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  1. If I recall properly, this was a problem specific to 2012 - 2014 models. Later models of Ford Focus comes with a standard auto gearbox (again its 6 speed I think). Manufacturers world over, have given up on DCT now. If you get a 2011 model Focus it shouldn't be a problem. I've owned one for 9 years now. It's a somewhat boring but reliable car. Not as boring as a premio or Allion of course. @Devinda_Z didn't your Fiesta come with the same NON-DCT box?
  2. Let me build an analogy to this argument. 150 years ago, horse and bullock carts were mainstream. I'm sure someone would have said, why don't we simply fix engines to the horse carts instead of buying those expensive new things called cars. And this would have been the result: Retrofitting electrics to ICE cars sounds very tempting and there are plenty of step by step guides on the internet. Some are over 10 years old. To do this commercially, it needs to be safe and cost-effective. Which is extremely difficult to achieve. More R&D means more cost (and building a so-called supercar doesn't help the costs either). This cost eventually needs to be passed on to the customer. And finally it becomes much cheaper for a customer to buy a brand new EV than convert a 20-year old car to an EV, despite Sri Lanka's prohibitive tax structure. The journey to EV is not going to be rapid. For a very long time, EV and ICE vehicles will coexist, the same way horse carts and cars coexisted. You just don't need to worry about running out of parts for your Corolla anytime in the next 20 or 30 years.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Dude... seriously... what's with you these days? This is not your usual behaviour... In that post, Sylvi says 90% of dealers alter the odometer. This is a well known fact. The percentage may not be correct but most dealers do that. Remember its dealers and not general public. Stop getting your knickers on a twist and move on.
  7. Not everything you see in Wikipedia is correct. The diesel YARIS (not Vitz) is offered in Europe. Technically its the same car, but as far as the Sri Lankan market is concerned. Its two different cars.
  8. All you need to do is verify from the RMV that the duplicate CR has been legally obtained. If there's another vehicle with the original CR, they will be in trouble, not you. No one can be 100% certain that there won't be another vehicle with the origin CR. At the same time, if you buy a vehicle with an original CR, no one can be 100% certain that there won't be another vehicle with a duplicate version of the same CR. Get the documents checked. That's the only way.
  9. Am I the only one whos thinking of abducting you?
  10. Unfortunately OBD-II is not a single standard. Each manufacturer has their own version of OBD-II which might not be compatible with other versions. These are known as signalling protocols. Some scanners support more than one signalling protocol. Some scanners don't. You need to find out the signalling protocol of your car and check if your scanner has the option of choosing that particular signalling protocol. The complexity of this problem doesn't stop there. If your TIIDA is made for the Japanese domestic market, it wont come with OBD-II at all. It might be JOBD which is not compatible with most low end scanners. If its a TIIDA made for the European market, it might be running EOBD. If its made for the Asian (including Australian) markets, it should be running OBD-II. You also mentioned about a Falcon. I assume you are in Australia. Australia has a seperate set of regulations (including OBD standards) under Australian Design Rules. If both cars are made for the Australian market, then I would expect them to follow the same OBD signalling protocol. But things might have been different in 2006. What you can do is: Do some googling to find out the OBD version and the signalling protocol of your car. You need to specify the market as well not just the model (Nissan Tiida Asia, Nissan Tiida JDM etc.). If you can't do this you can also go to the next step and try some trial and error to see if it works See if you can configure your ODB gadget to read the signals of that specific protocol On the other hand, if your car is an direct import from Japan, it won't work. Period.
  11. And BTW there's a neatly converted Integra by a forum member (who is undercover) up for sale for some time now. If you are interested in something like that.
  12. First of all @Ted, stop misleading the guy. Best to stay quiet if you don't know something. Searching for an oscilloscope and asking the manufacturer for signalling patterns is something you can do at your own leisure. @Asanka Pubudu what you have posted here is a diagnostics procedure for Toyotas made in USA or made for the US market. Japanese domestic market cars (most cars in Sri Lanka), use JOBD (which is a version of OBD-II with a different signalling protocol). What is the tool you are using for diagnostics? If you are using one of those eBay-bought scanners, then it doesn't work for most JDM cars (excluding Mazdas). Also what is your car? We'll be in a better position to help if you tell us some more info. This is an old discussion on the same topic. The pics are missing, but you can extract some info out of it: http://autolanka.com/forums/topic/14674-diy-scan-your-own-car/
  13. The purpose of carnet is for people to travel by road to countries which don't have a relaxed travel policy between them. For example, someone from Europe to travel to India. It's like a tourist visa for a vehicle. Unfortunately Sri Lankans have abused this system in the recent past. As a result, getting a vehicle in to Sri Lanka through carnet is next to impossible. Besides if you are using carnet to do this, you are abusing the system yourself. There's one perfectly legal but a risky and expensive way to do this. If you are really keen on getting a specific car, ship it to SL anyway. Let the customs impound it and then buy it off the auction. There's nothing illegal about it but you will be competing in an auction with others. Auctions are visited by car baiyas who look for profitability more than anything else. If your car is not a "markat car", they won't be too interested. For example, if it's a Mitsubishi Galant, no car baiya will bother. But if it's a corolla, you got competition. I know people who have done this because they were keen on a specific vehicle.
