Sri Lanka the issue is 90% of the people "modify" their cars with sub-standard Chinese parts that are untested ripoffs. Then there is the actual modification itself. When a proper car enthusiast does a proper modification, it is a carefully planned project that will be done with a lot of research so that it will not compromise the safety and performance of the vehicle. Then the modifications themselves are done with people who actually are skilled and know what they are doing. These modifications will improve many aspects of the car. Granted it will compromise things like fuel economy, ride softness, etc...slightly; but then those who do proper modifications do so because for them improving certain other areas of the car whilst reducing fuel economy and ride softness is acceptable (as long as the car's safety and functionality is not compromised). Now..the issue in Sri Lanka....90% of the modifiers are ricers...they just stick things on the car just so that it looks "patta". To make it worst they use cheap parts (for example cheap Chinese "allow" wheels that break in to pieces if it hits a curb at 40kmph). Then there is the senseless and unplanned fitment of random parts and modifying existing parts, look at the beat cans..what the hell do they do ? NOTHING except piss everyone off...but our ricer boys get their panties wet over these. Then they go and make stupid changes like cutting the original springs to lower the car (dangerous as it gets) which completely changes the telemetry of the steering and the balance of the car. Then they go and add various things like huge spoilers without thinking of how it effects the car (the added weight of the plastic they stick on and what kind of lift/drag it creates. Lets not forget...we live in a country where we take a car that has crashed and flattened to a pancake; fix it up and then proudly use it like we hit the freaking jackpot. Bottom line is....if you do modifications/upgrades like the ricers in SL do..yes you spoil the car. You might as well throw the car in to a junk yard. But, if you do a proper planned modification with proper parts, you will not compromise the safety of the car nor its intended functionality (manufactures themselves do it and manufacturers sponsor popular third parties to do them as well). You will change some of its attributes like kmpl; but you will gain something else in return and will be a value addition.
  3. 2 points
    I think every component in car carefully designed and aligned with other components to work together in best optimized way. It is not wise to messed up with these configurations which set by manufacture after extensive testing and engineering. For example when you change tire profile, there are other compromises happens safety or handling. Best thing to use the car which has tested configurations. I know its little dull for vitz but that is the best configuration when considering safety and handling. Also second hand market value would be dropped after modifications.
  4. 1 point
    The AWD has about 150mm of ground clearance and the 2WD about 140mm. The AWD system is an updated version of Toyota's Dynamic Torque Control AWD. Basically the torque gets sent up to 10% to the rear under normal conditions. On more challenging terrain the torque can go up to 20 or 25 % or something (not sure about this), and typically happens when the vehicle detects excessive wheel spin in the front (as if it is on extremely icy roads or slippery mountain terrain). There are three onditions under which Toyota's system diverts torque to the back a. Acceleration from standstill b. Cornering c. Front wheel slippage The system originated with the Active Torque Control system in the mid 2000s with models like the A30 series RAV4, Highlander, etc.... Overall, it was pretty decent albeit the system performed a lot better with VSC under cornering conditions. The ATC system has a rear diff which has an electro magnetic coupling mechanism which engaged and disengaged when wheel spin reached certain threshholds. The torque that was sent was step wise (at each threshold it would send X% of torque to the rear, which is also the reason why it didn''t work well with cornering and barely did work in cornering) .Then they upgraded it to Dynamic Torque Control system around 2012ish...where they stuck an ECU in front of the EM coupler. The system would dynamically change the level of torque being sent (they did this to improve performance as opposed to keep the car moving on a slippery surface). This sucked !!! Like really sucked. Now they have finally fixed the software and is a lot better.
  5. 1 point
    Guys this post is over 2 years old... so unless the original poster is using internet explorer or is a mammal that goes into hibernation for long periods : he has already bought and maybe even sold off his suv.
  6. 1 point
    Police being lazy is not an issue with the dashcam. The type of dashcam I suggested is one that has parking more where you get a notification to your phone. So there's a chance you can get to your car before the thief snatches something off the car or even breaks in.
  7. 1 point
    You can just get a strut brace which is the one installed in the engine bay between the shock absorber towers. The bottom flexes a lot less than thr top of the car because the existing suspension already provides more rigidity. And no, you don't have to drill anything. You can fbolt on to your suspension mount (same top bolts on the shock absorber) .
  8. 1 point
    The LC70s are very old school whilst the other Land Cruisers have gotten a bit gimmicky with its 4WD system. Granted the base and outdoorsy versions Toyota specs out and sells the UN and NGOs and in markets like Africa still have the old fashioned 4WD systems. THe LC70 on hard terrain feels...well...still feels like a 80s/90s off roader. Perhaps the only difference is that the interior feels a bit ore civilized in its upholstery padding. The steering has an old fashioned "circulating ball system....at low speeds it is heavy and feels like you are steering a bloody boat (like an old fashioned jeep)..but you put it off road it kind of all works well together..
