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  1. tbird

    Any Nissan Note E-Power owners?

    Does it have one pedal only?, I heard this somewhere. If so is it easy to drive in our stop and go traffic
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    Toyota Raize first video review

    Yeah, my wife is also using Picanto since 2017. Service is OK but recently we had problems when making appointments on Saturdays in Kurunegala service station. If there is only one appointment, they reject it and ask to come in a week day. This is a big problem when they have only two service centers in Colombo and Kurunegala. We both do not have time to to visit Colombo or Kurnegala only to service this basic vehicle. They should appoint authorized service agents around the country if they want to become a mainstream brand in Sri Lanka. As I remember they have appointed Automiraj as authorized service partner earlier but now they do not have this partnership. Last time, I said I don't have time to come to Kurunegala in a weekday only for the service and demanded at least do the oil change in Saturday and they agreed. So did the oil change, air filter and cabin air filter and stamped the warranty book.
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    Advice on First Car for 6M Budget

    Their web site is out dated. This info was there when I purchase my car from them in 2018. They heavily use their facebook page for marketing instead of the website. Just give them a call. I visited them for the service in last week and did not see any Focus sedans in the showroom. They may bring down another lot soon. The phone number given in website is correct
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    Advise: 5W30 and 10W30

    As Kush said, this does not matter. W means winter so does not matter in our climate. The number in the latter describes the viscosity so both oils have same viscosity.
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    Advice on First Car for 6M Budget

    You can go for Ford Focus sedan from the agent. It should be around 6.0M. you can take 5 people in it. It is the 1l turbo mode. The car has 6 air bags and 5 stars in Euro NCAP. It is made in Germany. I own 2018 model. It is a heavy car and handling is great. It has 125BHP and 170NM torque which is greater than the common Allions and Premios and a fun car to drive, specially in corners. I also drive regular trips to Kandy-Colombo-Kandy, it is very comfortable. Fuel economy is 9-10 kmpl in city (This is quite normal to all 1l turbo cars in SL) I usually get around 13 km/l for KND-CMB-KND trips, In highway it works around 18 km/l (Kottawa to Matara) Maintenance cost from the agent is around 26000/-, This is including engine oil and oil filter. It requires 4.5l premium synthetic oil and it costs around 14500/- which is the major cost factor. I think you need to spend same amount for the engine oil if you select Honda Civic 1l or similar 1l turbo car. Kundasale auto services is an authorized service place but I usually take it to the agent for the services. It is a very uncommon car so definitely an head-turner. They have a cross-over called Ford Eco Sport, which has the same engine and gear box but I think it is made in India.
  6. This is just an idea after reading the thread. If you are ok with a crossover, you can consider nissan qashqai. I saw an advertisement from the Nissan agent for nissan qashqai, as I remember permit price was arounf 5.8M with 3 year warranty. This is a brand new car. The risk is minimum than the Axio or Corolla 1.2T, since Axio and Corolla are grey imports
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    Accident Repair - Honda Civic 2018

    Usually insurance companies have a clause for agent repair and you need to pay additional premium for this. I usually ask whether they have included agent repair to my policy otherwise I ask them to add it to the policy and include the extra premium. Just check with the insurance agent and also read the policy carefully. I used to have c******o insurance and they have included it in their policy but I had a very bad experience with them (agent forgot to upload the pictures taken when they issue the policy to their system and I found this when I met an accident, and they refuse to pay saying the pictures and file were not completed in their system. The funny thing is they accepted it their fault but no one took the ownership and asked me to chase the agent to upload pictures and complete the file. I chased the agent few times but he said he lost the pictures and asked me to sent pictures and a scan copy of the book and it took them more than two weeks to complete my file. Then they said the time given to the claim is expired and I had to chase the agent again to get the claim. The claim was 16000/- and usually I do not take this type of minor claims but I had to take to confirm my file was OK.Then after the the first year they sent me the renewal amount as 177000/- and the initial amount was 106000 and they have increased 77000 due to above claim. This was not acceptable) So I went with SLIC for a premium 95000/- and they also have agent maintenance.
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    How do you remove tar spots?

    I use LIQUI MOLY tar remover, purchased from an online store (Sri Lankan store), it works great. You need to spray little bit on to the tar spots and wait, after few minutes, tar dissolves and you can easily wipe it
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    Vehicle for Doctors permit

    You can go for Nissan Qashqai from the agent. I saw an advertisement and permit price given was 5.5 or 5.7 millions as I remember. If you are in to crossovers, you can check this vehicle. According to the agent they are providing 3 years warranty. You can contact the agent A*W to get more information.
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    Peugeot 5008 2019 Vs Montero 2013-2014

    What is your purpose. Are you planning to use the SUV for hardcore off-roading ? or just to have nice, comfortable 7 seater soft suv to carry your family and enjoy the comfort and the drive. If you are planning to use it for off road activities, Montero sport will do the work, but if you want to have a brand new, comfortable, high-tech soft SUV, then 5008 will do the work. If you don't mind the resale value and if you are not in to off roading, just go for 5008, who knows we live to re-sell the vehicle, so you can enjoy the brand new, luxury (compared to Montero sport) and high tech ride. This my view
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    DFSK 580

