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  1. Crosswind

    Moving to India - Sell the Car or Export to India?

    Sell it. The first option is a great hassle and you will end up losing more than that 600k. You can try to transfer the lease.
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    408 & 407

    If you are looking for driving pleasure (somewhat) and relatively less maintenance, you should look at Mazdas. They are the best of both worlds. Personally, I would stay away from 407s. There are few inherent problems with them (like the suspension and interior quality), but on top of it, they are now owned by cheapskates who run them like Corollas.
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    408 & 407

    Peugeot 408 and 407 are entirely different cars. 408 is made in China and the version in Sri Lanka was reassembled in Malaysia by Naza Automobiles. 408 was not made in France ever! It is the successor of Peugeot 307. Peugeot 407 production stopped in 2010 or 2011. The successor to 407 is 508. You need to do a bit more research about what you really need, because you are comparing a large car with a small car. There are two Peugeot garages I know. One is in Pelawatta and one is in Malabe. A friend of mine took his 407 to both these places but his feedback about both were negative. Being specialist garages, they are very good at ''tooth extraction'.
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    Ford Focus 2011 Sedan

    You are looking for a cheap car. Never buy a Euro because it is cheap. You will end up ruining it because u will run it the way a Corolla 110 will be used. Only buy a Euro if you are willing to spend enough to look after it.
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    Ford Focus 2011 Sedan

    If you are concerned about 'worth for the money', 'second hand market' and 'fuel consumption', you should look elsewhere. You will end up ruining a perfectly good car.
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    Buying a used BMW X1 E84 diesel

    Think of this way. Why do you want to marry a hooker if you know very well that she has syphillis, gonorrhoea and HIV? Just because she looks posh?
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    Sri Lanka Registered post question

    If it's a registered package or letter, they attempt to deliver 3 times. On the 4th day, the postman will leave a slip in your post box. You need to go to the post office and collect the package. This is actually better than Australia, where they attempt delivery only once. Assigning your neighbour to collect is fine as long as the postman agrees. Otherwise, you need to give an authorization letter to the post master at the nearest post office.
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    Giving for hire - Legal agreement

    There's no hire-purchase insurance There are many types of insurance. For your purpose, hiring or rent-a-car insurance is applicable. 'Hiring' means the owner or insurance policy holder will drive the vehicle as a taxi. Rent-a-car means a third party drives the vehicle. If you hand over the vehicle for a third party for a commercial purpose, and if an accident takes place, the insurance company can refuse to pay you, if you have hiring insurance.
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    Any Horologists with us? Watch lovers?

    Tissot belongs to Swatch group. So does Omega, Blancpain, Longines, Rado and Breguet. On top of it, the largest Swiss watch movement manufacturer, ETA is also part of Swatch group. So don't be surprised if you open a Tissot and an Omega and find the same movement inside! Having said that, the movement is only part of the watch. ETA's battery-operated movements are so-so. Older ones are better, but their newer quartz movements (such as the notorious G10, found in Tissot chronographs) are a hit or miss. Longines and Rado shared movements are far as 40 years back, even before they became part of Swatch group. My Rado Voyager has a Longines movement inside (signed Rado). Tag belongs to LVMH group (Louis Vuitton), along wth Bvlgari, Hublot and Zenith. Some Tags use cheap Ronda movements, since ETA has stopped supplying movements to companies outside of the Swatch group. My personal view is that Hattori (Seiko group) makes the most durable and reliable mechanical movements and are superior to many Swiss movements, when it comes to quality. Hattori VD53 is possibly the most reliable quartz chronograph movement around. They are the Toyotas of the watch world, while the Swiss are the Mercs and the Bimmers. Fortunately or unfortunately, when it comes to digital quartz watches, Casio rules!
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    Any Horologists with us? Watch lovers?

    You guys have to join watchuseek.com That's where the real action takes place. I have been dabbling in this hobby for a while, but desperately trying to keep myself as a collector of PMWs and VPMWs. Of late, classic PMWs have gone up in price, due to a local/regional mafia in operation. Best examples are the Japanese bullheads. There are Indians and Pakistanis who travel in the region to get hold of those. Possibly the most interesting piece I got, is a Le Marquand Spaceman. Unfortunately the watch has stopped and I never got around to open it myself. I don't want to give to any watch repairer in this country, because its caseback is fibreglass and these guys are sure to ruin it. It's similar to the one below (but blue in colour): I have a Rado Voyager (gold machine), a Royal Orient (from 1964 and still running and keeping time), some Vostoks, few mechanical HMTs from India and a couple of watches from little known Swiss brands. For my daily running, I use a Rotary Greenwich, CK Formality, Emporio Armani Meccanico, a couple of Hanowas, a Bulova and a couple of Wengers. The meccanico is another interesting one: The little window between 55 and 5 is actually the hour indicator, not a date window. It's a jump-hour watch and its an mechanical automatic one.
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    Giving for hire - Legal agreement

    You really should talk to a lawyer about this. At the minimum, I would imagine the following would be needed: 1. Rent-a-car (not hiring) insurance for the car. This must include SRCC and terrorism covers. Hiring insurance is acceptable only if the owner is driving the car 2. GS/Police reports of the driver and copies of NIC, DL etc. 3. A legal agreement with the driver. This should clearly state that the driver is prohibited from taking hires outside of Uber or Pickme. I was travelling in a cab just yesterday, when the driver told me a horror story. Apparently, this guy had befriended a man whom he met during an uber hire. After his first hire, the passenger had taken his number and has frequently called him for ad hoc hires, outside of uber. Recent developments in the country had made him shit in his pants, when he remembered some of the places that he went, during these ad hoc hires. Your friend must also inspect the car regularly. There was an incident some time ago, where the entire engine of a bus was stolen (and replaced by an old engine), when it was hired out.
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    Baleno bonnet