  9. 1 point
    Its very chuckable..you put it in to a corner the frame (rear end) just turns in nicely and then wants to straighten up quite well. So it has a nimbly feel to it. Whilst the body is willing to do all this dancing the suspension just simply breaks it lose. Toyotas for the most part have always been like this...which is why the "sporty" grades feel so much more different than the base/normal grades.
  10. 1 point
    ^This If I were you I'd sell the Vitz and buy something that is exciting to drive as it is - possibly a 4-pot.
  11. 1 point
    0W-20 is not a winter specific oil. Its multi-grade. So, nothing special with 0W-20 and No special attention needed.
  12. 1 point
    Agreed what i meant is they make cars for market requirements and regulations / taxation etc. South Asians prefer bigger engines where as in Europe they prefer smaller more powerful engines for better emissions as they are taxed on CO2, hence smaller Turbos are preferred. Japan is catching up on the trend too which is a good sign. Even the so called JDM are manufactured somewhere or at least majority of the parts.
  13. 1 point
    Not many Jap brands with 1.2 L engines only JDMs i can think of is CHR, Corolla Sport Thailand / Indonesia manufactured Toyota cars are not necessarily bad however lack the trim quality and safety features of their JDM counterparts. Eg. Belta/ Yaris (i believe they were both manufactured in Thailand)
  14. 1 point
    About R grade cars....this pretty much comes from any car that has a "Repair History" associated with its registration. It used to be strictly reserved for cars that have had damage and repairs done on accidents that would have compromised the cars "frame". Frame includes the inner skeletal structure, floor pan and other major support components like cross beams, etc...so if any impact/accident on these components are repaired the repairing shop needs to record it with the Japanese Transport authorities against the registration of the car (in some cases the registration plate needs to be removed during repairs and will be given back only after the necessary paper work is filed..removing the plates is another complicated affair). Thus if a car has a "Repair History" on it that means it has had a significant accident thus loses value. However, things have changed more now....now..most auction houses classify cars as R grade if significant modifications to the car has been carried out and is not stock. So a perfectly fine GT86 with an undocumented rocket bunny body kit installation (sometimes even documented ones) would be classified as R grade.
  15. 1 point
    What @vag2 and @Twin Turbo said is somewhat inaccurate 1. With the new generation Vitz, etc....even the JDM models will be called Yaris. So where the familiar Vitz is concerned it is not going to be called Vitz in Japan whilst the global model will call it Yaris; from the next model on-wards the whole world will call it Yaris. The exception are the S.E.A markets where the Yaris will be just a hatchback version of the "Yaris Ativ" (previous generation was a hatchback of the Vios with a different front-end see pic 1) 2. The Yaris Ativ is....well...For starters it is not destined for Europe. It hasn't been marketed in Europe so far because it does not meet the safety and eco reg requirements just like the VIOS/Belta stopped being so in Japan a long time ago. For the same price point and market segment these mature/developed markets have far better models that fair a lot better than the VIOS/Ativ. The Yaris Ativ is merely the Vios (sedan..see Pic 2) which we all know; with what Toyota calls a major facelift (pseudo platform upgrade). In some markets it was re-branded as the Yaris Ativ for a new lease of life to a dying horse and in some markets its still called Vios. So the Yaris Ativ is still the old Vios and is still based on the P150 platform (see pic 2). The vehicle comes with the same old 1.2 and 1.5 engine variants with some tweaking to meet better eco standards and fuel efficiency with some structural improvements and safety add-ons (in some models). Granted there are some suspension improvements and the interior has been improved. Most people think it is a new car and sales people sell it as a new replacement model to the old Vios because of the drastic difference. But it is just a facelift on the old Vios. Mechanically you will be safe and sound in finding replacement parts as it shares the old major components with the old model and a whole host of other popular Toyota models. Your issue will be body parts...since it is not a JDM model you will not find body parts at the usual Japanese body parts shops and you will be, for the most part be, at the mercy of the agents to find replacement parts. Alternatively, you will have to find a place that brings down parts from Thailand/Malaysia/Singapore/etc... But that has always been the case with quite a lot of brand new models like the Corolla 141, etc...People have managed with these models for quite a long time. This should NOT be a deal breaker. As for the car....well....over here in Vietnam the VIOS is a popular taxi car and most of the old model has been replaced with the newer one. For the most part riding in it feels more refined than the old one and the interior feels less plasticy and well appointed. Granted it does not have the detailed touches of a Japanese market model but is pretty close. The Airport taxi guy I take has been using one for the last year or so and last time I checked (1.5 months ago) the guy had put nearly 90K kms and the car was still in pretty good shape and he had NOT done any major repairs except for the usual pre-emptive services (which he has to do at Toyota for the warranty to be valid) and things like brake pad replacements and a new pair of shocks (cmon...90K in one year is a LOT). So...its not a bad car and a pretty decent new lease on an old car. Now...can you find better alternatives ? Well...how much is this thing ? Pic 1: Pic 2 :
  16. 1 point
    BY permit you mean Duty free to SL? The manufacturer has different names and specs of the same car for different markets it is sold to. the local dealer of this car will bring a model with the approved speck/branding for this market. Agree with vag2 as it is the model destined for the EU. JDM models can be got with a 3 cyl engine.