  14. Here's the data for Europe. Knock yourself out. https://www.acea.be/uploads/publications/ACEA_Report_Vehicles_in_use-Europe_2019.pdf I guess you are one of those guys who just doesn't get it. Good luck with your venture.
  15. I can tell you with confidence that a signifincant population of Malaysia or USA does not use 90s cars. In fact, they are very rarely seen. I can also tell you 90s cars are extremely rare in the UK and Australia. In fact, I would estimate less than 1% of cars on the roads in these countries are from the 90s. While you have quoted Youtube as the source of your information, I have lived in these countries (for at least a year or more and each of them - Malaysia, Australia, US and I'm in the UK at present). In Malaysia, the Proton Saga used to be the most popular taxi. The model has not changed significantly since the 80s. Although you see 80s and 90s looking Proton Sagas on the roads, those are actually manufactured much later (the design did not change until 2010 I think). Same goes with the LTI Hackney Carriage in London. The design is from 1950s, which is still made today with minor differences. In New York, the Yellow Cabs look like they are from the 80s and 90s but they are not. Car makers manufacture the same old model of cars for taxis, long after the actual models have ended production, because taxi companies prefer utility over appearance. Seeing so many of those 'old looking' taxis may have given you the impression that people in these countries prefer old cars. Most countries discourage the use of old cars, because they emit more hazardous gases and particles than modern cars. They also do not contain safety features compared to newer cars. And finally, maintaining 20+ year old piles of metal doesn't make any economic sense to anyone.
  16. We already have a section called DIY. You are more than welcome to contribute to it. You can also create a seperate blog with your own DIY projects if you wish.
  17. Removing the battery and replacing it is not a problem for a Vitz actually. It can be done in the usual way.
  18. I think the bottom line is we should be very apprehensive of companies and individuals who claim they have invented medical ventilators, simply because they just don't have the facilities to test them. They may be seeking publicity at a time of crisis or just being ignorant. I'm pretty sure Sri Lanka as a country wouldn't have the necessary labs to test and certify them to be safe either. So using such devices can put patients at grave risk and may even cause the death of patients who might otherwise, recover. Of course this wouldn't apply if they are tested by an independent facility and certified.
  19. I only hope these ventilators are tested properly and approved. The technology itself is not complicated. Specifications for medical ventilators are widely available but even a small malfunction can cause death for a patient.
  20. Samurai/Gypsy has always been one of my early 20's dreams. If I didn't get the Mini back in 2004 or so, I would have gone for a Samurai/Gypsy. I thought Jimnys started coming to the market by 1994 or thereabouts. So I'm a bit curious about the 300-number. Late reg?
  21. He's talking about 2015 Ciaz. Most likely it's not. Anyways Maruti's definition of hybrid is a stop-start system and regenerative braking (probably for charging a separate battery for electrics) for the same engine. Maruti is known to fool Indian customers by calling mild hybrids as hybrids and calling clutchless manual boxes as auto boxes. Good point. While the 89hp figure can be subjective, I agree that we are not too dissimilar from the folks across the palk strait, when it comes to getting orgasms from fuel figures. BTW I have never driven a Ciaz but have driven a Linea. That's the slowest piece of sh*t I've driven in my life (was worse than a 1000cc diesel Charade)
  22. The diesel version has a 1.3 litre non-turbo engine, taken from Fiat Linea. Buy one if you are interested in bullock cart racing. FOlks in India might be happy with it. The petrol version also has indian-designed 1.4 litre engine. Generally you would expect 1.4 litre engines to give average performance, but remember its designed in India.This one is also painfully slow. You are much better off going for an SX-4, which is older but better in all aspects.
  23. I always recommend taking a vehicle to the authorized agent for inspection. Simple as that.
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