    No insurance? If not, I suggest getting one from India, but you might need a friend who's willing to do some leg work. Only other option is agents. I doubt very much whether breaker yards will have them.
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    Low Budget Car Option

    This is the kind of topic that I usually answer. But I'm posting this to find as many options as possible and narrow down on a few... Who knows what might turn up... I'm seeking a car, with the aim to more or less abuse, for a very low budget. Budget is between 700,000 to 800,000. That's frankly because I don't think there are any cars that are in decent running condition for a budget below that. But if you guys have any suggestions for a lower price, I'll be glad to look at. Here are the requirements: Budget: ~700,000 - 800,000 Need to be reliable Size: Doesn't matter. Prefer small hatches rather than sedans Fuel: Petrol. No diesels. Country of Origin: Anywhere except India and China Transmission: Doesn't matter Fuel efficiency: Say around 9 -10km/ltr will be fine. Even 8 should be ok. But not the fuel economy of Cefiros and similar cars. Spares availability: I am yet to come across a car which doesn't have spare parts in Sri Lanka. For me, this question is somewhat irrelevant. Maintenance: I know ppl who can maintain even Fiats, Alfas and the like... so again, this question is somewhat irrevelant While trolling in classifieds, papers and nearby car yards, this is what I came up with so far: EP82 starlet (auto gear) with a duplicate book (note that I am not worried about duplicate books either) Doctor Sunny (auto gear) Fiat Punto (again, auto gear) - price quoted is a bit higher than the budget Kia Pride (manual) Proton Wira (manual) Nissan March K10 (comes below budget so its a good choice too... is it reliable is the question) I also know older generation Sonatas (questionable reliability and fuel consumption) and Daihatsu Miras (not powerful enough) fall under these categories. Right now, the starlet seems to be on the top of the list with the Punto as second. What are the other options you guys can think of... even if it sounds remote and silly, pls do post them... Do let me know what your thoughts are on these and any other vehicles that are potential options...
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    Low Budget Car Option

    A call to Chandana at Nilwala might help. When I had the last conversation with him on the same topic, he said Toyota carried on with old auto boxes for a long time. It might also be possible that the same manufacturer did the auto boxes for Nissan and other makes as well. Also the old Japanese auto boxes were copies of European ones from Borgwarner and other manufacturers. Bit of research and a conversation with chandana might help.
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    Do dreams come true? = YES (Bought a lancer ex)

    The whole problem is if the guy has replaced the stock bumper with an evo bumper, then it will be an unauthorized modification. So the law is pretty clear. In this case it's better to change the position of the plates or avoid the same cops (if that's even possible). If its stock, then it wouldn't be an issue. The fact that the vehicle was approved for registration implies that the location of the plates are accepted by the DMT.
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    Toyota mark 2 speedometer not working

    Can you note down all the problems you face?
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    Kia spectra 1500 cc made in 2002 and 2004

    If these are the questions u have, then spectra is not for you.
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    Toyota Gorilla....:)

    121 ceased production in 2006
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    Toyota Gorilla....:)

    It's called Gorilla 141
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    place to buy Suzuki Swift Ignis 2003 Roof Rail Front cap

    Try Japan Lanka. If they have a broken rail, you might be able to get a cap off it. If not, you may have to buy the whole thing. I had the same problem sometime ago. Ended up buying a pair of roof rails. As I recall, it didn't cost much. Around 5000 for the pair I think.
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    Importing a Volkswagen E-Golf

    So what does that mean? the car is good? it is suitable for sri lankan conditions?
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    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    Yes. You need to get a cabinet paper approved through the parliament. Thereafter, you can bring one over. All the best.
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    Warranty And Free Service

    First of all, vehicles getting completely made in Japan ended somewhere in the 1980s. Even in early 2000s, Indian made Altos and Thailand-made Hondas were imported to Japan. However, our mudalalis imported them as recon units to Sri Lanka and told our intelligent public (like you, who believe that there's some Japanese magic going on with quality) that those were made in Japan. Japanese don't do magic when it comes to quality. Japanese are not from another planet. In fact, quality standards in most industrialized countries are now in par with each other. Most Japanese vehicles in 90s and early 2000s were reliable because they were using OLD technology. Japanese vehicle industry was at least 10 years behind Europeans when it came to technology adoption. For example, most Japanese cars before 2010 didn't even have cruise control, but cruise control became mainstream in Europe in the 1980s. However, after 2010 or so, Japanese started adopting technology faster - DCT gearboxes, collision detection systems - you name it. The moment Japanese started technology adoption, their weaknesses started to show. That's the reason why Japanese vehicles have started to become less reliable now. Anybody can build a car with 20-year old technology and make it reliable. Have you ever heard of an unreliable Maruti?
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    Road To N'eliya

    What's the condition of Hatton - Nuwara Eliya road now? Anybody whos been there recently? Also if I'm not mistaken, Kadugannawa - Welamboda - Watadeniya - Gampola road was undergoing expansion recently, so that should give an alternative for anyone who wishes to avoid Gelioya. Anybody been thru that road recently?
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    Road To N'eliya

    1. Priority 1: Less traffic (considering the holiday season) 2. Priority 2: Smooth roads 3. Priority 3: Less travel time How on earth can a road be sexy? Do you try to do weird things on roads?