    I have gone through all the comments. I believe all have justified their comments. They all do not trust this vehicle and the Chinese company who manufacture this vehicle. DFSK 580 needs to earn their trust. So do not try to convince your trust on this vehicle to others in the forum. Please buy DFSK580 after selling your FD1 and then add a good hands-on review with your true experience. Then some day they will trust this vehicle if it works OK in the long run. P S., I also do not trust this vehicle and the Chinese manufacture yet. Last week I was able to inspect the vehicle at Kandy City Center, for me the build quality and materials used in the interior is not satisfactory for the price. Suzuki Vitara and SX4 offer far better interior quality than this. This is my personal view.
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    Road To N'eliya

    Yes, avoid Colombo-Peradeniya-Gampola-N'eliya road, the traffic at Gelioya usually 30 min to 1hr these days you can avoid Gelioya and go to Gampola via Galaha road (the road via Peradeniya university but again the road from Colombo to Peradeniya filled with traffic
  13. Nice!! Love the color.
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    The Ford Focus Thread

    Nice, congratulations!. Good to see another Focus owner with the same model in AL. Yes, the hatchback is more practical than the sedan version I have.
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    Honda Gp1 hybrid.

    Please go through the above threads, this issue is not available in all GP1s, there are range of VIN numbers with this issue and later this was fixed by Honda. I remember this detail is in one of above threads. If you are looking for a GP1, get the VIN no (Chassis no) and check whether it is within the range.
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    Honda Gp1 hybrid.

    Yes, the first cleaning was done around 48000 km, and if I did not sell it, I have to do it around 100,000 km if it do not show symptoms earlier, otherwise have to do the piston change
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    Honda Gp1 hybrid.

    I've also used Fit GP1 2012 model for 4 years (2014-2018) and I agree with matroska for all his comments. I loved the car and traveled around the country and it did not give any issue except the oil burning issue. I spent 30K to clean the sludge after dismantling the engine then serviced the car in 5000 kms or 6 months intervals and I did not get this issue afterwards. I also had 75% of usable capacity of the hybrid battery when selling it. It took 3 days for me to sell the car after advertising it.
  18. Well if you go to Kia picanto, you will be able to find a good specimen with company warranty. Kia Picanto 2016 has 5 years or 150000km company warranty however rear leg space is not good for adults over 5' 5". Since the car has company warranty, you can expect all the services are done in time.
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    Honda Civic 2018

    I have a Ford Focus 1l ecoboost similar to your Civic engine. Ford recommends Castrol 0W 20 complies with the A5/B5. Local agent did the oil change using Castrol Edge Professional full synthetic 5W 20 which complies with A5/B5. I guess you may be able to find Castrol Edge Pro 5W 20 as well from the local Castrol agent or any other oil store who has high end oils. My engine use 4.6l liters so had to purchase 5 1l cans. The total cost was 14850/- and have to change in 6 months intervals according to our extreme driving conditions.
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    Renault duster

    Can you buy Duster in Sri Lanka?, haven't seen any in Sri Lanka and it is not listed in A*W web page as well
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    Civic 2018 Tire Valve Stem Caps

    try AliExpress, I purchased 20 caps for RS 80, not same as the original ones but can be installed since the screw is universal. You need to have a closer look to see the difference. I'm talking about the black plastic caps came with my car though it is not a Civic and the caps can be installed in any car
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    Kia picanto 2018 vs Hyundai grand i10

    Welcome to the forum. Kia Picanto and grand i10 shares the same engine, chassis and gear box. The Picanto is made in Korea and i10 made in India. For me, the build quality in Picanton is better than i10. and fuel economy will be similar in both models. (10-12 km/l in City).As I remember there are lot of threads for these two vehicles and if you search the forum you will be able to get lot of information about these two cars. My wife has a Picanto 2016 model (the 2017 model has the same engine and transmission) and it gives average 11 km/l in the City and long distance averages 13.5 km/l. (have driven only Kandy-Colombo-Kandy round trips including Colombo city and usual traffic situations in Kandy-Colombo road) It has comfortable front seats and rear seats are not very comfortable for long distance drive for adults. It has stiff steering and suspension and has good handling and sporty feeling. Ride is comfortable in carpet roads but other roads, it is not much comfortable due to stiff suspensions. The best thing is to book a test drive and try both cars and select the one you like.
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    If you can find the VIN number of the Ford Fiesta, go to Ford ETIS site and create an account. Then enter the VIN and you can find lot of technical details including the type of the transmission. If the transmission is 6F15, it is the conventional auto transmission. If the name starts with DP something, it is the DCT.
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    Honda Civic 2018

    Seems the system is very smart because in our extreme driving condition, 5000km or 6 months oil change is recommended by most manufacturers and the system showed same value