  17. 1 point
    Yes. If you step hard on the accelerator, you will ruin any gearbox. But in a normal auto geared-car, you don't need to step hard on the pedal. In a car with a clutchless manual box, you have to step hard to avoid knocking the guy behind you. Left-foot braking is a terrible habit. I have seen Punto drivers using left foot to avoid moving backwards. I always used the handbrake instead, because I didn't want to carry that bad habit. I tried to balance the accelerator pedal in the same way you would balance a clutch, but every time the foot is gently placed on the accelerator pedal, the stupid sensor thinks its time to move forward. The clutchless manual box is a bad bad bad idea. Here's James May trying to park a car with a clutchless manual box (unlike the Magnetti Marelli gear box, this is a proper old-school clutchless manual box with manual shifters instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6xDkmxcdk
  18. 1 point
    First of all, what you have bought is a car with a clutchless manual gearbox. Not an automatic gearbox. Although marketing literature says 'automatic manual', mechanically its not. What it has is an electronic clutch that activates based on sensors. The electronic clutch has a short time lag before getting activated. Therefore, the car will go backwards on a slope, if you do not depress the brake pedal. And when you release the brake pedal, it will momentarily go backwards before moving forwards. And the best part is, if you step hard on the accelerator to prevent the car from moving backwards on a slope, you will eventually ruin the gearbox. This madness was in Europe for some time (thanks to Magnetti Marelli), but its no longer being fitted to European cars. However, Magnetti Marelli started selling these gearboxes to Maruti India sometime ago and fitted them to Celery-O and Bulto. I read somewhere that Geely used the same Magnetti Marelli gearbox for the LCs (Pandas). The bottom line is you are stuck with it. There's no way out. When I had my Punto (with the Magnetti Marelli gearbox), I used the handbrake every time I stopped in traffic on a slope. Wears out brake shoes but there's no other option.
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  20. 1 point
    Scientific research is one area which is completely bastardized nowadays. Some scientists are worse than politicians. They will do anything to blow up a rare/ virtually non-existent phenomenon, just to build a reputation for themselves and eventually attain celebrity status. After going thru the wikipedia article, I noticed that the whole 'aphantasia' thingy is based on one scientific research by a guy called Adam Zeman and suddenly there are thousands of people around the world with 'aphantasia'. Ill be very careful of it... and you have no idea to what extent some crooked scientists will go, to gain money, reputation and fame. Google 'Andrew Wakefield' if you are not convinced.
  21. 1 point
    Here's a write up on my Daily Driver - the new Civic 1 Litre Turbo - I've so far done just a bit over 1500 Km's and since the engine was new didn't really push it to the max and I have not yet been able to do a really long trip or a drive uphill to BUT I will continue to update the blog based on the experiences as well as services etc. For a start I will touch the basics as well as all the cosmetic stuff and then get into the overall driving experience and later on the services etc. There is also a dedicated thread in the forum that is quite informative. But I hope this blog will also prove useful to someone. First of all the basics.... In a nutshell the 2017 Civic is the 10th generation in the line up. The particular model I have, and is getting popular in SL goes under the model code FK6 and has a P10A2 engine which has a measly 988cc but is turbocharged. The car is made in the UK (at Honda's Swindon Plant). I have heard that the agents now bring it down as well. (6.2M for the SR) There are 3 grades for the 1L turbocharged civic. SE, SR and the EX. The SE is the most basic model with the EX being the highest (the Tech pack is a further extension of the EX) There is roughly a 5,000 GBP (~ 1 Mil LKR) price difference between the SE and the EX. The SR on the other hand sits comfortably in the middle - it does not have stuff like adaptive damper system that comes on the EX. The Honda UK website lists down the differences of each grade under a section called 'Build your Honda' or something. If you're interested do have a look. There are 7 colors available and the Rallye Red is the standard . Every other color will cost around 500 GBP more . There is also the "Orange Line Pack" - which is basically an accessory kit that adds a touch of orange into everything - I've seen a few such cars in car sales in SL. Though I initially contemplated Sonic Grey, ended up with a Polished Metal Metallic specimen. With the 2017 Budget a new tax structure was introduced and under the engine capacity based taxation you'd be paying 17.5 m in taxes (1,754,976 LKR to be precise) for a brand new car with reasonable creature comforts and a bunch of bells and whistles which costs something between 4-5 mill based on the grade ( see above ) First Impressions For me the new Civic hatch looks like someone started designing and spent too much time doing a good job with the front and then ran out of time to design the posterior and hastily put an end to it. This explains the rather weird looking behind. The Sedan version I have to admit looks better. There's also waay too much plastic in the rear so much so that it looks like a joint venture between Honda and Arpico. There's a bit of aggressive styling at the front. The car is quite wide and it has a solid ground hugging look to it. As for the supposed vents you see at the front and the back - well those are fake. They're simply pieces of plastic made to look like vents. And yes it does have fog lights. I like the factory fitted black 17" alloys. Note the SE comes with 16" Alloys as opposed to the 17" found in the SR. Being a brand new car it came with a humongous bible-like user manual (thankfully in English) - along with the wheel lock nut as well as the tool kit and the tire repair kit (glue and the inflator which by now we are used to) If any of you intend to buy one from a regular car sale make sure they give you your wheel lock nut.
  22. 1 point
    The first thing that struck me when i sat down to drive this for the first time was the really low seating position - it did not take a lot of getting used to though. The height is of course adjustable and provides a much comfier driving position. The passengers seat on the other hand though cannot be height adjusted. The rear seats too don't have the fabled "magic seats" functionality where you can fold up the seats to increase space in the rear - but you can fold the seats down to create a humongous amount of boot space - I do not quite remember the exact capacity but it's quite a lot. Due to the shape of the roof , while the rear seats are quite comfortable and have a decent amount of space for your legs you might feel a bit of head room is missing. But it won't really translate into a problem - unless you are from Marhsall Eriksen's family . The SR grade (and the SE) for that matter comes with fabric seats - and the interior is black by default (for all grades) . So no "Baij Interiyal" advertisements on the classifieds for this model then. The materials for the seats are quite "scruffy" and the interior is a dust magnet. The material used on the seats particularly are prone to attract a lot of dust and small particles of whatnot. There are speakers on all four doors - something I noticed in other contemporary Hondas as well - the doors also have the same dust-attractive upholstery. I told you there's only a repair kit - but the good news is there is a bit of space in the rear that can double up as storage space or a spare wheel well - so if you're paranoid about having only a repair kit, you can easily carry around a spare The cockpit is contemporary Honda fare. The steering wheel itself is quite plush and has a nice feel to it - though the steering itself is light which I will talk about when i have an entry regarding handling. The usual controls are all there including the cruise control buttons and beneath the wheel you can find the paddle shifters (again paddle shifters + CVT is something i would talk about later) The control for the lane keep assistant is also in the steering wheel. Mind you the Wiper control stalk is on the right and the headlight control stalk is on the left - takes a bit of getting used to if you've previously driven JDM's only. The "Auto" mode in the Wiper means that it will enable the rain sensing wipers and depending on the amount of rain you get the speed will adjust as well. Nice touch but i personally feel it's a bit too dramatic. If i remember correctly the SE grade does not have rain sensing wipers. This being the SR grade you do not get a push start you need a key - the Push start button is there only on the EX trim. With the honda sensing package you get some features like proximity alerts, automatic breaking and lane departure warning. These can be turned on and off and the switches are located near the ignition on the right hand side along with the headlamp leveling switch. The shifter console includes the parking brake (yes there's no separate lever for that), the brake hold button (so your foot can be taken off the brake in for example color lights) there is also a button to toggle the eco-mode as well as to turn on and off auto-braking. Between these two buttons you would find the adaptive damper button on an EX-trim car. There cubby hole is quite small and disappointing given the fact that this is not an alto- and there are no individual cup holders etc - there is a circular holder that can easily accommodate a bottle in the storage area below the slide-able arm rest. This storage area also has a usb port that can be used with the infotainment system. However it has to be said both the usb outlets in front are not in the most accessible places. The other usb slot is practically invisible and hidden by the armrest console along with the HDMI port and Next to that is the 12V circular power outlet. Mind you there is another 12 V power outlet in the boot as well - handy when it comes to plug in your car vacuum. There is also dual zone climate control - other than the dedicated climate control panel fan speed etc can be set via the touch screen.
  23. 1 point
    safer to avoid it - it's not a very rare car you can easily find better Axios : Also try to buy from owners and not car sales usually from my experience the shittier cars end up at sales.
  24. 1 point
    Big time Audi fan / Owner. But the A1 is a POS on wheels! Just a fancy Alto with the badges on! (Iv had one as a rental in UK) The civic is much better than the A1.
  25. 1 point
    SUVs do not fall in to this category
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